Day 1 of 9

Hello Wanderlust, how are you guys? It’s been months since the last trip and now I am excited to tell you guys that for this year alone, we’re going to visit Hong Kong, Seoul, Macau and Bangkok. So let’s roll with the first trip of the year — A  9-day trip to South Korea with HK layover. This is actually an incentive trip from the company I am affiliated with and so it doubles the fun because it’s free 😉

Today’s Timeline 

 1200 – 1230 Airport Check-in
 1230 – 1430 Flight to HK
 1430– 1600 HK Layover
 1630 – 1730 Flight to Korea
 1800 – 2100 Touchdown Seoul

Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong and you can assume quality service. This is our first time to try Cathay and we like the experience. We chose the earliest flight and flown via CX904 as we plan to shop a little at Causeway for outerwear. We checked-in right on time and boarded accordingly. We enjoyed their inflight entertainment system as well as the light meal, we had sandwich catered with seasonal fruits, coffee and juice.

Cathay Pacific Breakfast

Cathay Pacific Inflight Breakfast

Onboard MNL to HK

Onboard CX904 MNL to HK

We landed 30 minutes past 7am, cleared immigration and stored our bags in one of the lockers for rent at HKIA. I have been to HK several times already that’s why I am familiar with their transport system and at the same time commuting here is relatively easy and comfortable. Since we’re pressed for time, we purchased a return same day airport express ticket that will take us to HK downtown and vice versa. This is way faster than bus, but the latter is the cheaper option.

First, we went to Times Square and then after we go straight to Paul Frank which is located at Causeway Bay. For first timer the store might be hard to find but we visited this store two years ago and so we didn’t have a hard time locating the store once again which is actually tucked away from the main street.

Certified Paul Frank Lover

Certified Paul Frank Lover

Airport Station

Airport Station

After a few hours we travelled back to HKIA using the return ticket that we bought earlier to catch our plane that will take us to our final destination. The airport express train though quite pricey compared to bus is your fastest and reliable way to the airport. One of the distinct advantages of this train is their seamless internet connection on board. They also offer free In-town Check-in service which is available for many major airlines at Hong Kong and Kowloon stations. And since we’re flying via Cathay Pacific we make it a point to try and enjoy this complimentary service.

Inside Airport Express

Airport Express Interior


Quick bites before boarding

Cathay Pacific Economy Seats

CX Flight to Seoul

We arrived at Incheon International airport past 8 in the evening and we were picked up at the airport by the company service and dropped us at the nearest hotel. I don’t know why I didn’t take any photos of the hotel or even remember the name but we spent a night there and then the next morning the same representative drive for us to Gwangju.

Happy Reading 🙂 If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to use the comment area below. 💋

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