Day 1 - Nov/17/12, 4.00 am: The day started very early. Our 8-days package tour to South Korea that we had booked the tour through Super Tour and Travels co had officially started. We arrived at Penang International Airport at 5.30 am as requested by the tour company. Our tour lead, Jeff Lee, greeted us and helped us to check in our luggages and flight. There were a total of 16 person in our group and luckily everyone was on time. No elderly person, and only Little M and another boy, Kit, are the youngsters in our group. After a slight delay, we were on the air towards Hong Kong. Hong Kong International Airport is such an efficient airport despite its sheer size and the volume that it handles. Normally walking around Hong Kong International Airport is a joy because there will always be small scale exhibitions or displays in between gates. This time the exhibits were Chinese Opera costumes.
Our plane landed in Incheon International Airport safely and on time. South Korea time was 1 hour ahead and it was already dark as I peered through the window. Jeff led the way with his flag held up high and we just followed his lead as we exited the aeroplane. We took some time to clear immigration as there were 4 planes that landed simultaneously. After immigration, it was smoother flow where we retrieved our bags and cleared custom. Our Korean tour guide, Kent Fang, was already waiting for us. After a brief introduction, he lead us to our bus to take us to our hotel in Seoul. The bus was a 42-seater bus for 16 plus 2 of us, so we have ample seats to sit comfortably. The journey to our hotel was about 1.5 hours on a highway parallel to the mighty Han River. In the bus, Kent briefed us on the itinerary for tomorrow. The hotel is a 2 star hotel and after we were assigned our rooms, we quickly retired to our room to freshen up and sleep. We looked forward to an exciting day ahead.
I took a lot of pictures and here are some from day 1:
I always take picture of my check in bag in case it got lost in transit. This is to save time in describing my bag or to remind me in case sometime I forgot how it looks like.
Everyone in family were all glee and smiles at Penang International Airport after the check in, eager to start the journey to South Korea.