Korea Tour: A Fairytale Village
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23h ago
Incheon Chinatown indeed is near our next stop, Wolmido Island. The Chinese arch across the road did not just confirm that but it pointed out that we had just visited a small section of Chinatown. We spent more time at Sonwil-dong Fairytale Village instead where there were sculptures and paintings depicting characters from world famous fairytales like Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Thumbelina etc. Would really like to explore the other part of Chinatown. Chinatown was established as a Ching Dynasty settlement when Incheon Port opened in 1883. It would be a more interesting pla ..read more
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Korea Tour : At Incheon Chinatown.
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by Unknown
1M ago
Incheon Chinatown was rather quiet when we were there. It was not as bustling as touted and that perhaps was due to the early morning. There seemed not many shops there and most were closed anyway. The only people around were us and maybe another small group of tourists and some workers sprucing up the place. The place was rather clean though. Was looking forward to seeing murals of characters from Chinese literature but saw more of those that featured fairy tales characters from the West. The kids perhaps would love them! 6   ..read more
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Korea Tour : All in a Day's Work!
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by Unknown
1M ago
Tour operators do really try to make  your every penny worth, I suppose. Soon after stepping foot on Incheon, we met our tour guide, Jie who has a Chinese father and a Korean mother. He led us to buy drinks and bread, in case some of us were hungry or thirsty and then, almost immediately, took us to visit Incheon Chinatown. Afterwards, it was to the island of Wolmido where we had the Wolmi Sea train ride and to Jeju Island where we visited Dragon Head Rock. All these in a day's work! Meet our guide, Jie! 4 27.10.23 ..read more
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Korea Trip : Day 2
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by Unknown
1M ago
Flew Batik Air from KLIA to Incheon International Airport, a journey that roughly took 6 hours 45 minutes. Meal was served on board the plane but was not sure if it was dinner or breakfast. Remember having it in the wee morning and  wondering why it could not be served later. Afterall, there was time to sleep after that. It seemed a while later that I woke up to find that we were in Incheon International Airport in Incheon. It was Day 2.  Something about Incheon: Incheon is a metropolitan city  just 27 km from the capital of Seoul. Incheon's historical record dates back to 47 ..read more
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Korea Trip : Day 1
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by Unknown
2M ago
Didn't take long to decide on the trip to South Korea. The last trip there was already a few years ago and that was to Busan. Besides, September to November are autumn months and a fine time to visit. Before long, we were travelling from Taiping to KLIA, picking up passengers in Sungai Siput and Ipoh. We started our journey at around 11 in the morning and by nightfall, we were already at the airport and having dinner there. The plane would take off only at 10. Almost a day was gone and it was considered Day 1 of the tour to Korea. Care for dinner? 2 26.10.23 ..read more
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Travel Pangs again? : Korea Trip
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by Unknown
2M ago
It seems not too long ago that the COVID-19 pandemic gave everyone a good scare. First detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. the deadly COVID-19 virus had spread to all parts of the world, causing millions of death and earning it fifth place in the deadliest epidemics and pandemics in history. On 30 January 2020, after the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), normal life was disrupted. Physical traveling of course was affected as many were not just forbidden from leaving t ..read more
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Short Take: Lunch in Nibong Tebal
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by Unknown
1y ago
While in Balik Pulau in Penang, there was a suggestion that we had lunch there. I was gamed for that; the little town there with the lion spurting water fountain at the little roundabout and little shop houses looked rather quaint and inviting. After visiting an art gallery, my other niece had taken a different route and we came across paddy fields, traditional Malay houses, trees and more trees; a very green and laid back Penang indeed. Then, we were headed towards Penang Second Bridge, the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge which links Batu Maung to Seberang Prai in the mainland. We ..read more
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Encore, Kunming! : Back for More
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by Unknown
1y ago
It was December; the time for travelling again. There we were at the airport; my friends and I, waiting to catch a plane to Kunming. Kunming, otherwise  known as Yunnan-Fu, is the capital and largest city of Yunnan province in China. Said to be founded in 765, the city which stands at an altitude of 1,900 metres in the middle of the Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau naturally has much to offer. There are lots of things to see and do here, both in the city and outside the city; and so, while we had been here before, we were back for more, to explore ancient town, caves and mountains...keep tune! 1 ..read more
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Back to Khao Yai: Restaurant extraordinaire
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by Unknown
1y ago
Khao Yai, being slightly over 173 km away from Bangkok needs less than three hour drive from the Thai capital but probably we didn't start early enough or it was the notorious Bangkok traffic jam; when we reached our destination, it was already dark. There seemed to be drab, wooden houses outside and our van made its way through a narrow road, manoeuvring itself to a back lane and then when it stopped, we were ushered into a big, brown seemingly unimpressive building. Then lo, inside, it seemed like a maze. We trudged in, pitter patter on the wooden floor; there were groups of people here and ..read more
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Visiting Vietnam : Boat Ride in the Delta
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by Unknown
1y ago
Even before going for a tour in the Mekong Delta, I've heard an acquaintance sighed over her trip there. Obviously, she didn't like it, not a nature lover most probably. Imagine yourself wearing a Vietnamese farmer's hat in a packed long narrow boat rowed by the locals, taking you to some little obscure islands to have tea or lunch or to some villages there to experience first hand how the locals live their lives, Unlike places like Cambridge where the weather was cool and there were cool buildings and scenes to savour, a boat trip in the Mekong Delta among the nipah trees under the hot sun co ..read more
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