Huge crowds trekked to the remote rice terraces of northern Vietnam on Saturday to see a "crystal cloud" installation featuring 58,000 shimmering beads aimed at boosting beads in a region better known for agriculture than bling-inspired public art. Local farmers mingled with curious tourists to capture photos of the netting decorated with Swarovski crystals and draped over towering bamboo and steel poles on the top of the terraced hill in Yen Bai province. Some were in awe of the unexpected display in the far-flung rice field. "This is very unique, I've never seen any outdoor exhibit like this," said tourist Vu Chi Bao. "When the sun shines and reflects on the crystals... it looks wonderful." Farmer Lu Thi Ly was amazed at the growing crowds coming to the site. "We can't believe this many people know about these rice terraces now, these crystals have made them more popular," he said. But not all were dazzled. The "crystal cloud" is a netting decorated with Swarovski crystals … [Read more...] about ‘Crystal cloud’ installation draws crowds to Vietnam rice terrace
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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 – 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
Investigators into the AirAsia flight which crashed into the sea off Indonesia are focusing on the timing of the crew's request to climb to a higher altitude to avoid bad weather as a possible factor behind the tragedy, a source close to the probe said. As Indonesian ships and aircraft recovered debris and bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501, the investigation into what happened on Sunday, when the aircraft carrying 162 people disappeared from radars, has only just begun. Among the early lines of inquiry is whether the crew could have asked to ascend, or climbed on their own initiative in case of emergency, at an earlier stage, and what role storms in the area might have played. "We know that the weather was very bad in this area, there was a storm," said the official, who declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the press. "Why did he (the pilot) request to climb at that stage? Should he have climbed earlier? Other aircraft were flying at a higher altitude in that area. … [Read more...] about AirAsia crash probe focuses on timing of request to climb, weather