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Bus ticket queues getting intense as Tet approaches

Update: January, 17/2014 - 08:52
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HCM CITY (VNS)— Thousands of people stood in line for hours on Wednesday, trying to buy a ticket from the Phuong Trang Bus Company at Mien Dong Bus Station in HCM City to return home for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

Nguyen Thi Lan, a student at HCM City University of Food Technology, said she began standing in line at 2 am, but left in despair after eight hours of waiting.

"Hundreds of people were in line when I arrived," Lan said.

Many people slept overnight at the station to buy a ticket from the bus company, which provides high quality services.

At 7 am, when the tickets were put on sale, the station was in a state of chaos as many customers had flocked to the bus counter. Many people fainted while they stood in line.

Around 8am, the company announced that it had stopped selling tickets, but customers were still waiting at the counter.

Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy director of the station, said the confusion occurred because of inappropriate scheduling.

The four most-wanted routes were from HCM City to Quang Ngai, Da Nang, Quy Nhon and Hue, causing an overload at the counter.

More than 800 bus tickets to the central and northern provinces were sold by mid-January, he said. —VNS

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