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A very original summer vacation for young people in Ho Chi Minh City

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Young people go for a horseback ride. Photo: TN/CVN

In Saigon Farm Horse in Phong Phu Township, Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, one of the favorite activities for kids is horseback riding led by a trainer, passing by lawns, village roads, grass fields at dawn or dusk.

“Parents are increasingly interested in their children’s extracurricular activities. Riding a horse is a sporting activity that helps them exercise, learn perseverance and courage, and love animals”explained Lê Tiên Tông, co-founder of the farm who was once a jockey at the Phu Tho racecourse (North).

Created 5 years ago, this farm raises horses from Australia, England and Arabia which have received pretty names such as Nadal Khan, Ma Siêu, Arya… It attracts a large number of young practitioners, especially on weekends or in the summer.

At first, “I have to teach the children to feed the horses, talk to them to get to know them, ride on their backs, then hold the reins and direct them“, explained Mr. Tông.

Children must take a basic riding lesson. Young people over 18 who have passed the basic level can learn more difficult skills such as galloping, obstacle course, archery on horseback… The fees vary between 6 and 7 million of dong/course.

On the golf course

It’s not a weekend, but Ky Hoa golf course located at 10e district of Ho Chi Minh City is crowded with children taking part in the “kid golf” course.

On the Ky Hoà golf course in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: TN/CVN

In July, young people under 16 take a free course, their parents only have to pay the fee of 100,000 VND / 100 balls.

With 8 lessons, young people were introduced to golf, warm-up, preparation, use of clubs. In the following sessions, they can play with the golf club Noh7, roll the ball with the putter, practice hitting with the wooden club, put the ball on the target at short distance…

According to Lâm Thi Khanh Yên, 26, director of the Vietnam Golf Academy, more and more families are interested in golf. If parents love golf, their children discover it too.

Thanks to these courses, the academy has found young talents for long-term training and preparation for professional competition such as Nguyên Kiêu Phuong (14 years old), Thai Thuc Quyên (7 years old), who have been learning golf since six months.

Learn good manners

In a dining room, a plate of pan-fried salmon, a portion of fries and a glass of mineral water are posed in front of the children. How do you properly cut salmon, hold a glass of water, or use a napkin to wipe your mouth?
Or, how to greet and get to know in front of a crowd. These are skills children will learn in classes at the URA Vietnam Etiquette Academy in Ho Chi Minh City.

In a class of teacher Dang Bao Trâm in URA Vietnam Etiquette Academy in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: TN/CVN

According to Dang Bao Trâm, co-founder of the establishment, the etiquette classes will give children soft skills. If they learn to respect themselves, they learn to respect others and to behave in a correct way.

Nguyên Huong, from Ho Chi Minh City, a mother of two attending an etiquette class at the academy, shared that this is the first time they have learned manners. At first, “I thought my children would get bored quickly, but surprisingly they were very interested and asked me to continue studying”.

Good manners are that set of attitudes, gestures, behaviors or verbal expressions that are considered to conform to good manners. They contribute to harmonious relations between individuals in a group, whether within the family, among friends, at school or in the neighbourhood. That is why it is desirable to teach children good manners.

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