Bangkok celebrates Vietnam National Day in style (gallery)

Bangkok celebrates Vietnam National Day in style (gallery)

Vietnamese nationals around the world yesterday celebrated their 70th National Day anniversary commencing with an inspiring and colourful parade in the capital, Hanoi, with embassies, consulates and Vietnamese communities globally joining in the celebrations.

In Bangkok the Vietnam Ambassador to Bangkok Nguyen Tat Thành and wife Nguyen Tu Huyen hosted a lavish reception for the historic day at Plaza Athenee Hotel which several hundred members of the Vietnamese community and friends of Vietnam in Bangkok attended.

In addition to touching on some of Vietnam’s history, Ambassador Thành reflected on where Vietnam stands today – a vibrant and dynamic country with a young and capable workforce that is contributing daily to Vietnam standing out in the region as a major destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) with strong export growth.

Among the bevy of foreign diplomatic staff and Thai officials joining the celebrations was former deputy prime minister of Thailand Pichai Rattakul who over the years has helped build Thailand’s relationship with Vietnam.

With an abundance of food and drink the 2015 Vietnam National Day celebrations continued late into the night ensuring Vietnam’s 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (Cách mạng tháng Tám) by the Việt Minh against French colonial rule that led to the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945 will be long remembered in Bangkok.

 

Bangkok celebrates Vietnam National Day in style slide gallery

 

Photos John Le Fevre

 

To all of our Vietnamese readers we wish you all sức khoẻ và thịnh vượng

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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