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The unnecessary things every woman packs for a holiday but

The unnecessary things every woman packs for a holiday but

BUSAN | PHNOM PENHGet involved with the Funky 100!Busan is an incredible city! Though not as large as Seoul, it possesses a vibrancy and vitality that Seoul often lacks. Here the weather is milder, the people friendlier, and the sites have that sweet, sandy charm only a beach city can claim. Here are five awesome things to enjoy in Busan! (In no particular order)Perched on the rocky cliffs a short hike from Sonjeong beach, Yonggungsa Temple is often high on the list of “must see sights” in Busan. Accessible by bus, taxi, or foot, Younggungsa is worth the trek out of town to see this charming temple. Photo of the temple was taken during the Lotus Lantern Festival, May 5th 2014 “Buddha’s Birthday”.Nestled between Gwangan and Geumyeonsan subway stops is Gwangalli Beach. This is the site of the annual international fireworks festival. The Gwangan (Diamond) Bridge is a hell of sight at night, as the entire bridge is illuminated and even features a light show on special occasions. Gwangalli is also near Kyungsung University (KSU), where most foreigners prefer to do their partying and clubbing. Yet, that doesn’t mean Gwangalli isn’t loaded with great bars and restaurants worth visiting day or night!. Great for a day at the beach or an evening drinking on the shore, Gwangalli Beach is a favorite!Near Busan International Film Festival Square is Jagalchi Fish Market. This massive area contains both indoor and outdoor fish markets where one can haggle for the freshest seafood in Korea. The indoor fish market even contains upper floors where one’s freshly caught fish can be prepared to your liking. Few visits to Busan can be called complete without one visit to Jagalchi.This mountain runs north to south along the norther half of Busan. Running from Beomosa Temple south to Dongnae, one can hike along the ancient fortress wall atop the ridge. Here spectacular views of the city can be seen. The fortress runs in a circle around the mountain and provides dozens of paths from challenging to easy. The easiest path being the cable car from Oncheonjang to the summit near the South Gate. Perfect for a diverse day of hiking!For those who find most temples boring, this might be a challenging alternative. Hidden away in Geumjeong Mountain is Seokbulsa Temple, the oft forgotten gem of local Buddhist architecture. Even if one were to take the cable car from Oncheonjang to the top of Geumjeong mountain, one would still face another 2 hours of hiking to reach Seokbulsa. However, it’s worth the climb. This small, remote temple is unique in that it has been carved into the cliff side! If you’re looking for a unique experience off the beaten path, Seokbulsa is a daylong trek worth investigating!BIOMichael is a resident English teacher in Busan.  Educating my day and adventuring by night (and weekend) he fills his time with writing, photography, and exploration.Read more about his experiences in and out of the classroom.FUNKY 100 | NEXT CITY This article was published in May 2014. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.



BrowseInterested in Mexico?We'll send you updates with the latest deals, reviews and articles for Mexico each week.Topics include Things to Do, Dining Scene & more!The national currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso;  and Banco de Mexico is the nation’s central bank,  issuing coin and paper money which is legal tender.  Prices throughout the country are commonly shown with a dollar-sign ($) in front of the Peso amount;  and although in some parts of the country businesses willingly accept U.S. dollars,  it's almost always more advantageous (less expensive) for travelers to pay with Mexican Pesos.  Likewise,  certain people on the receiving end of your payment (e.g.  waitstaff,  bartenders,  chambermaids,  et cetera) generally prefer Mexican currency,  to save them the inconvenience of a trip to the bank or a stop at a cambio on their day off. Remember there is a difference between the sell rate and the buy rate so your foreign currency tip will be worth less than intended.Always try to use larger bills first,  as it's often difficult to find change when you need it.  Don't get stuck trying to pay a 40-peso cab fare with a 200-peso bill  -  and a driver who says he doesn't have enough change.]  Two other points worth mentioning:  (a) U.S. coin-money has no value in Mexico and is not an acceptable form of payment anywhere,  and (b) when paying with U.S. currency,  any change you receive back will be in Mexican Pesos.Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) often provide the best possible exchange rate As of April 18, 2016 the exchange rate of the USD is 17.43 and the Canadian Dollar is 13.63.On a related topic,  it's also strongly advised that travelers call their bank(s) and/or credit-card companies prior to departure  -  to inform them of their impending travel plans.  Failing to do so,  some travelers may quickly learn that the use of their card(s) has been restricted or suspended  -  once charges from Mexico appear  -  to help protect them against fraud.  One should also be aware that  'foreign currency transaction fees'  and/or  'ATM withdrawal fees'   may be incurred when using either type of card.  It's best to ask your bank(s) and credit-card companies,  in advance,  about their fees (which usually range between 1%-3%,  but could be higher) and make comparisons prior to traveling.  FYI:  Some banks which are affiliated with (or owned by) Mexican banks impose no  'ATM withdrawal fees',  or a minimal charge (less than a dollar per transaction);  but each has its own rules and regulations  -  and some may limit the number of foreign withdrawals before fees are imposed.  Two examples of U.S. bank affiliations would be CitiBank with Banamex  -  and Bank of America with Santander. For Canadians Scotia Bank abd HSBC have Mexican affiliates.For some additional clarification about ATM-cards versus debit-cards and which credit-cards are locally accepted,  travelers might also benefit from the following.  In simple terms,  ATM-cards can ONLY be used for cash withdrawals from ATMs.  They are not linked to VISA or MasterCard and cannot be used as a credit-card for purchases.  Ergo,  if one's ATM-card goes missing,  it's useless  -  without the proper PIN  -  to anyone else.  On the other hand,  a bank debit-card (which serves a dual purpose and is common elsewhere but not for Canadians as yet) is usually tied to a major credit-card name as well as a personal checking or savings account  -  and can potentially be used for purchases by anyone who finds or steals it.  Should this occur,  a traveler may run the risk of having his/her bank account emptied out  -  with no recourse for recouping those funds.  It is therefore  'best'  NOT to travel to Mexico with your bank  'debit-card'.  Canadians will need to learn that the terminology of debit-cards and ATM cards differs from the USA terminology. As for paying with major credit-cards in Mexico,  most business establishments accept either VISA or MasterCard  -  and some (though fewer) will honor American Express.  Discover hasn't yet become an acceptable card;  and don't expect to be able to use your foreign WalMart credit-card either.  Keep in mind,  too,  that although the majority of businesses will accept plastic payments,  certain local restaurants,  many smaller stores and eateries,  taquerias,  cabs and buses,  and most private drivers and tour-guides take  'cash only'.  Places which don't take credit-cards,  especially restaurants,  often post a sign which reads  'Lo Sentimos - No Tarjetas de Crédito'  (Sorry - No Credit Cards) or have it printed on their menus;  but it's always best to inquire.     The use of Travelers Cheques may have waned over the years,  but some folks still  'don't leave home without 'em'.  The number of local businesses still honoring them can be very hit-or-miss and it is not recommended to rely solely on this method for getting money.  Fewer and fewer banks and hotels will cash them now, although there are still a small number of Casa de Cambios that will.     Other precautions regarding ATM-,  debit-,  and credit-cards  -  which some travelers heed  -  is to (a) make a photostat copy of your cards,  front and back,  and (b) obtain and record corresponding  'direct-contact'  telephone numbers for the card-companies  ...  in the event that your card(s) are lost or stolen.  Store this information with your passport  -  in a locked luggage compartment or hotel safe.  FYI:   Most  toll-free company phone-numbers which you'd normally dial from home cannot be accessed from Mexico  -  and you should therefore request special contact numbers.  Alternately,  some travelers prefer to email a copy of this information to themselves,  making it more easily accessible from wherever they may happen to be.  It is also highly recommended that when using ATMs that you always get a receipt of your transaction and keep it, in case there are problems or discrepancies.  This is your record of the transaction and your bank will want that information if there are disputes. The current Mexican-Peso coins and notes in circulation are as depicted below:       Buying Mexican Pesos in the UK1 GBP is worth approximately 25 MXN according to Compareholidaymoney.com. Mexican pesos are widely stoked by most UK currency providers, which means competition is healthy and there are some good deals to be found if you are prepared to shop around a little. Avoid the obvious places like airports and banks as they offer very poor exchange rates and often charge added commission or admin fees. ASDA, Tesco and M&S offer pesos at selected travel money branches with good rates, but the best rates are usuall found online. One tip: if you plan on ordering your pesos from the Post Office, order online via their website, DON'T walk in off the street! You'll be given a much worse rate.  TripAdvisor uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more or change your settings. By continuing, you consent to our cookies.





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