Horse racing of Mong people

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(VOVOworld) - The horse is an important animal in the daily life of the Mong people and horse racing is a popular sport among the Mong men. During the national unity festival at the Culture-Tourism village of Vietnamese ethnic groups in Hanoi, tourists had an opportunity to watch the fantastic horse racing of the Mong people from Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. At the starting signal, the jockeys crouch low on horseback and spur their horses to pass their competitors. Mong jockeys wear their traditional clothing, plus plastic helmets and canvas shoes. They ride with a bridle but no saddle. 16 horses race in pairs. Sometimes, a nervous horse gallops off the race track as the jockey tries in vain to control it. Some jockeys fall on a sharp turn, making viewers' hearts miss a beat. Vang Van Quyet and Vang Van Cuong of Na Ang B hamlet, Na Hoi commune, just finished their race. "I've been around horses since I was small. I sit firmly on the horseback and try to keep my balance. I … [Read more...]

Northern highlanders search for horses for yearly race


In the lead up to this year's horse racing festival in Lao Cai Province, Bac Ha District, racers have been travelling to several highland villages to search for race horses. Thao Seo Lenh, a Mong ethic man in Ta Van Chu Commune, said, "In the past most people in Ta Van Chu Commune only raised horses for work purposes, but now more are raising race horses because of the annual horse racing festival was held in Bac Ha, which started in 2005. The price for a race horses has increased to between VND15 million and VND20 million (USD713.06-USD950.75)." Vang Van Cot, a Tay ethnic man in Na Hoi Commune, is experienced in raising horses.He said prices could be much higher for the best horses. "A good race horse can be over 1.6 metres high, and is usually between four and six years old," Cot shared. A race horse must be fed with over 10 kilos of fresh grass together with two kilos of corn per day, and should be trained regularly to maintain their stamina, he added. Last year's … [Read more...]

Bac Ha Traditional Horse Race


The final round of the Open Bac Ha Traditional Horse Race was held at the Bac Ha Town Stadium in the northern province of Lao Cai on May 29. The event this year drew the participation of eight teams including 60 horsemen, some of whom were participating for the first time. The teams were from Muong Khuong district, Lao Cai province and Xin Man district, Ha Giang province. The best 26 horsemen were selected to compete in the final race. The first prize winner was No. 29, Vang Van Huynh from La Hoi commune, second and third prizes went to No. 25, Vang Van Cuong, also from La Hoi commune, and No. 30, Thao Seo Lenh from Ta Van Chu commune, respectively. Three consolation prizes and three team prizes were also given to the best teams in the qualifying rounds. Thousands of local people and visitors watching the horse race A parade before the race starts Ready at the starting line Off they run Rounding a bend Getting back on after a fall Back to the racetrack At full … [Read more...]

First-ever Saigon AutoFest gets ready to rev up


(VOV) -Saigon AutoFest organizers are planning to give people what they want— lots of noise with plenty of entertainment at a family event with a great deal of stuff for adults and kids to do. The first-ever annual Saigon AutoFest is set for January 9-10, 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City, the planning committee unveiled in a posting on its website and it will showcase over 100 vehicles. It’s not just a car show or automotive themed event, but an event that is suitable for enthusiasts of all ages and it will have plenty of live bands, wine events, cooking contests, horse racing and other fun things for kids. A wide variety of makes and models will rev up their engines at the festival, everything from dune buggies to street rods, customs, and classics to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz said the posting. … [Read more...]

Tight race and tensions as Tanzania readies for polls

DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzania votes in presidential elections on Sunday, with the race seen as the most open and expected to be the tightest in the East African nation's history. As well as a presidential race in East Africa's most populous country, voters will also be casting ballots in parliamentary and local polls on October 25, including on the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, which will also hold its own presidential elections. Outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who is not running having served his constitutional two-term limit, has ordered the police to boost security to ensure voting in the country of some 52 million people passes off peacefully. "Execute your duty professionally... don't harass or intimidate or favour anyone, but don't hesitate to deal with troublemakers," Kikwete told top police chiefs this week. Change is inevitable with Kikwete standing down – unlike neighbouring Burundi where President Pierre Nkurunziza defied violent protests to win a … [Read more...]

Canada set to vote in tight election race

OTTAWA — Canadians go to the polls on Monday with the option of choosing to "stay the course" with the Conservatives or plump for change touted by the Liberals and New Democrats, in legislative elections too close to call. In power since 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is seeking a fourth mandate, hoping to hold onto key Conservative support in the western plains and in suburban Toronto, Canada's largest city. But the 56-year-old faces stiff opposition from his emboldened rivals. In the one corner is Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, 43, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who is considered the father of modern Canada. The Liberals have sneaked ahead in the most recent opinion polls. In the other corner is Thomas Mulcair, 60, head of the New Democratic Party (NDP) and looking to build on a second-place finish in the last ballot, in 2011, and govern for the first time ever. The social democrats started the campaign -- one of the longest in Canadian history -- … [Read more...]

Visiting Bac Ha the white plateau


Following National Highway 70 which lies by imposingly high mountains of the northern province of Lao Cai, we arrived in Bac Ha District, which is known by the name "white plateau." Coming to Bac Ha, most tourists visit the market session of Mong ethnic people. The session is usually held in the district’s center. From the previous evening, Mong people go down the mountains to prepare for the market session the next morning. Bac Ha has market sessions in different areas for different goods, including brocade products, working tools made by Mong people, homegrown vegetables, livestock and poultry. Among the specialties of Mong people are dried chili and sugarcane, which is soft, sweet and aromatic as sugarcane plants are grown on the plateau with cool weather all year round. In a market session, the most bustling place which always gathers a lot of people is the food area, and the dish that arouses curiosity for visitors from other places the most is thang co, a traditional … [Read more...]

Phu Quoc – A billion USD construction site


VietNamNet Bridge – Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island, located off the coast of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, is experiencing a boom in investment in tourism and hospitality, opening unparalleled opportunities for investors. It has become a great construction site with over 200 projects and registered capital of more than VND180 trillion ($8.3 billion) by the end of July. Vice Chairman of Phu Quoc District, Mr. Huynh Quang Hung, said that by late July 2015, Phu Quoc had 136 ongoing projects, with a total area of 5,110 ha. Of these, several projects with capital of several thousands to several tens of trillion dong, invested by giant corporations as Vingroup and Sun Group and a number of other large investors are ready to start. Some investors are also willing to invest in a new casino project in Bai Dai with an area of 30,000 m2 area and committed capital of $4 billion. Below are some huge projects on Phu Quoc: 1. Phu Quoc Int'l Passenger Port This … [Read more...]

Leisure park planned for picturesque Phu Quoc


The Foundation Engineering and Underground Construction JSC, also known as Fecon, and the United Arab Emirates-based Vault Investments LLC last week signed a strategic co-operation deal on investment research into the Ho Suoi Lon entertainment and sports park on Phu Quoc Island. The park is expected to be built in the centre of the island on an area of 175 hectares and include areas for horse racing, car racing, and shooting, as well as water sports. Crucially, the developers are looking into ways to use clean energy in all aspects of the complex, with a solar energy producing zone. Fecon is the local project developer of the complex, while Vault is the financial investor. The consortium, with support from prestigious US and Italian consultants, hoped to submit an investment proposal to the Phu Quoc Island Investment Development Management Authority and the Kien Giang People’s Committee for approval this November. Vietnamese Ambassador to the UAE Pham Dinh Dam said that as a … [Read more...]

Vault and Fecon to study entertainment and sports complex

Vault and FECON signed a strategic partnership agreement on August 4— VNS Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — United Arab Emirates-based Vault Investments L.L.C (Vault), and Foundation Engineering and Underground Construction (FECON) signed a strategic partnership agreement on investment research on a construction complex on Phu Quoc Island on August 4. As part of the research, they would study an urban, entertainment and sports complex spanning 175ha on the island in southern Kien Giang Province. FECON said the complex would include sports zones for horse racing, car racing, shooting as well as some water sports, which were quite new for many local people. They also plan to have a smart urban zone, a cinema, a gallery, performance stages, a café and a restaurant. More importantly, they would study ways to use clean energy in all activities at the complex with a solar energy producing zone of 10 MWh capacity. FECON said the complex would feature or develop more attractions on the island. Vault was the investor in the project and Fecon was its local … [Read more...]

Entertainment park for Phu Quoc


A cooperation project for the Ho Suoi Lon entertainment and sports park on Phu Quoc Island was signed between the Foundation Engineering & Underground Construction JSC (FECON) and the UAE’s Vault Investment Fund. The park is expected to be built in the center of Phu Quoc Island on an area of 175 ha and include horse racing, shooting, car racing and water sports. The two partners are said to be researching clean energy supply for the park. FECON is the local project developer and the Vault Investment Fund is the financial investor. A representative from FECON said that since 2014 the company has accelerated its market research and sought investment opportunities in Dubai (UAE) and Myanmar. Vault Investment Fund belongs to Nakheel, one of the five largest real estate and infrastructure developers in the UAE. Phu Quoc Island, of the coast of the Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang province, covers 567 sq km. In June the government issued Decision No. 88 on the development … [Read more...]

Five highlights of Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 19

Hai Phong (red) are among the five home teams to win their home games during Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 19 last weekend. (Image credit:

NDO – Five out of six home teams won their games, Binh Duong stayed atop the standings and red cards handed out to favourite players were some notable events of Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 19 last weekend.>>> Thanh Hoa beat Nghe An 2-11. The round of home teams No home team suffered a loss, with five out of six home teams scoring a win in this round. While Dong Tam Long An, Hai Phong and QNK Quang Nam bagged a 2-0 win each; FLC Thanh Hoa beat Song Lam Nghe An 2-1 and Becamex Binh Duong trounced XSKT Can Tho 4-1. Although not able to earn a win at home, one point in a clash with Hanoi T&T was considered a success for Dong Nai. 2. Two-horse race atop the standings After two consecutive losses to Sanna Khanh Hoa and Hoang Anh Gia Lai, defending champion Binh Duong recorded an impressive comeback by winning their 2nd game in a row. This round, coach Mai Duc Chung’s players won three points by defeating Can Tho 4-1. Thanh Hoa also defeated Nghe An 2-1 to … [Read more...]

Legal framework for football betting in Vietnam unfinished after 17 years


Vietnam has not yet finished preparing a framework for the legalization of football betting after 17 years although local authorities are aware that the total turnover of illegal football gambling market of the nation tops US$3-4 billion a year. Ladbrokes, a global betting and gaming company headquartered in the UK, made a survey in the Vietnamese market in 2007 and concluded that Vietnam conceded such a big loss to illegal betting rings. In other nations, investment in sports development mainly comes from football betting revenue, followed by advertisements in stadia. Vietnam started working out a draft bill for legalizing football betting in 1998 but it has not finished the work yet after 17 years. Sports officials have suggested the central government make clear-cut decisions on whether legalizing it or not. Reviewing again On June 30, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung instructed the Ministry of Finance to continue modifying regulations on football betting after a long … [Read more...]

Suoi Mo – is one of the most popular destination in Bac Giang


(Cinet)- The Suoi Mo tourist site is in Nghia Phuong town, Luc Nam district, Bac Giang, far away from Bac Giang city about 30km to the East . It is named after the spring's name which has many small and big falls with exciting natural bath along the flow. The Suoi Mo tourist site is a favorite name of tourist groups of domestic or foreign market. The interest and investment of the government and local authority is making this place becoming a biggest tourist complex in Bac Giang province with many categories in order to give the best services to customers such as entertainment, relaxing, climbing, sailing and horse racing, etc. The historical, cultural, and religious alue of Suoi Mo site is attached with 3 temples (Upper temple, Middle temple, Lowẻ temple), worshiping Maria. Each temple has its different architecture but all are very formal, severe and have old features. The special feature of the top temple is mixed with the landscape at the certain height with mountain and … [Read more...]

Mo Spring temple festival – national intangible cultural heritage

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(Cinet)- Mo Spring temple Festival is annually held on the 1st day of the fourth lunar month. The festival was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Tourism as a national intangible cultural heritage on June 8, 2015. The temple has been used for worshiping the Holy Mother of the top mountain called Que My Nuong. According to the local tales, she was the daughter of the 16th Hung King. It’s the religious with the nationally cultural – historical monuments. It all creates a beautiful picture for those who once come to Suoi Mo. Companion with many beautiful landscapes, there is a wide of activities such as climbing, biking, hunting, horse racing, sailing, camping, etc. The temple includes Upper temple, Middle temple, Lower temple. It is located in Nghia Phuong commune, Luc Nam district, Bac Giang province, far away from Bac Giang city about 30km to the east. Each temple has its different architecture but all are very formal, severe and have old features. … [Read more...]

Horse race in Bac Ha plateau

The traditional horse race with the participation of 78 riders took place on June 7th in Bac Ha plateau, the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai.   The race has existed in the mind of Bac Ha people as a myth and became a unique traditional culture of the "white plateau". It is one of the most interesting festivals which has existed for nearly 100 years. All the riders are farmers from different ethnic groups on Bac Ha plateau as well its neigbouring districts.  The event aims to meet cultural and spiritual demands of local ethnic groups, helping preserve their special cultural values.  Following are photos about the event:      (Photo:

The traditional horse race with the participation of 78 riders took place on June 7th in Bac Ha plateau, the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai. The race has existed in the mind of Bac Ha people as a myth and became a unique traditional culture of the "white plateau". It is one of the most interesting festivals which has existed for nearly 100 years. All the riders are farmers from different ethnic groups on Bac Ha plateau as well its neigbouring districts. The event aims to meet cultural and spiritual demands of local ethnic groups, helping preserve their special cultural values. Following are photos about the event: (Photo: … [Read more...]

Social News 22/5


Jetstar Pacific offers 7,000 cheap tickets Budget airline Jetstar Pacific will offer 7,000 tickets at only VND7,000 a ticket on its international and domestic routes, from 11am to 12:59pm on July 22. Tickets (excluding tax and other additional fees) are available on the airline’s website at The promotion is being launched to celebrate Jetstar Pacific’s seventh anniversary. The airline will also kick off two other promotions from May 27: "Everyday Low Fare" and "Super Promotion Weekend". Vietnam Airlines started selling Jetstar Pacific’s tickets on its ticket booking system as of May 21. The co-operation between Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific aims to offer the best service to passengers. General Director of Jetstar Pacific Le Hong Ha has expressed his hope that Jetstar Pacific can change passengers’ experience of using a budget airline. Mekong Delta province prosecute 40 for cigarette smuggling Authorities in the Mekong Delta's … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/5

2015 Celtic music festival in Hanoi this weekend 2015 Celtic music festival in Vietnam opened in big cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal city of Nha Trang from May 17-23. For this "Breton Day 2015″, the Breton society in Vietnam has invited musicians reputed throughout the world who will present all the different aspects of celtic musics from tradition to modernity. More than 40 musicians and 7 bands perform during the festival, including the Kemperle Pipe Band, Lang Dzu band, Celtic Rock Diaouled, Alan Pennec, Jakez Lesouef, Hot Tzigani band and Turbo Sans Visa. After successful perfomances in Ho Chi Minh City on May 16-17 and in Nha Trang on 20, the event will take place at L’Espace and Chez Xuan in Hanoi on May 22-23 respectively. HCM City to celebrate Khmer New Year The Ethnic Khmer New Year, Chol Chnam Thmay, will be featured at the Southern Land food festival, held at Dam Sen Park in HCM City from May 29 to June 1. The Khmer Art Troupe of … [Read more...]

Horse race as highlight of cultural week in Lao Cai


Bac Ha horse race in 2014 (Source: VNA) Tourists and local residents will be able to witness a traditional horse race on June 6-7 as part of the Cultural Tourism Week held in Bac Ha district in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai. Nearly 200 horses will perform in a procession, after which 100 horses will race each other, either in teams or as individuals. The winning team will be awarded a prize worth 20 million VND (920 USD) and the winning individual will receive 6 million VND (260 USD). The stadium in the municipal centre can hold up to 5,000 spectators, both tourists and locals alike. Tickets cost 30,000 VND (1.3 USD). The traditional form of riding without a saddle makes the horse race in Bac Ha all the more fun to watch and spectacular performances are to be expected. During the war, horse racing was discontinued as jockeys were sent to the battlefields to protect their country’s independence. In the spring of 1980, a horse race organised by the Bac … [Read more...]

Vietnam arrests 2 Korean fugitives wanted by Interpol

You You Yong, 53, and her accomplice Kang Yoon Yong, 56, are arrested by Vietnam police in May. Photo provided by the police.

Police in Hanoi said they would hand over to the Republic of Korea (RoK) authorities two fugitives who were hunted for allegedly defrauding a dozen of victims of US$9 million in their native country. Kang Yoon Yong, 56, and his girlfriend You You Yong, 53, were arrested at a rented luxury apartment in Hanoi on May 13, police said. The couple reportedly offered a group of RoK people a chance to invest in a "horse racing business" and swindled approximately US$9.1 million from the victims in April 2012. They later fled RoK and entered Vietnam. They have never returned since. The money had been sent to an international bank account before their escape. Interpol later issued a notice searching for the pair. At a police station in Hanoi, the couple admitted to the fraud three years ago. Before the arrest, they had switched from one house to another in Hanoi to avoid detection. Local police said they are completing legal proceedings before handing over the case to RoK police. … [Read more...]