Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Thoughts on South Korea? South Korea vs. Japan?

Jump to last reply

DH and I are considering a trip to South Korea (among other places) this October and I don't see much on here, with the exception of advice on what to do with a long layover in Seoul, so I thought I would post a new message.

We are avid Europe travels who are interested in visiting Asia. We will be using frequent flyer miles, and right now both South Korea and Japan are on our possibilities list, mostly because they both offer miles saver rates (50,000 miles) through American Airlines in October. I would love to consider other areas in Asia but these would eat up more miles than we are willing to part with at this time.

I did some research and South Korea looks like a fascinating country. I spent quite a bit of time on the tourism website (http://english.tour2korea.com/), which is very comprehensive and one of the better tourism websites I've been on, and I'm quite intrigued. We've also did lots of reading on Japan and it sounds equally as fascinating.

DH and I are in our late 20's and love history, experiencing new cultures, beautiful scenery and going off the beaten tourist path (our favorite countries in Europe are Croatia and Montenegro) when we can. Asia makes me a little nervous, mostly because I am an extremely picky eater (sad but true) and don't eat any seafood of any kind. I wouldn't not visit a country simply because of food, but its something I'm a little concerned about.

I posted a message on Japan several months ago and got lots of great responses that really helped. I'm hoping to get some input on South Korea now. Mostly what the impressions are, how easy it is to travel there (we are coming from the US and know none of the language), and what are some of the highlights. I would also love to hear from people who have been to both Japan and South Korea and how they compare.

We have about 10 days, which I fully understand is not a lot of time. We are hoping to experience something completely different from what we've experienced in the US and Europe (although we are also considering Romania as an option, but at this point I think Asia is going to win), even if its just a small taste.

If we fly to Seoul, we would more than likely include a night or two in Tokyo since most of the flights seem to layover there and we would get a free stopover with our award tickets. We would want to visit Seoul and the DMZ, mostly because DH and I find North Korea to be an interesting subject. We really don't know enough about South Korea yet to even know what else we would like to do, although we plan on hitting a book store or two this weekend to do some further research.

If we visit Japan, we would probably try to fly into Tokyo and out of Osaka and concentrate our trip on Tokyo and Kyoto, with side trips in between.

Thanks everyone for any help you can give!
Tracy

22 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 How is FREEWHEELING?
  2. 2 driver&business assitant&guide in Shanghai
  3. 3 12 day split between Beijing and Shanghai
  4. 4 Help ! How bad is the rain in Bangkok early/mid September? Thanks
  5. 5 Trip Report DENTAL IMPLANT
  6. 6 Trip Report April in Bangkok, again!
  7. 7 3 1/2 week trip to Japan advise please!
  8. 8 Trip Report Karen and Tom - a romantic Vietnam getaway: ENGAGED!!!
  9. 9 Getting down to details and welcome advice: Tokyo
  10. 10 Haneda to Narita Layover : Need advice
  11. 11 Japan night bus
  12. 12 Recs for Tokyo hotels
  13. 13 Living in Singapore Questions
  14. 14 Thailand - Koh Samui vs Koh Tao
  15. 15 Hua Hin or another family friendly beach?
  16. 16 Trip Report Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Luang Say, Chiang Rai, Singapore (but no Siem Reap)
  17. 17 Help..Want to hire a guide/driver for Golden Triangle
  18. 18 Please help me plan 3.5 weeks in South Korea
  19. 19 Problems at 12,000'
  20. 20 GOING TO SE ASIA , NEED HELP
  21. 21 Sixteen Day in South Korea
  22. 22 osaka to kobe frrom ship to ship
  23. 23 Spring trip to Tokyo and Kyoto -10 days
  24. 24 Best Time of Year to Visit Ko Samui/Krabi (Weather)
  25. 25 Which Putu in Bali????
View next 25 » Back to the top