VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4654 posts, RR: 33 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3148 times:
In January I'm going on a trip to Japan and then a second destination which I have not decided on yet. I'm thinking of either South Korea or Singapore and Malaysia. I'm having a really hard time deciding. I don't know anybody who's been to either so I'm asking you a.netters that have. I'll only have 7 days in my secondary destination and keep in mind I'll be traveling alone. Any recommendations? Suggestions or advice?
UTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3128 times:
I'm sure going to be flamed by Hoons90 for this, so beforehand, I would like to make it clear that I love South Korea and Seoul and the Korean people are some of the friendliest I've met (and I've been in a lot of countries, trust me).
Since you're going to Japan, I think Singapore/Malaysia would be a much better choice than South Korea. Having lived 5 years in Singapore (with frequent trips to Malaysia), it is a totally different part of Asia than Korea. Whereas Korea and Japan are very similar in climate, landscape, cities, food and even culture, South Asia is totally different.
However, you can also get a cheap NRT to SEL/ICN flight and check out seoul for a day - it's also worth seeing.
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Manni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3095 times:
Japan is great. If you haven't been to Japan before, you might not realise what a beautiful and interesting country it is, and perhaps these extra 7 days would be well spend in euh... JAPAN!
Visiting Japan and Korea during the same trip might be interesting too. Altough there are many similarities, both nations are also very diverse from each other. Only to taste the real Korean food might be worth the trip (if you're in to that).
I visited Singapore before, from all Asian countrys I have visited, I tought Singapore was the most boring. Impressively well organised and very clean, but everything seems to be very fake. Visiting Changi, is great, a truly beautiful airport.
I've never been to Malaysia, so I can't comment on that. But I can just imagine that it's a beautiful country.
Homer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3090 times:
Looking for bargain shopping, you can't beat I'taewon in Seoul. Plus you have the whole country (with plenty of mountains) to explore whereas Singapore is pretty much just the city (I don't know the size and landscape of Malaysia, though).
As for airports, I would be torn between visiting Incheon and Changi.
Have a great trip!
"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
I have to agree that Singapore is rather boring... 3 days there is more than enough. Whereas if you spend all 7 days in Malaysia, trust me, you'll be amazed.
Kuala Lumpur, a first world city with living cost that of a third world. Shopping thus becomes great. Sightseeing wise there is a lot more to do in KL. You can go to Genting, the caves etc... Other cities in Malaysia like Penang (resort island), Langkawi, Tioman and Tioman are also resort islands that are definitely worth your visit. They are clean and very unspoiled, you'll like it. If you have more time you could visit East Malaysia (sabah and sarawak) the true rainforest home to various rare species (endangered species).
Too bad you are not going in December. I will be going back to Malaysia mid-Dec and returning to YVR early Jan. Drop me an email (its in my profile) if you want... I'd be happy to answer your questions.
UN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3023 times:
I second Singapore_Air (Y) You have to get the SQ experience somehow.
Anywho, SIN will bring some more variety..but I"m just going with the consensus--I've never been east of Russia or west of New York City.
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13754 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2983 times:
I'm not sure if there is really a train service.
There are road and air links for sure though.
I hope you'll be flying Singapore Airlines, presenting your KrisFlyer card at check-in, experiencing, KrisWorld - the biggest show in the sky, reading SilverKris, KrisWorld and KrisShop inflight magazines, spicing your food up with KrisChilli, purchasing KrisTraveller luggage sets via KrisShop, cuddling up with a Kristoff teddy bear amongst other things
Businessflyer From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2973 times:
There is a train service from Singapore to KL. However, it takes ages (six hours I think) so easier and relatively cheap to just fly. There are frequent bus services as well which are quite good and depending on how fast the bus driver is driving, can be done quicker than the train. But if I was you, I would just fly between Singapore and KL.
Really not that much to see in Singapore and even in KL, you need to go out of the city because the city itself is also quite limited. But Malaysia has a lot going for it, especially if you go to some of the off-shore islands. I would particularly recommend Langkawi.
Chgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2973 times:
Skip Korea....everyone gave good reasons for that. Make that a separate trip. I would definitely do Malaysia....some of the most beautiful beaches and interesting cities. Singapore is just another city, but Malaysia is cool!
If you haven't been to Thailand...that's another option.....
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4654 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2925 times:
Well, I booked my flights!
Singapore_air you're going to love this. My trip is almost exclusively on SQ. They were the second cheapest, Malaysian was $100 cheaper but one of the flights was waitlisted, and they didn't go direct from LAX to NRT.
My flights are as follows:
Jan.15 YYC-LAX Alaskan 737-400 Same with return flight
Jan.15 LAX-NRT SQ 747-400
Jan.26 NRT-SIN SQ 747-400
Feb.2nd KUL-SIN SQ 777-200 (triple sev! yeah!)
Feb.2nd SIN-LAX via TPE SQ 777-200
Now the last flight on there shows a stop in TPE, but my itinerary doesn't give the duration of the stop, only the duration of the entire flight from SIN-LAX (18 hours). Anybody have any idea how long the stop will be approx. and will the pax be de-planed?