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Sweet Deals - 16 August 2018
August 17, 2018

Sweet Deals - 16 August 2018

Check out these offerings at Natas

MORE FUN AT SEA

MORE FUN AT SEA

Genting Dream will be featuring Mandopop concerts by popular Taiwanese songstress A-Lin and rock duo Power Station on some of its cruises.

A-Lin will be performing on the 5N Penang– Langkawi–Penang Cruise (from $799) departing on Aug 26, while Power Station will be on the 2N KL Cruise (from $399) departing on Nov 7.

For the 3N Phuket Cruise (from $490) from Sept 16 to 19, enter the fantasy world of anime, video games and movies at Asia’s biggest cosplay event at sea, dress up as your favourite character, or rub shoulders with cosplayers and fans.

There’s also the 3N Mid-Autumn Theme Cruise with Ah Lun to Phuket (from $490) from Sept 23 to 26.

Visit Booth 3H25 or www.dreamcruiseline.com/en-sg/cruiseoffers/ for details on other promotions and deals including free sailings for seniors or kids and complimentary balcony upgrades.

SPOILT FOR CHOICE

SPOILT FOR CHOICE

During the 9D Five Epic National Parks trip with Trafalgar (Booth 3H21), visit the Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon in the United States.

Trafalgar’s 9D Impressions of South America takes you to Buenos Aires in Argentina, Ipanema in Brazil, and the Iguazu Falls bordering the two countries.

Trafalgar has a new 2019 USA & Canada programme that offers 39 hand-crafted itineraries to over 80 cities across North America. Save up to 15 per cent on 2019 USA & Canada trips. For South America bookings, enjoy attractive all-in airfares with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from US$1,888 (S$2,594) along with early bird savings of 10 per cent and US$300 cash rebate per couple.

Plus, get special preview prices for Trafalgar’s 2019 “First Look” Europe & Britain itineraries. Speak with a Trafalgar travel expert or visit your preferred travel agent at the fair.

IN FOR A TREAT

IN FOR A TREAT

It is one thing to read about the Dead Sea. But it is a different story to have floated in its waters under the blue skies. Pack your swimwear for the 11D8N Fascinating Jordan & Israel tour with EU Holidays (Booth 4H54) and get set for a trip that features lots of historical wonders.

In Jordon, stop by Petra, an ancient archaeological site set in a red sandstone landscape. Also, tour Wadi Rum, the filming location for several Hollywood movies including the sci-fi film, The Martian.

In Israel, the holy city of Jerusalem and metropolis Tel Aviv are highlights. While the former leaves its marks on Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the latter charms the young at heart with its beaches, malls, nightlife and more.

TRAVEL EASY

TRAVEL EASY

Find out more about the fuss-free packages offered by Hong Thai Travel (Booth 3H29).

The 8D Jewel of Korea/+*Free 1N Hotel stops in Jeonju, Wando, Damyang and Seoul. Sign up as a pair — first person pays $1,199; the second pays $599.

For the 8D Hokkaido East & Shiretoko/“Dai-manzoku”/+* Free 1N Hotel, travellers will visit Sapporo, Lake Akan, Tokachigawa and Asahikawa. Sign up for two people and the first person pays $2,999; the second, $1,599.

The 11/13D Mystical Caucasus includes Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia in its itinerary. Prices start from $2,588 with discounts of up to $1,000.

Visit www.hongthai.com.sg for more information or call 6533-1788 / 22.

OFF TO DOWN UNDER

OFF TO DOWN UNDER

Fly to Gold Coast with Scoot and get 20 per cent off selected fares with your promo code “NATAS20”. The discount is offered from 10am on Aug 16 to 11.59pm on Aug 19. The travel period is from now till Aug 30, and from Oct 10 to Nov 15. Visit www.flyscoot.com/goldcoast for more.

For a trip with loads of Instagram worthy views, impress your social media following with posts about your holiday at Gold Coast — 900 to 1,500m above the ground in a hot-air balloon ride, a Southern Cross 4WD tour to appreciate floral and fauna or jet boating along Gold Coast’s waterways.

Scoot is the only budget airline that flies directly from Singapore to Gold Coast five times a week on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Enjoy four times the cabin moisture, adjustable headrests and footrests, larger overhead cabins, quieter engines and a wide-body aircraft. Ancillaries for a fee include in-flight Wi-Fi, ScooTV in-flight entertainment, in-seat charging outlets and pre-ordering of premium food selections from Scoot Café.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Go on trips with Dynasty Travel (Booth 3H24) and leave the planning to the experts.

Sign up for the 15D11N Antarctica Expedition Cruise — The Journey of A Lifetime and departing in November next year.

Spend nine nights on board to experience the closest access to wildlife and nature.

Enjoy a lucky draw, and save up to $3,000 per couple.

For the Brisbane, Farmstay & Sunshine Coast Adventure, enjoy a farmstay experience, a full day Great Beach Drive 4WD tour and other highlights.

Lucky draw and discounts are available at the show.

Go to www.dynastytravel.com.sg for more details.

CRUISE IN STYLE

CRUISE IN STYLE

From September this year to June next year, Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas is offering 3- to 7N cruises from Singapore to destinations such as Penang, Langkawi, Phuket, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

The ship can accommodate more than 4,200 passengers. Attractions on board include the FlowRider surf simulator, Studio B Ice Skating Rink, Adventure Ocean Activities for kids and teens, the Royal Promenade with its duty-free boutiques, a 24/7 café, live music and lots of good food.

Special deals from Royal Caribbean International (Booth 4H43) include an $11 upgrade to balcony accommodation (exclusively for HSBC credit card holders), second guest pays $11 and four-to-go from $1,088.

Call 6305-0033 or visit www.royalcarib bean.com.sg for more.

SPECTACULAR SCENERY

SPECTACULAR SCENERY

Get ready for Insight Vacations’ 16D Spectacular Scandinavia and its Fjords (from US$4,950).

Or join the 15D Great Western American Adventure (from US$5,250). The former brings you to Denmark, Sweden and Norway, while the latter covers adventures from San Francisco to Las Vegas with stops in Monument Valley, Los Angeles, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.

Insight Vacations (Booth 4H37) is offering savings of up to US$400 for selected trips to Europe. Additionally, there is also 10 per cent savings for Greece and Eastern Mediterranean trips, as well as 2019 Europe and Britain Preview trips. To book, call 6922-5950, visit www.insightvacations.com or check with your preferred travel agent at the fair.

If you are in the mood for cruises such as along Europe’s waterways, drop by Uniworld’s booth (Booth 4H41).

Uniworld recently won the Cruise Critic’s Best European River Cruise Line award, and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best River Cruise Line in its 2018 World’s Best Awards.

Travel along water routes such as the Danube.

Enjoy up to US$2,000 savings on selected sailings when you book before Aug 30, subject to availability. Visit www.uniworld.com or contact your travel agent at Natas for more details.

NON-STOP FLIGHTS

NON-STOP FLIGHTS

In addition to its flight to San Francisco, Singapore Airlines (Booth 4H55) will be launching two more non-stop flights to the United States.

On Oct 11, it will offer service to New York and on Nov 2, it will start flights to Los Angeles using the new A350-900ULR.

Book by Aug 23 to enjoy Premium Economy Class all-in return fares from $1,838.

Visit singaporeair.com or any of Singapore Airlines’ appointed travel agencies at the fair for details.

TAKE OFF

TAKE OFF

Sign up for a package with CTC Travel (Booth 3H01) and pack your bags for your trip.

Hunt for the Northern Lights and stay in the Modern Igloo during the 10D Finland + Norway Aurora Experience to Finland and Norway (from $3,988).

For the 10/12D Unforgettable Turkey, enjoy a 1-for-1 deal (from $999); get airport taxes waived and also receive an early bird discount. The trip covers Istanbul, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Amasya and Bolu.

Explore Sydney, Hunter Valley, Phillip Island and Melbourne on the 8D Awesome Sydney & Melbourne (from $2,188). Sign up as a pair and receive discounts of up to $400 per couple.

Join the 8D Harbin Winter Fantasy tour with filmmaker Royston Tan and journey to Volga Manor, Snow Town, Harbin, Changchun, Jilin, Shenyang and Dongbei. One of the stops, Snow City, was the filming location of the Chinese reality TV show Where Are We Going, Dad?. On a first-come-first-serve basis, sign up as a pair and receive discounts of up to $100 per pair.

ENHANCED INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

ENHANCED INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

On June 14, Thai Airways (Booth 3H22) introduced Live TV on board the Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900.

With the Panasonic Avionics eXTV system’s live streaming, passengers can watch live news from CNN, BBC and NHK and live sports broadcast from the Sport 24 channel.

The airline recently received three Skytrax 2018 World Airline Awards including World’s Best Economy Class for the second year in a row; World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa for the fourth consecutive year for Business Class and First Class passengers; and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering for the second successive year.

Check out Thai Airways’ special summer sales promotion this season.

LUXURY SAILING

LUXURY SAILING

At the Princess Cruises booth at the fair (Booth 4H49), see how the Princess Luxury Bed enhances the ultimate night of refreshing sleep at the exclusive Princess Luxury Bed showcase.

Also, the first 200 guests each day will get a free exclusive Princess Cruises Travel Sleep Kit.

Other promotions at Natas include the pick your perk deal — book a flycruise voyage sailing by November this year and get free Internet usage of 100 minutes or, free onboard credits up to US$200. Or sign up for a 3- to 5N cruise from Singapore departing November to March next year, and enjoy free on-board credits up to US$200, plus free unlimited soda package for two. Plus, book a worldwide cruise for 2019 and get free on-board credits up to US$500 plus free gratuities.

TIME TO GO

TIME TO GO

Enjoy special fares from Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) — $838 for Wellington, $998 for Auckland and $1,098 for Christchurch.

From Oct 28, ANZ and SIA will jointly launch a third daily evening flight between Singapore and Auckland, allowing for more seamless domestic connections within New Zealand.

Visit airnewzealand.com.sg or singaporeair.com/newzealand for more information.

UNIQUE DESTINATIONS

UNIQUE DESTINATIONS

ASA Holidays (Booth 4H53) offers unique itineraries to exotic destinations like the Caucasus, Bhutan, Siberia (Russia) and Inner Mongolia.

Food lovers will enjoy itineraries such as the 8D Taiwan Michelin Tour, where they can visit The Michelin Guide Taipei 2018 Bib Gourmand eateries. These include Fu Zhou Black Pepper Bun, Hao Gong Dao Jin Ji Yuan, Fu Hang Soy Milk and Michelin one-star restaurant Three Coins.

During Natas, customers will enjoy special deals like free travel for the second passenger on select European itineraries. Plus, buy one and get up to two free return air tickets to Guilin via SilkAir.

Other highlights at the show include rewards worth up to $250,000 such as: 

- Holiday & Win Grand Lucky Draw 2016 – 2018: The grand prize of a Mercedes-Benz A180 will be drawn on Aug 19 at 3pm; 

- Name the Panda Contest (sponsored by Scoot): Stand a chance to win a pair of Scoot air tickets to Honolulu, Athens or Berlin.

JAPAN DELIGHTS

JAPAN DELIGHTS

JTB Travel Saloon (Booth 4H05) offers the 10D7N Autumn Melody in Hokkaido that explores east, central and south Hokkaido. Highlights include a cruise on Lake Akan, lavender pillow making and fruit picking.

On the 8D6N Hokkaido Winter Wonderland, admire mesmerising scenery at the Ginga and Ryusei Waterfalls, Lake Akan, Otaru Canal and Kiroro Snow Park. For three nights, enjoy the Japanese onsen experience at ryokans. At the fair, customers can also get Hokkaido Ski Packages, Japan Rail Passes, theme park tickets and more.

Special promotions include one for one deals for Tokyo or Osaka Free & Easy packages. The first three couples to book WOW group packages each day at the fair can enjoy $500 worth of discounts per couple.

ASIAN ESCAPADES

ASIAN ESCAPADES

At Jun-Air Travel (Booth 4H03), get great deals for trips to Japan and South Korea.

One itinerary covers South Korea’s Jeju Island, Seoul, and the provinces of Jeollabuk-do and Jeollanam-do. Travellers can tuck into traditional rice crackers, kimchi and other side dishes (called banchan).

Then, there’s a winter getaway to Hokkaido in Japan with its snow-capped mountains and powdery snow.

Or head to Kagoshima in southern Kyushu, Japan, to soak in Japanese onsens (hot springs).

STARS IN YOUR EYES

STARS IN YOUR EYES

CS Travel’s (Booth 4H45) exciting itineraries offer you the opportunity to travel with local celebrities.

In the 6D Discover Dubai with Bryan Wong + Seawing, visit the Dubai Desert, Grand Mosque and Burj Khalifa. Departs on Nov 15.

For the 7D Discover Gold Coast with Elvin Ng, tour highlights include Mount Coot-tha Lookout, Movie World, Sea World and Dreamworld. Departs on Dec 2.

Join the 8D Discover Korea with Zhang Zhen Huan to see Daedunsan Provincial Park and Jagalchi Market. Shopping in hot spots such as Myeongdong is also included. Departs on Oct 19.

Or check out the 8D Discover Taiwan with Guoliang itinerary. Highlights include Sun Moon Lake, Shilin Night Market, Jiufen, Raohe Night Market, Taipei 101 and Ximending. Departs on Dec 7.

HAVE DISCOUNTS, WILL TRAVEL

HAVE DISCOUNTS, WILL TRAVEL

Receive an extra luggage from UOB Travel (Booth 3H28) for Europe bookings.

Passengers paying with UOB credit cards can earn up to 13 per cent cash back on trips with Club Med, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, Celebrity Cruises and more.

Travellers can get exclusive cash back and discounts on Japan and Korea group tours.

Planning a family holiday? A child gets to travel for free with two paying adults to Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, Seoul and Hong Kong Disneyland. Customers can also stand a chance to win a Club Med holiday daily at the show.

Terms and conditions apply for all deals and promotions.

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Enjoy durians at the source in Penang

IF YOU’RE headed to Penang this month and you’re a hardcore durian fan, then you’d want to hit the durian farms in Balik Pulau to feast rather than settle for stalls in town.

Farther away from the city centre, the price of durians at the farms are by the kilogram.

You could even make an enlightening eco-excursion out of it, rather than just have a durian buffet.

Farms such as Green Acres and Bao Sheng Durian Farm offer a different proposition, as their fees include a tour and discussion on sustainable farming and durian growing.

It’s better to call ahead to “book” your timing, especially if your party is large. Okay Jungle Durians is a good place to start as it has a range of kampung, or “wild”, durians and branded durians, and it’s easy to get to.

Green Acres is more of an adventure, and is located about a 10-minute drive up the narrow road after Okay Jungle Durians. It’s well worth a visit, though, for the experience and the views. You definitely have to book ahead. For RM80 (S$28.50) per person, visitors get a tour of the farm and unlimited supply of whatever fruit are in season.

For a pleasant, leisurely durian eating experience, Stone House on the other side of Balik Pulau has a large porch filled with about nine big tables for you to have your buffet of durians. The setting is also very idyllic, with a view of Stone House’s landscaped grounds.

Lastly, both amateurs and connoisseurs should head to Bao Sheng Durian Farm, also on the Sungai Pinang side, if they really want to find out about Penang’s durians. The farm is one of the first to go organic, and Chang Teik Seng, or Ah Seng as he’s called, is an excellent “teacher” of all things durian. The farm is located in Sungai Pinang, on the road towards Teluk Bahang or Batu Feringghi.

It offers a “two-hour pass” which includes a 15-minute farm tour, tropical fruit and unlimited durians in two hours.

There are four sessions daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Prices start from RM55 for all varieties of young trees, RM75 for trees more than 40 years old and RM120 to include newly dropped durians for that “numb” taste.

- OKAY JUNGLE DURIANS
Titi Serong, Balik Pulau;
GPS: 5°19’48.4”N 100°13’01.5”E
Contact Mr Choy on +6012-571-1557

‡‡- GREEN ACRES
GPS: 5°22’17.0”N 100°14’57.6”E
Contact Kim on +6012-428-6368 or
e-mail greenacrespenang@gmail.com

‡‡- STONE HOUSE
127, Mukim 2, Sungai Pinang;
GPS: 5°23’54.0”N 100°12’50.3”E
Contact Mr Tan on +6012-538-5128

‡‡- BAO SHENG DURIAN FARM
Sungai Pinang;
GPS: N 5.24. 1755 E 100.13.165
Contact +6012-411-0600/
+6012-401-0800 to book your time slot

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