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Ho Chi Minh City-Con Dao express boat service launched

Ho Chi Minh City-Con Dao express boat service launched

Monday, May 13, 2024, 16:17 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City-Con Dao express boat service launched
Officials of Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province in southern Vietnam cut a ribbon at a launching ceremony for a new speedboat service between the city’s Nha Be District and Con Dao Island off the southern province, May 13, 2024. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport in coordination with relevant units launched a new express boat service linking the city’s Nha Be District and Con Dao Island off the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau on Monday morning to meet growing travel demand.

The launch of the service is expected to enhance the connectivity between the city and the southeastern provinces, Bui Hoang An, deputy director of the department, said at the launching ceremony.

It also offers passengers another mode of transportation to travel between the southern metropolis and Con Dao, a popular tourist destination home to pristine beaches and stunning natural landscapes.

Passengers can opt to visit Con Dao from Saigon - Hiep Phuoc Port in Ho Chi Minh City’s Nha Be via the express boat service in around four hours, according to Vu Van Khuong, deputy general director of Phu Quoc Express JSC, the operator of the service.

The operator runs the service using the Thang Long boat, which is over 77 meters long and nearly 9.5 meters wide.

It is able to transport up to 1,017 passengers and can travel at 35 nautical miles per hour, featuring modern equipment and ensuring ultimate safety for the passengers.

One-way tickets on the route fetch between VND615,000 (US$24) and VND1.1 million ($43).

The operator offers a transit bus service from the September 23 Park in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 to the Saigon - Hiep Phuoc Port in the outlying district of Nha Be from 5:00 am to those who want to use the express boat service.

A Thang Long speedboat plies the route linking Ho Chi Minh City’s Nha Be District with Con Dao Island off Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province in southern Vietnam, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A Thang Long boat plies the route linking Ho Chi Minh City’s Nha Be District with Con Dao Island off Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province in southern Vietnam, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A Thang Long speedboat departs at Saigon - Hiep Phuoc Port in Ho Chi Minh City, May 13, 2024. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

A Thang Long boat departs from Saigon - Hiep Phuoc Port in Ho Chi Minh City, May 13, 2024. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The speedboat is able to transport more than 1,000 passengers. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The express boat is able to transport more than 1,000 passengers. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Officials get to the Thang Long speedboat at Saigon - Hiep Phuoc Port in Ho Chi Minh City, May 13, 2024. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Officials board the Thang Long boat at Saigon - Hiep Phuoc Port in Ho Chi Minh City, May 13, 2024. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Officials and other delegates explore the Thang Long speedboat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Officials and other delegates explore the Thang Long boat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Delegates and local people tour the Thang Long speedboat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Delegates and local people tour the Thang Long boat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Staff are on duty at different areas on the speedboat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Staff are on duty in different areas on the express boat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Staff are on duty at different areas on the speedboat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Staff are on duty in different areas on the express boat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Staff are on duty at different areas on the speedboat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Staff are on duty in different areas on the express boat, May 13, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The second floor of the speedboat houses a canteen. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The second floor of the express boat houses a canteen. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Passengers can enjoy the view outside through the windows or on the balcony of the speedboat. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Passengers can enjoy the view outside through the windows or on the balcony of the express boat. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The speedboat was designed to be able to operate normally and safely amid wind gusts at level 8. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The boat was designed to be able to operate normally and safely amid wind gusts at level eight. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The speedboat was designed to be able to operate normally and safely amid wind gusts at level 8. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The express boat was designed to be able to operate normally and safely amid wind gusts at level eight. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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