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Tourists face queuing nightmare on holiday weekend in Vietnam’s Da Lat

Monday, May 03, 2021, 12:25 GMT+7
Tourists face queuing nightmare on holiday weekend in Vietnam’s Da Lat
People wait to buy tickets at the entrance of Datanla Waterfall in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Many tourists flocked to Da Lat City in Vietnam’s Central Highlands for a four-day holiday weekend just to find themselves stuck in exhausting traffic jams and endless queues at local attractions.

Da Lat, located in Lam Dong Province, welcomed approximately 125,000 visits on Reunification Day (April 30), International Workers’ Day (May 1), and May 2, according to the provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

The number of tourists during this year’s holiday, which ends on Monday, jumped threefold versus the same period of 2020 and 2.5 times more than 2019.

A woman is exhausted from waiting in front of a tourist attraction in Da Lat City, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A woman is exhausted from waiting in front of a tourist attraction in Da Lat City, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Major attractions including Datanla Waterfall, Lang Biang Mountain, and Valley of Love among others were overcrowded with visitors.

Operators of these venues stated that the number of visitors was double that of normal weekends.

People had to queue for about 30 minutes at the entrances to buy tickets, they added.

People wait to buy tickets at the entrance of Datanla Waterfall in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

People wait to buy tickets at the entrance of Datanla Waterfall in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

“We had encountered traffic jams on multiple streets before reaching the Valley of Love," Nguyen Thanh Binh, a tourist from Ho Chi Minh City, complained.

"We wound up being stuck at the venue’s parking lot and ticket booth.

“Although the weather here is very pleasant, the entire trip is still exhausting to me.”

At the Datanla Waterfall, the ticket area was already congested by 8:30 am, according to an employee.

Visitors wait for their turn to enter a tourist attraction in Da Lat City, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Visitors wait for their turn to enter a tourist attraction in Da Lat City, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Workers in Vietnam began their four-day holiday marking Reunification Day and International Workers' Day on Friday.

Due to a surge in travel, most Da Lat-bound holidaymakers from Ho Chi Minh City spent more than 17 hours in their vehicles to reach the destination.

It normally takes a maximum of seven hours to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat by car or bus.

People wait to buy tickets at the entrance of Datanla Waterfall in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

People wait to buy tickets at the entrance of Datanla Waterfall in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

People wait to buy tickets at the entrance of Datanla Waterfall in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

People wait to buy tickets at the entrance of Datanla Waterfall in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

A young boy waits for his turn to enter a tourist attraction in Da Lat City, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A young boy waits for his turn to enter a tourist attraction in Da Lat City, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Da Lat City, Vietnam is filled with visitors, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Da Lat City, Vietnam is filled with visitors, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Visitors have a picnic by Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat City, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Visitors have a picnic by Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat City, Vietnam, May 2, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat City, Vietnam is overcrowded with tourists, May 1, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat City, Vietnam is overcrowded with tourists, May 1, 2021. Photo: Duc Tho / Tuoi Tre

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