Looking back on President Ho Chi Minh’s stay in Thailand hinh anh 1The President Ho Chi Minh relic site in Ban Dong (Photo: VNA)

Bangkok (VNA) -
Late President Ho Chi Minh spent the early days after returning from Europe in the northern Thai province of Phichit to prepare for the establishment of a single party in Vietnam.

After his 17-year journey for national salvation, President Ho arrived in Bangkok in July 1928 and began efforts to promote patriotism among the Vietnamese community.

While in Bangkok, he often stayed at Vietnamese pagodas such as Mongkhol Samalkhol, Somsanam Boriharn, and Locunukho.

He then moved to Ban Dong in Phichit, which has more than 20 Vietnamese families in one hamlet, and organised meetings there.

He and some of his comrades then headed to the northeast of Thailand, where many Vietnamese people were also living.

The President brought a breath of fresh air to the patriotic movement among overseas Vietnamese, winning the love, respect, and admiration not only of the Vietnamese but also of local authorities.

In December 2013, local authorities began construction of the President Ho Chi Minh relic site and museum within the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Centre in Ban Dong.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat and Phichit Governor Weerasak Wichitsaengsri said the site would contribute to tightening the relationship between the two countries.

Located 350 km from Bangkok, the site is the third dedicated to President Ho in Thailand, along with two others in Udon Thani and Nakhon Phanom. It attracts thousands of Vietnamese in Thailand and from around the world./.