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Saigon, Hanoi traffic in chaos as people rush home for New Year celebrations

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 13:00 GMT+7

Departing for a homecoming trip for holiday celebrations with family is never easy for Vietnamese people in such crowded cities as Hanoi or Saigon.

On Friday, as salaried people and students entered a three-day New Year holiday, heavy traffics were thrown into chaos at streets surrounding each city’s airports and bus stations.

In Ho Chi Minh City, all streets leading to Tan Son Nhat International Airport were packed with thousands of vehicles as people rushed to take flights home or to tourist destinations.

Heavy traffic was also recorded on Cong Hoa Street, connecting Tan Son Nhat with An Suong Bus Station, and Nguyen Van Troi, linking the airport with the city’s centre.

The situations were the same in all streets: motorbikes crossed to the car lanes or the pavement, only to worsen the chaos.

In Hanoi, a number of streets were also thrown into congestion shortly after people finished their very last working day of the year. Passenger buses departing from Giap Bat station to such nearby provinces as Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa and Hai Phong City were overloaded, with many having to refuse accepting more passengers.

Those failing to secure a seat on the passenger buses had to grab taxis to return to their hometown.

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