HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

Created 27 January 2022
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Due to heightened travel and shopping demands as Tet approaches, several roads in Ho Chi Minh City are frequently congested, sometimes for entire days.
HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

Several streets like Hanoi Highway, Hoang Van Thu, Cong Hoa, Truong Chinh and Hai Thuong Lan Ong experienced traffic jams for entire days lately due to heightened travel demands ahead of Tet, or the Lunar New Year.

On Wednesday, at the Rach Chiec Bridge on Hanoi Highway at the eastern gate of the city, trucks, cars and motorbikes swarmed the streets, spanning a km long.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

A woman carries two bouquets of marigolds in a traffic jam. Flower pots are popular Tet decorations.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

The Hanoi Highway is a vital traffic route at HCMC's eastern entrance, with several container trucks going in and out ports at the end of the year. Traffic jams are a common occurrence for the past two weeks.

"Even turning trucks towards ports costs around 15 minutes, not to mention hours of waiting. This road is jammed every Tet," said a truck driver who stands on the highway divider to wait for the road to be cleared.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

As the main road is congested, motorbikes have to slip in other roads to look for better ways out.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

At major intersections, traffic police officers are dispatched to maintain the flow of traffic.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

Rows of truck containers wait to enter the Truong Tho Port from day to night.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

In downtown areas, traffic jams are also frequent. A sea of vehicles could be seen on the Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street at Wednesday noon. The street has several shops and stalls selling Tet decorations, contributing to the congestion.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

Several motorbike riders park all the way to the middle of the street to buy decorations, worsening traffic jams.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

On Hong Bang Street of District 5, people are also stuck in the traffic with goods on their backs.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

Roads surrounding the Thiec market of District 11, like Tran Quy or Tan Phuoc streets, are also full of people shopping for Tet.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

On Tuesday night, roads around the Tan Son Nhat Airport like Cong Hoa, Hoang Van Thu and Phan Thuc Duyen, also saw traffic jams.

HCMC streets jammed as Tet nears

On Hoang Hoa Tham Street of Tan Binh District, a man carrying chrysanthemums for his clients could only move inch by inch.

"Streets are always jammed at the end of the year. I only have to travel for a few kilometers, yet I've been stuck on the road for over an hour," he said.

Tet, Vietnam's most important holiday, will last from January 29 to February 6 this year.


Source: VNE

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