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South Korea Or Singapore/Malaysia?  
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4629 posts, RR: 36
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Hey All,

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?

Any help is much appreciated!

Regards,
Kris
YYC  Smile


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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2645 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.

Will



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User currently offlineHoons90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3036 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
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Why would I flame you for this ? You are right !


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User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2612 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.

You're right, very difficult indeed to chose.



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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2245 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2607 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!



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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16307 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

Hey Kris, Japan will be chilly in Jan as will Korea. So if you want some warm weather after Japan, do the HKG or SIN thing. If weather is an issue.

Neil





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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2245 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

Yyz is right, Seoul is downright frigid in winter (even moreso than Tokyo).

Going to SIN will give your holiday some variety.



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User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2595 times:

yyz717,

Kris sed it was SIN/MYS no mention of Hong Kong lol  Laugh out loud

http://www.visitmalaysia.com
http://www.tourism.gov.my

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.

Malaysia - Truly Asia


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4629 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2572 times:

Thanks for all your replies!

I think I've decide to go to Malaysia and Singapore. I'll spend a day or two in Singapore and the rest I'll visit Malaysia.

Airbus Lover I'll e-mail you soon!

Kris  Smile



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Fantastic!

Now time to plan your flight if you haven't already done so.

Singapore Airlines  Big thumbs up



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User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

Nono, fly on CX or MH, or anything other than SQ. Big grin

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User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

I second 9V-SVA  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

I second Singapore_Air (Y)  Laugh out loud 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.
-UN



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User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2936 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2525 times:

Good choice re-Malaysia!

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

You could fly to Singapore and choo-choo-san your way to KL which would be a nice experience - as in take the Causeway or fly to the Malaysian capital.


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4629 posts, RR: 36
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

Hmmmm, maybe I'm destined to fly Singapore Air. My name is Kris after all  Big thumbs up

So there's good train service from SIN to KUL?



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2500 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  Big grin



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User currently offlineBusinessflyer From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2490 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.


User currently offlineChgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2490 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.....


User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

Well, if you are flying via SIN, why not take the bus over to Johor and fly to KUL?

User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

"Well, if you are flying via SIN, why not take the bus over to Johor and fly to KUL? "

LOL, what a waste of time!



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User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

Better than taking the train Big grin

And besides, you get cheaper fares JHB-KUL than SIN-KUL


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4629 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2442 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?

Thanks,
Kris



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Fantastic News!

Have you got a visa for transiting in the United States of America?

Make sure you do this because there has been some kind of bureaucratic rule put in place about transiting. I'll get you a link.



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/app/saa?dynamic=CountrySites/TWOV_USA.html

More details are available from the U.S. Department of State website at http://www.travel.state.gov




Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
25 9V-SVE : Stop at Taipei will be one hour. You can probably deplane if you want, as TPE-LAX is a fifth freedom route.
26 MAS A330 : The flight transits for about an hour in TPE. You are in approx 2145 and leave approx 2300. I dont know if you will have to deplane, but I did on my p
27 MAS A330 : lol, SVE, you beat me to it!
28 Post contains images VonRichtofen : Yes the US suspended the TWOV (transit without visa). Luckily though, I'm Canadian so I'm immune to the new restrictions
29 VonRichtofen : How long of a bus ride is it from SIN to Johor? Because Air Asia flights from Johor to KUL are stinkin' cheap!!
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