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Ho Chi Minh City to open tourist bus route 6 miles .19 cents

Ho Chi Minh City to open tourist bus route 
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 09:00:00
Vietnamese singers and movie stars boarding a bus to Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Tay Market to promote public transportation
The Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department announced Wednesday it will open a bus route connecting major tourist attractions in the city center on September 15.
Bus number 127 will stop at major tourism destinations like the Reunification Palace on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden and several museums in downtown area, said Van Cong Diem, deputy director of the city's Center for Management and Operation of Public Passenger Transport.
The bus will depart from Ben Thanh Bus Station at the Quach Thi Trang roundabout, located across from Ben Thanh Market and September 23rd Park and just a few minutes walking distance from the “westerner quarter” -- a neighborhood filled with hotels and foreign eateries centered on Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1.
The route is 9.8 kilometers (6 miles) and takes 35 minutes to complete.
The line will run from 5:30 a.m. to 8:12 p.m. with 8-10 minutes between each bus.
Pham Thanh Kien, deputy chairman of District 1 People’s Committee, said ten new buses with automatic ticket selling systems will be used on the route.
The buses are also designed to serve handicapped passengers in wheelchairs.
Tickets will cost VND4,000 ($0.19) for the whole route or VND90,000 for a monthly pass.
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