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Jeju. A quick introduction to the South Korean holiday island.

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Jejudo, known in English as Jeju Island is the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, and the main island of Jeju Province of South Korea. The island lies in the Korea Strait, south of South Jeolla Province. The island contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. Jejudo has a moderate climate; even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below 0 °C.

OK, that’s the Wikipedia stuff, now down to the good stuff.

Getting There And Getting Around:
You arrive at Jeju’s only airport, which is modern, clean and easy to navigate. Right outside the main exit you’ll find some of the cheapest taxis in the developed world. A 60-minute, 50km cab ride in a clean, modern car cost me less than £20. And Korean taxi drivers don’t even expect to be tipped!

I’d recommend the bus service. There are two main terminals from which services radiate – one at Jeju City, the other in the south at Seogwipo. English language information is provided at the bus station and when you’re on board an LED screen announces the next stop in English. There’s digital information at bus stops too, telling you the time until the next bus. On board, you just press a button on the wall to tell the driver that you want to get off.

Few people speak English outside the major hotels, but you can call a translator during the day if your phone works in Korea. But your phone may not work there. Instead use Google translate if you can get online (free Wi-Fi is widely available). Enter the English word and, as if by magic, your text is instantly offered in Korean script. There’s no Wi-Fi on buses so think of any questions you’d like to ask about directions, timing or destinations beforehand and take a picture of the Korean script on your computer screen. You can show that to the driver or a nearby passenger.

Koreans are very friendly and genuinely interested in why you are visiting their country. You might not be able to fully converse, but on my trip friendly locals pointed out sights en route by pointing and exclaiming single words like “mountain” or “temple.”

Where To Stay:
I stayed in three places around the coast – in the northern, eastern and southern sides of the island. If you visualize an oval clock, you’ll fly into Jeju City in the north at your 12 o’clock position. At 3pm is Seongsan-eup, home to the big draw of Sunrise Peak. And 55km along at 7 o’clock and in the southwest is the seaside town of Seogwipo.

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Chiang Mai ‘s tourism holds up despite smoke and smog

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Chiang Mai’s current poor air quality and smoke haze is raising concerns on the potential impact on tourism as Thailand’s Songkran water festival approaches.

Smog has been a yearly occurrence in Northern Thailand, but this year the situation appears to be the worst with Chiang Mai topping the air pollution ranking and the media tracking daily results.

But La-iad Bungsrithong, president of the Thai Hotels Association (Northern Chapter), says there appears to be a short-term decline in the market.

However, she attributes the current performance to March being part of the traditional low season rather than the pollution, adding that there has been no booking cancellation from leisure or MICE guests.

The Songkran festival typically sees leisure demand for Chiang Mai from South-east Asia, Europe, China and Thailand. According to La-iad, room occupancy in April last year was 65 per cent, reaching 85 per cent during the Songkran period (April 12-14).

She expects similar figures for Songkran this year but also greater competition arising from new hotels around Chiang Mai and Airbnb.

Similarly, a spokesperson of Standard tour, Somchai Sandnee, said the company’s business has not been affected by the air pollution. Chinese tourists are less perturbed by smog issues than political turmoil and recent events such as the boat accident in Phuket last year, Somchai pointed out.

Chotechuang Soorangura, associate managing director of NS Travel & Tours, also says he doesn’t see the smog having an impact on sales.

“The smog is considered an annual situation and our company always (issues) an advice to customers. In the case where customers really want to visit Chiang Mai, we will suggest they limit their stays in the city in favour of other provinces instead such as Sukhothai,” Chotechuang explained.

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Fly on the ‘Honu’, snazzy new Airbus jumbo design

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Japanese airline All Nippon Airways has just taken delivery of the first of three ‘sea turtle’ editions of the superjumbo A380 aircraft.

In May, the airline will add the “Flying Honu” to its fleet. The first of the new super jumbo double-decker jets is painted bright sky-blue and displaying a sea turtle design as a ‘honu’. Honu is the term used for sea turtles in Hawaii, this airplane’s destination.

The smart new A380 will serve the route from Tokyo to Honolulu. Later in the year it’ll be joined by an emerald green and orange turtle version of the planes.

The introduction of this aircraft is the first time that first class will be available on ANA’s Honolulu route, along with Business, Premium Economy and Economy.

The ANA versions of the A380 will carry 520 passengers.

With the arrival of ‘Honu’, ANA becomes the 15th airline to operate the A380, loved for not only being big, but also quiet and extra smooth.

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Where do you want to go? Where is your next trip or tour? How many days? What’s your budget?

Check out all your options and more than 38,000 different tried and tested tours at the new Yonder Tours. Anywhere in the world, any length, many, many options from reputable tour operators.

Yonder Tours is the latest initiative from DB Ventures, South East Asia’s foremost start up studio. The group already has FazWaz, MyMediTravel, The Thaiger and JobCute in its list of start up leaders and is working with other south east asian start ups to develop their ideas into scalable businesses.

Yonder Tours allows you to simply search for a tour anywhere in the world, check all the details and pricing and then go forward to a complete booking and confirmation with the tour operator.

At the stage the site has a concentration of tours in Thailand and around south east Asia but amongst the 38,000 tours you can book anything from a day trip to a month-long holiday at any price point, all from your laptop or smartphone, anywhere in the world.

Where do you want to travel next in the wide blue yonder?

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