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Bushman UK is absolutely right. Also heavy traffic as Russians come down to Korea for the summer vacance.
Looks you can book the DBS on this site.
DBS Ferry | Book DBS Cruise Ferries | Timetable, Offers, Reviews & Routes | AFerry.co.uk
http://stenadaea.com/passenger/passenger_schedule.asp
For my trip outbound,, they've quoted me USD 600 for my bike 1,500CC and USD 200 for shared cabin, first class.

Martin's report last year.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...divostok-57654

If that UK site does not work. I guess,, you can ask Yuri Melinkov a favour, to book, since there is no deposit needed.

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Hey Souljoe - new member here, but longtime lurker. I live in Los Angeles and was hoping to ship my ride out to Korea sometime this July to cruise the country for a month. Do you have any suggestions on shipping companies from Los Angeles to Pusan/Incheon? Thanks!
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Hey Souljoe - new member here, but longtime lurker. I live in Los Angeles and was hoping to ship my ride out to Korea sometime this July to cruise the country for a month. Do you have any suggestions on shipping companies from Los Angeles to Pusan/Incheon? Thanks!
Contact Korea Express LA,, and have Korea Express Busan do the inbound.
KOREA EXPRESS - Global Network - KOREA EXPRESS U.S.A. INC.

Or contact Hanjin LA do same as above.
https://www.hanjin.com/hanjin/CUP_HO...?sessLocale=en


Or contact the shipping company a RO-RO carrier direct. Wallenius Line.
http://www.2wglobal.com/www/wep//

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Mobile phone recomendations

Hi joe,

Any recomendations on which mobile carrier to use when we hit your shores?

Craig
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[QUOTE=craig.iedema;388011]Hi joe,

Any recomendations on which mobile carrier to use when we hit your shores?

KT Korea TELECOMM or SKT will give you nation wide wi-fi and 3G,

If you arrive Korea before 12 of of Aug. Din din and a Korean bath is on me.
Head straight west to Yang Pyeung from Dong Hae..also great clean motel for 30 bucks a night.
Also most of the motels have a pc and internet, in the room, free.

Those arriving by air,, simply go to a kiosk at the terminal..such as LG or 7/11 and ask for a Korean chip. Cost is USD 10 or so.

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Road signs in Korea have English subtitles below, for major towns.
All the graphic signs universal as in Europe or USA.
OSM on smartphone or Zumo works well in Korea. Too many new roads happening here all the time. Watch the highway numbers and town names.
For non Koreans ,, Navigator Free at smart phone app store gives you a non data free GPS navigation in English, with good OSM maps.

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Hi Joe

We arrived in Donghae yesterday and will be spending maybe 4-5 weeks in Korea before shipping to USA. We've bought a map and a guy in an outdoor shop, who is also a biker, is going to give us some good routes.
We're riding an old BWM outfit with the chair on the 'wrong' side so are easy to spot. If you see us, give us a wave.
We're leaving Donghae tomorrow and are heading to the National Park near here to do some camping first.

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Hi Joe

We arrived in Donghae yesterday and will be spending maybe 4-5 weeks in Korea before shipping to USA. We've bought a map and a guy in an outdoor shop, who is also a biker, is going to give us some good routes.
We're riding an old BWM outfit with the chair on the 'wrong' side so are easy to spot. If you see us, give us a wave.
We're leaving Donghae tomorrow and are heading to the National Park near here to do some camping first.

Cheers

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Hey guys ,,
I am five hours from you ,,,
If you have any problem call Lighthouse Keeper in Korean Deung Dae Jigi mobile 010-4365-3000. He is 30 minutes from you a Korean HUBBer ,, he also has a camp site at Mt. Sorak, with a full upright tent,, you can stay for free. He also has a mobile company if you need a Korean chip. Other Korean tel numbers mentioned further up can assist you.
I am off to Sydney on next week Tuesday for a wedding and will be back on 22ND. Have a great trip here. If you want to mingle with Korean HUBBers ,, let me know,,

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Hi there we have a bike with a stuffed clutch that I am still hopefully going to get on he ferry. Is hire of a small tray truck is possible in SK to transport it around?
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Hi there we have a bike with a stuffed clutch that I am still hopefully going to get on he ferry. Is hire of a small tray truck is possible in SK to transport it around?
Yes ,,

http://blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?b...tTypeCall=true


Also if you hire a local repair shop,, they will transport it for free or arrange a transport for you. Bike shops are all over ,, just stop any one road , or a cop and ask. Get hold of Iain he is already in contact with my guys in Korea.

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Well we will see SK, but the bike won't.

What us the easiest way to get from Dong Hae to Seoul?
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Seouljoe you have a great thread here. STICKY MATERIAL.

I hope to fly my KLR to Inchon from Vancouver the end of May.Nothing set yet.I am undecided on riding in Korea or bonded truck to the ferry to start trip in Russia.I would like to ride some in Korea. SeanF did a similar route a couple years ago.He said he liked Korea.But he would skip it next time.The time,money and paper work were more than he liked.Could you give me an idea what the time,money and paper work would be like-if you know?

Another thing I am unclear about.There used to be another ferry port that was south of Vladivostok.It was closed.But I heard it had opened again.If it is open,I would prefer going that route. Do you know if it is "truth or fiction?"

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From Incheon AP... read my earlier post ..how to avoid express way to merge into the local traffic...
Two post up. I have clearly stated that new ferry will go to Zarubino... from Sok Cho.

Only the DBS operates between Donghae and Vladivostok, as of June 26, 2014
http://www.dbsferry.com/eng/02_ticket/ticket03.asp


If you go to Zarubino,, you save hundreds of dollars,, 1) 2 - 3 hours to clear the bike, No 3 day waiting like Vladivostok,, hotels,, food ,, boredom ,, Yuri's fee of 2 - 300 bucks.
Zarubino,, you just pay stevedoring charges,, some customs stamp fees,, buy an insurance etc. Then be in Vladivostok in 3 hours or so to prepare for the next long haul to Khabarovsk,,, 700KM.

For Korea,, you will pay ca usd 100 for clearance..no tax no carnet...
Consider about usd 100 for motel..food and gas per diem. usd 3000 if you go to a geisha house.
Biased I am... Korea has one of the most safe and beautiful biking road. May is the perfect time to ride. You can reach either Sok Cho or Dong Hae in a day.
Smart phone with OSM based Navigator Free app will give you free GPS navigation ..

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Seouljoe you have a great thread here. STICKY MATERIAL.
I hope to fly my KLR to Inchon from Vancouver the end of May.Nothing set yet.I am undecided on riding in Korea or bonded truck to the ferry to start trip in Russia.I would like to ride some in Korea. SeanF did a similar route a couple years ago.He said he liked Korea.But he would skip it next time.The time,money and paper work were more than he liked.Could you give me an idea what the time,money and paper work would be like-if you know?

Another thing I am unclear about.There used to be another ferry port that was south of Vladivostok.It was closed.But I heard it had opened again.If it is open,I would prefer going that route. Do you know if it is "truth or fiction?"

Thanks
Doug

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[QUOTE=seouljoe;413867]From Incheon AP... read my earlier post ..how to avoid express way to merge into the local traffic...
Two post up. I have clearly stated that new ferry will go to Zarubino...
You will pay ca usd 100 for clearance..no tax no carnet...
Consider about usd 100 for motel..food and gas. usd 3000 if you go to a geisha house.
Biased I am... Korea has one of the most safe and beautiful biking road. QUOTE]

I will contact Wendy.
I read all of this thread.I still was still unclear about the ferry.I did not understand what you meant by "picking up the old belly up Dong Chun Ferry route."

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Dongchun was the first ferry that ran Sokcho - Zarubino.. went into receivership in early 2011..
DBS started a new service Donghae - Vlad...
Trade between Eastern Russia and Korea increasing so much.. Dae Ah had joined in now.
You will be amazed at the number of Russians ..even school kids in hundreds coming here..old Hyundais going north .. Korean tourists..

Also..Andy and Paul.
April - June... always room on the ferry ..July - August..you will need to book early... use Yuri from Russia.. Wendy from Korea.
Korean riders will all use Zarubino now.. time and cost.

Just spoke to Dae Ah head office.
First sailing 19.03.2013... it will hit all the news wire soon.

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