What's New 11-20-2002

Singapore Cooks up Deals Television personality Martin Yan, host of the upcoming PBS series “Martin Yan’s Chinatown,” will lead two Singapore group tours developed by the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Airlines. Two wholesalers, Pleasant Holidays and Asian Affair Holidays, are selling the


Singapore Cooks up Deals

Television personality Martin Yan, host of the upcoming PBS series “Martin Yan’s Chinatown,” will lead two Singapore group tours developed by the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Airlines.

Two wholesalers, Pleasant Holidays and Asian Affair Holidays, are selling the five-night tours.

The departures are set for March 27 to April 1 (operated by Asian Affairs) and Sept. 15-20, 2003 (operated by Pleasant). At press time, only Asian Affair had released a price: $2,390 per person, double, including roundtrip air from Los Angeles.

In addition to the Yan trips, the companies are offering additional Singapore food tours, including the following:

Asian Affair Holidays’ Flavors of Singapore, priced from $1,280 per person, double, includes economy roundtrip air, four nights at the Singapore Mandarin Hotel, a city tour, a cooking class, breakfast at the Singapore Zoo and a visit to Yixing Xuan Teahouse.

Pleasant’s Singapore Culinary Experience, priced from $1,170, includes economy roundtrip air, four nights of deluxe hotel accommodations, a hands-on cooking class and lunch, and a walk through a spice garden led by an herb expert who offers tips on cooking with the spices.

Call Asian Affair at 877-523-0561 or Pleasant at 800-377-1080.

Web sites: www.asianaffairholidays.com and www.pleasantholidays.com.

Bangkok Bargains

Two luxury properties in Bangkok have introduced winter packages: The Pan Pacific Bangkok’s Bonanza package, priced from $99 per night for a superior single room, includes buffet breakfast, two discount coupons for the hotel’s spa and health club, use of the fitness facilities and sauna and late checkout until 4 p.m. It also includes 55-minute massages for guests on their first night.

The Pan Pacific’s two-night Survivor package, starting at $200 per room, single, or $225, double, includes accommodations in a superior room, a kit with a T-shirt and a cap, and tickets for the city’s Skytrain. Both packages are valid through Jan. 31, 2003. Call 800-327-8585. Web site: www.panpacific.com.

Through March 31, 2003, the Sukhothai offers a golf package, priced from $439, that includes two nights of accommodations, airport transfers, breakfast or a boxed lunch, one round of golf with a cart and a caddy and transfers to and from the course. Call 800-223-6800. Web site: www.sukhothai.com.

ASEAN Promotion

Ten countries that belong to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to promote the region as a single destination. A newly signed pact calls for the countries to coordinate visa procedures, extend visa exemptions and phase out travel levies and taxes.

Participating countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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