South Korea in 10 alternative sights

GAMCHEON CULTURE VILLAGE (BUSAN)
In this post we wish to provide some suggestions on spots telling another curious version of the flat or even unknown image South Korea has achieved in the general public opinion. As a matter of fact, Korea is often neglected or confused with more resounding neighbours like Japan or China, which seem to offer more intriguing appeal on tourists. Despite its small size, howev...
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NomadXpress in JAPAN: our top 20 experiences

Traveling in Japan
A bit astray from the Silk Road (even though some later branches stretched as far as Nara and the surroundings), Japan was not indeed in our initial plans. However, after being denied the Chinese Visa in Ulaanbaatar, we came up with this overland route to arrive to Tokyo and apply there. This forced deviation turned finally out to be a pleasurable break after all the Central...
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From Russia to Japan by boat: the Vladivostok-Sakaiminato route

Boat from Russia to Japan
In order to keep being loyal to our “no planes policy”, we had to figure out how to get to Japan by boat after completing the Trans-Siberian stretch in Vladivostok. Browsing the online info, we got to know there is a year-round service that connects by sea three different countries in less than 48 hours: Russia, South Korea and Japan. The service is run by DBS Cruise Ferry, ...
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Trans-Siberian highlights and downsides (in our short journey from Ulan Ude to Vladivostok)

Trans-Siberian train line
The names “Siberia” and “Trans-Siberian” have always evoked a creepily respectful image related to freezing, remote lands with almost no dwellers and vegetation. A place for true, committed travellers wishing to explore the most secret and forgotten parts of Russia; a place for people yearning to curiously experience the austere Soviet compartments in the longest railway eve...
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Mongolia’s 10 tops and flops

Western Mongolia
During our 18 days spent in Mongolia we have somehow learnt a lot about this huge, “bitter-sweet” country. Although we could not fully explore the entire territory, we nonetheless made our profound effort to grasp the essential traits of the “Mongolian lifestyle”, focusing above all on the resources for the overland, low-budget travellers We entered the country from the Nor...
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Astana (KAZ) – Ölgii (MGL) by bus: the trip and tips at length

WHY THIS ROUTE? We ended up picking this itinerary when stuck in Central Asia without the Chinese Visa, previously denied in all the - Stan countries (nowadays it turned out almost impossible to get the approval in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan). Hence, we had to modify our original plan to cross from Kyrgyzstan to China into a new daring trajectory bypas...
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(NOT) Getting a tourist Chinese Visa in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)

(NOT) Getting a tourist Chinese Visa in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)
After being denied the Chinese Visa in Baku, Tashkent, Bishkek and Dushanbe (now open only for local residents), we just gave up and started to think about a "forced" detour in our Silk Road, overland trip from Venice to Beijing. If the first idea was to cross to China from Kyrgyzstan and wonderful Torugart Pass, after all the refusals we came up with a new, longish solution: ...
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When to travel through the Silk Road?

The first question we asked ourselves when were planning a trip across the Silk Road was: WHEN should we start our adventure? Among all the aspects we pondered over, we definitely found crucial the weather factor. Our adventure will measure at least 8.000 km and our main target is accomplishing it only by ground transportation. We will be inevitably faced with unpredictable...
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Far East

Far East by Nomadxpress
Our Silk Road trip is getting to its final stage with our solemn entry to the Far East through Mongolia. Next step will be the long-awaited China! We are now forcibly mingling parts of the ancient Marco Polo's journey with stretches beyond that experience and related to other cultural frames. Still we do not know where this section will end ... OUR FAR EAST LOG (September –...
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