Northern highlanders search for horses for yearly race

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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 … [Read more...]

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Bac Ha Traditional Horse Race

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Horse racing of ethnic groups in northwestern mountain region

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(VOVworld) - Bac Ha district in Lao Cai province is attractive for its stunning mountain views and fantastic festivals. The most interesting event is the horse race festival in June which has existed for nearly 100 years. The jockeys are farmers and the racehorses are packhorses. VOV brings you the boisterous atmosphere of horse racing on the Bac Ha plateau. In the past, the horse race began in a field, crossed the hills, and finished at the town center. When a jockey was near the finish … [Read more...]

Enjoy spring with horse racing in Bac Ha

The Saigon Times Daily The horse is the friend of the people of Bac Ha as it helps them with transportation and farming duties and the horse racing which existed in the mind of Bac Ha people as a myth, became a unique traditional culture of the 'white plateau'. Ba Ha now owns thousands of horses and during Sunday markets hundreds of horses are bought and sold. Horses which excel in racing are required to be strong, tall, solid, with white teeth, smooth fur and good health, while horses … [Read more...]

Viet Nam tourists head north by northwest

Long and winding road: Pha Din Mountain Pass in Son La Province, a famous landscape and a must-see for tours to the northwest. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Truong

In recent years, the Northwest has become a popular destination for eager Vietnamese and Western backpackers with a taste for the unfamiliar. On a rainy summer's day in Ha Noi, a group of Western backpackers, bags fastened to their muddy motorcycles, return to the crowded city after trekking through some of Viet Nam's northwest provinces. It is no surprise that in recent years, the Northwest has become a popular destination for eager Vietnamese and Western backpackers with a taste for the … [Read more...]

VN tourists head north by northwest

Striding forwards: Tourists visit Ta Phin Cultural Village in Sa Pa (Lao Cai Province). In recent years, many Vietnamese and foreign visitors have chosen the northwest as their number one holiday destination. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh

On a rainy summer's day in Ha Noi, a group of Western backpackers, bags fastened to their muddy motorcycles, return to the crowded city after trekking through some of Viet Nam's northwest provinces. It is no surprise that in recent years, the Northwest has become a popular destination for eager Vietnamese and Western backpackers with a taste for the unfamiliar. Cultural diversity is among many reasons why tourists have flocked to the region. "I had heard a lot about the Northwest of Viet … [Read more...]

Lao Cai attracts increased tourist numbers

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(VEN) - In the first six months of 2012, Lao Cai Province received an estimated 606,660 tourists. The figures included 265,980 foreign tourists, a 26.6 percent increase compared with the same period last year. Revenue from tourism reached nearly VND1.13 trillion, equal to 62.65 percent of the yearly plan and up 53.29 percent compared with the same period last year. Sa Pa is the most attractive tourist destination in Lao Cai Province. In the first half of this year, Sa Pa welcomed 282,514 … [Read more...]

Annual horse race takes place in Bac Ha plateau

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As many as 66 amateur jockeys from the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang attended the 2012 horse race in Bac Ha town on June 10. Horse-race in Bac Ha Bac Ha Traditional Horse Race Fierce competition in the final round which involved 32 horsemen from Mong, Dao and Tay ethnic minority groups drew enthusiastic applause from local people and foreign tourists. Vang Van Huynh from Lao Cai, who successfully defended his 2011 champion title, got a cash prize of VND20 … [Read more...]

Horse-race in Bac Ha

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Bac Ha district in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai is famous for not only its beautiful landscape with immense forests adorned with white plum and bauhinia flowers in blossom, but also the Horse-race Festival, which represents unique feature in the cultural and spiritual life of the local people. In the past, horse-racing happened on impulse after a hard day's work of gathering corn, rice and cassava. The men would get together to see who had the fastest horse, along with showing … [Read more...]

“Return to the Roots” tourism programme kicks off

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A ceremony to launch the "Return to the Roots" tourism programme 2011 was held in Nghia Lo, Yen Bai province on February 26. This is a tourism cooperative programme between the northern provinces of Yen Bai, Phu Tho and Lao Cai. At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan praised the three provinces’ efforts in promoting tourism and said their cooperation provides a good example for others to follow. He said he hopes the programme will create more tourism products … [Read more...]

2010 “Return to the roots” tourism programme announced

The Lao Cai provincial People's Committee held a press briefing in Hanoi on December 11 to introduce the "return to the roots" tourism programme 2010 in the three northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu Tho. In Lao Cai province there will be activities associated with the programme, such as an Upper Temple festival in February, an "in the clouds" festival in Sapa in late April and early May, a traditional horse race in Bac Ha in June, and "conquer Fanxipan Mountain" and a … [Read more...]

FANSIPAN EXPLORING ITINERARY 2009 – A new activity of ”Back to Origin” Programme

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The "Back to Origin" Programme co-organised by north-western provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu Tho has, so far, gained considerable achievements of socio-economic development and cultural exchange. Nonetheless, according to a number of tourism specialists and travel firms, there exists monotonousness and uncreativeness in events organisation, especially the lack of involvement of tourism businesses. Attempting to improve the situation, Lao Cai Province has organised Fansipan climbing … [Read more...]

Horse racing in Bac Ha to start

Photo: VNN PANO - Horse Racing 2009 will kick off on May 30 th at the Bac Ha Town Centre in Lao Cai Province, said Tran Huu Son, head of the provincial Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism. More than 50 horses from the Northern mountainous provinces of Ha Giang, Lai Chau, Yen Bai and Son La will compete with each other on a distance of 1.5km. The horse racing is a part of the programme titled "Travel to the Root 2009", jointly launched by the three provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 12/3

Vietnamese dancers present classical ballet Dancers from the Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) will perform at the Ha Noi Opera House on Thursday night. The performance, called Sac Mau Tinh Yeu (Colours of Love), will also see the participation of VNOB's director and People's Artist Pham Anh Phuong and British conductor Graham Sutcliffe. The first part of the performance features compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang A Mozart, Charles Gounod, Erich W Korngold, Gioachino … [Read more...]

Lao Cai cave listed as national relic

A cave in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai has been recognised as a national relic, bringing the total number of the locality's national relic sites to 17. A certificate to this effect was handed over to the local authorities by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at a ceremony on March 9. Thien Long cave, also called Rong (dragon) cave, is part of Rong mountain in Ta Van Chu commune, Bac Ha district. It stretches about 470 metre in length and stands 1,000 metres above … [Read more...]

Lao Cai pioneers in developing community-based tourism

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TITC) - Located in the Northwest mountainous region with many unique values of majestic natural landscapes as well as specific cultural identities of ethnic groups, Lao Cai is one of pioneer provinces in developing community-based tourism associated with culture and eco tourism. With the motto "Culture is foundation and guideline to create strengths, tourism products and combine tourism exploitation with culture conservation of ethnic minorities to attract tourists", since 2005, Lao Cai has … [Read more...]

It’s boom time in Sa Pa’s hills

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VietNamNet Bridge ' As many as 10,000 visitors are expected to travel to the highlands of Sa Pa on the coming National Day holidays this weekend, said Lao Cai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism director Tran Huu Son. Situated in a picturesque part of the northern province of Lao Cai, Sa Pa was the site of a French resort during colonial times, and has since become one of the most popular travel destinations in the country, said Son. … [Read more...]

Homestays hope to welcome more visitors to Sa Pa

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HA NOI ' As many as 10,000 visitors are expected to travel to the highlands of Sa Pa on the coming National Day holiday next month, said Lao Cai Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism director Tran Huu Son. Situated in a picturesque part of the northern province of Lao Cai, Sa Pa was the site of a French hill station during colonial times, and has since become one of the most popular travel destinations in the country, said Son. … [Read more...]

Bac Ha holds annual horse race

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More than 60 amateur jockeys from 11 communes in Bac Ha district, northern Lao Cai province, attended the 2010 horse race in the district's stadium on June 19. After 3 hours of fierce competition, the organising board presented a cash prize of VND20 million to the winner, Ly Seo Ao, from Ban Pho commune. Thao Seo Phu from Ta Van Chu commune was the runner up, and Vang Van Huynh from Na Hoi commune was third. The horse race is an annual tourism event held jointly by the three mountain … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 12/3

Vietnamese dancers present classical ballet Dancers from the Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) will perform at the Ha Noi Opera House on Thursday night. The performance, called Sac Mau Tinh Yeu (Colours of Love), will also see the participation of VNOB's director and People's Artist Pham Anh Phuong and British conductor Graham Sutcliffe. The first part of the performance features compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang A Mozart, Charles Gounod, Erich W Korngold, Gioachino … [Read more...]