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What are your impressions about roadside rest stops in Viet Nam?

Update: September, 20/2013 - 09:30

What are your impressions about roadside rest stops in Viet Nam?

Long journeys along Viet Nam's highways are expected to become more convenient and comfortable for travellers after the Ministry of Transport implements a plan to build 150 new roadside rest stops along national highways by 2030.

The stops will be positioned every 30 to 50 kilometres so they are no more than four hours apart.

In 2009, the ministry worked with the Viet Nam Road Administration and the Japanese International Co-operation Agency to set up roadside stations nationwide. However, after just six months, the first three stops set up in the northern provinces of Ninh Binh, Bac Giang and Hoa Binh proved to be a failure. Passenger buses actually avoided the rest stops and complained about the services offered.

Have you ever experienced roadside rest-stops in Viet Nam? What are your impressions of the stops you've been to? What do you think is needed to improve them?

Do you think there should be more rest stops on our highways? Why do you think they are popular or unpopular in Viet Nam?

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