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ETIHAD CODESHARES WITH VIETNAM AIRLINES

ETIHAD CODESHARES WITH VIETNAM AIRLINESEtihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, entered into a codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines on October 30, 2011.

The agreement allows Etihad passenters to connect seamlessly through Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines’ daily services. Etihad operates a double daily service to Bangkok.

Likewise, Vietnam Airlines passengers from either Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi can connect through Bangkok to Etihad’s base in Abu Dhabi.

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L’AMNIEN BEACH RESORT REBRANDS AS ANANTARA MUI NE RESORT AND SPA

AnantaraLuxury discovery brand, Anantara, rebranded the existing L’Anmien Beach Resort to Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa on November 1, 2011.

Guests have a choice of a wide range of rooms and suites ranging from 42 square metres to the presidential suite of 178 square metres, which offers different lagoon, pool and beach perspectives. There are also 20 pool villas – either pool or beachfront – ranging from 92 to 128 square metres that boast a private lounge, open-air bathroom, private swimming pool, lagoon, and spctacular views of the gardens.

The resort has banqueting, event and meeting facilities that include five conference rooms for up to 250 participants. Other facilities include a spa offering a wealth of health, beauty and wellness treatments, a stunning beach swimming pool and a fitness centre with modern gym equipment.

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NAME CHANGE FOR ANA MANDARA NINH BINH

Ana Mandara Ninh Binh Resort & SpaAna Mandara Ninh Binh Resort & Spa changed its name to Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort & Spa from September 16, 2011.

With a total of 197 guest accommodation in villa style, the resort is set in beautiful gardens reflecting northern village style. There are three room categories – standard, deluxe and duplex. All the rooms include flat panel TV’s with satellite channels, complimentary wireless Internet acccess, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and premium personal care amenities.

The resort is an ideal venue from Hanoi or a premier choice for those who love to be pampered during a round trip in Vietnam.

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LIFE HERITAGE RESORT HALONG BAY

Life Heritage Resort Halong BayThe Life Heritage Resort Halong Bay recently came into operations with 22 private deluxe boats, along with its own land-based hub exclusive to Life Resort guests. This joit operation is to ensure guests’ comfort and convenience before and after the cruise adventure.

Each deluxe vessel has a spacious 32sqm cabin, 10sqm covered dining terrace and 18sqm sun deck. This offers guests the utmost privacy whilst enjoying the spectacular views. Cabin facilities feature a separate living area with panoramic windows, aft swim and snorkel deck, ensuite bathroom and shower, comfortable king-size beds, air-conditioning and heating, DVD/CD player and LCD television. Sun beds are located on the upper deck. We highly recommend this product for couples and honeymooner.

Soft opening special: 25% discount for one night cruise from now until December 5, 2011. Please contact us for more information.

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2011 WATER FESTIVAL CANCELLED

1This 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.

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SILKAIR CONNECTS BANDUNG WITH SINGAPORE

Silkair Bandung 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.

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JAKARTA REOPENS OLD AIRPORT FOR COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS

Halim Perdanakusuma AirportIndonesia 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.

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A NOTE FROM MANAGING DIRECTOR ANDRE SEILER

Dayak LandON 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.