CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN SOUTH KOREA

When I checked TripAdvisor today to answer some travel questions. I see a lot of people are confused about Cherry Blossoms and a lot of questions have been posted by them. So, I thought about writing about it in detail so travelers can read and plan their travel accordingly.

Well, there is a very small window in the entire year when people will be able to experience this magical moment. And Cherry Blossoms moment is coming soon, start planning your trip now. There are few places where you can encounter Blossoms moments.

SEOUL: 6th to 13th APRIL

There are two main points in Seoul where you can enjoy these cherry blossoms. One is Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, Yeouiseo-ro Street and the other one is Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival. There are other places to spot cherry blossoms Outside Kyung Hee University, Seoul Forest, Seoul Grand Park and outside the five grand palaces in Seoul. Cherry Blossoms last for a week.

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JEJU ISLAND: 23 TO 30 MARCH

Jeju Island is known for its fresh seafood, golden beaches and volcanic landscapes but in the winter season, this place is magical. Seogwipo is the best place to see soft pink Hue. Also, don’t miss out on their canola flower festivals when you are there.

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BUSAN AND GYEONGSANGNAM-DO: 29TH MARCH TO 2ND APRIL

Jinhae Gunhangje Cherry Blossom Festival know for its ironic cherry trees, that you find around southern port of Jinhae. Take a photo at Romance Bridge over Yeojwacheon stream and save it in your album, as no one visits these places again and again so capture as much as you can. There are other places like: Hwagae Cherry blossoms festival, Ecological park in Naesu-myeon, Gyeonghwa station, Jungwon rotary, Jehwangsan park and Korea Naval Academy.

READ MORE: 5 REASONS TO VISIT JEJU ISLANDjinhae-fotolia-2

GWANGJU: 29TH MARCH TO 5TH APRIL 

Near the same time as Busan there is Gwangju for Cherry Blossoms. But this one is different from the Juknokwon Bamboo Forest – it is more scenic with those bursts of silky white flowers.

Other places to spot cherry blossoms are Outside Gwangju National Museum and Sajik Park.

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DAEGU: 26TH MARCH TO 2 APRIL

The last week of March and early April is the time for cherry blossoms in South Korea. So you can make your way to any of these places to encounter this magical moment.

The lovely cherry blossoms can be spotted outside of Yongyeonsa temple. And other places are Durya Park, Seongseo University and Jijeo-dong cherry blossom tunnel.

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GYEONGJU: EARLY APRIL

This is even more amazing. South Korea organize Marathon during cherry blossoms without fail. Its runs include 10km and 5km running events. The amazing thing is,  the whole route you will find with gorgeous cherry blossoms. The route goes via Bomunho Lake.

More places to spot cherry blossoms Dongbu Historic site and Bomun Tourist Complex.

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JEOLLA PROVINCE: LATE MARCH TO EARLY APRIL

Now this place offers exciting things such as traditional drum performance, a paragliding contest, puzzle games, flower and face painting. Enjoy these activities with Cherry blossoms at Wolmyeong Dong Park, Boseong Daewonsa temple.SONY DSC

GANGWON-DO: EARLY APRIL TO MID APRIL

Gyeongpoho lake is surrounded by a 4km path of blooming cherry trees. And Nami Island also another place to spot cherry blossoms.

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INCHEON: 9TH TO 15TH APRIL

There is a park which is filled with pretty cherry flowers.  Incheon grand park cherry blossoms festival and it mainly ends in mid April. So if you miss in march then this is the best place to catch it up. Jayu Park is one more place to spot cherry blossoms.

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Is It Really Life is Very Small..?

Taal Volcano TagaytayIf we see the number of years then Life is not small. But if you look at the happiness and young age, that is small. I heard someone saying that ‘Good Time Passes Very Quickly’.

Means when we are happy we really don’t bother about things and days pass in count of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and so on. But when you are not in your best time. It is even difficult to pass an hour.

So the important thing is to collect and make memories as much as possible. Those memories are going to help for other parts of life.

THINGS TO SEE IN PARIS: FRANCE

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Paris is known by other names as well. City of Love, city of fashion, city of lights etc. I would like to write about 10 most beautiful places in Paris. These places are known to be must visit places when you are in Paris. Plan your day early in the morning to cover most of it (Paris).

EIFFEL TOWER

Sometimes I feel that Paris is more known for its Eiffel Tower. And if you are visiting Paris the Eiffel tower is a must visit place. It has a beautiful lightning show every hour from Sunset until 1 AM, don’t miss that. If I talk about the Eiffel Tower, it was built by Gustave Eiffel at the time of French Revolution in 1889. Its height is 324 meters, it is one of the most visited monuments in the world with around 7 million visitors a year.

It has 3 floors, the first floor at tower 58 and it has two levels, 58 meters above. Second floor is 115 meters and it gives the best view of the city. Finally, the third floor is at 275 meters, and the Gustave office can be seen from this height. Do not miss these monuments when in Paris.


NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

It is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic Architecture in France and Europe. It began in 1163 and was completed by the year 1345, this cathedral is known with its beautiful sculptures and this is one of its best.

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It is one of the enduring symbols of Parish, and it is also known as Notre Dame. It is located on the eastern half of Ile de la Cité.

When you reach here, take a walk around the cathedral and then begin to climb 387 steps to the top of the tower. Though climbing is not so easy, after reaching the top, you will have a splendid view of the region and famous gargoyles.


LOUVRE MUSEUM

The Louvre Museum is a must visit art museum, and it is most visited in the world. It is located in the heart of Paris, it is a historic building which was a former royal palace. The area of this museum is around 210,000 square meters including 60,600 for exhibitions. The Louvre fortress was built in the late 21st century under Philip II, and the remaining fortress is visible in the basement for the Museum.
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TIMINGS AND TICKETS: It opens all days except on Tuesday, from 9 am to 7 pm. Per person ticket price is Euro 18.

The collection is divided in different areas like, Graphic arts, Paintings, Objects of art, Sculptures of the middle ages and renaissance and modern times, Egyptian antiques, Greek-Etruscan and rome, Oriental Antiques and Islamic Art.


CHAMPS ELYSEES/ ARC OF TRIUMOH

The Arc de Triomphe de l’étoile is a standout among the most renowned landmarks in Paris, remaining at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at arc of ththe focal point of Place Charles de Gaulle, earlier named Place de l’étoile — the étoile or “star” of the crossroads shaped by its twelve transmitting roads.

The wide terrace on top of the door offers an attractive read of Paris. fifty meters high, forty five meters wide and twenty two meters deep, the Arc American state Triomphe is found on the Place American state l’Etoile that ends up in the Champs Elysee which is nicknamed “the most stunning avenue within the world.”


CRUISE ON THE SEINE

This is one of the best ways to visit “City of Light”, enjoying a cruise on the seine and that too at night time. cruiseOn sun set monuments are lit slowly, and you will get the panoramic view of the forefront, so that you can enjoy the beauty of paris such as- Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, Pont Alexandre and many more.

Dinner also is an option on cruise, the complete ride is almost two hours. There are a variety of cruises available in Paris starting from Euro 69, do selection as per your liking. There are many websites that offer cruises in Paris, one of them is https://www.seine-cruises.com/.


MONTMARTRE

Montmartre is a hill placed within the north of Paris, one hundred thirty meters high, having its name to the encircling neighborhood. Paris-montmartre1It’s best celebrated for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacred Heart, at the top. It was  completed in 1919 and honors the French victims of the warfare of 1870.

If you are within the space, do visit the sq. of Tertre, a few blocks from the Basilica. There are several artists putting in their easels to color tourists or exhibit their work. Place du Tertre could be a reminder of the time once neck of the woods was the hub of contemporary art within the early twentieth century;  several artists  like Amedeo  carver, painter, Picasso and Vincent painter worked there. The Espace Republic of El Salvador painter, a depository dedicated primarily to sculpture and drawings of the Spanish painter, will be found some steps from the sq. of Tertre.


PALACE OF VERSAILLES

The country house First State Versailles is the most known castle in France. inbuilt the seventeenth century as an emblem of military power of France and as an indication of French control in Europe, palaceVersailles was the seat of political power within the Kingdom of France from 1682 to 1789. This Brobdingnagian  advance of buildings, gardens and terraces is unquestionably a requirement for any visitant UN agency captivated by exceptional accommodations, lavish decorations, furnishings and gilded works of Renaissance art.

WHAT TO SEE: you’ll begin by the State residences and also the known Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s chamber. don’t forget to walk through the known “French” gardens.

TIME AND TICKET PRICE:It opens at 9 am in the morning and closes by 6:30 PM except on Monday. Time also changes as per the high and low season. The ticket price is € 18 per person. More add-ons are available.


THE LATIN QUARTER- LUXEMBOURG PARK

The Latin Quarter of Paris is situated on the left to Seine, around the Sorbonne. It is also known for its student life and lively atmosphere, it is home of many higher and professional institutions. luxThis area has taken its name from Latin Language, which was once talking topic in and around the University. Since Latin was the international language of learning in middle ages.

The Luxembourg park was created in 1612 on request of Marie de Medicis to accompany the Luxembourg Palace. It is basically a private garden but open to the public. It is also called “Luco”. This place is surrounded by several varieties of apple trees, an orchid collection with 106 statues, 3 beautiful fountains and a bronze reduction of the Statue of Liberty.


MOULIN ROUGE

The original house, which was burned in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller. Who also owned the Paris Olympia. rougueMoulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. The can can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment and led to the introduction of carbarte across Europe.

Today Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction and attracts a lot of tourists from around the world. Offering Musical dance entertainment for visitors, the club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siecle France. As I said above Paris is a city of Love, so do not miss to visit Moulin Rouge when you are in Paris.

TICKETS: There are a lot of shows starting from 9 pm and tickets start at euro 97. Show timings are mostly at 9 pm and 11 pm, choose as per your schedule.


DISNEYLAND PARIS

This is the place which kids do not want to miss when travelling to Paris. And why only kids, even adults like Disneyland, live childhood moments again. desnyIt is located 32 km from central Paris, you can reach there in the suburban.

Disneyland Paris has two theme parks: Disneyland and Walt Disney studio. You need one full day to get every bit of it.

TIME AND TICKETS: Disneyland is open every day of the year. However, timings depend on the season. The one one day ticket is euro 49 for 1 park and euro 69 is for 2 parks.

BEST TIME TO VISIT SINGAPORE

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Best Time of Sightseeing: Singapore is different, there is no particular season to visit this country, though certain festivals, events and holidays can increase the crowds and hotel prices. The weather is almost the same year-round. It has high heat and humidity throughout the year. Rainfalls are more in winters, but that doesn’t mean that you hold your plans to visit this country. If you want to avoid high heat then do not plan your trip from May to September as these months are recorded as peak season. Whenever you visit, just wake-up early in the morning to beat the crowds and highest temperature of the day. You can start your day by visiting attractions like Singapore Zoo or Jurong Bird Park, And in the afternoon try some indoor activities like SEA Aquarium at Sentosa Island.

Read More: Where to visit in Singapore

Best Time to Ride Singapore Flyer:The best time to get on the observation wheel is when entire row of downtown skyscrapers is softly lit. It is standing nearly 550 feet high and offers 360-degree views of beautiful landscape.

Best Time of Shopping: Singapore is a year-around paradise, but the best time for shopping is during the annual Great Singapore Sale, when there are discounts up-to 70%. You can visit late May and the end of July. Second most favorable time is post-Christmas and New Year sales. If you want to do shopping in Chinatown then the best time to visit is January or February, a month before Chinese New Year. All the streets are decorated with dazzling lights and filled with stalls, pottery, clothes and household items.

Read More: Shopping in Singapore


SINGAPORE SEASONS

Peak Season:Singapore doesn’t have any high and low seasons. It mainly depends on Winter and Summer breaks. Most of the crowds arrive in November to early January. When all the hotels, accommodation rates are at their highest and hardly they negotiate for any kind of discounts. Second most crowded time is at the time of the great annual sale in June to July. And again hotels and other accommodations are at their highest prices.

Mid Season:Mid January to May is considered as Mid season as regular tourism and no school holidays during this time. If you want to avoid crowds then April is the best month to visit Singapore, as there are no public holidays in the month of April. But, expect high heat and humidity.

Low Season: August to October, except Mid September, as more traffic in mid September due to the Singapore Grand Prix. Otherwise very less tourists during August to October. And the hotel may give some discounts, although there isn’t a noticeable difference in hotel rate.

HOW TO REACH EL-NIDO: PALAWAN

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El nido is one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines and it comes under the Palawan region. It is famous for its beautiful Lagoons and secret/hidden/beautiful beaches. There are around 50 beaches, which can be visited during multiple visits to el nido.

El nido is famous among Europium and Spanish tourists. I encountered a lot of them during my visit to el nido recently. They all had come to enjoy beach life like- snorkeling, corals, seafood etc. There are many cafes on El nido beach, which serve the best and a lot of variety in seafood. This place is paradise for seafood lovers. The best part I liked about it, these cafe’s are on the beach itself, if you choose to sit outside of the cafe’s sitting arrangements, then there are chances that sea water will kiss your feet.

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HOW TO REACH EL-NIDO

El nido is not just like any other location, where you can take flight and drive for 1 or 2 hours and then reach. It’s a hidden paradise, so the travel is also like that. There are two ways to travel to El nido.

FIRST WAY: Book air tickets to Puerto Princesa. There are a lot of flights from Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Philippines airline etc. And they all offer cheap flights to Puerto princesa. And the actual travel starts from PP airport. You can request your hotel to book a ride for you from PP airport to your designated Hotel. There are many private transport companies who go up and down from the airport to el nido. They charge around 500 per person one side in a shared AC van. The road travel time is 6 hours from PP airport to El nido. The driver will stop at 2 places for lunch break and environment break.

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SECOND WAY: This is an easy way in terms of travel but difficult to find a seat in flight. Air Swift is the airline which has direct flights to El Nido airport. The flight cost is around 7k one way. It is difficult to get a seat in this flight as most of the beach resorts give package deals to their guests. And in that deal, resort owners give flight tickets, airport transfers, resort rooms etc. El nido airport is only 20 minutes from el nido beach.

BEST TIME TO VISIT HONG-KONG

IMG_1670Hong Kong has a rainstorm affecting the subtropical atmosphere. It is gentle for the greater part of the year. There are gentle, generally dry winters, and sweltering, damp, and wet summers.

The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to early December, when the climate is radiant, cool, and wonderful

Rain: The yearly percentage of rains goes from 1000 mm to 3000 mm.

The wettest month is August when rain falls around four days out of seven.

The driest month is January when the normal is six days in whole month.

Extreme Weather: From May to October, there are incidental tropical storms and rough rainstorms. At the point when storms approach, admonitions are communicated on TV and radio.

READ MORE: MUST PLACES TO VISIT IN HONG-KONG


SUMMER

Weather: Summer starts from May and it stays until September. It is exceptionally hot and moist, and there is a consistent risk of showers, tempests and tropical storms. The day temperature goes up to 31 C.

What to Wear: Umbrellas, summer garments and keep the sunscreen handy..


 SPRING

Weather: Spring starts from March and stays until May when the climate is lovely. There is high moisture in the air and days are a little warm.

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AUTUMN

Weather:  Autumn starts from October to early December. It is one of the best times to visit Hong Kong. Daylights are clear and bright. There are few day storms foretasted during that period.

Attire: Well, generally summer clothes are a good choice, just to keep one jacket for evening and early mornings.

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WINTER

Weather: Winter starts from mid-December and stays until February. This is known as the best time for shopping in Hong Kong. The Christmas season is always best for shopping.

Clothing: Sweaters and coats are a must needed for all days. A big fat jacket is required once the Sun sets. Do keep the warm caps for kids and for yourself.

It is also the time for Chinese New Year exercises. Many tourists go to Macau at this time.

BEST BEACHES IN PHILIPPINES

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The Philippines is a land of beaches and I must say it is a place of beautiful Islands and Beaches. Those islands are very well connected via flights and boats.

I had visited almost all those must visit, Hidden and beautiful islands. And trust me those ones are the best I ever visited. Because there you can dive in, do snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Very clean water with beautiful corals and colorful fishes, turtles and many more species. You can find those Hollywood movies there.


BORACAY ISLAND

Boracay is a dream island, with beautiful fine white sand and a long beach. You can walk on that beach for almost 5-6 kilometers and you will not realize that you have actually walked that many kilometers. Boracay has 3 stations. station 1, station 2 and station 3. All the three are very well connected via road and from the beach side as well. Station 2 is famous for its nightlife.

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Boracay tour and travel companies offer pub hop on and hop off tours at night. They will take you to 6 – 7 pubs with stranger fellow travelers for around 1500 php per person with one complimentary drink. You will also get to see the fire dance. Best_beaches_Boracay-34

HOW TO REACH BORACAY: It is very well connected via air. Flights are available from Metro Manila. Nearest Airport is Caticlan.

WHAT TO DO IN BORACAY: Island Hopping is very famous in Boracay. I enjoy night life, enjoy the fine white sand beach And also must go to spider cafe.

FOOD IN BORACAY: I am vegetarian and always look for a vegetarian food menu. Boracay is a place where you can find all types of food. As it is quite commercialized and Indian food is also available in boracay.

WHERE TO STAY: Boracay has a variety of hotels, from top class to bag packer ones. You will be able to find your choice of hotels as per your budget. Do not hesitate to stay in any of the stations as cost wise, they are very near to each other and believe me, it takes only 10- 15 minutes to reach from one station to another station.


 EL NIDO, PALAWAN

El nido in Palawan has many small beaches and even hidden beaches. Beautiful clear water and white sand, good place for snorkeling activities and Scuba. There is so much in Palawan that you need a minimum 5-6 days to cover all those hidden gems.

HOW TO REACH EL NIDO: Nearest Airport is Puerto Princesa and then 3 hours road travel to El Nido.

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ACTIVITIES IN EL NIDO: It’s a place of so many small islands, lagoons, secret beaches, hidden lagoons and hidden beaches. Enjoy snorkeling and Scuba. Many service providers give certificate based training for Scuba.

WHERE TO STAY: So many hotels, Air BNB, hostels, bag-packers, guest houses and in all kinds of price range.


CORON ISLAND, PALAWAN

Coron island is an amazing place for snorkeling. We did a 3 days of island hopping tour and we enjoyed it thoroughly. I simply loved the banana island. It was so beautiful that I can’t describe it in words.

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HOW TO REACH CORON: Take a flight to Busunga Airport and from there around 1.5 hours or 2 hours road travel, depending on your hotel locations. There are some private beach resorts for which resorts themselves arrange transport. As many other hotels also have shuttle service from airport to hotel and they charge some minimum amount.Malcapuya-Island-CoronPhilippines-Palawan

WHERE TO STAY:Many budget hotels and guest houses are available in Coron, We did not stay near to beach., as we decided to stay in Coron city which is very well connected to all the activities and places. Our hotel was around a 15 minutes Tri-cycle ride from the beach.

ISLAND HOPPING IN CORON: All the beaches and lagoons are beautiful. I personally loved the Banana beach- amazingly beautiful white sand beach. Kayangan lake- Beautiful view from top, and I also liked twin lagoons, where one shoulder will experience cold water and one will experience hot water at the same time.


MACTAN ISLAND, CEBU

Most beautiful island in Cebu is Mactan Island. It is very near to Cebu international airport. There are many beach resorts and budget hotels in the city. It is known for very reasonable rates for scuba diving.

HOW TO REACH:Take a flight to cebu international airport and from there it is around 1 hour to 1.5 hours road travel depending on your hotel locations.mactan

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ACTIVITIES IN MACTAN: There are many water sports activities available in Mactan. Scuba diving schools provide training at very reasonable rates and many other water adventures activities as well. Few fun adventures such as- banana ride, jet-ski, helmet diving underwater, diving with whale shark, water ski, parasailing and many more other activities.


PANGLAO ISLAND, BOHOL

Panglao Beaches attracts both local Filipinos and foreign visitors. There are plenty of Resorts which have coverage around half kilometer long and of line white coral sand. The water is crystal clear, many colored fishes as they dart in and out of the sea grasses.

HOW TO REACH: Panglao is the southernmost town of Bohol. It is 18 kilometers from Tagbilaran City, the capital and the only city of the Province of Bohol. The island is accessible by two bridges and can be reached in a minimum of 20 minutes.south-palms-resort-panglao-sliders-home-00-01

ACTIVITIES: Most resorts are situated on beautiful beaches and they have fine white sand. So it is the best place for leisure travel. But there are many top beaches which can be visited during your visit to Panglao Island:

  1. Alona Beach
  2. Bagobo Beach
  3. Bolod Beach
  4. Danao Beach
  5. Dolio Beach and
  6. Momo Beach