Posted by: evedlewis | October 16, 2016

New Job Opening in JeonjuπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

My husband and I have enjoyed our time in Jeonju this year, however, we have decided to return to the USA in December. This means that some lucky person will have the opportunity to take over my awesome job in Jeonju. If you or anyone you know is looking for a great teaching position with limited working hours and high pay, this job might be for you. Check out the details below and send me your resume if you are interested:

– Full-time job opening in Jeonju (December )

– Native/Experienced/Female teachers only

– Awesome job hours: 4pm – 10pm

– Monday – Friday (No weekend work)

– Tons of Time Off (during the holding period)

– 10 vacation days (plus Korean National Holidays)

– High Salary 2.2 – 2.5 Million Won + Housing

– Nice Furnished Housing — 5 Minutes from job

– Awesome Boss/Co-workers/Students

– You choose books/material for your classes

– Elementary – High School Students 
If you are a night owl, this dream job could be perfect for you. My husband and I will be leaving Jeonju in December, so my job needs a replacement teacher. This job has been a miracle for me, and could be a miracle for you too for many reasons. 

1) Sweet job hours — you only teach 4-6 hours per day. You could work 4pm-10pm daily if you want to go in early a few days to grade papers/prep. 

2) Tons of time off. The older students test often, and you will have tons of time off during the “holding period”. 

3) High Salary position with nice housing included. The work is like a part-time job, however you get paid a full-time salary (2.2 – 2.5 Million won per month — based on experience) and your furnished housing is included. 

4) The staff members are amazing!!! My boss is awesome, understanding and flexible (very hands-off). All the staff members are kind, easy to work with and helpful. 

5) Awesome students!!!! Easy to teach elementary – high school students. 

This is really a dream job for anyone with experience who wants to live in Jeonju. You will choose the books/materials for all your classes. Please send your resume and photos directly to me. We will be interviewing possible candidates from now until November. Thank you!!!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ — Feel free to email questions and refer any teachers who may be a good fit. 

Thank you!!!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

Currently using the following books:

Younger Students: Inspired 2

Older Students: New American Inside Out

Discover New American Inside Out

I have also taught Ted Talk classes, poetry classes and debate classes. You will have complete control and independence in your classroom to choose which class formats work best for you and your students. 

I have been living and teaching in South Korea since 2009. That makes seven years now — which is almost a decade!!! 😳😳😳

I lived in Jeonju from 2009 – 2011. Then, I lived in Seoul from 2012 – 2016. Now, I am spending my last year in Korea back in Jeonju with my husband, and there is one thing that I’m really glad to see here — More. Food. Choices. 

In 2009/2010, there were very few foreign food options in Jeonju for foreigners and locals. Most of the restaurants served only Korean food and the grocery stores had a very limited selection of “International food”.

These days, we can buy basic items like cheese and tortillas at Emart with no problem — Thank God!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ In the past, I would travel to Seoul on the weekends just to get some fluffy pancakes and flavorful Mexican food. But now, I can stay in Jeonju and enjoy a variety of menu items at home or when going out to eat. Yayyyyy!!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

I wrote a blog post several years ago about some great restaurants in Jeonju. Now, I’m proud to update this list with several other restaurant choices that are sure to please. 

Jeonju has become a great tourist spot for visitors over the years, and here are a few restaurants that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting or living in Jeonju these days. 

PLEASE NOTE: Things often change in South Korea. Restaurants often close down and/or move. These are some great restaurants as of September 2016. Please be aware that this information may change or may be inaccurate within one year. 


One of my favorite restaurants in Jeonju is still Lemon Table. This restaurant was on my first list several years ago, and they now have two locations. I prefer the location in Jungwhasandong, but they also have a branch in the Chunbukdae area. The food, atmosphere and service are all wonderful and the prices are not too high. Lemon Table is a great place for friends, big groups, families and couples to enjoy pizza, pasta, salads and steak. My favorite menu items are: the mushroom soup, the mushroom or shrimp rose pasta, the grilled chicken salad and the ricotta cheese salad. The steak and pizza dishes are also good, however I would not recommend the burgers. Most of the workers there speak English. 

Price Range: 15k – 20k won per meal

Location: Jungwhasandong — right next door to the Ssang Yong car dealership. 

755-10 Junghwasandong 2(i)-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do

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If you are in the mood for some fantastic Indian food, I would highly suggest that you go to Masala in the Hanok Village area. We ordered the curry lamb, aloo gobi, samosas and butter nann. Everything was divine and worth the high cost. Masala is a very small restaurant, and it’s easy to miss. However it’s worth the search to find it and eat there for lunch or dinner. All of the workers there speak English. Please note that they are closed every Monday. 

Price Range: 20k – 30k won per meal

Check out their website, Facebook and Instagram pages for more information and the location:


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When you want some quality Thai food, head over to Mr. Pad Thai. The chef there has lived in Thailand and has perfected his Thai food cooking skills. We ordered the spicy and mild pad thai noodles and both dishes were fabulous. The spring rolls were just okay and tasted store bought. However, the other thai dishes we saw looked authentic and tasty. This restaurant is small and fills up quickly. The chef is the only employee there, so you should go there solely for the food, not for the customer service. You place your order at the counter, he cooks it up for you, and then you pick it up when it’s ready. There are no servers available, so everything is set up like a small self-serve restaurant. He speaks English. 

Price range: 10k – 20k won per meal

Check out his blog for more information and the location:

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For some outstanding Vietnamese food, you should definitely go to Pho Ha Noi. I have tried the beef pho, spring rolls and the roasted chicken with rice entree. Everything was dynamite. The owners and the staff members are very nice and provide excellent customer service. This is a beautiful and modern restaurant with tons of space. Great for small or large groups. All of the workers there speak English. 

Pho Ha Noi is located in the new Shinsigagee area near Primo Pasta (프리λͺ¨νŒŒμŠ€νƒ€) to the left. I would also highly recommend Primo Pasta for excellent Italian food. 

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When you are in the mood for excellent Italian food, you should go to Primo Pasta. It’s a great place with a nice atmosphere for romantic dinner dates. Excellent pasta dishes in the Shinsigagee area. Most of the workers there speak English. 

Location: 1525-5 Hyojadong 3(sam)-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea


Gamjatang is one of my favorite Korean meals, and there is an awesome Gamjatang restaurant in Junwhasandong. It’s located directly across from the Tom and Tom’s Coffee shop behind the flower shop and Holly’s Coffee shop (behind the same main street as Lemon Table). You can order small or large portions and they are open for lunch and dinner. For those who love Gamjatang (Pork bone soup), I would highly recommend that you give this place a try. None of the workers there speak English. 


Jungwhasandong — close to the Ssang Yong car dealership. 

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Take a taxi to the Ssang Yong car dealership. Walk straight (away from the bridge) until you see Tom and Tom’s coffee on your right and Holly’s coffee on your left. Turn left at that corner (flower shop on the corner) — the Gamjatang Restaurant will be directly in front of you on the left. 

Price range: 10k – 20k per meal

Jeonju is a very small city with limited eating choices. However, I’m really glad that the number of “foreign style” restaurants have continued to increase. 

There is also an excellent buffet and Mexican style restaurant in the Gaeksa CGV Imax Building — if you want to try something new in the Gaeksa area. Just tell the taxi driver “Gaeksa CGV” — go inside the building and follow the signs to the restaurants there. 

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For a great American Style restaurant, try Mad Hungry in Shinshigagee. I have only tried the ricotta cheese fruit salad there. However, I have heard that their burgers and fries are amazing. You can also go there to play darts and pool. It’s a huge restaurant with a lively night atmosphere and a nice beer selection. Great place for small or large group gatherings after 5pm. I think they are only open for dinner. Check their FB page and Trip Advisor for more information. Search: Mad Hungry 

In addition to great restaurants, there is also a really awesome foreign food store in Jeonju now called “Our Shop India”. I normally buy Tilapia, shredded cheese, sour cream and other items there that are impossible to find in Jeonju. You can place an order online or just walk in and look around. The owners are very nice and flexible. They will do their best to get whatever you may need, and they get new things in stock very often. They speak English, and they offer delivery service as well for online orders. Check out their website and Facebook page. 



Search: Our Shop India Jeonju — for more information. 

Happy Eating!!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ Tell them that Eve from Eve in Korea sent you!!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

I would just like to give a quick shout out to iherb. I have ordered products that are extremely difficult or impossible to find in South Korea, and I’m completely satisfied with my online ordering experience. 

The website is easy to navigate, the products and the shipping costs are extremely affordable and I receive my packages within a few days. 

My first order was for Umeka, which is a cough and cold medicine that really works for me. When I take this medicine at the first sign of illness, it actually prevents the sickness from getting worse. I usually feel back to 100% normal the next day. I first used this brand in the USA, and I was so excited to see it available online. 

My second order was for 2 soy protein powder containers and a bottle of spirulina. The entire order came to $33.00. So — I basically paid just $10 for each item and $3.00 for shipping. 

All of the items arrived quickly and in perfect condition. πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

The soy protein powder is delicious, smooth and creamy — not grainy or chalky at all like some other brands. I use the protein powder in smoothies and also mix with milk/soy milk and agave for a quick breakfast or meal replacement. 

Iherb also has all natural make-up products available, which I will be ordering next. I seem to have a slight allergy towards certain powder foundations, so I need to try something new. 

I will be ordering some new make-up products soon. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

Whether you are living abroad or in the USA, I would highly recommend that you browse around the iherb site and purchase what you need. Thank me later!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Posted by: evedlewis | September 10, 2016

Creamy Tuna Pasta!!! β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

Sometimes I have a taste for my yummy creamy tuna pasta with mushrooms. I’ve been making this meal since I was a teenager. It’s like a delicious homemade tuna helper dish without the box. You can use this recipe to make tuna, spinach, chicken or shrimp pasta. Each variation has a different taste. You can also change the noodle style for a different kind of flavor. I like to use penne pasta or linguine the most. For a quick and easy lunch or dinner, cook this up when you are craving some creamy pasta alfredo. 

Creamy Tuna Pasta Alfredo

6 servings

1 -2 packs of White Albacore Tuna in water
1 cup of chopped mushrooms

1/2 pack of linguini/Fettuccine noodles

1 cup of milk


Butter/Olive Oil

2 cups of heavy whipping cream 

1 large bag of shredded parmesan cheese 

1/2 clove of chopped garlic (optional)


Boil Noodles in hot water with salt and olive oil until al dente and strain noodles. Wash noodles with cold water. 
Add 2 blocks/tablespoons of butter and olive oil to large pot and cook mushrooms and garlic in butter for a few minutes on low heat. Next, add heavy whipping cream. Stir in parmesan cheese until thick and creamy. Add seasonings to taste. Add more cheese/milk as needed. Combine and toss cooked noodles in the cream sauce. Continue to cook and stir on low heat. 

Add more cheese/milk as needed — more cheese for a thick sauce and more milk for a creamier sauce. Add tuna fish with the tuna water (do not drain water) and stir into noodles (1 pack for a mild tuna taste – 2 packs for a stronger tuna taste). 

Continue to cook and stir on low heat for 5 – 10 minutes. Continue to add milk as needed to keep noodles creamy. 
Quicker option: Use a store bought Alfredo cream sauce and add it to the noodles instead of heavy whipping cream and parmesan. Still add milk as needed to keep noodles creamy. 
You can also add shrimp and/or chicken or spinach instead of tuna fish. Enjoy!!!πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ :) 

Most single apartment dwellings in South Korea do not come equipped with an oven. Those who want oven cooked meals have to purchase and install an oven on their own or they must invest in a toaster oven. I actually prefer stove top cooked meals, however, there are times when an oven would certainly come in handy. For example, when I wanna’ make Enchiladas. However, since I don’t have an oven — or a microwave — (or Enchilada sauce) in my current apartment, I recently decided to just make Enchiladas on the stove with salsa. Here is my easy recipe for stovetop Enchiladas. You can use chicken, beef or black beans as a filler. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚
6 servings
1 pack of ground beef or turkey meat

1 pack of mild taco seasoning 

1 jar of mild salsa

1 large bag of shredded cheddar cheese

6 corn tortillas or flour tortillas 

Seasonings: light salt/pepper/garlic/cayenne pepper

1 can of Enchilada sauce (optional)

2 chicken breasts (optional filler)

1 can of black beans (optional filler)

Coat a frying pan with olive oil and add ground beef (or optional filler). Cook on medium high for a few minutes. Add 1/4 cup of salsa, 1/2 package of taco seasoning and light seasonings. Continue to cook on medium heat and stir for about 10 minutes until the meat (or optional filler) is cooked completely. Add small amounts of water if needed to keep the filler moist. (Shred chicken breast after it’s cooked completely.)

In a separate pan, add a small coat of olive oil. Wet and heat 6 corn or flour tortillas in the pan. Cook each one individually for just a few minutes on each side until warm and set aside. 

Place beef filler (or other filler) inside of the cooked tortillas, add cheese and roll. 

Add a light layer of olive oil and salsa or enchilada sauce to an empty pan. Place the rolled tortillas into the pan over the sauce. Top the tortillas with another layer of salsa or enchilada sauce. Add the rest of the cheese on top. 

Cook on low heat and cover the pan. Let the enchiladas cook in the pan for a few minutes until the cheese has melted. That’s it!!!!! No oven needed. Serve with corn and Spanish rice. Enjoy!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Quick Spanish Rice: Coat a frying pan with olive oil. Add 2-4 cups of cooked white rice, seasonings and salsa. Cook until done. 

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I wanted to try something different, and I was craving the taste of some Asian Stir-fry. My hubby wanted beef, so I decided to create a Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry for dinner. You can use this same recipe for chicken, shrimp, or just vegetables. The most time consuming part is cutting up the veggies, but the entire process is really easy and quick. Instead of ordering Chinese take-out, try making this easy recipe for lunch or dinner at home. 

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

4 Servings


1 – 2 packs of thinly sliced beef (fat removed)

1/4 cups Teriyaki sauce

1/4 cup Oyster sauce

1/2 chopped onion

1 clove of chopped garlic/ginger


1/4 White Cabbage – cut

1 Broccoli Crown top – cut (remove stem)

4 large mushrooms – sliced

1/2 Carrot – thinly sliced (optional)

2 tablespoons of Soy Sauce and sesame seeds (optional)

Cayenne pepper (optional — to add some spice)


Coat a frying pan/wok with olive oil. Add thinly sliced fresh beef and cook for a few minutes on medium heat. Add seasonings, onion, garlic/ginger and *Teriyaki sauce. Stir and cook for another few minutes until the beef is brown. (Cook for just 5-10 minutes). Turn off heat and cover. 

*Go light on the sauce and salt if needed
In a separate pan, add olive oil, veggies, seasonings and Oyster Sauce —- in that order. Stir and Cook on medium heat for a few minutes (5-10 minutes) until veggies are cooked. 
Mix cooked veggies with beef strips and cook for another few minutes (5-10 minutes). Taste and add more sauce or water as needed. Top with soy sauce and sesame seeds if you wish. Serve with white rice or fried rice. 
Enjoy!!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

That’s it!!! The entire cooking process is just 15 minutes. Prep time is also 15 minutes. You can make this meal easily in just 30 minutes. Buy pre-sliced and pre-cut veggies to save time. And — careful with the salt. Use less salt and sauce if needed. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
For fried rice: Use the same chopped veggies — cook veggies on med – high heat in a separate pan with olive oil. Add 1-2 cracked eggs and stir. Add 4 cups of cooked white rice and soy sauce/seasonings. Continue to stir and cook on medium heat until rice is completely cooked and fried. Enjoy!!!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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I was craving a “Jamaican Style” Tilapia dish and decided to create this easy recipe for curry coconut tilapia. The taste was incredible, and I’m very proud to share this recipe with you. If you are craving a different kind of exotic “island taste” for dinner, this meal is for you. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

Curry Coconut Tilapia

5 servings


5 Fresh/Frozen Tilapia fillets

1 cut/chopped bell pepper — orange/yellow

1/2 chopped onion (optional)

1 chopped garlic clove (optional)

Seasonings: salt/pepper – garlic – oregano – cayenne pepper – tumeric – curry

1 can of coconut milk

4 cups of cooked rice

Coat a frying pan with olive oil. Cook the fish on both sides on medium heat (5 minutes). Add seasonings — light on the salt. Continue to cook on both sides until the fish is done (5-10 minutes). Flip fish a few times until brown. 

Add fresh pepper/onion garlic to the same fish pan. Cook for a few minutes until veggies are cooked. Add half a can (*2 cups) of coconut milk and more curry powder. Stir and cook for a few minutes. Turn down heat to low. Let the fish cook and simmer on low heat for another 5-10 minutes. *Add more coconut milk for more “sauce”. 

(Tilapia pictured with or w/o onions/pepper)

While the fish is simmering — add olive oil to another frying pan. Add cooked rice and cook on medium heat. Add same seasonings and stir — heavier on the salt. Add some coconut milk (*about 1 cup) and extra tumeric/curry for a yellow color. Continue to stir and cook until the rice is done. *Add more coconut milk for creamy rice. Less coconut milk for more firm rice. (You can also add chopped onions and pepper to your rice if you wish.)

That’s it!!!! Serve fish and sauce over rice. Enjoy!!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

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This recipe is also perfect for shrimp or chicken. Enjoy!!!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

It’s summertime in South Korea — and it’s scorching hot!!! Perfect time of the year for some water park action. There are quite a few water parks in South Korea, but most of them are super far away from Jeonju — about 3-5 hours away.  After considering a few options, hubby and I decided to go to Naju for the weekend to cool off at the Jungheung Gold Spa Resort and Waterpark. 

Naju Waterpark is not too far from Jeonju, and it’s fairly easy to get to. You can take a bus to Gwangju from the Express Bus Terminal in Jeonju and then take a one hour shuttle bus from Gwangju (Usquare) to the waterpark.

The total trip will take 2.5 to 3 hours, so it’s best to leave early in the morning if you want to have a full day at the waterpark. 

We decided to spend the night in Gwangju and then we headed to the waterpark by taxi in the morning after getting some good sleep. 

There are a few things to keep in mind before heading out to the waterpark. Here are some important tips:

1) The entrance fee is a bit expensive. We paid 60k won per person for two adults (120k won total — just to enter). The price may go down after peak season or with coupons. However —- that is the BASE price to enter the sauna and waterpark during the summer months. You will also have other expenses while you are there.

2) This is a sauna and waterpark. You have to enter and change/shower in the sauna area before entering the waterpark.

3) After you pay to enter the sauna — you must go to a separate counter area inside to load money onto your key card. At most saunas in Korea, you can use your key card and pay before you leave. However — at this place, you must load your key FIRST. I would recommend loading 20-50k won onto your card. You will need money once inside the water park and you cannot use cash for the most part. 

4) There is NO ATM at the sauna/waterpark. If you need to get cash or transfer money —- get cash and do transfers before arriving. 

5) You must wear a swimming cap or hat at the waterpark. Bring your own. Or — You can buy a cheap 5k won swimming cap at the store there if you want. 

6) You must wear a swimming vest at the waterpark. There is a 4k won charge for the vest, and you must use your key card to pay for it. 

7) They have restaurants and snacks there. You must use your key card to pay for these items. 

8) If you go during peak season — it will be very crowded. It was pretty crowded when we went, but still enjoyable. The lines for the water slides weren’t too bad. 

9) You may have to pay extra money to ride certain “main attraction” rides — like 1k won or 2k won. You will also need to pay for these fees with your key card. 

10) There is a shuttle bus that will take you back to Gwangju Station (Usquare). Ask the shuttle bus driver about the schedule. We did not see a schedule posted, so we simply paid for a return taxi — instead of waiting for the next shuttle bus. I have read that the shuttle bus is FREE — however, I can’t confirm that. 

All in all, the waterpark was fabulous. We stayed there for just a few hours and had lunch there too. The swimming cap and vest rules were a bit annoying, especially because nobody informs you of these rules before you enter the waterpark. After getting money on our key cards and getting the required vests and swimming caps, we could enjoy the waterpark with no problems. 

The rides were awesome and the wave pool was nice. I would highly recommend that you go check out this place if you want to enjoy a one day trip or a weekend summer adventure. 

They also have a lake area with other water activities and pensions/hotel rooms if you wanted to stay at the resort overnight or for a few days. 

I was glad to get my initial information about this waterpark from this awesome blog post. Read more here for more information:

Here is a list of other waterparks in South Korea if you want to check out other areas:

After week-long news reports of people being shot by the police in the USA on top of week-long news reports of Korean women being stabbed to death by Korean men in Korea, my mind and soul were tired and aching for respite. 

In a live video stream posted by his girlfriend, Philando Castile, died from gunshot wounds after USA police fired shots into their vehicle. Earlier in the week, Alton Sterling, 37, was pinned to the ground by two officers before being shot to death. Dylan Noble, 19, was shot and killed by police in California and 6 Latinos were killed during the first week in July — including Anthony Nunez, who was also 19 years old when he was murdered. 

In South Korea, a woman was stabbed to death by a man in Gangnam who was “tired of women rejecting him and mistreating him”. In the months after this stabbing, which occurred in May, there were constant news reports of other women getting stabbed to death by men in various areas; including at the mountains. 

In the past, I would not be as aware of the Korean/USA news because I didn’t watch it very often. However, I watch the news daily these days with my husband, and he tells me what is happening in English. As an ESL teacher, I also discuss various world news stories in my classes. Sometimes the constant reportings of rape, violence and murder get to me. Especially when I continue to hear about women being murdered by men and police killing unarmed citizens. Breaks from watching and discussing the news are a necessity to keep my sanity in tact. 

Therefore, the trip to Seonyudo was not a typical cheerful escape. Instead, it was a time for prayer, reflection, meditation and mental cleansing. 

Seonyudo is a small island off the coast of Gunsan, which is just an hour bus ride from Jeonju. From Jeonju, you can get on a bus to Gunsan at the “Shee-way Bus Terminal”. The bus ride is just 10k – 15k each way. 

Once in Gunsan, you can take a bus or taxi to the port. You will go to the “Gunsan Coastal Port” to take a one hour ferry ride to Seonyudo island. 

The taxi ride to the port is about 20 minutes and costs 10k-15k each way. If you decide to catch the bus, walk left from the Gunsan bus terminal and catch Bus #7 or #85 at the bus stop in front of the KB Bank and Hotel on the corner. Make sure you ask the bus driver to drop you at the coastal terminal. If you miss the stop — it’s a far walk back. 

The last ferry leaves from the port at 2:30pm, so you should be there by 2pm to buy your tickets. Take a taxi to the “Gunsan Coastal Port” if you are short on time. 

The ferry ride was very nice and comfortable. Once you land in Seonyudo, there are a few different activity choices on the island. They have ATV and bicycle rental. The ATV rental is about 30k won per hour, and I’m not sure about the bike rental cost. They also have a short zipline over the water — which was 15k won per person. 

We decided to ride around the island on an ATV and also do the quick zipline ride. The island was decent, and it was refreshing to get away from Jeonju for the weekend. 

We had lunch at a Sushi Bibimbap place and returned to Jeonju later in the evening. There are a few different restaurant choices on the island. However, they seemed to get very crowded quickly, so bringing your own sandwiches and snacks might be a good idea.

There are some nice areas for picnics and tents, for those who want to have a picnic and tent or camping experience. The island is a great place for couples, friends and families. 

Seonyudo is also a great place for casual or serious bicycle riders and cyclists. You can enjoy 5 islands from Sinsido to Daejangdo including Seonyudo by bike. You can rent a bike in Sinsido, and you do not need to use a passenger ship. You can bike your way across the islands if you wish. 

Like most beach areas in Korea, the sand is not white and the sea is not crystal clear or blue. However, the natural scenery is very nice and refreshing when you want a break from the city life — and/or when you need a break from the news. 

I have no idea why — but the thought of visiting Vietnam never turned me on. Probably because when I think of vacations, I think of white sandy beaches, fascinating ruins and breathtaking mountain views. However, when I would think of Vietnam, I would think of rice fields, flat land, jungles and rain. I knew that my perception had been skewed a bit from watching movies about the Vietnam war. Those images stuck in my mind — no matter how much I tried to convince myself that Vietnam had great things to offer. I wanted to go there to erase my limited viewpoints once and for all. Fortunately, my hubby and I had a chance to visit Vietnam to see the country for ourselves. We had a three day vacation weekend in June, and the flight schedule to and from Vietnam was decent, so we decided to give it a go. 

Once again, our time was limited, so we could only visit three areas while we were there: Ho Chi Min City, Nhatrang Beach and the Meekong River. 

We arrived in Ho Chi Min City first and stayed there for the first night. We stayed at the SILVERLAND SAKYO HOTEL & SPA, which was a very lovely Japanese themed hotel. Our accomodations were very nice, the staff members were extremely helpful and the food was totally incredible.;label=silverland-sakyo-amp-spa-JEhbZPGYMAxrBSOIKWwbWQSM46388971932:pl:ta:p1:p2:ac:ap1t3:neg:fi:tikwd-64672981406:lp1009842:li:dem:dm;ws=&gclid=CKjpm-iz-c0CFUMAvAodRkUE0g

We ordered our first bowl of authentic vietnamese pho for dinner and curry chicken for breakfast. Omgggg. The food was worth the entire trip. Lol. 

I had done some online research before booking our trip and realized that the nice beaches were very far from Ho Chi Min City. Therefore, we decided to take a plane from the city to Nhatrang Beach for our second day in Vietnam instead of using the roads. The flight was affordable ($150 per person on Vietnam Airlines) and was only a one hour ride. Other famous beach areas like Halong Bay and Danang Beach are 6 hours away from the city (by bus/car), so we decided to travel to the closest beach instead by plane. 

We wanted to visit the other places, but we simply didn’t have enough time. If you have plenty of time, I would highly recommend traveling to all these places by plane. You could take flights to Nhatrang, Danang and Halong Bay if you have a couple of days to spare. We went to the airport to buy plane tickets in person, but you could also book your flights online. You could even skip Ho Chi Min all together and just fly directly to Halong Bay or Danang Beach. 

Nhatrang was a very nice beach area. We relaxed there for a bit and also took a private boat ride out into the ocean ($30). We tried our first Ostrich burger for dinner and found a decent place to sleep near the beach for just $8.00 per night. Yessss. $8.00 per night!!!!

We woke up early the next day and had two choices. We could take a plane from Nhatrang to Danang Beach, or we could take the plane back to Ho Chi Min and visit the Meekong River before leaving Vietnam. Since we already spent one day at the beach, we decided to try the Meekong River route.

We got back to Ho Chi Min in time for an early lunch and some pool time before heading out to the river. We found an outstanding traditional Vietnamese restaurant across from our hotel, and it was the perfect lunch choice. We enjoyed an exquisite four course meal for just $30 ($15 per person). The portion sizes were small, but everything was perfectly filling and satisfying. The restaurant is called Hanoi — located directly across from the SILVERLAND SAKYO HOTEL & SPA. 

After lunch and the pool, we booked a private driver through our hotel to take us to the Meekong River and then to the airport ($40). We spent 2.5 hours in the car to get to the River. The drive over was nice, because we could enjoy the changing Vietnam landscapes through the window. We went from the loud, crowded city areas to the serene, flat river delta regions. We also went from sunny, blue skies to dark, cloudy skies. 

Unfortunately, when we finally arrived at the Meekong River, we were in the middle of a rain storm. Lol. Our guide warned us that if the weather didn’t clear up, then we couldn’t do the river tour. We waited for an hour for the weather to change, but the rain just kept pouring. We decided to go ahead and head back to the airport early. We were quite disappointed, but now we have a running joke between us. Whenever it rains hard, we are reminded of our Meekong River experience. Lol. 

We had dinner at the airport and boarded our plane back to Seoul. Vietnam is a four to five hour flight from Seoul, so our trip wasn’t over yet. We also had to take a three hour airport shuttle bus back to Jeonju from Seoul, which made the total travel time pretty long. 

We enjoyed our quick trip to Vietnam, even though there were a few disappointing parts. Here are some things you will need to keep in mind if you decide to visit Vietnam:

1) If you are American — you will need a visa. I bought an emergency visa for $125 at the airport. However, I would recommend that you buy one in advance for $20-$30 instead. As far as I can tell, you can buy one online or through the US Embassy. 

2) There are tons of scooters and wild drivers in Vietnam. This leads to constant honking, traffic and speeding. Be extremely careful but aggressive when crossing the street in Vietnam — you just have to go for it. After the first day, all the honking can become irritating. Drivers use their horns to alert other drivers of their presence — especially when they are speeding around and overtaking a person in front of them. Honking the horn is used as a safety precaution, which is good. However, we spent several hours in different cars for three days, and hearing all the constant honking became very annoying. 

3) Vietnam is also extremely spread out — much more spread out than I imagined. I think having four to five days there would have been better for us. Three days was not enough to get around. It may have been better for us to go directly to Han Noi or Halong Bay for our short trip. I think travelers can enjoy Vietnam more when they have time for backpacking or traveling around to the different areas. 

4) The weather was gorgeous on the first day but super rainy on the second. The second day looked like all the Vietnam war movies that I had seen. Lol. Remember that the weather in Vietnam can be very rainy, so it’s best to prepare for that. This is another reason to book a four or five day trip, just in case you are rained out for a day or two. 

Here is another great blog post about visiting Vietnam (and a few other places):

And – Another great blog post that specifically compares Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City: 

Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City: where should you visit first?

Our budget for this trip was $1,500.00. The emergency visa and the airplane rides were a bit more expensive than I anticipated. However, the food, taxi and hotel costs were extremely cheap. 

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