Bus stations, streets in Vietnam’s big cities jammed as Tet travel rush begins

Bus stations in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi were packed with home-coming passengers, whereas major streets connecting the cities with neighboring provinces were heavily congested on Friday, when the Tet travel rush began in Vietnam. Tet, or the Lunar New Year, falls on February 16, and celebrations are normally ongoing during the week before and after the date. The travel rush, whereby students, workers and people working in big cities return to their hometown for the biggest family reunion of the year, began on Friday when it was less than a week away from the holiday. In Ho Chi Minh City, long lines of vehicles were spotted inching on such streets as Hanoi Highway, Nguyen Xi and Dinh Bo Linh, as the nearby Mien Dong (Eastern) Bus Station was packed with a sea of passengers with a ticket home. The congestion only worsened when motorbike drivers crossed into the automobile lanes and the sidewalks. A street leading to Mien Dong Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh City is seen packed with vehicles on February 9, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre Inside the station, where people take passenger buses to central and northern provinces, not a single bench in the waiting hall was unseated, while coaches repeatedly left and arrived at the venue. Traffic on the streets surrounding the Mien Dong Bus Station quickly became congested as passengers, complete with their huge luggage and family members who came to bid them goodbye, stood wherever they could. Passengers are seen at the… [Read full story]

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