It has been 2/3 weeks since I’m back from my 2 weeks trip to Korea! Gosh, I can’t believe that I had really go on a SUMMER trip after swearing (last year) that I would never go for a holiday during summer season.
How should I pen down my trip? How how how? I don’t know how so I shall anyhowly do it 😌
Dates: 4th July – 17th July 2017
- Busan: 4th – 7th July
- Seoul: 8th – 9th July
- Jeju: 10th – 12th July
- Seoul: 13th – 17th July
This trip is definitely not the most budget-friendly trip. For flight, we had chosen SIA which costed us approximately SGD800 per pax. While it is not the cheapest option available, the price is still reasonable considering the fact that food and 30kg check-in luggage are included. Promotions by SIA are actually quite frequently offered!
AIRBNB!!!! Thank you very much to the founder of AIRBNB! This trip, we have relied largely on Airbnb for ONE reason – WASHING MACHINE. Having an easy access to washing machine had really saved us (especially my mum) much hassle! For a 2-weeks trip, we could cut down the amount of clothes to bring from 14 sets to just 4/5 sets. Anddddd that leaves us with much more luggage room for our HAULS! YES, killing a bird with two stones. However, we did spent a night at a hotel at Jeju.
For your reference, here are the links to the place that we had stayed in.
- Busan: 4th – 7th July
- Seoul: 8th – 9th July
- Jeju: 10th – 12th July & Ocean Palace Suites
- Seoul: 13th – 17th July (accommodation no longer available :(, but i didn’t wreck the place k!)
Transport (KTX, Jeju Flight, Rental Car)
Just like most travellers, I took KTX to and fro Busan/Seoul and a flight to get between Seoul and Jeju.
Prior to departing, I made a reservation on the Korail website. However, this reservation does not guarantee you a seat on any of the trains (I think?) You will still find yourself “booking”/”exchanging” for the real ticket at the KTX train stations.
What I did
- Booked on Korail website (Flexible 2 Pass)
- Exchanged for Flexible 2 Pass at Incheon Airport (At the counter right after you walk through the corridor that connects the arrival hall of Incheon Airport and Airport Railway)
- Picked the 2 days at point of exchange (NOTE: Once you have chosen your dates, there will be no room for more changes!)
- Received the Flexible 2 Pass and tickets for Seoul -> Busan
- Exchanged for Busan -> Seoul tickets at the Busan KTX station
There are various types of passes available to cater to different traveller’s demands. So do think throughly and plan your trip prior to purchasing your KTX tickets as they are definitely not CHEAP.
As for my flight from Seoul to Jeju, I had flown with Asiana Airlines. Flight ticket was approximately SGD120 inclusive of 23kg check-in luggage. Nothing much to talk about but do note that most flights connecting Seoul to Jeju flies from Gimpo Airport – DOMESTIC terminal. If you are taking a taxi (like we did), please let the driver know beforehand. You can simply tell them Jeju and they will know where to drop you 🙂
Lastly, my family also rented a Kia K3 with Lotte Rent-a-Car to get around Jeju. Despite being a compact car, the K3 did a great job in ferrying my family (4adults) plus 2 medium and 2 cabin sized luggage with comfort. Like the KTX tickets, I had first made a reservation for my chosen car via their website while payment was subsequently completed with credit card at their counter.
To have an ease of mind, we had also purchased travel insurance. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), we did not have any chance of using the insurance.
Others – Money/Card and Wifi
This trip, I had chanced upon an extremely ingenious website – CashChanger! This website collates the various currency exchange rates across various money exchanger and it is really QUITE accurate! MEGA THUMBS UP!!! It saves time which means you save money hahaha! Just check the rate online and head down to the exchanger that offers you the best rate.
Do also remember to activate your bank card prior to departing. This can be easily done via ibanking. NOTE: Purchase of KTX tickets can only be done through credit cards (and some debit card) FYI, my POSB Passion Debit card worked.
As modern beings, my family and I are definitely slaves to staying connected and online. Of course, more importantly, access to the internet helped us greatly in navigating Korea!
As my family and I would be staying together throughout the trip, the most economical option (imo) would be to rent a wifi egg. Again, being kiasu, I placed a reservation for a wifi egg with Changiwifi.
Alright! That’s all for the pre-trip talk haha! Apologies for the wordy post without ANY pictures 😅