Travellers Notes (05-05-2007) Kaoshiung-HCM City direct flights launched Taiwan carrier Mandarin Airlines has launched direct Kaoshiung-HCM City service on four weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The return Kaoshiung-HCM City trip costs US$360. The carrier will make the service daily beginning July 15. TransViet Travel, the carrier’s general agent in HCM City, said the sharp increase in bookings for the Kaoshiung-HCM City flights, which was launched by the carrier in late 2006, has resulted in Mandarin Airlines’ decision to launch the new Kaoshiung-HCM City service. Nghe An celebrates 100th anniversary of Cua Lo Nghe An province opened a tourism festival on May 2, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cua Lo Town, the province’s tourism hub. The festival, which begins the local fishing season with hopes of favourable rain and wind in the province, includes a boat race, a beach volleyball tournament, a football tournament for children and a tennis competition. Cua Lo Town has now 202 hotels, including the four-star Sai Gon-Kim Lien Hotel and the three-star Xanh Hotel. Japan Airlines to increase number of HCM City flights Japan Airlines will add a Saturday flight between Tokyo and HCM City beginning June 2 in response to popular demand. JAL currently offers five flights per week between the two cities on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays, and Sundays. Including code shares, JAL will offer 35 flights per week on six routes between Japan and Viet Nam, serving four cities in Japan and Ha Noi and HCM City in Viet Nam….