Jeju is a popular travel destination for anyone who is living in Korea.
Here are some tips and ideas for planning your time in Jeju.
- Rent a car. Foreigners may need to pay extra insurance. The first time I went to Jeju, I used the public bus and taxi, but waiting and traveling takes too much time.
- Get accommodations at different parts of Jeju. If you arrive late or leave early, get a place near the airport. For each night, spend time at a different part of Jeju. That would save a lot of time traveling between parts of Jeju.
- Remember that Jeju can be roughly divided into the northern, eastern, southern, and western area, and it’s takes about 1-2 hours to drive through about a fourth of the outer-circle of the island.
Jeju Airport is in Jeju City, which is in northern Jeju, and the second biggest city is Seogwipo City in southern Jeju. Hallasan is in the center of Jeju island, and U-do island is on the northeastern side of Jeju.
- If you want to hike Hallasan, I recommend going to a guest house that has a direct shuttle to and from Hallasan’s hiking route.
At Green Guesthouse, they served breakfast early, and we got on the shuttle to Halla Mountain by 7 am.
- Call ahead. Many restaurants, cafes, and other facilities close much earlier than expected.
- Buy souvenirs at a local market because it’s much cheaper than buying them at the airport. Don’t be shy about getting samples for the snacks!
- Use coupon apps like Tmon. During my trip, I used it for Forest Fantasia and Maze Land. If you look up 제주 on the Tmon app, there are discounts for flights, hotels, rental cars, ferry rides, fishing, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, kayaking, horse riding, gardens, indoor mazes, museums, theme parks, and hot air balloon rides.
- Have a back-up plan for rainy days. Always have a small umbrella or raincoat in your bag, and think about possible indoor activities.
Have fun in Jeju!