Volume 6(2019)

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Figure 6: Comparison of distance to destinations, by central or peri-urban district (km)

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People in the poor households in the peri-urban districts usually travel a far distance to reach some social services, such as a hospital. Markets and schools tend to be closer to their home. The central districts of Thu Duc, Go Vap and Binh Tan are more densely populated and have more social facilities, but the poor households have fewer parks, health centres and hospitals nearby.

Means of transport

Although public transport, such as bus, taxi and moto-taxi, are available, people in the poor households prefer using their own motorbike. Overall, many people still walk or bicycle to the market (table 10).

Table 10: Means of transport for poor people (%)

Bus Taxi Moto-taxi Motorbike Bike Walk
Workplaces 1.9 0.0 0.4 45.8 6.7 8.8
Nearest park 0.6 0.0 0.0 4.0 0.8 2.3
Place of entertainment 0.2 0.0 0.0 4.0 0.8 0.6
Nearest market 1.0 0.0 0.4 35.8 20.4 35.4
Nearest medical centre, hospital 8.1 0.0 2.9 35.4 8.1 9.2
Major hospital of the city 14.4 0.6 2.7 26.3 1.3 2.9
School 4.0 0.0 0.4 23.5 9.6 5.2
Administrative office (ward) 0.8 0.0 0.6 31.0 11.5 13.3