Don Village elephants draw crowds (10-10-2008) Tours in the Central Highlands are using more unusual transport to give visitors a special view of the area. by Tan An Come on over: Visitors to Ede house in the tourism area of Lake Lak. The Dac Lac Province expects to draw 1.5 million tourists each year in the period of 2007-10. Cheers ears: Visitors ride elephants along Srepok River. — Photos Hong Ky DAC LAC — Leaving HCM City, our tour group travelled on National Route 14, passing through former battlefields to reach the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands), an area rich in mystery and natural beauty that has become popular with foreign and local travellers. Under clear skies, we rode on comfortable buses until we reached the streets of Buon Ma Thuot city and spotted groups of ethnic minorities, carrying farm products to sell at the market. After a brief rest in town, we visited Don Village, famed for its domesticated elephants, to see a traditional suspension … [Read more...] about Don Village elephants draw crowds
VietNamNet Bridge – Some ministries, branches and local authorities tend to apply cloud computing in order to cut down the investment costs, minimize risks and optimize the efficiency. However, they have also been warned about the high risks. The pioneers Nguyen Huu Chinh, Director of the MONRE’s Information Technology (IT) Department, said that after the first period of “virtualizing” the IT infrastructure, the ministry has successfully cut down 20 percent of the investment costs. When necessary, the ministry can use necessary resources got from the “clouds”, and after use, it gives them back to the “clouds” of others’ use, which allows using resources in the most economical way. With the initial results, MONRE proves to be relatively self-confident in the feasibility of the strategy on using cloud computing for IT applications in the branch. Besides the use of cloud computing, the ministry is also trying to standardize database, … [Read more...] about Ministries at a start of applying cloud technology
VietNamNet Bridge – As the story about applying cloud computing in Vietnam is getting hot, policy makers have been urged to set up a legal framework to “drive the clouds to the orbit”.Should Vietnam ride on a long rein? Tran Viet Huan, a senior executive of IBM Vietnam, said that developed countries all pursue the policy on encouraging cloud computing. The subjects joining cloud computing all have to bear the regulations stipulated in relating laws already. For example, the EU and Malaysia have the law on protecting the privacy of personal data, which means that the data on the clouds will also be covered by the law. Therefore, the existence of specific policies for cloud computing may hinder the development of the new technology. Nguyen Manh Quyen, Deputy Director of the E-Commerce and Information Technology Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, also thinks that no need to design a specific policy for cloud computing. Quyen said that Vietnam now has the … [Read more...] about What policy for cloud computing in Vietnam?
The Hanoi Times - It seems unlikely that airfares will be lowered in 2009, despite lower purchasing power and the 10% air fuel import tax decrease. Many people are now considering booking tours for the April 30 – May 1 holiday, which will last four days this year. one of the things they most want to know is whether airfares will be lowered by air carriers to encourage tourists in the context of the economic downturn. And the answer is – not likely. Experts believe that airfare discounts will only be available for those who travel under the ‘Impressive Vietnam’ programme. Airfares to remain high Jetstar Pacific has affirmed that it still has a lot of tickets for flights during the April 30 – May 1 holiday; however, it has advised passengers to draw up travel plans right now, as they can get cheaper airfares if they book tickets soon, according to the airline. Meanwhile, an official from Vietnam Airlines, the national flag air carrier, has … [Read more...] about Airfares to remain in the clouds
(Cinet)- Located within the area of Muong Hoa valley, about 8 kilometers from Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, Ta Van Commune is a popular destination for those who love to experience a memorable homestay in a local ethnic people’s house and share the dinner with them as a member of their family. Being at the altitude of 1,200 – 1,500m, annual average temperature of Ta Van is 15 – 16ºC. Ta Van is home to H’mong ethnic people (occupying nearly 45%) in Den Thang, Xeo Mi Ty and Ta Van Mong villages, Giay people (35%) in Ta Van Giay village, and Dao people (20%) in Giang Ta Chai Dao Village. Ta Van Commune lies within a picturesque valley with ancient rock field, falls, spring and terrace fields... It is convenient for tourists to travel from here to other well-known destinations in Sa Pa as Lao Chai, Ta Phin, Cat Cat… Ta Van thus is the first choice of tourists on the way to discover Sa Pa. Thanks to available potential, Ta Van has become an important … [Read more...] about Community-based tourism draw tourists to Ta Van Commune