The service was launched in mid-May, 2024, connecting the southern metropolis with Con Dao island off Ba Ria - Vung Tau province.

The high-speed boat Thang Long

However, several factors have hindered passengers from choosing the service such as the long distance, over 20km, between the city's center and the Saigon - Hiep Phuoc port in the outlying district of Nha Be, where the boat departs; passengers having to pay fees to enter the port; and weather conditions, among others, the company said.

The operator offered a free shuttle bus service from the September 23 Park in HCM City’s District 1 to the port for passengers booking in advance. However, some problems occurred and it decided to suspend the service from early June but later resumed the operation.

The high-speed boat, named Thang Long, seats 1,017 passengers. Ticket prices ranged between 615,000 VND (26 USD) - 1.1 million VND (43 USD) per trip.

There were three trips departing each port weekly. The boat departed from Saigon - Hiep Phuoc Port for Con Dao at 7:00a.m., and from Ben Dam Wharf of Con Dao for HCM City at 1:00p.m.

Source: VNA