Holidaymakers crowd bus terminals

Thousands of people working and living in Ho Chi Minh City were seen flocking to bus stations to buy tickets to leave the city for a break or to return to their hometown, for the National Holiday on September 2.

Queues in front of a ticket counter at Mien Dong Bus Station in HCMC on September 1 (Photo: Thanh Nien)
Ticket counters at the Mien Dong Bus Station were swamped and some buses plying to Gia Lai Province and Da Lat City were even running above capacity on September 1. Businesses had to mobilize more buses to meet this increasing overload by the afternoon and till late evening.

Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper reporters noted that many of the short distance routes were the most crowded such as to Khanh Hoa, Buon Me Thuot, Vung Tau, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Phan Rang and Phan Thiet.

There were lesser crowds at the Mien Tay Bus Station, and most passengers were able to buy a ticket soon after entering the station. Most of the travel routes were to Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, An Giang, Tra Vinh Province and Can Tho City. Hundreds of people were also seen making their way to the Mekong Delta Provinces by motorcycles.

Hanoi saw the number of bus passengers increase by 50 per cent on September 1. Thanks to the organized efforts of transport companies who added extra 200 bus trips, overloading did not occur in the city’s bus stations.

Police in Hanoi have also taken measures to prevent brokers from harassing passengers in My Dinh, Nuoc Ngam and Southern Bus Stations. Since August 30, 14 people were arrested for causing public disorder and doping passengers.

Railway travel was rather strained in Hanoi as the number of passengers surged by only 30 percent over normal days, said Phung Thi Ly Ha, deputy head of Hanoi Railway Station.

Since August 31, rail authorities have increased more train trips to Lao Cai Province, Hai Phong City, Vinh City in Nghe An Province and Dong Dang town in Lang Son Province. Despite this effort, tickets to some routes including Lao Cai and Vinh ran out.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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