7D 6N Itinerary in Seoul | carol_herbert

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Many of you that are following would know i travel a lot and had done so many reviews based on what i experienced and encounter with.

Here is the summary of my travel experiences in Korea for week. You will have to click in the links to read on more . Traveling in Korea is a one major decision i made. I hope some of the places I went and explored could help some of you travelers. I blog for fun and always write straight forward.

Day 1

Korea Day 1: Chungmuro Station + Come On Guesthouse + Namsan Tower

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/korea-day-1-chungmuro-station-come-on-guesthouse-namsan-tower/

Day 2

Korea Day 2 : Gyeongbokgung Palace + Bukchon Hanok Village + Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/korea-day-2-gyeongbokgung-palace-bukchon-hanok-village-dongdaemun-design-plaza-park/

Day 3 + 4

Korea Day 3 + 4 : Jeonju + Hanok Village + Happy Memory

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/korea-day-3-4-jeonju-hanok-village-happy-memory/

Day 5

Korea Day 5 : Nami Island + Petite France

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/korea-day-5-nami-island-petite-france/

Day 6

Korea Day 6 : Lotte World

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https://caroljeyakumar.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/korea-day-6-lotte-world/

Day 7

Korea Day 7 : Incheon International Airport 

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pack and head back home 🙂

Please do share your stories with me . I would love to hear from you and your amazing journey on what different experiences you had. It will be fun !

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Korea Day 6 : Lotte World

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Strawberries were our breakfast and I went to get my coffee at one the back lane cafes they had. Once I got my coffee, we headed to the subway to get our butts to Lotte World. From Chungmuro, we took the subway towards Dongdaemun Historical Park and then headed to Jamsil. Jamsil is much nearer to Lotte World. We had to find South Gate Entrance in order to get into the theme park. When we reached Lotte World, it was like a mall attached to a hotel attached to a shopping area. I was pretty confused and was kinda walking all around following Evon.hahahahha…We stopped by a accessories shop that were having 50% discounts. Crazily bought some accessories and then headed to get our tickets. Once we entered, the feeling was as if I was entering Disneyland in LA. I was so excited. We got the map and got ready to play all the games and crazy out of this world rides and thank goodness the que wasn’t too long. God’s mercy is always with us. We went on rides and roller coasters and I bet Erica and Elaine were scared to death. I need to get a gopro soon for our next adventure then only I can capture all those crazy rides we went on. The main rides were outdoors and were called Magic Island. It was freezing but we enjoyed all the rides.

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We left for Myeongdong after that. We had dinner at one of the Chinese restaurant and went on mainly for the street food. We shopped till we dropped in Myeongdong. Like seriously!!! I went to get my Innisfree products and got some tax refund. Not bad huh?? I also got some masks and some face soaps also. Evon and I went and tried this grilled lobster with cheese.

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It cost us about 15000won, meaning about RM60 so we had to share. It was too ridiculous for us to pay each for a lobster. Hence, we decided to share. Two bites gone a pay for a day. Sad right .hahaha….what to do?? With our currency dropping, we can’t afford to waste money just like that. We had to choose wisely on what to spend on and what not to. After shopping and eating and being content with whatever we have, we headed back home happily and satisfied. We rushed to pack and had to get ready all our things as we need to wake up early and head out to get the first subway by 5.30am.

Our flight was at 9.30am so we had to be at the airport to check in and make sure we didn’t have to run for our lives as how we did when we took our flight from Malaysia. We bathed and wore whatever we need so that when we get up, we just need to have breakfast and straight check out and head out. What a week of journey we had in Seoul. I lost my dad’s Innisfree at the airport because I forgot to check the facial wash in. It was 180ml and wasn’t allowed in. I pleaded and beg the person but we ought to follow the rules so yeah. I had to throw it away. My money was gone just like that! HMMPPHHH next time, make sure you check your hand carry bag and make sure you don’t carry any liquid more than 100ml. i HAD LEARN A BIG LESSON FROM HERE.

My next trip will be to Krabi, Thailand.

Do look out for my next travel blog. Follow me on Instagram also for some nice foodie and travel views on my daily experience. Till I write again.

Korea Day 5 : Nami Island + Petite France

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We woke up pretty early, got our breakfast and did our laundry. Breakfast was the usual bread with strawberry jam. And yes!! Coffee. I got my to go coffee almost every day since they have a lot of cafés to try with.What could I say about Nami Island or should I say Namiseom Island (남이섬 종합휴양지)? Namiseom Island is 63 km away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, and is famous for its beautiful tree-lined roads. We took a bus from Gapyeong to Nami ticketing centre and took a ferry to Nami Island. The place was very cold and it was still winter. You can take the zipwire into Nami but it will cost you about 38,000 won. Crazily expensive for a short time thing that was why we acted sanely and took the ferry instead.

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There was also hardened snow that we could play and take pic with. The place was filled with tourist from different nation. My worlds!! I could see the entire world in Nami. One funny thing happened was there were this China people who were willing to take our pics and they talked to us in Mandarin thinking we knew their language. The whole entire Nami Island was like a mini adventure I would say.

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They gave us a map to follow and to make sure we had seen the entire Nami and wouldn’t miss any tourist spot. We started at the entrance and followed the map heading towards the winter sonata place of shooting. It was a mandatory spot for us to go and see for ourselves. There were also ostriches and birds going around pecking for food. Since its winter, the stomach gets hungry often. Even we humans also are always finding for food to eat at odd hours due to the coldness. We stopped by a stall to get some hot-dogs to nibble on while waiting for lunch. Thousands of pics we took and I was already exhausted . I don’t know how models do it with photo-shoots. I can’t even stand for just few hours.

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Our stomachs were growling as we were walking nonstop the whole entire morning. We went and tried Korean packed lunch boxes ~ Dosirak. The lunch boxes were packed lunch boxes, usually made with seaweed, kimchi, sausage, gochujang, egg and rice. Actually ‪‎this is a traditional culture in ‪‎Korea. At the older generation, Korean parents prepare Dosirak for their children as they go to school. Children put their Dosirak on the charcoal burner and keep it warm until lunch time. Nowadays, Dosirak is the childhood of many Koreans.

After lunch we left for Petite France around 4pm. We rushed because if we were late and reached there by night, we can’t take nice pics with the buildings. We boarded the bus and headed straight there. A French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture. The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’

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The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture. The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. The history of the place is just magnificent. Petite France was also featured on many dramas and variety shows, such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, and Running Man. We toured till around 8pm then left for Gapyeong. From Gapyeong we left for Cheongnyangni Station. We had dinner a School Food and then went on shopping at Lotte Mart in Cheongnyangni Station. Lotte Mart was like a heaven to me. Everything is so cheap and delicious and eye-catching. Even the cheap snacks were out of the mind and shoju was about RM4 there compared to Malaysia is around RM25 per bottle. Can you see the difference? I went shopping like a mad woman and went home with 2 bags full. I don’t know how I survived coming back to the guesthouse at the wee hours , cold and frozen but happy because I bought souvenirs for all.

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In courtesy of http://chloewl.blogspot.my/2015/01/guide-to-nami-island-petite-france.html

Korea Day 3 + 4 : Jeonju + Hanok Village + Happy Memory

Day 3, we took the earliest bus to Jeonju. We bought our breakfast on the way from 7Eleven. Jeonju is like a 2 hours and a half journey from Nambu Express Bus Terminal. The journey was smooth and we got to stop at one of the rest areas to pee and to get some hot food. There I tried this amazing hot honey pancake called Hotteok (호떡). It is like a sweet tasting pancake and it was filled with honey inside and fried on the pan. One hotteok costs about 1000won and it is cheap I would say for such a snack food. We reached Jeonju just in time for lunch and to check in into our hotel, Happy Memory Guesthouse. We will only staying here for a night so we just brought like a pair of cloth to change for the next day. Hard core right our travelling??

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Our Korean friend Sehun brought us to Jeonju town for lunch and then we had to meet his pastor for dinner. We also went to visit on of the traditional Korean churches named Big Tree Church. The churches in Seoul had their own architecture and fine details that define one church element. The town was huge and full of things to see and do and eat. There were trees cover with beautiful fabrics and I thought it was to keep the tree warm as it was winter. Sehun told me that fabric is to attract insects during winter. The reason why tree barks were partly wrapped up is to protect them from insects that are looking for a warm place to snuggle for the winter and lay their eggs. There are similar straw mats used on pine trees in Japan called komomaki .The straw mats are taken off the trees in spring and burnt. So when the straw mats come off, that means its spring!

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Dinner we ate dakgalbi bokkeumbap. It is one of the traditional must try dishes in Korea. When they served us, it was like a big round pan with stir fried spicy chicken chunks with mozzarella cheese in the middle. Sehun taught me the way of how they eat this dish. You first need to take your chopstick and gather around like a ball of cheese while it’s still cooking. With that ball of cheese, you take it and scoop it up with a piece of meat and then wrap it together with any salad and its side dishes. You can eat the meat only or make a wrap with Korean lettuce and sauce (If you want, you can put garlic in it also). Make sure to leave room for fried rice (볶음밥, Bokkeumbap). Once you are done making cheese balls and eating almost half of the dish, then you can call the waitress to bring the rice and make some fried rice together with the cheese and meat. When the girl starts frying the rice, it is like those kimchi fried rice that we know of. After dinner, pastor then took us for a cup of coffee then we headed home walking. It was a fun night out and very cold one indeed. We went towards downtown for some shopping, Baskin Robin for some ice cream and went to sing karaoke after that. Sehun’s friends also joined in along. I was a bit shy because it was like meeting new people and I don’t do socializing fast with new people. Especially singing karaoke, I feel comfortable singing with the people I am already used to and I just meet them like few hours only. It was a bit awkward and I kinda refused to sing .hahaha..Introverts problem. But it was fun seeing them singing and hitting those really high notes. Korean people can really sing!

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The next day we slept in a little late as we were meeting up with another friend Kyeong Hee. We met up with her for breakfast and then headed to the market they had. She brought us to see Jeonju market and their town. It was very interesting and an eye opener. I am a person that is very interested in knowing other people’s culture and places. As you can see in my pics, we went some art places and those markets that sell so many unique foods. Located 10 minutes away from the Hanok Village, the Nambu Market is another place worth explore. Traces and bits of history can be found at the market. Ginseng, Herbal Medicine, fresh veggies and even bedding are available here at the indoor market. Soondae (Blood Sausage Soup) is the delicacy here — but too bad I just don’t know the art of appreciating pig blood sausage yet so I decided to give it a miss.

Around noon, we met up with some other friends and went for lunch at one of the restaurants in Jeonju town. We ate Budae jjigae (I think). It literally translates to army stew. During the U.S. occupation of Korea during the Korean War, locals were introduced to such American delicacies as Spam and hot dogs, and ended up making this bizarre and utterly tasty mishmash of Korean and American foods, starring random meats backed up by kimchi, ramen noodles, tofu, and more. It gets its spice from the kimchi, plus both gochugaru and gochujang. (The thinking goes: the spicier the better, because then you get to drink more beer.)

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Then we decided to hit for some Korean dessert. The Koreans brought us to Korean Dessert Café to try the original bingsu. I tried mango and almond. The ice milk they used to craft the ice cream is mainly shaved ice, milk, syrups, fruits, and a bunch of other ingredients it is called Bingsu. We also explored the street food such as octopus skewers, grilled cheese skewers and the colorful cotton candy. I would think I was insane by eating all those yummy food and my stomach could even take in as long as I am walking. HAHHAHA

Once our tummy is filled with all the amazing food and dessert, we headed to go and rent our traditional Hanboks. Hanboks are simply an example of traditional Korean dress. We searched high and low for cheap rentals as we were just going to rent it for an hour or so. Our itinerary was very tight and we were trying our very best to get a taste of Jeonju as fast as possible. Time wasn’t our best friend though. One of my friend spotted and asked for us whether we could at least rent the Hanboks for about KW10000 (it’s about RM38) . Thank God we found an aunty and uncle that were willing to rent at that price. Many shops were renting the hanboks and it as if they were having competitions and tourist like me will feel the pinch as our MYR isn’t helping to the extent we would just rent out to whatever price they say. We had to bargain and keep looking out for those cheap one.

The aunty was very nice. She suggested a few colors that suits our skin colors and made sure the size was right. I was gaining lots of weight because I was eating rice most of the time and my face was getting rounder and rounder. Thank goodness we all fitted in. My worst nightmare was nothing fits in, I will be so sad and devastated. I came all these way, crossing thousands of miles and nothing fits in?? I will sit and roll on the floor. We all fitted into our hanboks and headed towards the Hanok Cultural Village. It was a good hike to burn all those calories we gained. We were like the models for the day. Our friends were the official photographers and we were posing for no reason. It was very fun and tiring at the same time. One thing I know for sure is that the Koreans are very good at arts and crafts. The village’s walls were painted uniquely and each painting had its own taste. Certain items such as gas cylinder were also part of the arts where they painted it as 2 love birds. My pics will tell you guys the story. I was so mesmerized with the scenery and the people there. The old people I had come across apparently appears to be more healthy and stronger than us younger ones. Funny isn’t it? We explored the whole Hanok Village and took thousands of pics. Keeping time on track, we had to return the hanboks as we were only given an hour. After returning, we headed to down town to shop and explore and get some light souvenirs. We went for Korean BBQ buffet at one of the famous restaurants in Jeonju. We tried their Samgyupsal. Samgyupsal is another popular Korean meat dish that is enjoyed at home or at Korean restaurants that specializes in meat dishes. It consists of thick pork strips, served in the same fashion as galbi but there is no marination involved. It is usually cooked on a grill with pa muchim, kimchi, mushrooms, garlic, and onions and are consumed altogether. We had to wait for almost half an hour to be seated imagine that!! The meat served was humongous. They keep refilling the meat as we just sat down to eat. Come on!!! Give us like 5mins to breathe can?? hahahhaa… the meat was super fresh and meaty!! They serve with soy bean soup and several of side dishes. I ate my heart out. I felt as if I am gonna die due to fullness. After dinner, we took a cab and rushed to our bus station. We said our goodbyes to Sehun and Kyeong Hee. It was sad but I know we will somehow go back to Korea soon because we aren’t done exploring Seoul to the fullest. We took our bus back to Chungmuro and slept in like a baby once we reached our guesthouse. We needed to rest as the next day we need to explore Nami Island and Petite France.

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Happy memories Hotel

25 Munhwagwangjang-ro, Nosong-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Jeonju Hanok Village

99 Girin-daero, Pungnam-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Nambu Market

19-3 Pungnammun 1-gil, Jeonong 3(sam)-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

Korea Day 2 : Gyeongbokgung Palace + Bukchon Hanok Village + Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park

Rise and shine. On the 2 day of our tour, early morning we had breakfast as usual. Bread + coffee + strawberry spread. This guesthouse we stayed was very accommodating as they transferred us to bigger place since they saw us cramped in one bedroom with 2 double-decker. They shifted us to another bigger place with our very own bathroom. Very kind of them and I think it was God’s blessing too, to have people to take care of us since we had one hell of the journey from Malaysia to Korea. I really like the place as we also had washing machine for us to wash clothes. We didn’t even need to bring many clothes with us .I literally brought 6 shirts and 2 jeans for one whole week. Imagine. Its winter. Nobody is even bothered to see inside.hahahaha. As long you keep yourself and your clothes clean and hygienic , it is good for all.

Moving on, after breakfast, we headed to Chungmuro station to board to our train towards Gyeongbokgung Palace. We arrived just in time to witness the guard changing ceremony. I was in awe when one of the chief guards hit the gong. Call me a jakun (weirdo) but I was like wow! The guards’ uniforms, weapons, and accessories as well as their strict ceremonial procedures catch my eyes most definitely!! And the eyes of passersby, especially foreign tourists (a lot of Malaysians and Cina people I see though). It was interesting to see when the guardsmen perform the changing of guards in traditional costumes at the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace in downtown Seoul during winter. Since it is really hard to experience traditional events in such a big city like Seoul, citizens and tourist really enjoy and love it. It takes place every day except Tuesday. Thank God we came on Monday. Weeee… I am so thankful for every event man.. Seriously…

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We took lots of OOTD and POTD and Instagram pics. I was super happy because after so long my Instagram was active back again. After taking pics and touring inside the palace, what I adore was the king actually lived in a really big place and environment. We explored the palace and can’t even finish it in 2 hours. Imagine for the king and his men to live in it. Mind blown.. Seriously. Nearby the palace, they had this national museum which had free entrance. The National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past. Fascinating isn’t it? Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.

Next we went and explored Bukchon Hanok Village. It was a 15minutes walk from the Palace. As we were walking to the palace, I was fascinated by the architecture of the buildings that they had there. Adding to that, I came across Chicago Pizza and some European based buildings. Taking back in awe, the fine details of the structure kinda made me think that technology and architecture in this part of the world is just another level higher compared to us in Malaysia. We have a lot to learn. Bukchon Hanok Village is like the mega of the Jonker Street we have in Malaysia. They have hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that dated back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “northern village,” came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture. We got lots of cheap socks and souvenirs on our way down towards the village.

We also stopped for lunch at one of the Korean restaurant named Tteokbokki House. We tried most of the famous dishes they had there and all are the most spicy ones like spicy ramen, spicy soup and kimchi fried rice. One thing happened was, we couldn’t find a place to sit as the restaurant was full. So called famous kan? Anyways, we just lined up and waited for our turn. There was one table which an old uncle sat to have his lunch. The waitress saw that it could fit us 4 in and didn’t even hesitated to ask the uncle whether was it ok for us to sit next to him. We were so shy and don’t know where to put our face. I mean, don’t la go and disturb an old uncle eating. WALAO..!!! .ahahahah.,..he didn’t mind thank goodness. We sat and were very paiseh, however he was very friendly to us and was happy to see us Malaysians coming to visit their country. Food was superb and we could see that one bowl of ramen could feed a person in Korea and to contrast with it, actually could feed the 3 of us Malaysians. After lunch, we just roamed around Samcheongdong-gil Road. This road goes through the middle of the city, but is a peaceful, quaint area. The street is lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and a number of famous art galleries. Since each building along Samcheongdong-gil has its own unique architectural design, taking a walk and appreciating the buildings is a journey in itself. Many galleries have their own cafes, restaurants, or craft shops, allowing visitors to enjoy art, shopping, and lunch all under one roof.

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Later that evening, we went to the train station to get to Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) has a meaning of Dream, Design, and Play. It holds various exhibitions, fashion shows, forums, conferences, and other domestic and international events. It was also a place to shop and they had these amazing flea markets that we could buy souvenirs from.

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That night was very cold. I think it hit almost to -4° and we were dancing our way as we took pictures. We ended the day with some hot street food like topokki and grilled squid. For dinner, we just went to the nearest restaurant to get some hot soup to sooth the body.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)

37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza (동대문디자인플라자 (DDP))

281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

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Swiss Garden Damai Laut Ipoh + Pangkor Island

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Hello readers! I am still writing on my Korea trip so i decided to post my Ipoh trip first since it was just a short trip and i was needed to do a review on it. I got a complimentary stay for 3 days and 2 nights. I was supposed to go with my colleague but she wasn’t free so i took my parents on this trip. How i got the free stay? Well, it was a recommendation by someone who knew me and very mysterious i would say. Someone recommended my number to Swiss Garden Headquarters maybe(not too sure how and why and what) and they called me and invited me to go for hotel review and listen to what they have in store for me. I was hesitated at first but you know how adventurous i can be . I brought my friend along and went for the review which was held in Swiss Garden Johor Bahru. We went on Saturday morning which was the only time free for the both of us.

The Swiss Garden JB is kinda new and situated in the middle of the town. We managed to find the hotel and went straight into the lobby to find out where exactly we supposed to go and who are we to meet with. The lobby directed us to SGI vacation club center on the 1st floor of the hotel. This vacation club is a really good club as they offer really good deals . I can’t explain much because there were too many calculations involved but if you are interested in traveling and staying in 5 star hotels around the world , this package it good.

Anyways, i went and listened and got my free voucher of stay. I was needed to fill in the voucher and fax or email it to them once i have confirmed my dates of stay. The headquarters emailed me the confirmation slip of my stay and i was needed to bring the slip along during check in. The voucher said that we were supposed to only stay from Sunday till Thursday and not during public holiday . I went on bravely to book a Friday till Sunday stay and got it approved. Praise the Lord for his favor. I prayed that they will approve my stay because according to the voucher Friday and Saturday isn’t valid, but mine was a miracle huh?? Once i got the confirmation slip, i started planning on what to do and where to go and what to eat in Lumut and Pangkor Island. Yes,Pangkor Island is just opposite of where i was staying, which was the Swiss Garden Ipoh.

We left for Ipoh on the 21/04/2017 , around 10am ish from Melaka. The journey took us about 4 hours plus and it was kinda horrible when we reached the inside village roads heading towards the hotel. We didn’t knew that the hotel was really quite inside and situated on a hill. The roads i would say was in a horrible state. Capathi roads!! All patched up and so bumpy. Your car alignment will be gone in just few seconds running on those road. But the thing is what is the gov doing about it? I can’t even imagine how tourists are going to come through this road to get to the hotel. Now wonder Swiss Garden is trying their best to promote their hotel since many has been given bad reviews on the road condition. We struggled our way because we really hated the road. Once we reached the apartment lobby to check in, to my surprise, there were only one counter and one computer to check in . Flies were also there since it is fruiting season as per what they said.

Okay,, fine!! Checking in already took almost 10-15minutes since most of the guest are supposed to check in at 3pm but i think due to the road condition , most of us drove slow and didn’t want our car to be damaged. We checked in at 4pm. Once they passed to us the key, we drove towards our apartment and it was confusing to where it was and how to enter in. I assumed that this hotel is kinda old and has been here for many years but none kinda noticed it since it was very old dated and not much advertising has been done. The room given to us was spacious and okay. Floor a bit sticky and the fan/TV/air-condition were very old , like in the 80’s and 90’s. To me, i don’t mind with all these old facilities. I just hate when your TV can’t even get the channels they promised you. Every hotel definitely has their own selected Astro channels and it made me upset when you can only view 3 channels instead of 10 channels. You get what i meant? Next was the stove, at least provide us with newer stainless pots and pans for us to use. The ones we had were so black and we didn’t even dare to use to it to cook our breakfast. We just used it to boil our eggs since we only had eggs and bread for breakfast. Thankfully there was a fridge that we could use to store in our fruits and drinks. The room is clean and bathroom was ok. I would prefer that the toilet and bath tub to be separated. I meant it would be practical that 2 people in the same room wanna use the toilet at the same time , and like for example i wanna use the toilet so badly and my partner wanna bath. Isn’t it a torture? So from my point of view is, separate the toilet from the bath tub. The toilet floor also at least need to be anti-slip as you know sometimes when we bath we will get the floor wet and it will be slippery and dangerous. The hotels nowadays need to check on this simple things that accommodate all,then only we can easily recommend on others to come and stay.

Outside, there were monkeys and i wouldn’t blame the monkeys coming into the hotel compound as their home has been affected. On our way up, we saw a lot of constructing and cutting down of trees to build buildings and clearing for plantation. Sad case for them but good thing for the human, hopefully? It will be dangerous tho at night if you disturb them but so far we didn’t hear any complains for now. Anyways, on our first day, we just headed to town after washing up since we didn’t even take lunch and we were dead tired and hungry. It will take you about 15-20minutes just to get out from the hotel area and head to town about another 10mins. So roughly about 30minutes to reach Seri Manjung town where they had all the restaurants and Jusco/Giant/Tesco. This kind of facilities are good because we are already living in a jungle and it will be a mind torture if we don’t have this malls to chill and window shop. We had dinner at a mamak briyani restaurant just opposite of Seri Manjung Aeon. The food was ok and cheap. After that, we just went to Aeon to walk a bit to digest on our meals and to get some eggs for breakfast. We went home tired and dozed off peacefully.

Day 2, we woke up quite early and my dad cooked breakfast for us. Then after breakfast, we headed to Lumut town to get a ferry to take us to Pangkor Island as what google map says. My dad decided to ask the hotel reception as there were signs saying there were jetty in the hotel. We drove down to the reception and asked regarding the jetty and how to get to Pangkor. The lady said they do provide transportation aka boat heading towards Pangkor but they will charge about RM55 per person for 2 way and it is only 10-15minutes from the hotel. You don’t even need to wait for the jetty ferry to be packed and they will call the private boat to bring you there. My dad said it was too much to pay for just a boat ride, so we decided to take the ferry from Lumut as per what people say and google maps. I wazed the location and it was leading me for an hour trip to Lumut port where we are to take the ferry towards the island.I was using my waze on data at first then I switch off it as waze can run once you switch it on. Somehow the waze or I think it was google map got us into a village which asked us to choose option A, which is taking a ferry from a close by port. But we ended up with no signal so I had to switch on back my data to check whether this is the proper place to take the boat because it was kinda dead-end. We were somewhere stuck at Option A(TAKE FERRY FROM MARINA) as you can see below I print screen. Anyways, we got down and asked the locals whether are we like lost or need to find Lumut port and she said we can actually take a ferry from Marina Hotel which provides RM10 fare for 2 and fro. It was like a bridge opposite and we are supposed to go there.pangkor

Thank God we managed to find the jetty leaving to Pangkor. Once we got down from the jetty, there were so many tourist taxi (van)uncles and people calling out to you to rent out their motorbikes or pink taxis. Yes, they definitely have some bright pink taxis for you to rent. We decided to rent a van for like a half a day kinda thing. The uncle told us he will charge RM70 for 2 hours, but i insisted that he took us around at least half a day or to see the entire Pangkor. He decided to charge us for a reasonable RM80 for the 4 of us.

First, he took us to see the famous Batu Bersurat(sacred rock) in Pangkor. On the waterfront at Teluk Gedong is this mammoth stone carved with the symbol of the Dutch East India Company and other graffiti, including a faint depiction of a tiger stealing a child. Supposedly, the child of a local European dignitary disappeared while playing near the rock; the Dutch circulated the idea of a tiger abduction, although the kid was more likely nabbed by disenchanted locals.The rock is a memorial to a Dutch dignitary’s child who mysteriously vanished during the Dutch occupation. Rumours of a tiger attack were spread by some, while others claimed angry Malays took the child in hopes of ridding Pangkor of the Dutch. A faint, crude carving of a tiger with a child in its mouth, as well as the symbol of the Dutch East India Company, is etched on the side of the rock.

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Second, he brought us to the Dutch Fort about 3minutes from the Sacred Rock. According to Wikipedia,the ruins are the remnants of an outpost of Dutch attempts to control trade in the Malay peninsula. In the Malay language, the fort is called Kota Belanda. The Dutch called it Fort Dindingh, after the Dinding River, on the mainland of Malacca. The fort was built by the Dutch in 1670 for storage and protection of tin supplies from the sultanate of Perak. The fort was destroyed in 1690 by the Malays who were discontent with the methods used by the Dutch in obtaining minerals. It was rebuilt by the Dutch in 1743 and a force of 60 soldiers was placed to guard the fort until 1748, when the force was disbanded and the fort abandoned.

Next we went to explore the other parts of Pangkor Island and went through some really small roads. The ride was crazy and fun at the same time. The uncle brought us through some winding roads towards Pasir Bogak . That area has many hotels and resorts and the mini airport was there . They also had huge temples around the villages which wasn’t really of our place of interest. He dropped us off a beach area whereby we can actually take a boat and go island hopping for RM70 (20minutes) but my dad is kinda afraid and doesn’t wanna go. Oh wells!! Then, i asked the uncle to bring us to the Satay factory so that we could buy back some dry food and souvenirs.After shopping , we went to the town to have our lunch as most of the seafood restaurants are only opened during night-time. I was kinda sad because i didn’t get the chance to try the seafood there but there will be another chance, hopefully. We went and tried their chicken rice, curry mee and jawa mee. It was quite good because the cook were all old aunties. Mum bought some anchovies and we headed back home safely. We waited for the ferry around 3pm+ and not too worry because they have ferry every half and hour.

After heading back, we napped and rested till dinner before heading out for some seafood meal and just to walk walk around the town. For dinner , we went and tried Amu Coconut Villa Seafood Restaurant which was in Setiawan. They are famous for their seafood and their pricing is reasonable. We ordered crab meat soup, fried egg with oyster, sweet sour chicken and nyonya stingray. All came in total of Rm80 for the 4 of us. Cheap right?? You guys should go and try . After dinner, we went to Tesco just to walk and chill and get our breakfast and head home to rest.

Day 3, we packed everything before checking out around 10am and then headed to the Segari Turtle Sanctuary .  Located about 2km from Segari Town, near the Lumut Power Plant, this hatchery and research centre offers visitors an interesting and educative tour on these endangered species. There were so many turtles kept for cultivation and rehab. This place is a good exposure for kids to learn about turtles and how are they going into extinction if we people keep making the beach dirty and sea unsafe for these creatures.

After that, we headed to Teluk Intan to see the leaning tower there. On our way, i stopped by Gong Pian biscuits shop but it wasn’t open , i am not too sure why. It was a Sunday tho, maybe it is close on that day. We stopped by at one of the Indian restaurants for lunch and leaded straight towards Teluk Intan. The weather was very hot and we were so damn tired due to the heat. We reached Teluk Intan by late noon and we ran towards the tower and visited it quickly. After taking lots of pics, we ran back to our car and headed back to Melaka. This trip was indeed a good one i would say and i recommend that the hotel should at least upgrade its facilities in order for the tourist to enjoy.

Swiss-Garden Beach Resort Damai Laut

Address: Persiaran Swiss-Garden,, Jalan Damai Laut,, Off Jalan Teluk Senangin,, lumut, 32200 Lumut, Darul Ridzuan, Perak, Malaysia

Phone: +60 5-684 3333

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Amu Coconut Villa Seafood Restaurant

Address: 523, Lorong Satu, Kapung Cina, 32000, Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia
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Segari Turtle Sanctuary
Address: 34900 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia