Tharp: Into Sumatra Part I

Hong Kong was cold—much more than I remembered it—which came as a surprise. I was expecting a sub-tropical middle ground between Korea and Malaysia—no jacket required--but was instead greeted by an indifferent city whose skyscrapers.

Geoje Island’s POW Camp

GEOJE ISLAND, South Korea -- The POW Camp Park on Geoje Island was opened in 1951 to accommodate Chinese and North Korean invaders who were captured during the Korean War.  Most of the park has been recreated at the foot of Mt. Gyeryongsan behind barbed wire fences in the midst of the pine trees, tall apartment buildings and commercial areas of an island that was only recently developed.    

Eddie Glayzer’s Journey Across Asia

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Up to 30% Discount on KTX Tickets Available

SEOUL, South Korea - International visitors and foreigners can receive up to a 30% discount on KTX tickets around the country until December 31st, 2012 if you purchase your ticket on the Visit Korea Year website and pick it up at a designated ticket office. The office in Busan is located on the fourth floor in Busan Station, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the ticket is not available at general ticket windows. 

The discount will depend on the route you travel, and once booked, it is hard to change the departure time and date. The special discount is also not available during busy seasons such as Korean Thanksgiving and the Lunar New Year holidays. 

Crashing in Seoul on the Cheap

SEOUL, South Korea -- Five star hotels they are not, but at 7,000-15,000 won a night, they are a great option when visiting the Korean capital. And the ample baths and showers feel great the next morning. Here's a guide to some good spots to get a good night's rest and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a Korean bathhouse.

Hongdae Area:

Jeju Island and the Seven Wonders of Hype

UPDATE: The accusations of jamming the phone banks and voting irregularities for Jeju to be on the New Seven Wonders list are now coming to light. According to the Korea Times

"Jeju Special Self-Governing Province has not paid for hundreds of millions of international phone calls its employees made over the past few years to ensure the country’s southern resort island was selected as one of the New7Wonders of Nature in a worldwide poll.

A senior official overseeing the finances of the provincial government said Tuesday that it has asked KT, the country’s largest landline phone operator, to defer its phone bill indefinitely. He said the municipal administration is currently unable to make payments estimated to be about 20 billion won ($17 million). 

Go Koh Chang: Thailand’s Elephant Island

TRAT, Thailand -- Koh Chang, which in Thai means “Elephant Island,” is not often spoken of when tourists marvel at the wonders of Thailand. And many people just assume keep it that way. Especially Thai tourists, who go there seeking refuge from the nearly 20 million visitors who make their way to the Land of Smiles each year.

The Last True Marine Nomads: The Bajau Latau ‘Gypsies’

I came across a Bajau family this month in Mataking Island, a 40 acre-private-diving resort located in the Celebes Sea in Borneo.

Seokbulsa Temple

Well worth the long hike getting there, Seokbulsa is ranked #1 for "must see things" in Busan by Lonely Planet. 

Here is a review from Haps.


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