Thai Air News from Issue 41 dated 06 April 2006

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Contents of this issue

THAI Launches “THAI Value Card”

The “THAI Value Card” offers passengers added choice as well as more cost savings and more value than ever before. “THAI Value Card” is suitable for those who travel domestically often, such as businesspeople, those who return home to the provinces on weekends, families, and friends traveling in groups. There are 4 Thai card designs to select from, with a total of 50,000 cards available to the public. The “THAI Value Card” will be available in packs of 4 cards, packs of 8 cards with a bonus of 1 card, and packs of 12 cards with a bonus of 2 cards, which will be sold for the first time during 2-5 March 2006 at the event “Tiew Thai Tua Tid” held at Queen Sirikit Convention Center or THAI’s Sales Offices and travel agents nationwide. Travel may be conducted using THAI’s “Travel Card” until 31 December 2006.
Read the full press release on the Thai Airways International site at:

World Gourmet Summit 2006

You are invited to this epicurean excellence of Singapore, otherwise known as, the World Gourmet Summit.

Three weeks of gourmet excitement ranging from Herbal High Tea to Gourmet Barbecue. For the first time ever, ten leading restaurants will be joining in the WGS celebrations with their special celebratory menus and activities. These ten restaurants will present their specialties as well as showcase their unique expertise in feature activities that includes Chinese tea appreciation, sake/tempura pairings, charcuterie lessons and the wine and chocolate dinner.
A mouth-watering, diet breaking reason to visit Singapore, you can find all the details on:

Uniquely Singapore

This elegantly designed site provides comprehensive information on places to go and things to do in Singapore, a list of current and forthcoming events, tours and promotions, brochure requests and all that you need to plan your trip to Singapore.

And the best is about to get better, as the Lion City prepares for one of Asia's most anticipated events - The Great Singapore Sale!

Whether you're a certified shopaholic or just in need of some retail therapy, get ready for an island-wide sale unlike any before. From downtown Orchard Road to Marina Bay to the shops in the heartlands, enjoy discounts on just about everything.

An opportunity to travel and save at the same time. Find full details on:

Singapor Tourism

An excellent summary of all the information you really need before travelling. Part of the "1000 Travel Tips" site, this is a concise and very useful guide. It covers Airport, Getting to Town, Restaurants, Cybercafes, and has comments from readers.
Condensed information, but useful, on:

Current Travel Advice

Advice from the Australian Government on travel to and within Singapore. The main topics covered are Safety and Security, Local Laws, Entry and Exit Requirements, Health Issues, Where to Get Help. The information is regularly updated and is esential reading for the intending traveller.
The Australian Government provides this information on:

Live Life with the Singapore Government

This useful site contains a surprise! An online game about the Singapore Police Force. It's actually very good and worth having a go to see how you score.
You can find the game on:

Singapore Arts Festival

"The season is here again for the world's best artists to gather and offer a dazzling myriad of performances, each universal yet unique. During this One Season, come and catch the Many Faces of the Singapore Arts Festival — there's bound to be something for everyone!"

There are programmes of Dance, Music and Theatre and a section for kids. Items range from the classical:
"Famed as the leading interpreters of Bach, hear the Collegium Vocale Gent perform Bach's Mass in B minor under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe."
to the original:
"Singapore Dance Theatre & Singapore Chinese Orchestra
World Premiere.First-ever collaboration by two of Singapore 's leading arts companies, this programme features a triple bill of exquisite choreography by three Asian choreographers…"

Tickets are now available, book early (24th Feb-17th Apr) to enjoy early bird specials.

Buy Packages to enjoy higher discounts from 24th Feb to 17th Apr.
Get full details and book your tickets at:

Recommended travel books

For useful books on travel in Singapore, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my books page (with links to buy direct from on:

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel accommodation in Singapore is plentiful and using a reputable agent can secure you substantial discounts. Agoda can usually find you a good deal and you can check their availability below.
Agoda is our favourite hotel booking agent. They are based in Thailand and have an excellent reputation for great bargains and excellent customer service.

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