Sunday, 14 May 2017

Korea Spring Trip: 2 - 10 May 2017

Believe it or not, berjaya juga jejakkan kaki ke Korea. Kalau tengok previous post looooong time ago, it was since in 2011 that I've been always wanted to go and visit Korea. On the downside, too bad that I didn't go with my cousin as promised.

I wanted to share it here so that I will not forget and hopefully it will help some of you who's planning to go to Korea sooner of later.

To be honest, I'm impressed with some people who managed to cut off their budget and spent RM1,000 to RM2,000 for a trip to Korea all-in! Because I tried, and it was impossible for me. Probably during their visit, our currency might have going up a bit or so. Maybe. Or maybe, I'm a bit big spender. A bit. Haha.

What to prepare beforehand?

1. Flight ticket.

I would really really suggest you to buy flight ticket during their promotion. I've bought it through Air Asia like one year before our trip, and the price was kinda cheap - RM800 untuk pergi balik, including 20kg check in baggage. Seriously, you can get much cheaper price but normally, the price will be around RM2000 so i guess it was kinda good deal.

(Flight = RM 800.00)

p.s. Economy class in a low cost flight will be like naik bas biasa-biasa. Even it's a 6 hours 20 minutes flight, never expect any usb connector, headphones or small monitor provided. So, bring your own entertainment or plan tak tidur one days before fly - so that you can sleep until you reach there.

2. Self-guide vs Tour guide?

Well, it depends. Initially we planned for tour-guided tour, but the cost doubled, so we cancelled that and make our own itinerary based on peoples' blogs and reviews and KTO website (They did such a great job on promoting Korea). Kalau malas nak fikir, malas nak pening-pening kepala, I would suggest tour-guided tour, but kalau sanggup makan minum tidur bangun fikir itinerary, pilihlah self-guide. I guarantee for more privacy, less money spent, satisfaction, no regret and more fun. Haha. (Tapi tak nak remind every night bersengkang mata edit itinerary)

But believe me, Korea is a tourist-friendly country. Even though some might have language barrier difficulty but you'll survive somehow.

3. When to visit?

We visited Korea during spring time, hujung-hujung spring so cherry blossom sume dah tak da, tapi bunga-bunga lain still blooming. Tak tau nama-nama bunga, asal berwarna selain hijau dah kira comel dah. Sebenarnya tarikh yang dipilih adalah waktu tiket paling murah so that's why la.

Some might want to experince snow (never cross my mind) - better go other place than Korea since I heard winter in Korea was really cold, some nak pergi mandi laut di Jeju - would suggest to go during summer (as they will not allow swimming during other time), some nak photoshoot ala-ala Autumn in My Heart, so pergi la waktu autumn (my plan for next visit to Korea).

Spring I believe is the best time sebab tak sejuk and tak panas sangat, the weather was so chilling, hardly sweat walau jalan berbatu-batu. Hehe. Tapi matahari masih menyinar dengan teriknya. Terima kasih kepada kulit yang banyak melanin, sunburn tahap gaban. But even though it's spring, prepare for the rain, as we went through rainy days 3 out of 9 days in Korea.

p.s. Serious bawa payung (thought of it, but was thinking nahh, not gonna rain, and regretted it) - much cheaper in Malaysia and it's better bak kata pepatah sediakan payung sebelum hujan.

4. Wi-fi vs SIM card

We rented portable Wi-fi sepanjang di Korea. You can get it from Wiyo. For 9 days, it cost RM120 (with RM200 deposit). Kiteorang berempat, so sorang RM30. Murah kan. Unlimited data. Sangat convenient. The only downside is, if berpecah time shopping, so siapa yang tak bersama 'tukang pegang wiyo' terkebil-kebil la tak de internet. Some places like in subways and bus has wi-fi so no worry much.  So far, we only had some difficulty for not having a SIM card. There was one day, pintu bilik homestay tak dapat buka, we have the owner's phone number tapi time tu malam, owner takde kat rumah, dia obviously takde whatsapp, ottoke... tup2 nasib baik rupanya pintu tak tutup ketat, so that's why key in password tak dapat access.

p.s. most houses kat Korea pakai automatic access untuk pintu masuk, agak jakun di situ kejap. Bye.

(Wi-fi = RM 30)

5. Where to visit?

Normally for a 9 days trip, some people will decide to visit Seoul-Busan-Jeju. Tapi bila fikir akan agak rush to here and there, we decided to keep Seoul-Jeju. It depends on your preference. Ada je some tourists stay in Seoul for 9 days. Banyak je tempat for visit so not a day felt wasted.

Once decided, next thing to put in mind is...

6. Domestic flight tickets

This one specific to Seoul - Jeju - Seoul trip, as from Seoul - Busan - Seoul, boleh naik KTX train (macam train to Busan tu). Jeju - Busan - Jeju also needs to think of domestic flight. Not that takde any other transportation live ferry, but if you don't mind staying in ferry for approximately 4 hours, then you may do so (Still need to travel from Seoul to southern states where ferry to Jeju available).

So for our domestic flight, the cheapest we can find is:
Incheon - Jeju: Korean Air (KRW 56,000)
Jeju - Incheon: Air Busan (KRW 95,200)
Approximately RM 585.00

Some suggested to buy 1-2 months prior, some even suggested to buy much earlier. We bought it about 4 months prior. I think is kinda pricey compared to what others has bought, but we had no other choice. Bila compare price dengan other dates, our visiting dates was the time price at peak rate. Fine.

Our flight to Jeju island.
(Domestic flights = RM 585.00)

7. Places to stay

Hotel sangatlah tiada dalam consideration. We chose homestay both in Seoul and Jeju. Homestay kiteorang pilih yang tak buruk2 sangat and tak mewah2 sangat. In between, asal nampak selesa.

In Jeju, we stayed at Bong's stay. Around 15 minutes from Jeju airport, slightly to the east side of Jeju-si. Recommended! Dari luar memang nampak buruk, tapi dalam tip top. Serius. We chose bilik yang ada dua queen bed, and shared toilet. Sebab time tu yang private toilet dah booked.

KRW 220,000/ 4 nights/ 4 people
Approximately RM 210/ person. So lebih kurang RM 55 per night sorang. Ok la kan.

Masih terbayang warmer kat katil. Sedapnyaaaaa.

Morning view from the room. Excited pagi pertama in Jeju, angin sejuk sangat.

Meanwhile in Seoul, we stayed at Come On Guesthouse Myeongdong. Tak ada pulak gambar. Huhu. But we booked suite room, so ada dua katil double decker, ada private toilet, tv, sofa and small kitchen - tempat masak and fridge provided. Berangan mula-mula nak masak most of the meal. Dapat la masak for most of the dinner and some lunch, breakfast dah provided, most lunch kat luar.

Price KRW290,000/ 4 nights
Approximately RM1120 so around RM280/ person.

(Accommodations = RM 490)

8. If you're visiting Jeju, next thing to think about... Transportation.

As for Seoul, dah tak perlu risau as their subways sangat advanced and easy to follow. Taxi pun tak mahal sangat, merata ada. Tapi untuk Jeju, they don't have subway. They only have taxis and buses. From people reviews, sangat tak recommend travel by bus as time interval between buses agak panjang. For taxis, untuk pergi satu ke satu tempat agak jauh which will then costs you quite a lot at the end of the trip.

Nak ambil tour guide specific di Jeju pun boleh je tapi most of the reviews I've went through claimed that self-drive was the best option and I had to agree on that too! All you need is confidence as you gotta drive on the left side.

Awal-awal memang cuak la juga, tapi lama-lama you'll get used to it and somehow enjoyed it! (I love driving and driving with best view is the best)

GPS provided speaks in English tapi words still in Korean. Therefore, it's much better if you able to read hangul (Korean words) like I do. More helpful in a way. Tak susah pun belajar words dia. Sehari dua pun boleh cover. Boleh baca tak paham pun tak pe. Haha.

Booked a car from Lotte rent-a-car. They will charge your credit card at the counter once you arrived to get you car. We obviously chose the cheapest car available. It was KIA Morning, besar sikit from Kenari i think. Comfortable for 4 people. Rented it for a full 3 days.

That's our tiny car. Randomly berhenti tengah jalan since no other car was seen nearby.

Price: RM 660 (RM 153/ person)

Owh yes, not to forget is your IDP, international driving permit. Pergi ke JPJ, they will provide you one. Siap tak sampai sejam, all you need is your passport copy, 2 passport photos and RM 150.

(Car rental and IDP = RM 303)

9. Extra tips and tricks.

(i) Apps to download:

  •  지하출 (Seoul Subway) - very helpful for subways in Seoul. We were very depending on this app.
  • Seoul pass - to buy tickets at cheaper price, eg. Everland, hanbok rental and Namsan tower.

(ii) Get DKYW (Discover Korea Your Way) 2017 coupons book from KTO Malaysia.

  • Every year they will give away this coupon book for free for Malaysians who wanted to visit Korea.
  • All you have to do is register as a member for free, complete a survey, they will email the survey code, then you may claim the coupon book. What's even better is that they will give a T-money card for free. (T-money is like Touch N Go card, which was more useful compared to ours. Hehe.)

10. Make sure your passport is not expiring anytime soon. At least 3 months from visiting date.

11. Convert your money in Malaysia.

Now you're ready to go!

Here is the summary of our 9 days trip in Korea. Hopefully I will be able to post a more detailed itinerary once I've got the time to do so later on. Once posted, I'll make a direct link to the post from here to make it easier.

Day 1: Departure

- Arrived in Incheon airport
- transfer to Gimpo airport by bus (KRW 5,000)

- reach Jeju island
- ride taxi to Bong's stay (KRW 2,750 per person)

- check in to Bong's stay

Day 2: Jeju Island

- Ride taxi to reach Lotte rental car
- Sangumburi crater (entrance fee KRW 6,000)

- Korean Folk Village (entrance fee KRW 10,000)

- Jeongbang fall (entrance fee KRW 2,000)

- Late lunch at Mulmaegol

- Desert and coffee at Monsant Cafe

 - Seonwoonjeongsa Temple (free admission)

Day 3: Jeju Island

- Cheonjeyeon falls (admission fee KRW 2,500)

- Jusangjeolli cliff (admission fee KRW 2,000)

- Play K-POP (admission fee KRW 12,000)

- Lunch at Unhae restaurant

- Innisfree Jeju House (free admission)

- O' Sulloc Tea House (free admission)

Day 4: Udo Island

- To Seongsan port
- Ride ferry to Udo Island (KRW 5,500)

- Udo Sanho Beach

- Hagosudong Beach
- Udobong peak
- Lunch at Uribong Sikdang

- Seongsan Ilchubong Peak (KRW 2,000)

- Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market

- Dongduam Rock (free admission)

- Send back rental car

Day 5: Arrival in Seoul

- Check out Bong's Stay
- Arrived to Incheon airport

- Check in Come On Guesthouse
- Hanbok Rental

- Gyeongbokgung Palace

- Bukcheon Hanok Village
- Myeongdong

- Dinner at Busan Jib

- Namsan Tower

Day 6: Seoul

- Bit Hit Entertainment
- Gangnam Hallyu Star Road

- Itaewon
- Seoul Central Mosque

- GOTO mall (Express Bus Terminal St. Underground Shopping Centre)
- Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain

- Dongdaemun

Day 7: Everland

- To Everland

- Yang Good Halal Restaurant

Day 8: Nami Island

- Nami Island

- Cheonggyecheon Stream

- Namdaemun market

Day 9: Going back to reality

- Ewha Women University

- Reached Kuala Lumpur

That's all for now. Will update for more soon. (Entah bila nak update since every other day oncall starting next Monday. Nangis).

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Short Escape to Krabi, Thailand (Finale)


This post akan bermula pencampuran bahasa yang besar. Biar cepat habis, malas nak memikir. Hehe.


Tour untuk Hong Island ni we picked different company, named Connecting Tour.

After we had our 7 hours sleep. At 9 in the morning, kteorang tngu kat lobby for our shuttle van.

Our ride

Menuju ke pier yang sama seperti hari sebelumnya. And for this tour, kteorang naik longtail boat. Only 15 passangers including us. Sangat tak sesak dalam boat.

The longtail boat from inside.
 After about 40 minutes dengan view lautan semata, u'll come to see these beautiful sceneries.

Pose wajib on longtail boat =P

Hanya untuk dilihat dari jauh.
First stop was Koh Lao La Ding. Tempat mandi manda and lunch. Warning: takde toilet.

Orang tak pandai berenang.
The beach

The exterior of longtail boat 
The priceless view

Kanak-kanak riang

 Next stop was the Koh Hong. We were given 1 and half hour to enjoy out time here. And finally, ada toilet. Yay. Such a nice place for mandi manda and kayaking =)

Kaku sebab takut kayak terbalik. Haha.

Sempat mandi manda sebelum after kayaking.

One the way back, we stopped at one place for snorkeling. Maaf takde gambar. Was struggling with myself in the sea. Huhu.

Compared dengan yang semalam, I would say Hong Island Tour lagi best. Sebab places dia lagi cantik and less crowded.

Sampai hotel, terus bersiap-siap untuk night market.

Krabi Town walking street/ night market or in thai known as Thanon Khon Dern, terletak kat Krabi town (obviously). Held from Friday to Sunday from 6 to 9.30pm. Ini salah satu sebab we changed date to reach Krabi.

We decided untuk naik motorcycle taxi because we thought die akan pecut dasyat compared to songthaew. But we were wrong. All it did was potong lampu merah. Haha. Itu pun kalau bernasib baik takde kereta halang kat depan. So next time, i suggest untuk naik songthaew je. We paid 800 Baht pergi baik for the ride. (For songthaew u can get 700 Baht for 4 people) It took us about 40 minutes to reach the market.

Tak sempat tengok sunset tepi pantai, sunset kat jalanan pun boleh.
Sampai kat Krabi town, kteorang kene jalan sikit to reach the market. Our taxi park jauh sikit. Landmark die adalah this vogue shopping complex.

The Vogue
 Then, next to it u'll see 7eleven. So the market is in between this two landmarks. We reached nicely around 6pm. Kedai pun dah buka semua.

Nampak tak 7eleven tu?
You can get lots of things here. Die macam buat section2 tu. Ada craft and arts, clothes, souvenirs and our main target: food =)

So simple yet so nice.

Pad thai. 50 Baht. Taste awesome!
 I really suggest you to try this pad thai. Sangat sedap. Not many pad thai yang dijual kat market ni. So you can easily find this stall. Ramai orang beratur. And yang pasti, it is halal.

The other dish they sell: Fried mussels. Price 50 Baht.
Kat center of this market, u'll see meja kerusi kuning ni infront of the performance stage. Tunggu dengan sabar jela sampai ada tempat kosong.

Makanan penuh satu meja.
Pulang dari night market, kteorang decided nak beli souvenir last kopek. Habiskan sisa-sisa duit yang ada. Huhu. Suruh abang taxi hantar kat Aonang street yang bahagian banyak jual souvenirs.

The souvenir shop.

Hari keempat, hari terakhir di Krabi. We decided untuk tak letakkan any activities. Buat la sasuke hati. Kononnya nak tengok sunrise tepi pantai, tapi paham2 la sape yang rise dulu. At the end tengok pantai. Melayang perasaan masing-masing.

Aonang beach.

Feels like sharing one ayat, such a beautiful and meaningful ayat:

' Sesungguhnya pada penciptaan langit dan bumi, pergantian malam dan siang, kapal yang berlayar di laut dengan (muatan) yang bermanfaat kepada manusia, apa yang diturunkan dari Allah berupa air, lalu dengan itu dihidupkanNya bumi yang mati (kering), dan Dia tebarkan di dalamnya bermacam-macam binatang, dan perkisaran angin dan awan yang dikendalikan antara langit dan bumi, (semua itu) sungguh, merupakan tanda-tanda (kebesaran Allah) bagi orang yang mengerti.'

Al-Baqarah, 2:164

Sandal roxy 150 Baht. =P

Next, date berdua dengan my Izzah at coffee shop. Nothing special. But in love with the cozy interior. Muchas gracias for the so-called my belated birthday treat.

Balik ke hotel, our favorite taxi driver, Sulin dah menunggu dah kat depan hotel. Then, i just realized that i left something important kat tepi jalan. My camera bag dengan isinya - my passport and our itinerary. Yay.

Berlari-lari. Nasib baik i remembered where did i put the bag. Waktu tu just berharap no one perasan that bag. Alhamdulillah, ada makcik from spa saw that bag. She was looking for me.

" You careful. Your passport. Your flight at 1.30pm"

So kind of you mak cik. My bad. Cuak tak ingat time tu. Huhu. So, dengan berat hati masuklah kami ke dalam taxi untuk ke airport.

Our favorite taxi driver, Surin. Recommended!
Contact no: +66 87 8269842 (siap contact no lagi..haha)
Surin said, "Next time you come honeymoon, you come here. I bring you to beautiful places. Don't forget me."
Beriya dia. Hehe.

Lepas checked in luggage, kteorang cari tempat makan kat airport. Ingatkan nak makan kat Subway, but sadly they served pork. Maka, coffee shop sebelah Subway lah destinasi kami.

Sisa duit thai ku.

The end. Alhamdulillah, pulang with good memories and a new skin tone. =)

Quick tips for those who plan to visit Krabi:

1. Just get the flight ticket and book a hotel. No need travel agent or packages what so ever. Believe me, you'll survive.

2. Don't lazy to do your research of Krabi. It will be much easier if you already know here and there.
My main references:

3. Most of them can speak minimal English. Good enough to communicate of basic things. Don't need any dictionary.

4. Bring basic things u'll bring to the beach. Sunscreen (most important), sunglasses, sandals etc.

5. I learned that Thai people are very polite and honest. They put their trust on you. So, be honest too.

6. For muslims, be muslims.

.:Saksikan Bahawa Aku Seorang Muslim:.


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