A new speedboat service connecting the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang and Con Dao Island, off the southern Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, was inaugurated on Friday.
The service runs on a two-level speedboat purchased from Malaysia at a cost of VND50 billion (US$2.2 million), according to the route operator, Superdong Speedboat JSC.
The vessel is capable of accommodating 306 passengers and running at an average speed of 26 nautical miles (48km) per hour.
The service from Soc Trang to Con Dao is estimated to take 150 minutes.
Passengers in Soc Trang can board the boat at the harbor of the Soc Trang Border Soldier Agency located in Tran De District, and take the board trip from Ben Dam Harbor on Con Dao Island.
Ticket costs VND310,000 ($13.6) for adults, and VND230,000 ($10) for children.
Elder and disabled passengers will receive discounted prices of VND260,000 ($11.5) and VND200,000 ($8.8), respectively.
Superdong said it will provide one more service from each direction somewhere in 2018.