Thousands head home for Tet from HCMC

More than 48,000 commuters streamed onto bus and train stations in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, the 20th day of the 12th lunar month, so that they could be in their hometown to celebrate Tet Lunar New Year with their friends and family members.

Passengers board buses at the Mien Dong Bus Station on January 13 (Photo: SGGP)

According to Thuong Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the Mien Dong Bus Station, the numbers of passengers passing through the station in just the last two days have increased to 30,000-40,000 a day, 40 percent more than normal.

Besides the thousands thronging at stations, there are hundreds of workers and students with backpacks who are trying to flag down buses and any other means of transport along the Binh Phuoc and Song Than Flyovers, as well as the Linh Trung Export Processing Zone and Suoi Tien Cultural Tourist Park.

The Department of Transport has instructed traffic inspectors and police to strengthen inspections and fine buses picking up passengers from unauthorized stops.

Tickets to northern and central provinces have sold out in most of the Hi-end service transport companies. However, Mr. Hai said that the station still has a lot of tickets available as it has mobilized another 200 buses for Tet.

Nguyen Van Thanh, Deputy Head of Saigon Railway Station, said that 19 trains departed from HCMC on Friday carrying 18,000 passengers to their hometowns.

Meanwhile, tickets to the Mekong Delta Provinces are still in abundance at the Mien Tay Bus Station.

According to the board of directors at the station, the numbers of passengers are expected to increase by 10-15 percent this Tet season, to approximately 58,000 more passengers, as most of them will begin their trip from the 25th day of the 12th lunar month.

By staff writers - Translated by Hai Mien

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