After Tet, people struggled to return to HCMC at midnight

On the morning of February 17, many people from other provinces and cities returned to Ho Chi Minh City after the Tet holiday. Many people were tired, sleeping at the Mien Dong bus station, waiting until morning to catch the bus home.

  • From 2am, Mien Dong bus station (Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City) has been busy with bus trips from the central provinces and the Central Highlands to bring passengers “dock”.

Because they arrived at the bus station too early, while the bus was not in operation, hundreds of passengers had to lie down, sit and pretend waiting for public transport to work or their relatives to pick up. Others accept taxi, motorbike taxi with price many times higher than bus.

In the morning of February 17, passengers from the provinces continue to flock to Ho Chi Minh City to start the first working day of the new year.  Photo: Minh Quan
In the morning of February 17, passengers from the provinces continue to flock to Ho Chi Minh City to start the first working day of the new year. Photo: Minh Quan
Many people are tired, struggling to sleep in the bus station waiting for the bus or relatives to pick up.
Many people are tired, struggling to sleep in the bus station waiting for the bus or relatives to pick up. Photo: Minh Quan
Many people fall asleep at the bus station because of their long distances from the countryside to Ho Chi Minh City.
Many people fall asleep at the bus station because of their long distances from the countryside to Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Quan

Mr. Nguyen Van Binh (30 years old, from Phu Yen) said that the bus from Phu Yen entered the Mien Dong bus station at 2am and had to take advantage of it to take a nap until morning to catch the bus to the inn in Tan Binh industrial park. “Normally from Phu Yen to the Mien Dong bus station around 4-5am, but due to Tet, the bus station turns to go back to the countryside to pick up customers, so the bus is running very fast. , motorbike taxi is very expensive “- Mr. Binh said.

Mr. Nguyen Van Binh sleeps at the bus station and waits until morning to take the bus home.  Photo: Minh Quan
Mr. Nguyen Van Binh sleeps at the bus station and waits until morning to take the bus home. Photo: Minh Quan

At 4am, some bus routes start operating. Passengers hurriedly carry luggage and gifts from home to the car to go home, preparing for the first working day of the new year.

Grab things back to Ho Chi Minh City after Tet holiday.  Photo: Minh Quan
Grab things back to Ho Chi Minh City after Tet holiday. Photo: Minh Quan
At 4am, some bus routes start operating.
At 4am, some bus routes start operating. Photo: Minh Quan

According to Mr. Ta Chuong Chin – Deputy Director of Mien Dong bus station, after the Tet holiday, the number of passenger vehicles in the Northern, Central and Central Highlands provinces return to the east station in the early morning, and the afternoon is quite deserted.

“The number of visitors this year returning to Ho Chi Minh City via the berth is much lower than the same period last year. Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, people hesitate to travel by bus. In addition, students in Ho Chi Minh City quit school until the end of February, so they have not returned to school “- Mr. Chin said.

The number of passengers returning to Ho Chi Minh City via Mien Dong bus station was lower than the same period last year due to the impact of COVID-19 epidemic.  Photo: Minh Quan
The number of passengers returning to Ho Chi Minh City via Mien Dong bus station was lower than the same period last year due to the impact of COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: Minh Quan

Mr. Ta Chuong Chin said, in order to prevent COVID-19 epidemic, especially to monitor passengers from epidemic zones to Ho Chi Minh city after Tet holiday, the bus station coordinates with the Disease Control Center of Ho Chi Minh City, the Medical Center of Binh District. Thanh requires passengers from other provinces to return to Ho Chi Minh City to make a medical report.

For passengers coming from epidemic zones like Hai Duong, they will be assigned to perform screening and assign different forms of isolation or medical supervision for each individual based on their medical declaration.

At the same time, from February 16, at the Eastern bus station, coordinated with the Center for Disease Control in Ho Chi Minh City to conduct a screening test for passengers and drivers passing through epidemic areas with 100 samples / day.

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