US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius on Saturday wrapped up a week-long cycling tour across northern and central Vietnam to promote educational exchange and environment protection awareness.
From Hanoi, the ambassador and his team cycled through the provinces of Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. They traveled 843 kilometers in total.
Photo courtesy of the Vietnam News Agency.
The ambassador visits a bearcat at a wildlife rescue center in Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh Province.
He burns incenses at Lam Kinh, a historical site in Thanh Hoa Province.
The ambassador joins the planting of bamboo trees at a new park project in Thanh Hoa Province.
He talks to a Muong ethnic woman in Thanh Hoa.
The ambassador and his entourage say they love the Vietnamese landscape.
The ambassador presents a souvenir marking the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-US diplomatic relations to a Vietnamese boy.
He shakes hands with a resident at an HIV/AIDS treatment center in Nghe An Province.
The group cycles down a mountain pass in Ha Tinh Province.
He presents crash helmets to children at a SOS village in Ha Tinh Province.
The cycling tour is named Hanh Trinh Moi (New Journey).
He shakes hands with local people along the way.
The ambassador and his entourage get on a boat tour to Phong Nha Cave in Quang Binh Province.
The ambassador is greeted by hundreds of students of Quang Binh University.
The ambassador walks on Hien Luong Bridge, a landmark that during the Vietnam War divided the country into two regions.
The ambassador arrives in the former imperial city of Hue, the final destination of the cycling tour, on January 30.