This trip really did tick all the boxes for me the standard of hotels was excellent especially Cinnamon Wild in Yalla. We were a small group, so our transport was a luxury people carrier, and our driver was great. The six safaris in Yalla were amazing and we saw just about everything this national park has to offer. The small fast boat used for our whale watching trips proved to be very successful as well as a lot of fun.
This is a different and wonderful country, which is very misunderstood. It has a lot to offer: from the busyness of Seoul and the beauty of the National Parks, to the amazing volcanic island of Jehu. I thought this country would be a mixture of Japan and China and it is quite different. Culture is fascinating: when they are into something (such as coffee shops, hiking), they are into it big time; the battle between tradition and western influence is fascinating to witness and observe in different areas of Seoul, as well as in the rest of the country. Each area specializes in a different type of food (Kimchi always included); this trip gives a great snapshot into different parts of South Korea, from the cities (Seoul and Busan) to the countryside (national park and folk villages).
A great two week trip around South Korea. Fascinating places to visit, good food, transport, and accommodation will give you a glimpse into a country that is definitely worth visiting. The itinerary worked well (some timings need tweaking and trip notes altered slightly). The hotel we had in Seoul is far from some sites, but metro is nearby and always cheap to use. On arrival, there was no early check in booked or planned, so we explored the market that morning. The rest of the day was free. I went to the aquarium and saw an underwater sardine play; we had plenty to see in Seoul over the next few days. Cookery school, National Park, the idyllic guesthouse, Temple-stay (go with the flow), Busan (more time needed here), Jeju Island (optional trip well worth doing), then back to Seoul for a last afternoon and evening. Food was great, cheaper than the trip notes, and lots of it; we really enjoyed the BBQs. The autumnal colors were beautiful.
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