Shanghai; Busan; Nagasaki; Osaka; Yokohama
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Here is a bit about what we did:
Nagasaki - wonderful port. At the terminal you can get a map and an all day tram ticket. The trams are right there. We went all over on the trams and walking - to the site of the bomb, the museum, to the cable car that goes high up overlooking the city, back to the other side of the harbour, to a shopping area, and up to the Glover Gardens.
Busan - the city has a free shuttle bus which makes two stops, one up the hill with the communication tower and the next downtown near the fish market and shopping. We went to the fish market and then wandered around downtown, had lunch and then made our way up the escalators to the tower, visited and waited for the bus back to the ship.
Shanghai - I have posted about this here and on TA: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-...-Shanghai.html
The city or the ship (I think the city) run a shuttle bus to the Bund. From there you can walk to a lot of places. We were there several days on our own and it is easy to get around using transit.
If you contact me on TA, I will send you some more info.
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Going on a Sea Princess Cruise in March, 2012. Anyone got any info on the above Ports, Others are Guam and Rabaul.Found out how to get to Tokyo from Yokohama by train, going to Asakusa and back, looks like it will only cost under A$50pp all up, Train from Yokohama to Shinagawa Stn, then subway to Asakusa, which is one of the oldest villages and a lovely temple, some Geisha girls are in this area as well. return via Ueno and hopefully see Cherry Blosssoms. The rail system is fantastic. Hope to do this in the morning and catch the 2pm train back to Yokohama in the arvo (1/2 hr trip). In Busan, Nagasaki & Osaka just taking local transport everywhere, found some great sites on the web. If you want to know what I have found let me know.
I have listed some information that I have found in my research that may interest people wanting to do their own thing in Ports.
Shanghai is a remarkable city. I don't know where the Sea will dock. The Ocean was docked on the Bund across from the Pudong area. You could walk from the ship to the tourist areas on Nanking Road.
appreciate the reply. Mary
Going on a Sea Princess Cruise in March, 2012. Anyone got any info on the above Ports, Others are Guam and Rabaul.I was in Busan last week, loved it! I recommend going over to Haeundae Beach area, (any taxi will take you, it isnt far). It's a very lively beach resort vibe, very cool. the fish market near the train station is worth a visit, the seafood buffet restaurant there is a great lunch stop - it's on the 2nd floor of the biggest building there, you cant miss it. One of the best things about Korea is the hot spring bath culture and Busan has an amazing (and huge) one. For about $12, you can go in and spend hours in their hot and cold therapeutic pools, get a scrub down, massages, you name it. I got addicted to these baths, highly recommended.
I got addicted to the hot/cold pools in these spas while living in Seoul. For the price, the experience can't be beat... but be forewarned you need to leave your inhibitions at the door since the wet areas are usually unisex, no swimsuits allowed, and only very small towels are provided. They also have large common areas for everyone to socialize, watch TV, eat, and experience various dry heat rooms (typically in a t-shirt/shorts uniform provided by the spa).
This is a family event in Korea and isn't creepy like some "spas" in the USA. If you're adventurous, it's a cultural experience that shouldn't be missed.
I was in Busan last week, loved it! I recommend going over to Haeundae Beach area, (any taxi will take you, it isnt far). It's a very lively beach resort vibe, very cool. the fish market near the train station is worth a visit, the seafood buffet restaurant there is a great lunch stop - it's on the 2nd floor of the biggest building there, you cant miss it. One of the best things about Korea is the hot spring bath culture and Busan has an amazing (and huge) one. For about $12, you can go in and spend hours in their hot and cold therapeutic pools, get a scrub down, massages, you name it. I got addicted to these baths, highly recommended.we would love to do the hot spring bath, how do you arrange it.(busan)
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Probably for a foreigner's first experience, the spa at the Shinsegae Centum City department store would be your best bet. You can read about it on tripadvisor to get a flavor for the experience.
The areas that are co-ed are fully clothed, normally you wear a uniform (shorts and t-shirt) that is provided by the spa.
All of the spas I went to in Korea and the few that are in the USA have the steam rooms in the unisex (wet) area. Most also have a dry sauna in the unisex area as well.
In the co-ed area, there will be a series of hot rooms, some just as hot or hotter than a typical dry sauna, so you can hang out with a partner there and get a serious sweat going. To get a feeling for the typical setup, you can check out the websites for two of the major Korean spas in the USA - King Spa (Dallas and Chicago) and Spaworld near Washington DC:
So I'd expect that you'd have to be separated in the wet areas, but can hang out together in the dry rooms, lounging areas, restaurant, etc. DW and I usually go together and spend about 1/3 of the time separated in the wet area and the other 2/3 together in the dry areas. I often see groups of couples visit (like double dating), this way they have friends to hang out with when they're in the wet area.
Here are the areas of a Jjimjilbang in the ones I have been to. The wet areas are separated by sex. Women and small children (including young boys like 5 and under) are in one wet area, men in another. The wet areas clothing is usually not allowed. There is a snack bar/store and lockers when you enter the locker room. Then behind the glass doors are hot tubs, showers, massage tables, etc. Older Korean ladies (I have only been in the ladies side) are there working on giving massages, body scrubs, and hair washings to whomever is willing to pay. Yes the customers lay on the tables totally nude. The unisex areas have a sleeping room, a tv room, different sauna temps, rocks, herbal smells, etc. Some also offer hair salons, etc. There are also other Jjimjilbang that offer Japanese treatments like mud baths, etc.
A "hot springs" is not the same. Some hot springs also have water parks. For example Onyang Hot Springs is the oldest hot springs in Korea (you can google it). You may want to google Busan hot springs. Note B & P's are interchangeable along with T & D's. So Busan and Pusan are the same place. In case you see it spelled with a P.
I went to Busan last spring in conjunction with the Chinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in South Korea, however, don't get your hopes too high unless you have never seen a beach before. It is very small and not much too it. I liked my trip, but for as much as people rave about this beach, for me growing up around beaches, I was not impressed. I have pictures/video from the trip but youtube also has them.
Enjoy your trip. I have been living here (this time) for 18 months. I lived in Seoul for 3.5 years seven years ago. I do enjoy Korea.
I would recommend this website: http://english.visitkoreayear.com/english/main.asp
I went to Busan last spring in conjunction with the Chinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in South Korea, however, don't get your hopes too high unless you have never seen a beach before. It is very small and not much too it. I liked my trip, but for as much as people rave about this beach, for me growing up around beaches, I was not impressed. I have pictures/video from the trip but youtube also has them.I fully agree about Haeundae beach... it's not much when compared to good Florida or Caribbean beaches. During the peak summer vacation season, it's also so mobbed you can hardly find a place to sit.
Nice to see another Korea fan on this board. I lived in Seoul (Yeouido) for three years and would love to get an opportunity to return.
I am military, currently at Osan (Air Force Base) for 2 years. I was at Yongsan (Army Base) for 3.5 years. My family is still back in Tampa which is where I will be in 6 months. :-) Korea is great if people get out and explore. I have an extended Korean family here as my step-mom is Korean (and she & my dad still live here).
I always tell people who do not have many days in Seoul but want to see as much of Seoul as possible to jump on the Seoul City Tour Bus. It's $10 to get on and off as much as you want and stops at 26 popular tourist locations. (Yes Korean buses are cheaper as are taxis, but tourist are more comfortable with an English speaker on this tour bus.) The guide stays on he bus and it is your choice to get off or on the bus at each stop. Not only does the guide speak English, Japanese, Chinese, etc. There is a headseat in each seat that tells you all about the history of each of the 26 stops, what you can see there, etc. They also give you map and guides of the area. A bus comes by the designated bus stop every 30 mintues if you decide you want to hop back on the bus to go to another loation. This bus is too far away from Busan for this traveler but is always good to share in case you know anyone coming to Seoul. http://en.seoulcitybus.com/
Going on a Sea Princess Cruise in March, 2012. Anyone got any info on the above Ports, Others are Guam and Rabaul.I just googled Busan City Bus Tour and they have one there too... I would recommend this. The buses run ongoing so when you get off at a stop, you just get back on the next bus of your choosing. This does mean you have to carry all your belongings with you. Also, if you want to skip a stop, you can, just stay on the bus. The buses just pull up to the bus stop, open the door to let people on/off, and then closes the door and keeps going.