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1. Posted by m_mendoza (Budding Member 7 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hello,

I am travelling to Asia for the holidays. Going to Philippines for a week and Thailand for the week after new years and a day in korea. Any suggestions? :)

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

Suggestions for what?
What interests you?

I would suggest you get away from the pollution of Manila but can't suggest anything more without knowing what you want to see/do.

3. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1538 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

A day in Korea? I'm assuming you will only be in Seoul. In my experience if you only have a day in a big city best to take a tour. It will hit all the main sights and you don't waste trying to navigate the city.

4. Posted by asianisland (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

It is a nice planning but i think you should also try Sri Lanka.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2250 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

Korea will be COLD, compared to your other destinations. I've been through Seoul a number of times in December / January and had sub-zero temperatures so if you need to do this, go able to wrap up warm.

For a 1 day trip it's hard to know what to suggest. The cable car ride to North Seoul Tower and then go up the tower is good if you like a viewpoint. Or a daytrip to the demilitarized zone is on many people's hitlist - those didn't run on Mondays but maybe that's changed.

I'd skip the palaces - they're very much about walking around the outside of empty buildings, and that gets old very quick in the cold.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3036 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

The Philippines gets a little involved in Christmas celebrations. Not unusual to see some decorations and Christmas music in malls as early as September-October.

If you are starting in the US and plan on a lot of one way flights that could cost more money. If you skip the single day in Korea it is possible to fly round trip to Manila and from there a side trip to Bangkok with a return to Manila. But compare the cost of round trip to MNL and side trip to BKK. I have flown between Bangkok and Manila a few times over the years. And MNL to BKK and back again too.

If you fly back to MNL from Bangkok maybe add another day or two to the visit.

This is high season for hotel prices and often the cost of plane tickets. Lots of hotels in Manila booked up by returning Filipino workers visiting for the holidays. (I kind of like Manila.)

Is the side trip to Korea a big deal? Korean Airlines and Asiana fly through Seoul. Lots of frequent flier miles from US to Asia and return.

Up to you.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Dec-2017, at 04:46 by karazyal ]

7. Posted by m_mendoza (Budding Member 7 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the tips! I am taking a side trip to BKK from MNL and the KOREA trip is a layover but the layover is 21hours LOL I will definitely sign up for a tour.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3036 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

Good enough!

It has been a few years since I have been back to MNL. Gotta put it on next years menu! I stay in the Ermita area when there. I know where to go for stuff and familiar with some of the hotels.

Merry Christmas - Happy New Year.

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10. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

I kind of like Manila.)

I like Manila as well, but it's a long way down the list of great places in PH.
Palawan or Mindoro (or many other places there) are tropical paradises in comparison.