Tag Archives: Asia and Middle East Travel

Help me decide how to spend 4 days in Asia next January!

Readers, I need your help! I’ve booked a round-the-world trip for this coming January. The plan is to spend some time in Victoria Falls, then South Africa, before heading back home via Hong Kong.  Right now, I have 4 days in Hong Kong, and I am not committed to spending… Read more »

2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

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It’s a bit late, but here is my 2015 travel year in review post.  It was a huge travel year for me, as I hit 5 continents and did more long-haul flying than I’d ever done before. It was a lot of mileage redemptions, and low on the mileage earning… Read more »

Return Home: Cathay Pacific Business TPE-HKG, the Cathay First Experience HKG-ORD, and The Pier Lounge

  I was going to fly home via Tokyo on Japan Airlines in First Class to LA, connecting to a domestic first class flight on American to DCA.  When my travel dates changed, I was able to snag a flight on Cathay Pacific First from Hong Kong to Chicago, which is… Read more »

Taipei Megapost: Landis Hotel and 2 Days in Taipei

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It’s been more than two months since I got back from Taiwan, and a lot has gone on since then, so excuse blog posts lacking on detail. To help me catch up, I’m going to one Taipei megapost, covering both the Landis Hotel and my exploration of the city. The… Read more »

Seoul (ICN) to Taipei (TPE) on Cathay Pacific Business Class

A 9:20am flight isn’t that early, unless you are flying out of Incheon, which is basically like flying out of Baltimore if you live in DC. I woke up at 5:15am, checked out of the Holiday Inn Express and headed to the Metro. My original plan had been to take… Read more »

Two Days in Gyeongju, Part 2: Exploring Gyeongju

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The City of Gyeongju was not what I was expecting at all. Described as a “museum without walls,” I expected the whole city to be ancient architecture and charming and beautiful. It wasn’t, which isn’t necessarily bad, but not what I expected. It certainly did have its charming parts, and… Read more »

Two Days in Gyeongju, Part 1: KTX and the Hilton Gyeongju

My original plan was to head South for three days, splitting them between Gyeongju and Busan, with one night in each. Gyeongju is a smaller city, filled with World Heritage sites as the former capital of the Silla Dynasty, about two hours south of Seoul by train. Busan is South… Read more »

One City, Three Hotels: Reviews of the Imperial Palace, Four Points by Sheraton Seoul – Namsan, Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro

I spent a total of four nights in Seoul, which ended up being split between three hotels.   The first hotel I booked was the Imperial Palace in Gangnam, for a great rate on Skyauction.com. Unfortunately, when my plans changed and I wanted to add a third night, there were no… Read more »

Trip Report: Exploring Seoul

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I ended up having four nights and two and a half days in Seoul, which I think was actually good enough for me. Seoul is an absolutely massive city – probably the biggest I’ve ever been to; the streets are packed and the neighborhoods are sprawling. You could spend a… Read more »