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Top 10 Tips for Driving in Korea

Driving on the Korean highways isn’t an Evil Knievel feat. While I hear driving in Seoul can be pretty crazy and that Korean drivers can occasionally be a bit speed crazy, compared to countries I’ve been to recently, driving on the Korean highway is nowhere nearly as daunting. Drivers aren’t overtaking each other by hopping into oncoming traffic lanes nor do Korean highways accommodate bicycles, pedicabs or cows! In fact, if you’ve ever driven in New York City, this should be a relative breeze. However, there are things about the Korean roads (and gps devices) that you may want to know about…

On a recent weekend road trip from Daegu to Seoraksan (a 5-6 hour drive), these are some things I learned.

November 10, 2010 19
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How to get to Boseong Green Tea Fields (from Daegu, Gwangju, Suncheon)

Getting to Boseong Tea Plantation from Daegu, Gwangju or Suncheon

September 22, 2010 25
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Hanoi, forgotten and the sleeper train to Sapa Valley

My flight was only 20 minutes late, but the $8 Vietnam Airlines airport shuttle took over an hour. Here, reputable businesses are often replicated by scam businesses scouring ways to scoop clients by holding plagiarized signs. It was hard to trust I was boarding the correct shuttle van at the airport. Anyways, once in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, I’d board my trekking tour for Sapa! Night train to Sapa…oh, yeah! I was very excited.

September 2, 2010 8
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How to cross a street in Vietnam… and survive!

From an outsiders perspective, a Vietnamese road has little rules. Traffic in Vietnam is hairy; a tangled and endless streamed mess of motorbikes, an occasional man-drawn cart, some cars and trucks and more motorbikes. Fear not, there’s a method to the madness of these streets…

August 26, 2010 1
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Motorcycle mayhem in Saigon City

Just how crazy is motorcycle culture in HCMC? It’s insane! In HCMC the two-wheeled chariot populates roughly 90% of the roadway (highways included). Thus, the Vietnamese are as comfortable on their motorbikes, the way L.A. folks are in their cars. In fact, the motorbike is the family station wagon in Vietnam. Motorcycle garages …

August 25, 2010 3
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7 Tips to Riding a Motorbike in Thailand

Located on the outskirts of Pai (Thailand) is Suntichon Village, also referred to as the Chinese Village. The village is a small cultural site… Video is of the ferris wheel.

August 8, 2010 8
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Solo Thailand: Learning to Ride a Motorbike for the first time

My first attempt at mastering “alone in a developing country”, was my greatest achievement in the past year! And of my many travel highlights on this journey, learning to ride a motorbike was one of them…

August 3, 2010 11
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Getting to Seoul from Daegu

Transportation options if you’re going from Daegu to Seoul. What is the cheapest and most reliable method?

June 4, 2010 15
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Getting an International Driver’s Permit

Getting an International Driver’s Permit for driving abroad can be simple, quick and painless.

December 28, 2009 4
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