Youths from three Indochinese countries in joint photos at Bu Gia Map National Park

Under the theme “Youths of three Indochina countries join hands to protect nature and build a green lifestyle for a better world,” the exchange aimed to create an opportunity for Indochinese youths to learn more about the culture of each other’s country and engage in environmental protection activities. The event also looked to build strong relationships among youths of the three countries.

Apart from joining a game on ASEAN and the history and culture of the countries, youths of the three countries overcame all language barriers to co-perform folk songs and dances. Dressed in Ao Dai dresses (traditional long dress of the Vietnamese people) designed by fashion designer Nguyen Viet Hung, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian participants posed for group photos at Bu Gia Map National Park in Bu Gia Map district, an activity to popularize the beauty of Vietnam’s Ao dai.

Delegates releasing pythons into their natural environment to spread a message of animal preservation to the community

Chen Thearith, a Cambodian student studying at Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University (Vietnam), highlighted the program, saying that the event helped him learn more about the culture of other Indochinese countries and make more friends. “The art exchange brought youths from three countries closer together,” said Chen Thearith. 

More significantly, participating youths had an opportunity to release pythons into their natural environment and had a field trip to Bu Gia Map National Park where rare animals and herbs are being taken care of.

Manichan Xaysana, a Lao student of Ho Chi Minh city’s Nguyen Tat Thanh University, said that thanks to the trip, she could learn more about nature and the people of Binh Phuoc province.

In the talks with participating youths, Binh Phuoc province’s representative affirmed the close coordination among the three countries in protecting security in areas along the shared borderlines, promoting trade activities, strengthening cultural exchanges, and preserving the beautiful friendship among the three countries.

At the program, leaders of Binh Phuoc province presented local specialties to Lao and Cambodian students. The Ho Chi Minh City’s Union of Friendship Organization gave 300 boxes of instant noodles and 100 flashlights, worth VND 40 million, to the Youth Organization of the Binh Phuoc provincial Border Guard Command to assist the unit in combating the pandemic. 

According to the Secretary of the Youth Chapter of Binh Phuoc province, the youth friendship exchange was part of the cooperation activities of Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian youths. Over the past time, youth chapters of the three countries have conducted various activities to connect Lao and Cambodian students in Ho Chi Minh City and youths and students of Binh Phuoc province.

Cambodian and Lao students receiving gifts at the program

Over the past years, Binh Phuoc province has launched programs to provide medical assistance, present plants and breeding cattle, and give electricity to Cambodia’s Kratíe, Mondulkiri, and Kompongcham provinces and Laos’ Champasack and Savanakhet provinces, thus affirming the close friendship between Binh Phuoc province and its neighboring countries.

As reported, in early September, Ho Chi Minh City’s Union of Friendship Organization visited and presented gifts and medical supplies to troops of the Binh Phuoc provincial Border Guard Command.

Translated by Tran Hoai