1-for-1 flash deals, promo codes, and other exclusive deals for those travelling to Taiwan, Japan or Korea this year-end!
First it was Korea, then Japan and finally, Taiwan opened its borders on 13 October. Stretch out those fingers — now all that’s left to do is to book that holiday you’ve been waiting for!
Yet the thing with holiday-planning, there’s just so many bookings to account for. Hotels, transport passes, SIM cards, attraction tickets — the list goes on.
If you’re having trouble creating your “List of things to book”, we’ve collated a checklist of travel essentials and highly recommended activities for that East Asia trip. Bookmark this article for your next holiday to any of these East Asian countries!
There are also attractive deals to score this weekend at Klook’s Travel Fest — more details at the end!
Before diving head-first into the exciting activities, let’s get the important stuff out of the way.
Travel insurance: Be sure to find a plan that has Covid coverage, covers adventurous activities you might be planning to do, and worldwide travel assistance — TravelCare
SIM Card and Hotel Transfers: Get connected once you land by pre-booking your SIM Card. Book your hotel transfer too, if you usually struggle to find your bearings in a new place, and want to save that hassle when travelling with family.
|Country||SIM Card||Hotel Transfers|
|Japan||4G SIM Card for Japan (From S$27)||Transfers available from Tokyo, Fukuoka, Haneda, Naha airport and more.|
|Taiwan||4G SIM card for Taiwan (From S$13)||Transfers available from Taoyuan International Airport. Intercity transfers are also available.|
|South Korea||4G SIM card for South Korea (From S$17)||Transfers available from Incheon and Gimpo Airport.|
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Japan’s transport networks are extensive but can be disorienting for first-timers. Save yourself some confusion by booking transport passes pre-trip and checking out this Japan Rail JR Pass guide.
Do some research before booking your passes as they vary in coverage categorised by prefecture. Some options include the JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass (~S$95), JR West Kansai Pass (~S$23), Hokkaido Rail Pass (~S$237), JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) (~S$192) and more.
Alternatively, the Whole Japan Rail Pass (from S$284) is great for travellers exploring the whole of Japan. For your choice of 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days, it covers travel along the Hokkaido Shinkansen, Tokyo Shinkansen, Kyushu Shinkansen, and more.
A good budget tip when exploring city areas is to purchase activity passes. These passes cover a range of tourist essentials including unlimited trips on subways, buses, free entry to attractions, redeemable vouchers, and more.
Each pass varies in coverage. For example, some operate on a day-basis (eg. 1-day inclusive pass), while others work on an activity basis (eg. 3 free activities chosen from a list of options). Some cover transport rides while others do not, so double check these details.
Some activity passes to consider in Japan:
|Klook Pass Tokyo (~S$34)||Get access to 2, 3, 4 activities among a list of 18 options. |
— General entry to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Tokyo, SHIBUYA SKY Observation Deck, teamLab Planets TOKYO, Tokyo Tower Observatory etc.
— Option to add on Tokyo Subway Ticket, TOKYO Wide Pass
|Osaka Amazing Pass (~S$27)||All-inclusive pass for 1 or 2 days. |
The pass offers:
— Unlimited trips on the Osaka subway, tramway, and bus
— Free entry to more than 50 iconic Osaka attractions — Osaka Castle, Osaka Zoo, the Nagai Botanical Gardens etc.
|Have Fun in Kansai Pass 1 Week Free Pass (~S$20)||1 Week all-inclusive pass for the wider Kansai region|
— Activities include ABENO HARUKAS Observatory Admission Ticket, Kyoto Railway Museum Admission Ticket and more
|Klook Pass Okinawa (~S$37)||Get access to 2, 3, 4 activities among a list of 16 options.|
— General entry to Electric-Assisted Bike Rental, Kouri Ocean Tower Observation Deck, Neo Park Okinawa, Okinawa World Ticket, Yambaru National Park Daisekirinzan etc.
Japan’s theme parks are notoriously crowded all year round. While you can purchase tickets on-site, save time on queueing by pre-booking these tickets — more time chasing rides!
Consider pre-booking these if they’re in your Japan itinerary:
– Universal Studios Japan (USJ) (~S$80) — with 1, 1.5 and 2-day studio passes
– USJ Express Pass 4 (from S$65) or Express Pass 7 (from S$103)
– 1-Day Passports to Disneyland or DisneySea (from S$85)
Check out lesser-known cultural experiences like this Sumo Morning Training Visit (~S$144) where you’ll get a sneak peek into the lives of professional Sumo wrestlers.
If you love dressing up, check out the Kyoto Kimono Rental and Maiko Dinner Show (~S$670), or this Ninja Experience in Tokyo (S$74) — learn ninja tricks like the shuriken and blowgun as you visit some of Japan’s iconic shrines in a ninja outfit.
Remember to explore other neighbouring cities too! If you’re short on time to plan, consider booking day tours. They offer both the flexibility of a self-planned trip together with the convenience of guided tours. Some options include the Nara Park Half-day Bus Tour from Kyoto (~S$77), the Hakkoda Ice/Snow Monsters Snowshoeing Guide Tour (~S$74), or a Mt. Fuji and Hakone Day Trip (~S$122).
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If you’re travelling before the end of 2023, check out TeamLab Planets TOKYO Toyosu (S$30). This is a limited-time exhibition offering visitors a barefoot museum experience with a collection of 9 artworks discovering teamLab’s concept of “Body Immersive”.
Taiwan’s transport system includes three types of train services: Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR), Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) and Taipei Metro (MRT) train services.
The THSR travels up to 300km/h across Taiwan, connecting travellers from the Northern end of Taipei to the Southern tip of Kaohsiung. The slower TRA connects smaller cities uncovered by the THSR. Lastly, the Taipei Metro serves areas in New Taipei.
Choose transport passes that best suits your Taiwan itinerary best:
|TSHR||Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR) Unlimited Tourist Pass |
2 Days (Flexible) or 3 Days (Consecutive) Passes available
|TSHR & TRA||5 Day Joint Train Pass |
|Standard Pass: Unlimited travel on TRA for 5 days + unlimited travel on THSR for any 2 days|
Express Pass: Unlimited rides on both TRA and THSR for 5 days + seat reservations for trains
|MRT||Taipei Transport Fun Pass |
|1-day or 2-day unlimited rides on the Taipei MRT, city buses, Taiwan Tourist Shuttle routes, and Maokong Gondola|
|MRT||Kaohsiung Unlimited MRT Pass|
|1-day or 2-day pass on Kaohsiung MRT Red and Orange lines|
One of the best ways to discover the best food in a country is to ask a local! If you’re too shy to talk to strangers, consider a Shihlin Night Market Food Walking Tour (~S$15) for a blend of food and vibrant culture!
Travelling solo? Meet up with other like-minded travellers by signing up for a Taipei Pub Crawl (~S$30).
After a night of alcohol, consider detoxing with a Taipei Tea Culture Day Tour (~S$120) at Bagua Tea Plantation.
Catch Taipei’s famous night view from the Taipei 101 Observatory Tower (or the sky lounge) (~S$24).
Then head to Yehliu Geopark for its natural landscapes (~S$5) showcasing an array of unique rock formations. While you’re there, also stop by the Yehliu Ocean World (~S$16) for a fascinating water show with underwater animals.
Transport Passes & T Card
|Korea Rail Pass|
Consecutive: 3, 5 days
Flexi: 2, 4 days
|Covers rides on high-speed trains (KTX), conventional trains (ITX), and tourist trains (O-train, V-Train, S-Train etc).|
|Korea Tour Card|
|Reloadable card for payment on subway, buses, and taxis in areas including Seoul. Busan, and Incheon.|
The Korea Tour Card (T-card) also offers discounts at tourist spots and allows payment at retail outlets. Any unused balance at the end of your visit can be refunded.
*Note: The Discover Seoul Pass acts as a T-money transportation card as well, so you won’t have to purchase the Korea Tour Card separately if getting the Discover Seoul Pass.
With many tourist attractions to visit in Seoul, you’ll want to grab activity passes to enjoy additional discounts when touring the city. There are two options for touring Seoul: one operates on a day basis (eg. 1-day inclusive pass), while the other works on an activity basis (eg. 3 free activities chosen from a list of options).
|Discover Seoul Pass|
|All-inclusive Pass for 1 or 2 days.|
Functions as both an admission ticket and a T-money transportation card.
— Free entry to 50 different attractions — N Seoul Tower Observatory, Trickeye & Ice Museum, Running Man Thematic Experience etc.
|Klook Pass Seoul|
|Get access to 2, 3, 4 activities among a list of 7 options.|
— General entry to N Seoul Tower, Lotte World Aquarium, Nami Island etc.
— Option to add on tickets to Lotte World or Everland
*Note: Klook Pass Seoul does not include T-money transportation card.
Korea’s theme parks too are often packed with long queues. Pre-booking entrance tickets help you skip queues and save time. If these are in your Korea itinerary, definitely have them pre-booked:
– Everland (~S$30)
– Lotte World (from S$40)
A Korean holiday must-do — don a Hanbok with Korean hairstyling (~S$6.50) as you stroll Gyeongbukgong Palace. For a closer look into Korea’s culture, check out the Nami Island and Gwangjang Market tour (~S$144). For Hallyu fans, there’s also a Seoul Hallyu Kpop tour (~S$45) for a chance to meet your favourite idols!
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Score attractive travel deals at Klook’s Travel Fest from 29th – 30th Oct 2022
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Alright, if you’re heading to East Asia this year-end, Klook’s Travel Fest is the event you won’t want to miss.
This includes event-exclusive 1-for-1 flash deals for top attractions like Everland, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Amazing Pass, Taiwan High-Speed Rail, and other items mentioned in this article.
Not only can you redeem event-exclusive promo codes offering up to $80 off, but the first 100 visitors for each day also win goodie bags with extra promo codes. One lucky visitor will also find a golden ticket in the goodie bag to redeem a 3D2N Genting Dream cruise! Other prizes to redeem include $800 Klook e-Gift Card, a Swiss Travel Pass, etc.
Prepare yourself and check out the full list of deals and promotions before heading down!
Meet us there
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The Klook Travel Fest will be held at Suntec City West Atrium on 29 and 30 October 2022, from 11am to 9pm. Entry is free, but note that registration is required.
On 30 October, TTI will be sharing a Japan spotlight at 3:30pm — join us for an overview on travelling with the JR Pass and car rental! Check the full schedule for sessions with other travel gurus as well.
Make a note on your calendars, and be sure to say hi when you catch us there!
Which East Asian country are you visiting this year-end? Share with us in the comments below!
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