Vietnam and Thailand jointly issued a set of commemorative stamps to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the​ir diplomatic ties. (Photo: Internet)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Thailand jointly issued a set of commemorative stamps in Hanoi and Bangkok on August 5 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations (August 6, 1976).

The stamp set, which consists of two pieces, features the traditional puppetry of Vietnam and Thailand.

The first tells the legend of Hoan Kiem Lake where Le Loi returned his magic sword to the Golden Turle after his forces defeated the Ming Chinese army in 1428; while the second features Thailand’s folk puppet play, Hun Krabrok, by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The set, designed by painters Nguyen Du from Vietnam and Pisit Prasitthanadoon from Thailand, will be on sale until June 30, 2018.

Speaking at the joint stamp issue event, Deputy Minister of Information and Telecommunication Nguyen Minh Hong lauded the firm and effective cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand over recent years.

The joint stamp issue will help strengthen the mutual understanding between their peoples and foster postal collaboration between the two countries.

The Vietnam Post Corporation also took the occasion to launch ASEAN Stamp, a mobile application presenting postage stamps of ASEAN member states which can be scanned with AR technology in order to display related content vividly.

Vietnam and Thailand officially established diplomatic relations on August 6, 1976. Thailand was Vietnam’s fifth largest trade partner and also the 10 th largest investor in Vietnam with 392 projects worth 7 billion USD last year.-VNA