The Journey To Russia Begins

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South-West Coach Lines travel right out to Perth airport

Our epic journey has started well. The kids took us to the Bunbury Bus Station. It was early evening and from there we had a two and a half hour bus ride to the airport. We used South-West Coachlines as they travel to the airport whereas the TransWA buses don't. The ride was very smooth and the driver extremely professional. He told us he used to be a tourist bus driver and he was quite confident talking via his microphone, even telling us outside temperatures etc.


Arriving at Perth Airport

When we arrived at the airport we immediately got our large rucksacks wrapped in cling film. It cost $10 for each rucksack but we feel it is well worth it, if it prevents any tampering with our bags. We went through the usual airport checks and procedures promptly and without a hitch. I copped a random frisk search – Ian didn't.



Cathay Pacific, Perth to Hong Kong Airport

We were tired when the Cathay Pacific plane left just after midnight. It was twenty percent empty. However sleep was not on the menu. A full scale dinner was though. We only ate half of it. We were not in the mood for food at 1 a.m.

Ian ready for take-off Ian ready for take-off

For the duration of the night I think I slept for about half an hour and Ian maybe for a little longer. We just couldn't get comfortable. After a few hours we were supplied with a lovely breakfast of yoghurt, croissants and fruit. Shortly after, at around 8 a.m., the plane landed in Hong Kong.

Prior to leaving Perth we had noticed our boarding passes for stage two of our journey (Hong Kong to Seoul) had Ian in seat 31F and me in 61F. The airline clerk in Perth said he wasn't able to organize anything better at that point in time but for us to ask again at the transit desk in Hong Kong airport. Hong Kong Airport is large and multi-storied but we did end up finding the Transit Desk and we were able to get my seat number changed. It was a relief not being 30 rows apart from each other.


Smog seen from the plane at Hong Kong The smog in Hong Kong

Hong Kong to Seoul, Incheon

The flight to Seoul was uneventful. There was more food of course! I looked around me and most people had barely touched their meals. An awful lot of food must get wasted on flights.

Incheon Airport is the airport for the city of Seoul. It is quite large compared to Perth airport and very smart. Everything ran very smoothly. I declared my prunes as I knew it was important to declare fruit but, because they weren't fresh fruit, they were perfectly acceptable at the quarantine desk. We went to the airport's hotel reception desk and they called for the hotel transit bus to come and collect us for the trip to Hotel Queen (you may need to click on the English link at the top of their web page). The bus driver was very friendly and spoke some English.


Next page - Hotel Queen in Incheon, South Korea


Our trip in the order it happened:

Travel Planning Necessities
World time zones, world weather, currency converter, language translator services.

Search over 25,000 hostels.

Trip Advisor Forum - Russia
The place to find information about Russia when you can't find it elsewhere.

Way To Russia
Another very good forum

Getting A Russian Visa
The process is explained

Trains between Moscow & Saint Petersburg
Explanation of the types of trains on that route.

Firmenny Trains
An explanation of what they are.

Moscow's Railway Stations
A map of their locations and proximities.

Learn How To Speak Russian
Free lessons.

Map of St. Petersburg
Lonely Planet's map of the city.

Map of Moscow
Lonely Planet's map of the city.

Moscow Times Newspaper
English version.

The Russia Club
A forum for all those interested in anything "Russian".

Russian Rail Timetable
It takes a bit of mastering but Ian managed it (eventually).

The Art Of Travel
Very interesting travel information for all locations.

Smart Traveller
Australian Government's site dealing with current travel advice.

Travel Independent
A site written by travellers for travellers. Lots of information.