Wanderfolk: Jetstar Free Seat Sale, Grab Launches Hourly Rental Feature, Explore Siem Reap with The Aviary

On this edition of Wanderfolk, there are ‘free’ seats on JetStar, we look at hotels with a connection to the cities they’re situated in be it Kyoto or Siem Reap, and a potentially life-changing workshop in Bali.

Save at Noku Kyoto

Luxury Room

Love neighbourhoods with history and hotels with an aesthetic? Then you’ll want to stay at Noku Kyoto when you visit the old capital of Japan. Located right beside a subway exit and more importantly, in an area steeped in a millennium of Japanese history (the Kyoto Imperial Palace is across the road!), there are many traditional craft galleries and confectionaries, as well as the machiya houses and indie restaurants just a stone’s throw away. All 81 rooms also sport locally curated art displays and locally sourced snacks and coffee in the minibar. Read our full review here.

For stays from 2 – 22 December 2018, get 20% off and a complimentary room upgrade by quoting NK-CN during booking via email at [email protected]

Jetstar Offers 100, 000 Free Seats to 21 Destinations

Lake Toba, Medan. Image courtesy of Josh and Erica Silverstein.

In celebration of Jetstar’s 14thbirthday this month, the low-cost carrier is mounting the biggest sale ever in Singapore. From now till 30 November 2018, travellers can look forward to only paying taxes and fees on flights to 21 destinations including Bali, Bangkok, Taipei, Penang, and Medan. Do note that fares displayed on the booking system are inclusive of taxes and fees, which costs between S$47.30 and S$68.13.

Check out the sale here. Promotional fares are for one way travel.

A Siem Reap Retreat at The Aviary

Sarus Crane Suite

If you’ve previously made a pilgrimage to Siem Reap to explore the Angkor Wat complex, consider returning to see the vibrant town through the eyes of the local with The Aviary, a 25-room eco-friendly hotel that celebrates indigenous birdlife. The full day itinerary includes visiting artist Lim Muy Theam’s house to admire modern art pieces  inspired by traditional Khmer art and culture, enjoying a circus show at social enterprise institution Phare, coming face to face with land-mine detecting heroes at APOPO, and discovering Cambodian countryside cooking at Chanrey Tree. Priced from US$435, the package also include a three-night stay with WiFi, daily breakfast, and roundtrip airport transfers for two.

The Siem Reap Retreat package is available for stays till 31 March 2019. Email [email protected] or use promo code Retreat2018 on their website to book.

Grab Launches New ‘Rent’ Feature

Travellers can now instantly rent GrabCars for two to twelve hour stretches in cities like Bali, Yogyakarta, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, and Kota Kinabalu! Designed to cater to sightseeing, shuttling between meetings, and even running errands, passengers can make multiple stops during the rental period in the city that the booking was made. App users will be able to see base fares before confirming the ride; tolls and parking fees are born by passengers during or at the end of the trip.

Grab’s Rent option is currently available in 16 cities across Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Life Coaching for Meaningful Change at COMO Shambhala Estate

CSE Amphitheatre

For folks already thinking about 2019, here’s something for you. The COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali is bringing in life coach and resilience teacher Andrew Stead for a four-day workshop (17-20 January 2019) to help guests walk away with clear goals for 2019, translate objectives into daily habits to make change happen, build long-term supportive relationships that will nourish objectives through one-on-one sessions and group classes. The package also includes accommodation for three nights, three meals a day with free flow juices, return airport transfers, six yoga classes, a 60-minute COMO Shambhala Massage, and more.

Priced at US$3,509 per person for single occupancy and US$2,599 per person for double occupancy in a Garden Room, the New Years Resolution Workshop is happening 17-20 January 2019. See here for more information.

Top image: COMO Shambhala Estate


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Emily heads the editorial team on City Nomads by being a stickler for details, a grammar Nazi, and a really picky eater. Born and bred in Singapore, she loves cats, the written word, and exploring new places. Can be bribed with quality booze across the board.