15 July, 2010

Garuda Indonesia – take me to Bali please?

15 July, 2010

I went to Bali on my honeymoon two years ago and I have been itching to go back ever since. Every time someone mentions that they are jetting off to Bali pangs of jealousy immediately erupt inside of me!  I am thinking I may need to satisfy my Indonesia craving sometime soon and since we are spending tons of money on 2 trips back to the States this year I am going to be on the lookout for the best travel deal around if I want to make it to the mountains of lovely Ubud or surf school on the beach.

One of the airlines that will be on my list of fares to check out will be Garuda Indonesia. Garuda, which is the national airline of Indonesia, recently relaunched flights from Hong Kong to Indonesia with spanking new Airbus 330-200 (to Jakarta) and Boeing 737-800 (to Bali and Surabaya) planes. If you book a Garuda flight then your Indonesian holiday starts as soon as you step on the plane as distinctive sounds of Indonesia plays softly throughout your journey and traditional food and drinks are served on most flights.

Flights to Bali (Flight GA857) leave Hong Kong on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday at 5:05pm and arrive in Bali at 9:55pm and the return flight (GA856) leaves on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday as well at 11:10am and arrives in Hong Kong at 3:55. Flights leave daily for Jakarta (GA863) at 4:55pm and you can also venture to Surabaya (GA875) on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday at 3:45pm.

For me, the real gem of Garuda is if you are traveling to Australia. Garuda offers a free stopover in Jakarta or Bali for a few days on either your way to Australia or on your return back from Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. Hmm…I think I may need to add Australia to my must visit list this year after knowing about this fab deal!

Garuda also has a travel deal section where you may be able to score some pretty good deals the next time you are ready to do a quick getaway to Indonesia.

For more information visit Garuda’s website, call 2840 0000 or email [email protected]

Garuda Indonesia has recently been awarded a four-star rating by Skytrax, the global benchmark for airline standards.

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