Apr 30-May 1 holidays begin on nightmarish note – traffic jams and congestion

Travelers around Vietnam have been suffering since late Wednesday at overcrowded bus stations that failed to cope as people streamed in to take advantage of the long holiday weekend. Similar problems are expected on Sunday, when passengers make the return trip.

In Ho Chi Minh City on Apr 30, even those lucky enough to clamber aboard a bus suffered as all exits from the city and ferry stations were gridlocked with queues stretching dozens of kilometers in some places.

Severe delays at Can Tho Ferry Station exacerbated the situation. Vehicles had to wait for around three hours before they could reach the ferry station, which connects Vinh Long Province with Can Tho on National Highway 1A, with thousands of vehicles queuing for more than six kilometers.

Many transport operators in Hanoi nearly doubled fares Thursday but many people were still willing to buy after waiting for hours at the overloaded stations.

Thousands of vehicles were stuck for hours Thursday all the way from Phap Van Street in the city to Dong Van Railway Station in Ha Nam Province more than 50 kilometers away.

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