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Saranghaeyo (I Love You) – Journey of Love!

Do you want to experience the mesmerizing beauty of South Korea? Or immerse in their traditional lifestyle and learn more about the people, language and culture first-hand? Amidst the romantic ambience, a honeymoon trip will be even more meaningful if you and your significant other can go on an enriching journey of discovering the bountiful things you never knew about the country. Even if you’re not a fan of Korean popular culture, our recommendations will surely get you excited and ready to embark on a Journey of Love to South Korea!

1. Han River

Picture from seoulistic.com

Picture from seoulistic.com

Head down to Han River for a range of activities to engage in as a couple! If you’re a sporty couple, rent a tandem bike and tuck in comfortably for a leisure and lovey-dovey ride. There are quite a number of bike rental stations located along the river, with prices ranging from around ₩3,000 (S$3.50) for an hour. Do prepare some food so that you and your significant other can relax along the river for a picnic after biking (or you can also opt for chicken and beer delivery!).

You can then take a ferry river cruise for a wonderful panoramic view of the river under the setting sun. Watch the city lights start coming alive at night, as you tuck into a romantic dinner with your significant other on the cruise. Cruises range in prices from just W12,000 – W65,000 (S$14 – 76), so you can surely find one that is within your budget!

Picture from worldofdesigners.com

Picture from worldofdesigners.com

After a satisfying dinner, have a quiet saunter along the Han River, which gives you an amazing vista of the world’s longest bridge fountain. The Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain plays different shows during the day and night. After the sun sets, rainbow-coloured lights illuminate the fountain in the air in synchronization with music. An absolutely magical and enchanting moment to savour with your loved one!

2. Jeonju Hanok Village

Picture from koreanfilm.or.kr

Picture from koreanfilm.or.kr

What is a trip to South Korea without trying on their traditional Hanbok? You and your significant other can visit the Jeonju Hanok Village known for its lovely, traditional hanoks that still line the streets. There are many hanbok rental shops there, where you can rent a hanbok to wear while exploring this picturesque village, with prices ranging from ₩5,000 – 10,000 (S$5 – 10) for 1 – 3 hours. There are so many different styles and colour combinations for the hanboks; you can even choose to wear a traditional Queen costume, while your significant other wears a King costume. Don’t forget to take pictures to boast of your royalty love as you walk down the vibrant streets in Jeonju! You can also enjoy a first-hand cultural experience living in a hanok guesthouse and eating traditional Korean cuisine, just like locals in the olden times. This will definitely be a pleasing and refreshing honeymoon!

3. Ssamziegil Experience Workshop

Picture from seoulistic.com

Picture from seoulistic.com

Personalized and do-it-yourself crafts are the best to show your sincerity, or when you want to give your significant other a memorable gift. At Ssamziegil Experience Workshop, an art and craft specialty store situated in a shopping mall in Insadong, you can get your hands on making many lovely crafts. You and your significant other can learn how to design various Korean crafts such as drawings/ paintings on ceramics (plates/cups/vases etc.), mother-of-pearl rings, handphone accessories, hand mirrors, business card holders and hanji (Korean paper) crafts like jewel boxes and paper lamps. This is definitely a great opportunity for you to express your creativity and love. You can even make your craft a customized one-and-only piece by inscribing each other’s names on it. Exchange your love mementos with one another. How sweet is that! Your completed ceramics can be collected two weeks later or have it delivered to you at a fee of ₩2,500 (S$3). Other crafts can be collected on the spot.

If you are considering South Korea for your honeymoon, do check out the Chan Brothers Group of Companies booth at Wedding & Travel Fair @ Hougang Mall Level 1 Atrium, for exclusive travel offers! There will be up to 50% OFF 2nd pax for any selected Korea package tour*! ONLY from 13 – 19 May!

*Conditions apply

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Explore Wonders Of The Balkans!

Are you familiar with the Balkan region? Are you and your significant other an adventurous pair who loves to embark on trips to places less-travelled? Let W&T introduce to you wonderful off-beaten honeymoon destinations in the Balkans, which will surely be a refreshing and eye-opening experience! The Balkan region consists of several countries in southeastern Europe. Each country is characterized by diverse landscapes, people, and cultures. You can indulge in the breathtaking scenery, age-old lovely architectures or luxurious resorts together with your loved one. Some of the top things to do in the Balkans are:

1. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Picture from Wikipedia

Picture from Wikipedia

If you are a nature lover, you definitely can’t miss seeing the idyllic Lake Bled situated in Slovenia at least once in your life! This lake with cerulean waters emerging from the surrounding Julian Alps, with a small island right in the middle of it is like a picture that came right out of fairytales. Not only is the lake surreal, a quaint church on the Bled island dating back to the 17th century is an embodiment of beauty as well. Tradition has it that a groom should carry his bride up all the 99 stone steps of the monumental staircase in the church, ring the church bell together and make a wish. You and your significant other can rent a rowboat to get to the Bled island in the middle, and soak in the atmosphere of love there! Even if it’s a legend, if the gentleman is game for this physical test of love, why not give it a go and ring that bell to wish for everlasting marriage bliss? This will surely be a priceless honeymoon experience!

2. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Picture from arounddeglobe.com

Picture from arounddeglobe.com

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Picture from travelmoodz.com

A must-visit site in Balkan, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s most renowned tourist attraction, and was given the UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. If you love immersing yourself in the magnificence of nature, you will definitely be amazed by the stunning beauty of this park. There are 16 lakes, 12 on the upper cluster and 4 on the lower cluster, interconnected by a series of waterfalls over an estimated distance of 8km. See what nature has in store for you as you walk along winding wooden pathways and witness the lakes changing colours ranging from azure to green, grey or blue! This change in colours is the result of algae, mineral content or organisms present in the water as well as the angle of sunlight. What an exhilarating backdrop for an Instagram-worthy couple shot!  If you choose to visit in winter, the frozen lakes and waterfalls will also offer a brilliant and magical experience! Another sight you will not want to miss is the wide variety of flora and fauna. Spot rare animal and bird species such as the European brown bear, wolf, eagle, owl, lynx, wild cat and capercaillie. The park is open daily, with an entrance fee applicable for the maintenance and protection of the area.

3. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

A lovely mix of art and history, along with a seamless blend of the old and modern is what you can find at Plovdiv in Bulgaria. Plovdiv is the oldest city in Europe and the sixth oldest in the world, where life has thrived and activity has flourished throughout its history. It is not a lie when we say that there are plenty of things for you to do and see in this whimsical and charming city. If you are a lover of the arts and history, why not go for an extraordinary honeymoon experience and immerse in the amazing Plovdiv culture?

Picture from visitplovdiv.com

Picture from visitplovdiv.com

One of the best preserved ancient theaters in the world – the 2nd Century Roman amphitheatre of Philippopolis, is currently still functioning. You can catch performances there and relish in the new life given to this magnificent age-old architectural beauty.

Picture from visitplovdiv.com

Picture from visitplovdiv.com

Snap a picture with your loved one at the paradisiacal Tsar Simeon’s Garden, where the renovated Lake with the Singing Fountains resides. Relax and enjoy the light show of the lake intertwined with water effects – a truly romantic and dazzling display!

Picture from plovdivglas.bg

Picture from plovdivglas.bg

Or how about exploring Kapana (The Trap) – the cultural district in Plovdiv? This arty-crafty district is lined with many colourful buildings, where you can find all sorts of galleries, crafts workshops, ateliers, homey eateries and shops, as well as other art spaces. This is undoubtedly a vibrant must-see district, which will leave you “trapped” there for more!

The list of places to go to in Plovdiv is never-ending; you and your significant other absolutely have to head down personally for an reinvigorating honeymoon at this lively, exuberant old city!

Additional Tip: The Balkan Flexipass

Purchase a Balkan Flexipass for a choice of 5, 10, or 15 days of unlimited travel in a one-month period, on national rail networks in Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece,  Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, The Serbian Entity of Bosnia Herzegovina, and Turkey. One pass is all you need for a spectacular railway ride through heavenly picturesque landscapes in the Balkans!

If you are considering Balkan for your honeymoon, do check out the Chan Brothers Group of Companies booth at Wedding & Travel Fair @ Hougang Mall Level 1 Atrium, for exclusive travel offers! There will be up to 50% OFF 2nd pax for any selected Balkan package tour*! ONLY from 13 – 19 May!

*Conditions apply

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Romantic Honeymoon at Maldives!

Are you planning for an enchanting overseas destination for your honeymoon? Maldives is a splendid choice for couples who are envisioning a unique and adventurous love experience. It has always been a popular honeymoon option with married couples, where there is the breathtaking, sparkling turquoise waters and dolphins to bear witness to their vows of everlasting love.

Choose to be extraordinary and turn your dream honeymoon into reality on this paradisiacal island, as you express your love under the azure Maldivian sky and resplendent sunset. What other experience can be as magical and romantic as walking alongside each other, accompanied by the beauty nature has to offer in Maldives? Think soft, white sands, refreshing ocean breeze, sailing on a yacht, or even go snorkelling among the beautiful coral reefs and marine creatures!

Here is a guide to the top 3 exceptional things you can do at Maldives with your significant other for an unforgettable honeymoon!

1) Traditional Dhoni Cruise

Picture from explore.co.uk

Picture from explore.co.uk

Take to the waters and cruise among the idyllic Maldives, aboard a traditional handcrafted Dhoni. All meals will be provided with great care for all the days you and your loved one are on board the boat. Sail to different uninhabited islands and stroll along pristine beaches – an off beaten track that is away from the usual tourist resorts. You can get to spend time with the local people and learn their way of life. Dive into the warm, crystal blue waters and watch a spectacular view of marine creatures like clown fishes, turtles etc. To top it off, be served up with a magnificent seafood barbeque, surrounded by beautiful white sands and translucent Indian Ocean waters as a backdrop!

2) Underwater Restaurant

Picture from tripadvisor.com

Picture from tripadvisor.com

Why not plan a date with your significant other under the beautiful glistening waters of Maldives? The Ithaa underwater aquarium restaurant is the world’s first and only all-glass under-the-sea restaurant that is bound to make you and your loved one dine in fascination, with a sparkling sea of corals surrounding you! The restaurant is situated 3m below the waves of the Indian Ocean, and can accommodate up to 14 guests. Enjoy a private and intimate moment with your significant other as you dine comfortably and enjoy the beauty of the ocean without getting your feet wet! Do you know? The Ithaa underwater aquarium restaurant was built in Singapore on dry land, and then carefully dropped into the Indian Ocean. Come and witness this amazing architecture together!

3) Submarine Adventure

Picture from travelcentremaldives.com/maldives-blog

Picture from travelcentremaldives.com/maldives-blog

Book a Whale Submarine off Malé and go for an intensely pleasurable adventure of your life with your partner on a submarine dive! Whale Submarine is currently the world’s largest deep diving tourist submarine, and makes a dive every 90 minutes from 9am till 8pm. The cabin is fully air-conditioned and has a normal atmospheric pressure so you can breathe normally. Don’t worry if you can’t swim as you will not get wet at all in this rare opportunity to see an exciting and mesmerizing view of the underwater world. Get ready to delve into the mind-blowing beauty of shoals of colourful fishes, a splendid display of corals, fascinating whales, and other exotic marine life. If you are lucky enough, you might even be able to spot Napoleons, White Tip Reef Sharks, Giant Groupers or even shipwrecks! Don’t forget to bring along your cameras to snap a memorable photo of this one of a kind honeymoon escapade!

If you are considering Maldives for your honeymoon, do check out the Chan Brothers Group of Companies booth at Wedding & Travel Fair @ Hougang Mall Level 1 Atrium, for exclusive travel offers! There will be a Honeymoon Special with discounts up to $688 off per couple for selected package tours*. That’s not all, enjoy a FREE 1N with Candlelit Dinner with any selected Maldives package tour*. ONLY from 13 – 19 May!

*Conditions apply

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