Vietnam-Laos culture, sports and tourism festival wraps up hinh anh 1Lao National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou (front, second, left) and her Vietnamese countepart Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan join a traditional dance at the opening ceremony of the festival on July 5 (Photo: VNA)

Son La (VNA) – The second culture, sports and tourism festival of the Vietnam-Laos border areas wrapped up in the northern mountainous province of Son La on July 7 evening.

The three-day event aimed to mark the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Laos, and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral Treaty on Amity and Cooperation, along with saluting the Year of the Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship 2017.

Visitors were thrilled at diverse activities, including games, and the introduction of signature farm produce as well as distinctive cultural and tourist products of bordering localities of Vietnam and Laos.

Pham Van Thuy, Vice Chairman of the Son La provincial People’s Committee, spoke at the closing ceremony that the festival did help preserve and promote cultural values of localities lying along the shared border and cement the traditional friendship and special solidarity between Vietnam and Laos.

Vietnam’s provinces bordering Laos include Dien Bien and Son La in the north, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam in the central region and the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum. - VNA