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Explore Tallinn in Estonia on Silversea Expeditions' cruise from Copenhagen to Stockholm.
Explore Tallinn in Estonia on Silversea Expeditions' cruise from Copenhagen to Stockholm.PHOTO: ASNAH AHMAH


Cannot wait till your next trip to Bangkok? Head to the Royal Thai Embassy in Orchard Road next weekend, where Finest Thai, a festival of Thai food, culture and craftsmanship will take place from Sept 8 to 10, from noon to 9pm.

The festival will be divided into six distinct zones: The Finest of Living will give visitors an insider's guide to the trendy coffee shops, yoga studios and hip hangouts in Bangkok's Thonglor and Ekamai areas; a fashion and design zone that sells items from Thai brands such as Good Mixer, Q Design and Play; a craftsmanship zone presenting the best of Thai artisan crafts, including an opportunity for visitors to learn the art of silk weaving; a gifts zone with award-winning Thai products; a performances and workshop zone where visitors can enjoy Thai dance performances and try their hand at Thai calligraphy or watch a cooking demonstration; and a food zone with 35 stalls and food trucks offering authentic Thai food.

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NTUC Income has launched a conversational travel insurance chatbot on Facebook Messenger. The chatbot, called Jiffy Jane, will allow travellers to inquire about and purchase travel insurance policies on the go.

Once customers have entered their destination and travel dates, Jiffy Jane will provide a list of applicable insurance policies with easy-access information on the plan's benefits.

Customers can then buy the plans for themselves, or for a group using the mobile app. There are no forms to fill in. All they need to do is input their details (name, gender, nationality, identification card number and birth date) and credit card information via a secured and encrypted link to ensure that all sensitive data is protected.

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) is organising a charity run to raise funds for Community Chest as part of the airline's 70th Anniversary Year celebrations.

The SIA Charity Run 2017 will take place on Oct 8 at The Float @ Marina Bay and will include a 10km Competitive Run, 5km Fun Run and Corporate Challenge, where seven runners in a team complete 70km. There will also be a Wheelathon, in which 70 beneficiaries nominated by Community Chest participate in a 3km route tailored for wheelchair-users.

Winners of the 10km Competitive Run and the Corporate Challenge will get business class or economy class tickets to a destination of their choice within the SIA, SilkAir and Scoot network, depending on their finishing position. All participants can take part in a lucky draw for a chance to win business class tickets on SIA, SilkAir or Scoot.

Registration for the SIA Charity Run is now open. Go to


Silversea luxury cruises has announced its 2018 European Sailings. There are eight new ports in this year's Mediterranean sailings, including Almeria, Spain; and Ithaca, Greece, as well as multiple nights at a port of call and late night departures so that guests can enjoy more time in the cities.

Silversea Expeditions' ship, the Silver Spirit, will sail to Northern Europe for the first time and continue to offer the cruise line's popular routes, such as the seven-day Copenhagen to Stockholm cruise with stops at St Petersburg and Tallinn.

All-inclusive voyages include the 10-day cruise from Venice to Piraeus (Athens), starting at $10,440 a person, and the nine-day cruise from Monte Carlo to Lisbon, starting at $6,570 a person.

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Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 03, 2017, with the headline 'Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe