My Wife and I will be visiting Seoul, Phuket and Bangkok in April 2013. Although we have been to Bangkok a number of times we have never been to Seoul or Phuket. The following is our Itinerary for this trip:
4/10 Orlando - Seoul, Korea (Asiana Air - First Class)
4/11-16 Seoul Korea (Seoul Ritz-Carlton)
4/16 Seoul Korea - Phuket, Thailand (Thai Airlines - Business Class)
4/16-21 Phuket, Thailand (JW Marriott Phuket)
4/21 Phuket,Thailand - Bangkok, Thailand (Thai Airlines - Business Class)
4/21-27 Bangkok, Thailand (JW Marriott Bangkok)
4/27 Bangkok, Thailand - Singapore (Thai Airlines - Business Class)
4/28 Singapore - Orlando (Singapore Airlines - First Class)
I am in the process of booking the Demilitarized Zone including JSA and 3rd Tunnel tour sanctioned by USO. I understand this is a must when visiting Korea!!!
Any other Suggestions for this trip would be appreciated!!!!
I really like Thai Airways too!
They are right up their with Malaysian Airways (MAS) and Singapore.
Fantastic service, food and airport clubs.
My only complaint with Thai Airways, was on their flight from Bangkok to Chang Mai, they did not have a Thai food offering and I was stuck with a tuna fish sandwich. It was a small commuter plane though with no first or business class.
I don't think you can go wrong any of these 3 airlines!
There were no Marriotts in Thailand at all when I visited in the 80s & 90s.
In Bangkok I stayed in the Bangkok Oriental (Mandarin) and with friends, and in Chang Mai I stayed at the Dusit Thani, which is a Thai hotel chain, partially owned by Thai Airways.
We did visit some of the Hill people thought not all that I wanted, as my ex thought it too dangerous. We also went to the night market where you can see all the hill people coming to sell their handicrafts. Also went elephant riding in the jungle, and rafting down a river with the Karen (same tribe that assisted Aung San Suu Kyi's efforts). We also attended a Northern Thai cultural progam of tribal dancing and a very nice dinner of northern Thai food which is quite different than what you will get in the rest of Thailand. It reminded me of Burmese or Cambodian food as it used sticky rice not jasmine rice. I also did a tour of the local factories as they make alot of interesting things like silk and teak furniture.
you have many gateways in phuket Marriott 2 bedroom villas from the , 14/4 to the 21/4. you loost 2 days i know
here the price 620.49 Euro.for 1 week, selt from interval, withaut any condition. only 1 ,you have to be memcber with interval..
this have nathing to do with exchange or owner from marriott... everybady can buy this gateways week... you dont have breakfast, but a
big nice kitchen. you know yourself what is better for you., to pay in the jw marriott with points or casch. or take the gateway..
again have a nice trip.. the name marriott mai khao beach club, is a 500 meters from the JW marriott.Phuket.
If you'd like to experience the traditional culture of Korea, I suggest near of Gyeongbok-gung.(Palace of Chosun Dynasty)
Seoul is divided by the Han-river what traverses the north and south of Seoul.
Ritz-Carlton is located in Gangnam.
Gang-nam means south of the river. (Do you know Gangnam style, Korean song by PSY? There is here.)
Gangnam is trendy, fashionable & up-to-date, but you can't find Korean styled beauty.
It is typical places of Gangnam Around Apgujeong station & Gangnam station.
Gang-buk means north of the river, and there are many attractions that represent Seoul.
Gyoungbok-gung is the main palace of the old dynasty of Korea, Chosun.
Jong-myo is the royal ancestral shrine of Chosun dynasty. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
And you can see traditional Korean houses in Buk-chon.(the northern village)
Insa-dong is the place to look around antiques, art, ceramics and traditional clothing stores.
A visit to Seoul isn’t complete until you’ve seen Insa-dong.
Myoung-dong is a popular shopping district.
If you'd like to know more, click on the link below ;
- gang : river
- nam : south
- buk : north
- gung : palace
- dong : street
- chon : village
- myo : grave
p.s. I'm a Korean, and know English just a little. so it's very difficult to explain in English. ;D
Airport bus service : Incheon(ICN) International Airport - Bus Routes
(Bus No. : 6703) (abt. $15 per person)
Deluxe Taxi is recommended.
Caution : Overcharged fare by unapproved.
I'm glad to help you.
The distance from Ritz-Carlton to USO in Yong-san is about 10km, and taxi fare is about $15.
It usually takes about 20~30 minutes if there is no traffic jam.
but If you stuck in a traffic jam, it'll be about 1 hour.
The traffic jam of Seoul is a similar level with New York!!
( Rush hour time in Seoul : 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.)
The picture below is the entrance of the Camp Kim(USO).
If you want to know about DMZ/JSA tour, follow the links belows;
Hope you really enjoy your trip to Seoul. I'd love to give input but don't really have any, other than I was born in Seoul as a Korean War orphan (out of Rue's Orphanage in Seoul) and left there at 5 1/2 in 1959. I got back once to Korea for a Team Spirit, but not to Seoul, when I was stationed out of Clark AB in the Philippines, and remember it was really cold in the winter! I loved seeing the little bit of my heritage that I got the time to, and have always thought of going back someday to explore Korea. Maybe someday... I'll really be looking forward to your pictures, and have a great trip!
You could say that Itaewon is Korea's main residential area for foreigners.
And It is also a good choice to visit Itaewon if you plan to visit War Memorial in nearby Itaewon.
Taxi fare(from Ritz-Carlton to Itaewon shopping area) is abt. $10
Also Yeouido Spring Flower Festival will be held around 15th April.
In There You can see the Amazing Crowds besides the cherry blossom.(at night)
Seoul is not dangerous at all, even at night.