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Ho Chi Minh City-Con Dao express boat service to be suspended this month

Ho Chi Minh City-Con Dao express boat service to be suspended this month

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 13:28 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City-Con Dao express boat service to be suspended this month
The Ho Chi Minh City-Con Dao express boat service will be suspended from July 29, 2024. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

An express boat service linking Ho Chi Minh City’s Nha Be District and Con Dao Island off the coast of the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau will be suspended from July 29 until further notice, just two months after its launch.

Phu Quoc Express JSC, the operator of the service, has informed its partners and customers of the planned suspension on account of its inefficient operation.

The company said the distance of over 20 kilometers from central Ho Chi Minh City to Saigon - Hiep Phuoc Port in Nha Be District has discouraged passengers from using the speedboat.

Many passengers complained it was hard to find a taxi from the port to downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

As a result, the service has not met expectations, and the firm decided to temporarily stop it.

The speedboat service was launched on May 13 to meet the growing travel demand and enhance the connectivity between the city and the southeastern provinces.

The Thang Long boat, which is over 77 meters long and nearly 9.5 meters wide, is used to carry passengers on the express boat route.

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.

A speedboat ride between Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao Island lasts for some four hours.

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Tieu Bac - Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre News

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