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Bangkok's once dirtiest canal is now its newest attraction

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Klong Ong Ang is a historic waterway turned walking street in Bangkok, attracting hordes of visitors on weekends.
Klong Ong Ang is a historic waterway turned walking street in Bangkok, attracting hordes of visitors on weekends. Photo Credit: Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

Klong Ong Ang, a historic waterway once known as Bangkok's dirtiest canal, has discarded its stinky past to become a top visitor attraction in the Thai capital in recent months. 

The authorities in 2014 began efforts to reclaim the waterway from illegal squatters and hawkers followed by a beautification project in 2018. As a result, the canal is now so much cleaner that fishes are spotted in its waters. 

Come weekends, the canal also turns into a walking street, attracting hordes of visitors who come to view the colourful street art mural that line both sides of the canal, while buskers entertain the crowd with live music and performance. 

Enterprising operators have even started offering kayaking and standup paddleboarding on the canal. 

Ong Ang Walking Street is open every Friday to Sunday from 4pm to 10pm. Its northern end at Damrong Sathit Bridge is near Sam Yot MRT station. 

Colourful mural art lines Bangkok's Klong Ong Ang Walking Street.
Colourful mural art lines Bangkok's Klong Ong Ang Walking Street. Photo Credit: Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

Watch out, there’s a poacher about

Airlines will need to look after the high-tier frequent fliers. Qantas is on the prowl, looking to poach premium fliers with upgrade offers.

In response to what the airline says are, “changes in the local market as well as restrictions on overseas travel”, the Aussie carrier has a few treats in store for those who jump ship – or maybe that should be plane – from the current frequent flier programme.

Individuals who hold eligible loyalty status with a qualifying airline programme are being tempted to switch and take advantage of the Qantas Status Fast Track – an offer to earn 100 status credits in three months to qualify for Qantas’ Gold tier.

In addition to helping expedite their status in the programme the offer also includes 90 days of complimentary access to the airline’s network of Qantas Club lounges and extra checked baggage.

Trafalgar takes to the streets with new tour

Trafalgar has stepped up with an arts and culture trail that showcases the importance of placemaking in Singapore.

Waterloo Street, one of Singapore's oldest streets and Tiong Bahru, Singapore's oldest public housing estate are featured on the six-hour discovery tour.

At the day tour, guests will gather insights by locals, learn how different communities have formed connections with the places they live, work and play in.

There will be two different themes for the guided walking tour of the Bras Basah–Bugis precinct with lunch In Tiong Bahru for a 'Be My Guest' experience with Chef Asai at Bincho @ Hua Bee.

The Theatre Practice Buildings, a stop on Trafalgar’s arts and culture trail.
The Theatre Practice Buildings, a stop on Trafalgar’s arts and culture trail.

All aboard: Aman takes a trip across Java

Aman has launched a train voyage through Java to Amanjiwo in partnership with luxury rail operator, PT Kereta Api Pariwista.

The Journey Through Java journey is available from 10-13 December and 24-27 December 2020, continuing twice monthly on selected dates throughout 2021.

The luxury return train journey travels from Jakarta Gambir to Yogyakarta Tugu station inclusive of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and alcoholic beverages alongside a three-night stay at Amanjiwo with daily breakfast, private return transfers and one culinary experience included.

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