A few months ago, my family and I went to Beijing to spend our Holy Week. Being the capital of China, it’s one of the most populated cities on earth. Every tourist destination we went to was filled with swarms of both local and foreign tourists. Our first itinerary was the most obvious: The Forbidden City.
This is one of the events Filipino jet setters have been waiting and bracing themselves for: The Travel Madness Expo 2013. With the European Union lifting the ban on Philippine aircraft, this expo just got bigger, madder and crazier!
Going to a travel expo is like going to war. No, more like going to the Hunger Games, and great flights are the cornucopia. You have to be fast, decided, and patient. You must have a good eye for finding great bargains and packages as well as patience for long queues. The good flights dwindle as the hours progress so it’s better if you have someone with you so that you could check out several packages and flights at once (then just communicate via phone to discuss which deals you should get). For faster transactions, it’s better if you already have a plan readied beforehand (you should list down your free dates, holidays, planned destinations, etc), because if you don’t you just might get buried underneath all of those travel brochures. By the time you’ve made up your mind, the good flights and prices will be long gone.
Cabbages & Condoms, don’t let the naughty name fool you. This place is far from scandalous. On the contrary, it’s the name of this very decent restaurant we went to during one of our nights in Thailand.
Hidden in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area lies the Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant. It’s one of Bangkok’s hidden tourist destinations if you’re after themed restos (and really good food). If you happen to visit BKK, this is definitely one place you shouldn’t miss.
For our third stop in our Seoul adventure, we went to the Namsangol Hanok Village. It’s a village composed of traditional Korean houses. The entire complex was located within the city. It was a cultural gem hidden amidst commercial establishments and busy roads. Seoul is simply full of surprises! Continue reading Korea 2012: Day 2×2
Namsan, also known as Mount Mongmyeok, is a very popular recreational and tourist spot in Seoul. Aside from being a huge park complex, it offers a panoramic view of the city. Both tourists and locals love this place because of the beautiful ambiance. In fact, I think there were more Koreans than foreigners. Winter just ended and Spring was just beginning so the trees were at their eerily skeletal forms, and they were ghostly beautiful. I can only imagine how breathtaking they would be in full bloom.
We went to Seoul March last year for a short vacation and our first itinerary was the Gyeongbokgung Palace’s main gate at Gwanghwamun. It’s a famous landmark and symbol of the city’s long history. The palace has many gates and Gwanghwamun was the largest and most popular. It’s one of the most visited tourist destinations in Seoul and the huge crowd of tourists in the area was a clear evidence of that. Aside from the beautiful place, another thing that really draws the crowd to this place is the Changing of the Guards ceremony. It’s held every hour from 10AM to 3PM, except Tuesdays. We were lucky to arrive at the right time.