Traffic tied up as long holiday starts

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Báo Tuổi Trẻ English - 42 month(s) ago 13 readings

Hundreds of thousands of city dwellers hit the road in Ho Chi Minh City as a long four-day holiday started Saturday, causing traffic delays on highways and roads.

A Vung Tau beach on Sunday morning Photo: Tuoitre

Eastern Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday was packed with 45,000 passengers taking buses for travelling, which was up by two and a half times over a usual day.

Most of the tickets have been booked in advance, so there was no long queue in front of ticket counters.

The passengers are mostly young people, an official there said.

Pham Minh Suong, director of Mai Linh bus operator said buses to popular vacation spots like Nha Trang, Da Lat, Phan Thiet and Buon Ma Thuot have been fully booked.

Western Bus Station reported more than 40,000 passengers heading west to travel or go back home in Mekong Delta provinces like Tien Giang, Long An, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh.

Traffic on National Highway 1A leading to these provinces were seriously delayed as many bikes and buses jostle to pass each other.

Queues as long as 6 kilometers were formed in multiple places this morning, causing the highway passing by Long An’s Chau Thanh district or Tien Giang’s Cai Be district to be held up.

With bus tickets sold out, tens of thousands of travelers have resorted to their bikes toward Vung Tau, a vacation city 100 kilometers east of Ho Chi Minh City, causing serious congestions in roads to the city.

Vung Tau traffic police said there were more than 10,000 bikers in the city now , gathering at beaches along side 3/2, Thuy Van and Quang Trung streets.

Almost all the beaches, hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants there are jammed tight, an officer said.

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