What Singaporeans love about Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong

Wednesday July 20, 2016 | by Daniel Goh | In Asia

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Authentic Korean cuisine has also drawn many travellers to Seoul with its freshness, vibrant mix of colours and large variety. Chewy and spicy tteokbokki (rice cakes) puts a smile on anyone’s face, the comfort of a warm, colourful bowl of bibimbap (mixed rice) is sure to satisfy, and nothing hits the spot like a sinful yet savoury KBBQ dinner.  Some celebrities have even opened their own restaurants, so stop by for dinner and you might even meet your bias in person!

Of course, there is a lot more that Seoul has to offer. Book a trip to Seoul with our Flash Sale and explore the city yourself! Fly with Korean Air and get extra 23kg baggage and airport transfer for free.



Tokyo - Fly from $441 (return)


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Singaporeans definitely love Japan, and some might say that Tokyo has the most balanced pace of living compared to other Japanese cities. One huge drawing point is the Japanese culture, which is reflected in their work ethic and service interaction. Their service is so sincere that you feel extremely welcomed no matter where you go, from the very first greeting till the very last one.


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Their high service standards match the excellent quality of food in their cuisine and can be tasted in the many dishes Tokyo has to offer. A personal favourite that I would like to highlight is Tsukiji Market, which serves some of the best tasting sushi and seafood in the world. Queues snake around corners and unending lines are made of customers waiting to give their tastebuds a culinary blessing. The pure freshness and tastes of seafood at Tsukiji is enough to spoil all Japanese food for at least a month when you’re back in Singapore. Tokyo is also home to 226 Michelin-starred restaurants, the highest concentration in the world, which just goes to show how good the food is.


The sights of Tokyo are not to be missed either. Relive your childhood at Tokyo Disney, scramble to take a photo at the busy Shibuya Crossing, see the shimmering city lights from the top of Tokyo Tower and the best sight of them all, witnessing the Sakura trees bloom in spring. Pink petals litter park walkways and shrine entrances and more still drifting gracefully down from tree branches, almost like a scene out of a fairy tale. Plan a trip to catch the Sakura bloom next spring and you won’t regret it! Book now with ZUJI’s Flash Sale to Tokyo!



Bangkok - Fly from $123 (return)


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Bangkok and bargaining go hand-in-hand and everyone who goes on a shopping spree will tell you what a steal the prices are in the shopping paradise. The city is saturated with shopping malls, night markets and bazaars to suit all your shopping needs. Opened in 2012, Asiatique the Riverfront is THE latest shopping destination, boasting a combination of a night bazaar and a mall containing over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants and it doesn’t lose out in terms of shopping. An array of evening entertainment options are readily available every night at the one-stop paradise, including the Calypso Cabaret, showcasing ladyboys with figures that would make men catcall and women envious.


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What’s there to say? The cuisine speaks for itself. Many would agree that a piping hot bowl of Tom Yum hits the right spot any day of the week, and it’s no secret that Singaporeans especially love the spicy flavours present in Thai food. Embark on a food tour in the Land of Smiles and tell us which dish you like best. A trip to a culinary haven is only a flight away! Get your tickets to Bangkok cheap with this week’s Flash Sale.


Hong Kong - Fly from $181 (return)


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Guys, make way. There’s a reason the street is named “Ladies Market” and not “Mens Market”. Watch as your normally unfit girl friends develop Olympic-standard stamina when confronted with rows upon rows of stalls along the street market stretch. Make full use of the exchange rate and shop till you drop! It’s that good. Finish off by laying out your buys and Instagramming your amazing shopping haul.

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Hong Kong also boasts the most extravagant shopping centres which will make you feel like the world is yours for the taking. Harbour City is Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall situated along Canton Road, featuring Louis Vuitton’s largest Asian Store and Chanel’s Asian flagship store.


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The siew mai is hot and steaming as the waitress puts it on your table. You breathe in the sweet smell of steamed pork and your mouth starts to water. Anxiously, you take your first bite. As you puncture the dumpling, savoury juices rush onto your tongue and the meat blends effortlessly with the skin. While you chew, a perfectly seasoned piece of shrimp finds its way to the back of your tongue and melts onto your tastebuds. You close your eyes and lean back in delight. The words escape you as you swallow. “Ahhh, shiok”

That’s how good the food is in Hong Kong! Every meal is just a new experience of blissful tastes that make up for the crowded restaurants. Wash down your meal with some Iced Milk Tea and you’ll never have a bad meal in the city.


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Not many things can match the view on the cable car ride in Ocean Park. The marine mammal park, trademark to Hong Kong, is definitely worth a day trip. You can choose between taking the cable car ride or the train from the base of the park to the summit. Performances with trainers and marine life are also shown throughout the day.

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If you like views, The Peak is bound to please. Entry tickets only cost 40HKD (7SGD) and you can stay there as long as you like. It’s a great place to catch the sunset and witness the city lights come to life.

Alternatively, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a trek on The Dragon’s Back trail will do the trick. Breathe in some fresh air and hike your thoughts away. In 2004, Dragon’s Back Trail was selected by TIME Asia as the best urban hiking trail.

Pokemon Go has been released in Hong Kong as of 26 July, adding on to the long list of reasons to go to Hong Kong! Fly away and catch water Pokémon at many attractions that Hong Kong has to offer! With this week’s Flash Sale, catching Pokémon has never been cheaper.

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3-day flash sale to Singaporeans’ favourite cities!

We know, there’s much to do and eat at these fabulous cities and that’s why they are going on sale this week! What’s more, book with your MasterCard and enjoy up to $100 flight rebate + additional $50 rebate with stored card payment. Hurry! Sale ends this Thursday.

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