Ho Chi Minh City’s gateways overcrowded with returnees after Tet holiday

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Ho Chi Minh City’s gateways overcrowded with returnees after Tet holiday

This image shows people returning to Ho Chi Minh City through National Highway 1A in Binh Chanh District on February 6, 2022. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Most ways leading to Ho Chi Minh City, including the Cat Lai Ferry, were crammed with people and vehicles returning to the city on Sunday after the Lunar New Year, or Tet, holiday.

Vehicles began to fill all the entrances to the southern city from late Sunday afternoon, while cars lined up on a one-kilometer road section near the terminal of Cat Lai Ferry in Dong Nai Province’s Nhon Trach District, as noticed by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.

The enterprise managing the ferry said it had expected to receive 70,000 passengers at the terminal, which connects Dong Nai with Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City, on Sunday.

It therefore had to operate seven ferries continuously to transport people to Ho Chi Minh City from Dong Nai and other eastern localities.

Vehicles are seen on the way leading to the Cat Lai Ferry, a gateway to enter Ho Chi Minh City from its neighboring Dong Nai Province, on February 6, 2022. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Vehicles are seen on the way leading to the Cat Lai Ferry, a gateway to enter Ho Chi Minh City from neighboring Dong Nai Province, February 6, 2022. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Traffic police officers in Dong Nai were deployed to the ferry area to regulate the traffic and ease the congestion.

The same situation developed at the Long Phuoc toll station area on the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay Expressway, where long lines of cars were inching to get through the toll booth, located in Thu Duc City.

On a section of National Highway 1A in Binh Chanh District, numerous motorbikes carrying people from the Mekong Delta region back to Ho Chi Minh City and other eastern provinces for work resumption.

Employees of the Cat Lai Ferry are seen selling tickets for passengers on February 6, 2022. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Employees of the Cat Lai Ferry in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam are seen selling tickets to passengers on February 6, 2022. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Phan Thanh, a woman back from Ca Mau, said the traffic on the highway was heavy but there was no severve congestion.

The Tet break lasted nine days from January 29 until February 6.

A long line of cars waiting for crossing the Dong Nai River through the Cat Lai Ferry to come back to Ho Chi Minh City on February 6, 2022. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

A long line of cars waiting for crossing the Dong Nai River through the Cat Lai Ferry to come back to Ho Chi Minh City on February 6, 2022. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

This photo shows a lot of cars waiting to get through the Long Phuoc toll station on the Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway on late afternoon of February 6, 2022. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

This photo shows a lot of cars waiting to get through the Long Phuoc toll station on the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay Expressway on February 6, 2022. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

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