|People traveling to southeastern provinces queuing up for tickets at a bus station in HCMC|
With the New Year falling on a Friday this year, people had a long weekend that they spent by visiting tourist spots and shopping, packing buses, ferry stations, and amusement parks in the bargain.
On December 31 and January 1, hundreds of people elbowed each others for tickets at bus stations in Ho Chi Minh City to return to their home towns in the Mekong delta and southeastern region.
Others preferred to ride motorbikes as bus operators said there were no more seats left.
Holiday-makers too headed for bus and train stations, with buses to Suoi Tien, Dam Sen, and other theme parks packed to the rafters despite the fact that the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Management of Public Transport operated 585 additional buses.
One kilometer long tail of thousands of vehicles queued up for a kilometer at the Cat Lai ferry station that the ferry operators began to sell tickets to them on the street.
Lien Ngoc Hoa, director of the Hai Van Pass Tunnel Management Development Company said 1,200 cars and thousands of motorbikes went through the tunnel in the central region by 5PM on January 1, 40 percent more than on a normal day.