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Ho Chi Minh City entrances jammed as holiday weekend concludes

Ho Chi Minh City entrances jammed as holiday weekend concludes

Monday, May 04, 2020, 14:39 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City entrances jammed as holiday weekend concludes
Commuters wait for their turn to get on Cat Lai Ferry to travel back to Ho Chi Minh City on May 3, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

All routes leading to Ho Chi Minh City were severely congested on Sunday as the holiday break marking Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1) came to an end.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, the traffic jams began in the afternoon and lingered until the evening of the same day.

Endless lines of commuters were waiting for their turn to get on the Cat Lai Ferry, which connects the city’s District 2 with neighboring Dong Nai Province, to head back to the southern metropolis.

The ferry service is one of the common routes for people to travel between Ho Chi Minh City and the neighboring provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong or Vung Tau, a popular beach city in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, thus very susceptible to congestion during holidays and on weekends.

Ferry attendants sell tickets to travelers at Cat Lai Ferry Wharf, which connects Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai Province, May 3, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Ferry attendants sell tickets to travelers at Cat Lai Ferry Wharf, which connects Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai Province, May 3, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Gridlock also occurred along National Highway 1 which links the southern metropolis with provinces in the Mekong Delta.

The roadway was so packed that many motorcyclists were spotted traveling on the sidewalk.

A lot of traffic police officers were mobilized to help alleviate the congestion along these routes.

Commuters wait for their turn to get on Cat Lai Ferry to travel back to Ho Chi Minh City on May 3, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Commuters wait for their turn to get on Cat Lai Ferry to travel back to Ho Chi Minh City on May 3, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

It is not uncommon for serious traffic jams to happen at the beginning and end of a long holiday in Ho Chi Minh City.

Many people often leave the metropolis for their hometowns or to go on vacation when holidays start, and flock back to resume their work and study when they are over.

Congestion along National Highway 1 leading to Ho Chi Minh City, May 3, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congestion along National Highway 1 leading to Ho Chi Minh City, May 3, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Motorcyclists travel on the sidewalk amid a traffic jam on National Highway 1 leading to Ho Chi Minh City, May 3, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Motorcyclists travel on the sidewalk amid a traffic jam on National Highway 1 leading to Ho Chi Minh City, May 3, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congestion along National Highway 1 leading to Ho Chi Minh City, May 3, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congestion along National Highway 1 leading to Ho Chi Minh City, May 3, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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