Published on September 1st, 2016 | by Daniel Nikulin0
Fare of the Month – Singapore Sling
Foodies, shoppers, adventure seekers – listen up! We’ve bundled three of our favourite South Asian destinations and rolled them up into one delicious bargain sure to entertain.
In one fell swoop, you can indulge in an incredible airfare that gives you ample bang for your buck, one that we like to call, the Singapore Sling. Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong – could there be a more perfect threesome of exotic, world-class cities? We think not. And clearly, neither does award-winning airline, Cathay Pacific.
Hong Kong’s premium airline operates double daily flights from Vancouver to Hong Kong and onwards to over 70 destinations worldwide. Out east? Don’t worry – an additional 10 flights leave weekly for Hong Kong from Toronto, making the same 70 connections available.
All flights leaving Canada are operated by Cathay’s comfortable Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a 3-class configuration, offering passengers Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class service. For anyone looking for the ultimate pamper, sample Cathay’s exclusive First Class cabin, available on one of the daily Vancouver flights, where the equipment used extends to a four cabin offering.
All flights on this fare are direct and non-stop, meaning no unnecessary transits through Hong Kong or any other city. In addition, Cathay operates one daily non-stop flight between Singapore and Bangkok before continuing on to Hong Kong.
Airplane buffs will love the opportunity to fly Cathay’s latest aircraft, the Airbus A350-900, between Bangkok and Hong Kong, available at certain times of the year (check with our Airfare Experts for seasonality).
Frequent Flyer points? You bet! Cathay Pacific is a proud member of the One World Alliance and customers enrolled in their Asia Miles program are eligible to earn Asia Miles on all Cathay Pacific flights.
To offer the most direct routing on all legs, we have designed the flights in the following order:
Canada > Singapore > Bangkok > Hong Kong > Canada
If you wish to change the order of cities to better suit your plans, no problem. Speak to one of our Airfare Experts to price your ideal routing.
Enchanting orchid gardens, a butterfly museum, insane duty-free shopping and a refreshing rooftop pool – and that’s just the airport! Beyond brilliant Changi Airport lies a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and probably the cleanest metropolis in the world.
Glistening with immaculate landscaping and astonishing architecture, Singapore’s world-famous skyline is a sight to behold. Highlighted by the mind-blowing Marina Bay Sands hotel, one of the world’s few 6-star gems, cutting-edge design is front and centre at every turn. Singapore’s pristine downtown is also where you’ll find the Raffles Hotel, originators of the Singapore Sling cocktail and another famous tourist stop.
Beyond the usual tourist haunts however, you’ll find a scrumptious underbelly of some of the tastiest South Asian fare to be had. The authentic China Town, complete with fragrant food stalls and street dining, is an absolute must. As is Singapore’s Little India and its ornate Hindu temples, fabric shops and true Indian cuisine. If you leave Singapore without trying the chili crab, you’ll never forgive yourself.
Brace yourselves. There’s perhaps no city that overloads the senses more than the brash Thai capital, Bangkok. The bustle is real here and the city’s alive and thumping at any time of the day.
Gold blinds from its wats and palaces, fried crickets fascinate from street stalls and inviting night markets make anything and everything possible. Tuk-tuk to the riverfront and the floating market or hit Khao San Road for a street beer and a movie. From cheap backpacker guesthouses to modern 5-star opulence, Bangkok is everyone’s gateway to Southeast Asia.
Head north to hang with the hill tribes of Chiang Mai or south for the beach spoils of Phuket. Dive crystal clear waters with whale sharks or learn to box Muay Thai-style. Cooking classes? Got those too. Full Moon Party hard on Haad Rin or leave the world behind in the Phi Phi Islands – as one of the more affordable destinations in Asia, you’ll soon see why they call Thailand the Land of Smiles.
As futuristic as Hong Kong’s skyscrapers appear, they are all still built using traditional bamboo scaffolding. Noticing this on your train into town from the airport explains it all. That perfect balance of moving forward without ever forgetting the past keeps Hong Kong relevant and buzzing right along.
Whether it’s ancient Chinese or classic colonial, the influence of history only brightens Hong Kong’s flavour. Michelin-starred dim sum joints rub elbows with the freshest seafood spots but everyone meets up for a beer overlooking the Star Ferry in Kowloon Harbour later. It’s easy to get lost in a daze of buildings here, yet amazingly, over 70% of Hong Kong is actually parkland and dramatic mountains offering incredible panoramic vistas.
An array of shopping experiences, from humble markets to air conditioned malls can leave you needing more luggage. If there’s money left over, speed-ferry off to Asia’s Las Vegas in Macau and try your luck in its casinos.