Petite France + Nami Island Day Tour

We went on a day trip to Gapyeong County on our third day in Korea after spending our first 2 days in Seoul.

I booked Klook’s Petite France and Nami Island tour. Booking through the website was very straightforward, and I received the voucher within a few hours while the Everland vouchers were instantly sent to my inbox. I was even surprised that they gave further discount coupons after my purchase!

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Our driver/guide, June, arrived in Myeongdong at the scheduled pick up time. I showed him the e-voucher on my phone, and off we go.

Booking a private tour was a good decision because we’re a group of 4 with 2 senior citizens. Our ride, a KIA Carnival, was very spacious and comfortable that my mom dozed off on the way to Petite France.  😀

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Petite France just opened when we arrived, so we had the place to ourselves for a while.

We arrived after a smooth 1.5 hour drive.

June bought our tickets, handed us a map of the place, and briefly explained the different areas of the ‘village.’ He then left us to explore it on our own.

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I was a bit worried at first because it was cloudy when we arrived, but the sun shone brightly after a few minutes.
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“Antiques Flea Market” or Antika

I haven’t been to France yet, but the colorful houses reminded me of Cinque Terre while Antika reminded me of a souvenir shop in Hallstatt. So yes, the European feel is legit. Continue reading “Petite France + Nami Island Day Tour”

Korea on a Budget: 5D4N Itinerary

We just got back from Korea, and I’m already thinking of going back in the winter! In the meantime, let me share with you a suggested 5D4N itinerary to hopefully help you enjoy your trip to Korea even on a budget.

While I didn’t expect Korea to be as cheap as Taiwan, it is also not as expensive as I expected it to be. With proper planning and research, we were able to get the most out of our trip. In fact, I spent less than Php20,000.00, and that’s not even a super tipid trip!

Here’s a suggested 5D4N itinerary and a breakdown of our expenses per head:

*I booked 5 nights because our flight arrived at night.

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BUDGET TIPS:

  • If you’re not in a hurry to get to Seoul Station from Incheon International Airport, you can take the all-stop train (blue) for only KRW4,250.00 instead of the express train (orange) for KRW8,000.00. You can also check the link on the table above to see discounted ticket.
  • If you’re bringing USD, just change enough Won at the airport to get to your accommodation. When we arrived (September 15, 2017), the exchange rate at the airport was USD1 = KRW1,085.00. In Myeong-dong, we found the best exchange rates at the stall directly in front of the Chinese Embassy. Their rates were USD1 = KRW1,131.00 (September 16) and USD1 = KRW1,134.00 (September 19).
  • If traveling with a child (below 6 years old) and/or senior citizen (65 and older), present their passports at ticket counters to avail discounts or free admission.
    • Free admission to palaces (worth KRW3,000.00)
    • KRW3,000.00 discount at Namsan Cable Car
  • You can try on a hanbok free of charge (just for photo op, but not wear them to roam around palaces) in some places like Seoul Global Cultural Center, K-Style Hub, and at the airport.
  • Register at Visit Korea website to get access to seasonal discount coupons (Home > Shopping > Discount Coupons).
  • I traveled with senior citizens, so we booked a private tour to Petite France and Nami Island from Klook and availed a round trip shuttle service to Everland. If you’re traveling solo or on a really tight budget, you can commute. Obviously, the travel time is longer and will take several transfers from one mode of transport to another.
  • You can go to Namsan Tower by bus instead of taking the cable car for only KRW1,200 (cash)/KRW1,100 (transpo card) per way.
  • Being a touristy area, street food in Myeong-dong is expensive, and in my opinion, overrated. For example, we spent KRW14,000.00 for a cup of ‘tempura’, Korean fried chicken, and 2 pieces of egg bun while a cheeseburger set and Wagyu (Wagyu!) burger set from Lotteria at the airport costs KRW15,600.00!
  • Download the Subway Korea app to help you navigate Seoul’s extensive rail network. This is particularly helpful if you plan on commuting to Nami Island and Everland. I also use MAPS.ME to guide me when navigating on foot.

If you have other budget tips for traveling to Korea, please share them in the comments section below.