This year’s Water Festival in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, to be held from November 9-11, 2011 are exceptionally cancelled. The cancellation is to preserve funds to address the effects of devastating floods throughout the Kingdom.
Singapore’s SilkAir launched a thrice-weekly Singapore-Bandung service on October 9, 2011, using an A319 aircraft with business and economy class seating. The flight frequency was increased to five times weekly from October 30.
Bandung is SilkAir’s ninth destination in Indonesia. The airline’s other Indonesian destinations are Balikpapan (Kalimantan), Lombok, Manado, Medan, Palembang (Sumatra), Pekanbaru (Sumatra), Solo and Surabaya.
Indonesia reopened the former Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on October 15, 2011 for commercial operations to help lift the strain off Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Last year Soekarno-Hatta Airport exceeded its annual traffic capacity of 23 million by about two million passengers.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines is the first carrier to avail of the renewed commercial services at Halim Perdanakusuma, connecting with Palembang (South Sumatra), Lampung and Bandung (West Java). The airport will see NO international arrivals and is used only by Merparti Nusantara Airlines until further notice.
ON THE MAHAKAM RIVER IN EAST KALIMANTAN – A JOURNEY TO DAYAK LAND
Balikpapan is the gateway to East Kalimantan with the only international airport in one of Indonesia’s largest provinces. The city is smaller then the capital Samarinda, but is a major hub for Indonesia’s oil industry with many international companies involved. The journey from Balikpapan to the boat jetty in Samarinda takes only two hours on a good road.
The wooden boat offers one large cabin on the upper deck with air-conditioning, and with space for 10 passengers sleeping on comfortable floor mats. In the boat’s front is a nice terrace furnished with chairs, which is considered the best place to watch the activities on the river. Downstairs is the semi-open dining area, a kitchen and a simple, clean bathroom.
From Samarinda the crew navigates the boat on the Mahakam River for 15 hours upstream to the remote outpost of Muara Muntai, passing villages, jungle and numerous coalmines along the way. From there the journey continues with small but fast water taxis over a large lake and past a bird sanctuary to reach Mancong, the first Dayak village on the Mahakam River. The friendly villagers, who are ancestors of the notorious headhunters, make their living from agriculture and fishing. They are proud to show visitors their wooden longhouse, which is considered the largest and best preserved in the whole of Kalimantan. A dance performance involving half of the village shows visitors that the Dayak traditions still play an important role in their daily life. However, technological modernity in the form of handphones and televisions has reached this remote part of the world.
After the village visit the journey downstream is much shorter. Next visit is to the Sultan Palace of Tenggarang near Samarinda, which also marks the end of the cruise. On the way back to Balipapan is the Samboja Lodge, which is located near a sanctuary for captured orangutans.
Asian Trails Indonesia offers a four-day package to East Kalimantan with the option to extend up to 10 days for longer cruise itineraries up the Mahakam River.
The Golf Club Datai Bay in Langkawi has been closed since October 1, 2011 for upgrading works that will see the birth of a new golf course of international distinction. It is designed by South African Ernie Els, one of the most successful golfers in the history of the game. Having won more than 60 tournaments since turning professional in 1989, Els’ remarkable and inspiring success on the golf course has been replicated in his portfolio of award-winning golf course designs throughout the world.
The new Ernie Els designed course is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013.
MALAYSIA YEAR-END SALE (M-YES)
NOVEMBER 15, 2011-JANUARY 1, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA
Malaysia’s Year-End sale is back with great discounts. Malaysians and visitors alike look forward to the festival for the unbelievable discounts, bargains and promotions.
Load your shopping carts with gifts, souvenirs, branded items and everything else you need for the year-end festive season!
HARI RAYA AIDILADHA
NOVEMBER 6, 2011
VENUE: THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA
Commonly known as Hari Raya Haji or Hari Raya Qurban, the festival marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mekah, which is performed by millions of Muslims annually. Muslims in Malaysia celebrate the festival with prayers and sacrifice of cattle.
Rediscovering La Voie Royale, the Royal Road, in Angkor on a bike!
On the weekend of October 7-9 more than 100 bike enthusiasts from the French Bank Societe Generale took part in the second edition of the “SG Siem Reap Charity Bike Ride” in the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Participants were divided into two groups – Skill Riders and Fun Riders. They had to complete the different tracks, which took them through beautiful landscapes of lush green rice fields, dotted with ancient temples.
Day one ended with a massage session followed by a well-deserved candle-lit dinner by the pool.
The journey resumed on day two. It ended at Le Jardin des D’lices, the Training Restaurant of the Paul Dubrule Hotel and Tourism School, where a sumptuous lunch buffet awaited the heroic bikers. Participants received a Certificate of Achievement for successfully completing the charity bike ride.
The event was the talk of the town, and our company’s visibility was at its peak! Asian Trails once again demonstrates its ability to organise a fun and successful team-building event. The event organisers look forward to work again with Asian Trails for their forth-coming events.