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1. Posted by kar077 (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Hi everyone!

I'm just think on goin to Japan or South Korea from Peru. I really love those places but I wanna know if it is expensive to got there (Planes). How about food - transport - language (I speak Spanish n' English) - accomodation - places to visit. How many dollars is ok to have a nice trip (I woul like to get experience of ots culture). Also, I would like to know the way people behave (too polite - do people behave like in S.A.?)

I'm planning to go by my self. I'm 20 and I dont know if its safety. I dont wanna anything expensive but safe.

Please, help me with this!! =)

Karlita!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 7y

Quoting kar077

Hi everyone!

I'm just think on goin to Japan or South Korea from Peru. I really love those places but I wanna know if it is expensive to got there (Planes). How about food - transport - language (I speak Spanish n' English) - accomodation - places to visit. How many dollars is ok to have a nice trip (I woul like to get experience of ots culture). Also, I would like to know the way people behave (too polite - do people behave like in S.A.?)

I'm planning to go by my self. I'm 20 and I dont know if its safety. I dont wanna anything expensive but safe.

Please, help me with this!! =)

Karlita!

Japan and South Korea are decent places to visit. But MONEY WISE, in my opinion, you will get more bang for your buck in Thailand! Thailand will have cheaper hotels, cheaper food and excellent reasonably priced transportation. Lots of beaches in Thailand if that is an interest. Millions and millions of tourists visit Thailand each year. Thailand is probably safer than your own country!

Thailand is very popular with backpackers who are always looking for cheap places to visit. Also, from Thailand you easily visit other nearby countries like Laos, Malaysia and Cambodia. Get some other opinions and see what looks good to you.

Tourism is the number one business in Thailand.

Good luck.

3. Posted by SA-Tokyo (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Hi, I'm very glad to hear that you are interested in Japan.
Japan is safty country , I think Korea is too.
I have a Korean friend , & I visited Korea three times.

I'm Japanese , so I know many good points of Japan & Japanese.
But Japan is exepensive country , I agree.
Korea is not exepensive for Japanese.

So I welcome to Japan , but if you save money , you had better go to Korea:(

If you eat Japanese traditonal food , you can save money to have meals in Japan ,
so you can visit Japan , I think.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 7y

Quoting kar077

Hi everyone!

I'm just think on goin to Japan or South Korea from Peru. I really love those places but I wanna know if it is expensive to got there (Planes). How about food - transport - language (I speak Spanish n' English) - accomodation - places to visit. How many dollars is ok to have a nice trip (I woul like to get experience of ots culture). Also, I would like to know the way people behave (too polite - do people behave like in S.A.?)

I'm planning to go by my self. I'm 20 and I dont know if its safety. I dont wanna anything expensive but safe.
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Please, help me with this!! =)

Karlita!

Both Japan and Korea are excellent countries to visit. Keep in mind that when Japanese and Koreans want a cheap vacation they head for Thailand!

http://www.tatnews.org/tat_release/detail.asp?id=4487

Have fun.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Sep-2009, at 10:47 by karazyal ]

5. Posted by connor693 (Budding Member 39 posts) 7y

Quoting karazyal

Quoting kar077

Hi everyone!

I'm just think on goin to Japan or South Korea from Peru. I really love those places but I wanna know if it is expensive to got there (Planes). How about food - transport - language (I speak Spanish n' English) - accomodation - places to visit. How many dollars is ok to have a nice trip (I woul like to get experience of ots culture). Also, I would like to know the way people behave (too polite - do people behave like in S.A.?)

I'm planning to go by my self. I'm 20 and I dont know if its safety. I dont wanna anything expensive but safe.

Please, help me with this!! =)

Karlita!

Japan and South Korea are decent places to visit. But MONEY WISE, in my opinion, you will get more bang for your buck in Thailand! Thailand will have cheaper hotels, cheaper food and excellent reasonably priced transportation. Lots of beaches in Thailand if that is an interest. Millions and millions of tourists visit Thailand each year. Thailand is probably safer than your own country!

Thailand is very popular with backpackers who are always looking for cheap places to visit. Also, from Thailand you easily visit other nearby countries like Laos, Malaysia and Cambodia. Get some other opinions and see what looks good to you.

Tourism is the number one business in Thailand.

Good luck.

Hi,
i do agree with being able to go to neighbouring countries very easily from thailand. As for safety thailand is not a safe country, muggings, pickpocketing and alot of scams happen in thailand. Im not trying to make the country sound bad as i went their and absolutely loved it but if you do go to thailand dont be naive. Make sure youi read up on thailand form this site and preferably read the "big trouble in thailand" thread on this forum on the same page. This will show you some of the things which go on daily in thailand.
Thanks

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 7y

Quoting connor693

Quoting karazyal

[quote=kar077]Hi everyone!

own country!

Thailand is very popular with backpackers who are always looking for cheap places to visit. Also, from Thailand you easily visit other nearby countries like Laos, Malaysia and Cambodia. Get some other opinions and see what looks good to you.

Tourism is the number one business in Thailand.

Good luck.

Hi,
i do agree with being able to go to neighbouring countries very easily from thailand. As for safety thailand is not a safe country, muggings, pickpocketing and alot of scams happen in thailand. Im not trying to make the country sound bad as i went their and absolutely loved it but if you do go to thailand dont be naive. Make sure youi read up on thailand form this site and preferably read the "big trouble in thailand" thread on this forum on the same page. This will show you some of the things which go on daily in thailand.
Thanks

Yeah, everyone has seen that expose on trouble in Thailand but you can single out lots of countries for similar scams and problems. As far as safety goes Bangkok is safer than Detroit, New York City, New Orleans, Oakland CA, Paterson NJ and London! I remember being scammed in London, Rotterdam, Marseilles and Naples Italy when I was a stupid, naive young sailor on liberty, no video to record everything back then though! When you pick and choose what to present on TV remember the old media slogan "if it bleeds it leads!" Bangkok is much safer than many countries in the world regardless or what is shown on TV.

http://www.realclearworld.com/lists/most_dangerous_cities/london.html

http://jlpowers.net/?p=780

London (within the top 10 most dangerous cities in the world) looks more dangerous than Bangkok if you believe these video links! Nowhere is perfect and you can never only rely on what is shown on TV where ratings are based on shock and titillation!

Have a nice trip where ever you end up at.

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Lets get back to the posters original question..............

I live in Korea and it is a great country. Seoul is a city to rival any of the worlds great cities and the countryside in the rural areas of Korea is stunning. I was at Seoraksan just last weekend (google it, its an amazing mountan range). Also the beaches here in Gangwon-do are great. You can also go skiing in the winter.
It is quite a cheap country compared to the UK where I am from and it is apparently a lot cheaper than Japan, although I haven't been to Japan yet so I can't say from experience.
Korea is an incredibly safe country, one of the safest in the world so you don't need to worry about that.
Seoul is obviously more expensive than the rest of Korea but it does not have to be too expensive if you look around for cheap accomodation and bars etc. Not much english is spoken here, apart from in Seoul. Even tourist information places have people working there who don't speak english, but it's not really a problem as a lot of signs are in english.
Korea is a bit of a hidden gem that no-one really knows about or visits but it is definately worth coming to.

8. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting karazyal

Both Japan and Korea are excellent countries to visit. Keep in mind that when Japanese and Koreans want a cheap vacation they head for Thailand!

http://www.tatnews.org/tat_release/detail.asp?id=4487

Have fun.

Thailand for endless tourists and trendies with their laptops, i-pods etc., talking about how much they all paid for everything on the whole train journey, without hardly ever looking out the window even though they're all comparing their million gb picture memory cards and how much they cost, yet rarely actually taking any pictures (sorry to the real traveller who knows the 'off the beaten track' parts and actually takes time to find them without booking a package).
Japan and Korea for the sheer indulgence of pure Far Eastern culture with hardly a tourist in site.
Thailand is OK. I have been there a few times and found it quite nice. It would be better without all the Westerners in their millions everywhere, that have taken the trip because their friends have too and very little other reason, if any.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Sep-2009, at 13:13 by BedouinLeo ]

9. Posted by noka (Budding Member 24 posts) 7y

Japan/Korea is surely more expensive than Thailand or any other countries in south east asia. But are they worth visiting? Of course they are. Their cultures are different then that of Thai or any other countries. But in terms of budget, there are always ways to make your visit fit to your own budget but still have fun and enjoy the culture. Stay in hostels, share rooms with fellow travelers, eat street food, do less shopping, take public transportation, stay away from bars (where you'll just meet other tourists anyway), and do less shopping. Those will save your money :) Enjoy your trip :)

10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

I found Japan quite a lot more expensive than Korea. I managed to do Seoul fairly cheaply but I found it hard to do the same in Tokyo and the rest of Japan. I loved both countries; in Korea I only saw Seoul and the DMZ but am very keen to go back and see some more of the country some time soon. Seoul is a fantastic city and there is so much to see and do - I spent 7 nights there and there are still plenty of things I haven't seen.

And yes, I found people to be very polite and friendly in both countries.