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Incheon, South Korea

I'm now in my room at the June Hotel at Airport City, Incheon. Asiana gives everyone the option of a free tour or free hotel room w/lunch for all in transit over 8 hours. Problem is that this is not the Transit hotel, but rather outside the airport (meaning I now have ROK immigration stamps in my passport. From the outside, I thought this place would be some sort of dump, but you should see this room (especially the all electronic bathroom: jet tub, steam in the shower w/multiple shower heads and electronic toilet). Korea is pretty cold (it feels like high 40's out this am) - remember, we're darn close to Siberia here!

Hanoi Airport was terrible - hundreds of people sitting on luggage, very pourly signed (I had trouble finding Asiana check-in, and after asking at least 3 people, there it was.) After clearing immigration, I went upstairs for a snack, and the restaurant was a mess too - very pourly run and out of most everything. Then I remembered that I still had dong in my wallet, and searched in vain for an exchange counter. I asked at a duty free counter, and the lady said there was none in airport, but that she could give me dollars for dong, and that's what I did.

The plane was a B767, and fairly old with no in-seat entertainment system. I was seated in the first economy row at the bulkhead (right in the middle of a young Danish family). Asiana FA's bow to the passengers as they commence announcements - really nice. Dinner was ok (I had beef burgundy w/rice and cabernet to drink). This flight was only 3.5 hours compared to 6 hours going into Saigon. We landed about 0515 (or 0315 Hanoi time).

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(Seoul Incheon Airport - Asiana Flight OZ214 to San Francisco with some of the flight's flight attendants)

The B777 to San Francisco was packed, but the fine Asiana attendants made it all very comfortable, and we even arrived a little early with the help of good tail winds.

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Click for these blogs: March 2009 trip and November 2009 trip

Posted by Daawgon 11:51 Archived in Vietnam

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Hi Johnny, I received your thank you note for viewing your blot. I took your advise and read about your first trip to Vietnam. I truly enjoyed both blogs because you posted pictures along the way and your travels seem to mimic my up-in-coming trip next month. I was going to ask you a question about you enjoying the vietnamese ice and then you spoke about the pepto drink. I've been told to not to drink the water even at the fancy hotels. Last year I went to Egypt and it was my only vacation in my travels that I experienced King Tut's revenge...if you know what I mean! This was no fun at all. I've never taken Pepto Bismol and I don't think I want to start now so no cold beer for me. But I will be happy sipping away on singapore slings. Anyway, it was chatting with you. Happy trails....Mai-Kai.

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