Nation sets off for national holidays

With all public and private offices closed for four days on national holidays, tens of thousands of residents in big cities are preparing to come back hometown or flock to tourist hotpots, causing a dearth of bus, airplane and train tickets.

Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City ’s district 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

She said she is going to her hometown to visit her parents during the long holiday starting on April 30, the Liberation Day.

She was afraid bus tickets will not be available and so buy well in advance.

Phuong Trang Transport Company, one of the major operators on this route, has no tickets left for April 30.

It has also run out of seats on the HCM City-Gia Lai province, HCM City-Buon Ma Thuot routes.

Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy head of HCM City ’s Eastern Bus Terminal, said the number of passengers travelling during the holiday is likely to be 100 percent higher than on normal days.

The highest demand is for seats to Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak provinces and Vung Tau, Da Lat and Phan Thiet.

A representative of the Western Bus Terminal said that the number of passengers going to the Mekong Delta is likely to rise by nearly 15 percent over the last year.

Flights and trains are also fully booked though services have been increased for a few days before and after the holidays.

Nguyen Dieu Huong, a Vietnam Airlines ticketing agent, said tickets of all routes were sold out a month ago though the carrier had scheduled extra flights.

Only tickets between Hanoi and HCM City are still be available on April 28 and 29, she said.

Phung Thi Ly Ha, deputy head of the Hanoi Railway Station, said more trains will be operated to Vinh in Nghe An province, Dong Hoi in Quang Binh province, Lao Cai province, and Da Nang but tickets have all been sold out.

The station has been able to meet only 30 percent of the demand, she admitted.

Source: Vietnamplus

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