Go Gangnam Style On A Girls Getaway To Seoul | Short Getaway Short Getaway
Any vacation is a good vacation, but a getaway with your best gals calls for a well planned itinerary to make the most of your girls getaway! Of course, pampering yourself by unwinding on a beach bed is always a good idea. Mui Ne or Phu Quoc are perfect destinations. But cruisin’ through a city while bearing in mind the 3 s’s: sightseeing, shopping and slamming (and if you have kids, add the 4th s for sleeping), could be even better! And after this trip, be sure to add Singapore and Hong Kong to your list of girls getaways.
Here are the best insider tips for Seoul
We have a bucket list destination in store for you and your girlfriends for this girls getaway. It’s buzzing, fun, original and good for the soul… yeah baby, it’s Seoul! Plan, pack and go! From HCMC airport, it’s about a 5-hour flight to this amazing city. The big airlines like Vietnam Airlines and Korean Air can take you there, but budget-friendly Vietjet also has direct flights.
Where to stay on your girls getaway in Seoul
Ok. Location is key. Seoul is huge, no, humangeous, and has many, many neighbourhoods so be sure to book in the right district if you want to be staying where it’s hot & happening. We recommend staying in an Airbnb in the neighbourhood Hongdae, which is packed with hip boutiques and hot eating- and drinking spots. In any case make sure you’re close to public transport or a taxi drop off, since we didn’t spot any Grab or Uber.
Best things to do in Seoul
Seoul has so much to offer, from ancient palaces to bustling food markets to hip neighbourhoods.
The stunning (and UNESCO Heritage Site) 200-year old Changdeokgung Palace is a must-visit. Not only the palace and government buildings are beautiful, the surroundings are breathtaking as well.
A big yes to doing a bike tour in Seoul. It’s a lot easier going around on a bike than you’d expect and you get such a nice impression of the city. There are various tours available, from easy to (a bit) harder and the guides are awesome. We went with www.weridekorea.com and it was one of the highlights of our trip!
If you have the time during your girls getaway, make sure you also visit the neighbourhoods Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village and Myeong-Dong. The best food- and shopping markets in Seoul are Namdaemun market, Dongdaemun market and Gwangjang market. If you and your gal pals feel like doing something active, go for a hike in the Bukhansan National Park. It’s only an hour drive from Seoul. And after your hike, plan a well-deserved visit to one of Seoul’s bath houses- you won’t regret or forget it! Dragon Hill Spa, The Spa in Garden 5 and Spa Itaewon land come recommended, but there are loads of ‘m.
Eat Korean bbq, party hard and go Gangnam style
When in Seoul, do a Korean BBQ. They’re everywhere so unless you’re a vegetarian, there’s no way around it. It’s actually super cozy to sit around an inside bbq. We really liked the Maple Tree House in the party district Itaewon and Jeju Donsadon in the trendy neighbourhood Mapo-Gu.
Korean people know how to partyyy! K-Pop and Gangnam probably immediately pop up in your head, but there’s way more. Itaewon is where it’s all happening, so head straight to Prost for drinks and then one floor up to Glam to gawk at Seoul’s celebs and fashionista’s. We ended up dancing the night away at Vintage Music Lounge The Soul and revived those 80s and 90s songs we just can’t get enough of. In need of some serious karaoke? Your vocal cords will have a field day in this part of town!
You can’t go to Seoul and not visit the Gangnam district, right? Gangnam literally means South of the river and is home to South Korea’s richest residents. The neighbourhood is indeed fancy schmancy with posh boutiques, modern malls and classy clubs. And not to forget, packed with places to either stock your K-pop collection or to get a ehhm, facelift.
Best time to go to Seoul
The seasons in South Korea are divided into spring, summer, autumn and winter, each bringing with it its own benefits and challenges. Summers get very hot and the air polution can get really bad whereas winters are quite cold. The best time to go is either in Spring or Autumn.