Namdaemun market is such an amazing place to visit. In fact, you can spend a whole day at Namdaemun and still not see everything. This open-air market has over 10,000 shops and is one of the oldest markets in Korea. In addition, prices are super affordable since most shops own their own factories, hence the retail and wholesale prices.
With so much to do in a city as large as Seoul, two days in this beautiful city is just not enough. Stylish, modern, and cutting-edge technology combined with rich history makes for a dynamic city that will leave you in awe.
Frankly, while my ambitious itinerary left me absolutely exhausted by nightfall, it was great to see the highlights of Seoul. Unsurprisingly, my travel plans revolved around food, exploring markets, and finding stationery stores.
I am a stationery fanatic, and I love Korean stationery. Aside from food as a guide to my travels, visiting stationery stores is another important aspect of my travels.
My first inkling about visiting Seoul to find stationery was in 2011 when I was in Bangkok. While on that trip, I encountered tons and tons of cute Korean stationery and thought to myself, one day, I’ll visit Korea and buy all the stationery I can dream of. Fast track to April 2016 where I was able to stopover in Seoul for two days. Hurray! Two days in Korea, a partial wish come true! Naturally, I put together a short list of stores to check out with the little time I had in Seoul.
Unsurprisingly, Thailand is one of the best places in the world when it comes to food. With hundreds of dishes to eat, there’s so much to eat and the different flavours and spices are limitless. While Thai food is known for being spicy, Thai food is actually a blend of different flavours, ranging from sweet and salty to bitter and spicy. Fresh herbs and spices are found in every dish, with influences from neighboring countries like China, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia.
If you’re new to Thai cuisine and don’t know where to start, these five dishes and drinks are a great introduction to Thai food.
Although Korea was not part of my original travel plans in April 2016, I was stoked to learn that I can stopover in Seoul. With only two days in Seoul, my plans revolved around eating, market hopping, and visiting sites along the way.
At first glance, Seoul does not feel big, but it is actually very large in terms of population. With over 25.4 million people, Seoul itself is almost the size of Canada! Not surprisingly, this city is also the fourth largest metropolitan area in Asia. What I love most about Seoul is the liveliness of the city, regardless of the time of day.
If you read my previous post about Bangkok food, you’ll know that Bangkok is foodie heaven to most, and desserts are no exception. Like most big cities in Asia, Bangkok has plenty to choose from when it comes to food options.
Surprisingly, finding dessert in Bangkok was a struggle. Why? Because dessert in Bangkok is super pricey and costs more than two (or more!) meals. Sadly, dessert in Bangkok is deceptive in that it often looks better than it actually tastes.
Now, I am not a picky eater when it comes to dessert, but I found most desserts in Bangkok were too sugary. It’s almost as if the vendor added a lot of sugar to mask a flavourless dessert.
After trying tons of different desserts, I have put together some recommendations for dessert in Bangkok:
Ah, Bangkok, Thailand’s beautiful capital city. With a population of over eight million people and millions of tourists visiting Bangkok each year, it is no surprise that Bangkok is known to be foodie heaven to some. Unsurprisingly, like most big cities in Asia, Bangkok has a wide range of food, from excellent street eats to fine-dining.
This blog post will give you an idea of what you can find while in Bangkok, as well as what I paid for these delicious meals.
When I was planning for my Chiang Mai Trip and pondering about all the food I will get to try, I did not put much thought into sweets and was pleasantly surprised to find a decent variety of desserts to choose from. I found that in past travels, South Asian countries aren’t big on super sweet stuff, which is what I prefer. Rather, their desserts are simpler and less sweet, like fruit or sticky rice. Luckily, that’s not the case in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai, Thailand’s largest city in the north has amazing (and incredibly cheap!) street food. Everywhere you go, you’ll see mouth-watering food that costs less than the price of your Starbucks coffee in North America. I literally budgeted $10 CAD a day for food and was able to comfortably stay within that budget while eating whatever my heart desired. Not only will you and your wallet feel heavier, your taste buds will explode with the flavourful dishes in Thailand.
If you read my first post about eating in Singapore, you know that I only spent four days in the country and needed to develop a strategy on how I ate (If only I could eat endless amounts of food). Singaporean cuisine is so multicultural that you can find almost any type of ethnic food, depending on what you’re craving that day. My blog post on dessert in Singapore will hopefully give you an idea of the types of desserts that you can find in Singapore as well as an idea of what prices look like for the meals.