Jeonju Cultural Heritage Night Tour

Getting Around Most tourists visit Jeonju City for a quick day trip from Seoul. Honestly, there’s just too much to absorb and experience at Jeonju Hanok Village (전주한옥마을). The main tourist sights are in the old village and that’s where you should choose to stay — at least for a night. We stayed (White Tourist Hotel)…

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On a Culinary Trail Across Taiwan

Last October, we set out on a 10-day journey across Taiwan. Our trip started from Taipei City in the north and we clubbed the towns of Jiufen & Shifen (northeast) on one of our day trips. Next, we travelled to the west coast (Taichung) and passed through the hill towns of Sun Moon Lake &…

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Our First Christmas in Seoul

We thought we’d spend a quiet Christmas in Seoul this time. The past year had been chaotic with back-to-back travel. We had to tweak our plans because Basil had a work trip to Shanghai — on the next day of Christmas. We’d effectively have to spend most of Christmas Day at Incheon Airport. But we…

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24 Hours in Jakarta

Getting our visa extension (in Seoul) before our Indonesian trip was going to be a tight finish. Fortunately, we got our cards renewed on Tuesday and left for Indonesia on Saturday morning. The minute we boarded the flight to Jakarta from Hong Kong, I was amazed by the cultural diversity of the people onboard and felt welcome by…

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Exploring Tokyo’s Eclectic Food Trail

Monjayaki in Asakusa By late evening, once the shutters of tourist shops are down, Asakusa resembles a ghost town with deserted alleyways — occasionally lit by an array of yellow lanterns. It’s hard to distinguish one alley from another in the dull street light. It’s harder to stay focussed on the route when there’s so…

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An Evening in Saigon

We stayed in District 1 for the entire duration of our stay in Saigon (also called Ho Chi Mihn City). It’s hard to get a real feel of the city when you’re restricted to a 2-day travel schedule. Fortunately, District 1 isn’t a bore. You can spend the day exploring remnants of the city’s colonial past…

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