Vladivostok, Russia

Cesarevitch Nikolay Triumphal Arch, VladivostokVladivostok (Russian: Владивосто́к, Chinese: 海參崴, South Korean: 블라디보스토크, North Korean: 울라지보스또크, Japanese: ウラジオストク, map) is the main Russian seaport on the Pacific Ocean. Located near the border with China and North Korea, it covers 600 sq km (230 sq mi) and has a population of 592,000 (2011 estimate).

Visiting Vladivostok

The Vladivostok International Airport is 44 km north of downtown. Its domestic terminal underwent a complete facelift in 2006, making it one of the most modern airport terminals in Russia. The airport gets flights from Moscow, St Petersburg, Bangkok, Beijing, Busan, Dalian, Hanoi, Harbin, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo, among others.

There are public buses and local buses from the airport to the city. But if you arrive in the wee hours, then your only choice are the taxis. These you need to bargain hard or else you will be 2,500 rubles poorer. The usual taxi fare from airport to downtown is around 1000 rubles.

The alternative to flying is to take the Trans-Siberian Railway, from Moscow, Beijing or Ulaan Baator. There are also trains from Harbin.

Sights & Attractions in Vladivostok

  1. Arsenev Regional Museum
    Museum recounting the history of Vladivostok. It hosts a disparate collection ranging from stuffed Siberian tiger to old photographs.
  2. Bortsov Revolutsii
    A popular hang-out for the locals
  3. Popov Island
    Island with some good beaches and guesthouses.
  4. Russky Island
    Once a heavily fortified island to keep armed intruders at bay, Russky Island is now invaded by tourists armed with cameras.
  5. Vladivostok Fortress Museum
    Museum housed in the fort that was used from 1882 until 1923. How the cannons are for show only.
  6. Vladivostok Funicular Train
    For one of something better to do, take the funicular train up the hill for scenic views of Vladivostok and the Golden Horn Bay.

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