Vladivostok Travel Guide

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Vladivostok Things to Do

  • Sportivnaya Harbour

    Sportivnaya harbour is on the Amurky bay side of Vladivostok (rather than the Pacific side) and is a lovely place for a stroll. We were there in winter and saw people swimming in a hole made in the ice, but we were told that in summer there are kiosks selling souvenirs and snacks and it's possible to swim in the bay. But, as the sea was frozen...

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  • Aquarium

    All of us were really impressed by this aquaium (in Russian, okeanarium) which we only decided to visit becasue we felt cold on our way back from the Fortress. It's pretty big and on the first floor has the "live exhibition" with a huge number of fish, including some truly bizarre specimens and other sea animals including a massive tank full of...

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  • Visit a Russian Submarine

    This is an S-56 Submariine (podvodnaya lodka in Russian) which destroyed 10 enemy ships in the Second World War and is now a museum. There is a collection of photographs and other memorabilia inside and it's fun to scamble around inside through hatches and small cramped passages. Tickets cost 100 rubles (we visited in 2010) and an extra 50 rubles...

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  • Clamber aboard a sub.

    The sub is now a museum on land, but it's fun to have a bit of a clamber around inside.There is a war memorial behind it, and also a church as well.

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  • War Memorial

    Behind the sub is a war memorial and a church.Russia's losses in WW2 were horrific, so understandably this is remembered here.

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  • Arseniev Regional Museum

    An historic mansion built in 1906 and originally owned by a merchant in now housing the Arseniev Regional Museum.Named after Vladimir Arseniev, the explorer of the Russian Far East and prominent writer, this place is a must-visit as it gives an insight into the history of the region and Vladivostok in particular. Lots of things are on display -...

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Vladivostok Restaurants

  • Reasonable service and price

    This place is a Russian take on Chinese cuisine.Not too bad, and reasonably priced.Business lunch too is between 150-200 roubles, or USD5-7.

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  • Another good brewery pub

    This place is fairly similar in style to Munchen really.Good pub food and good beer.I especially liked the pineapple flavoured variety. I recommend giving it a try.

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  • Russian style Sushi

    I don't normally eat Japanese cuisine outside of Japan, but I was quite interested to see how sushi was done in Russia.Was nice. Service was excellent, and I really enjoyed my meal here.They do have a number of other outlets in Vladivostok but this appears to be the main restaurant.

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Vladivostok Nightlife

  • Hardcore dance club

    Oh boy, this place is the bomb! Lots of dancing. Very very nice place! The people there are a little young for me. I'd say from 18 thru mid twenties. If your an american, you'll probably get alot of attention. Drink prices are expensive. So bring alot of cash. They will not take american dollars. Most places in Vladivostok don't. I will leave an...

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  • Relaxed bar

    This is quite a fashionable, although comfortable bar with friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. The food was good - we had fish, which was fresh and tasty, with grilled vegetables, also good. It's not expensive and has a good choice of drinks. Location is convenient, near the train station and it stays open till late. We found this place on our...

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  • Dance till morning

    This is a popular dance place in Vladivostok. The interior is "garage" design. The music is mainly "techno". There are two floors, the dance floor is at the lower level. You can watch people dancing from the upper floor. Prices are moderate.

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Vladivostok Transportation

  • Taxi to the airport

    The airport is around 50km away from the centre of Vladivostok.There are murmors of an airport express being instituted in the near future, and there are buses. As a recent update it looks like trains will be running from July onwards. Definitely a project that was initiated due to APEC.In any case my hotel called me a taxi which cost 1000 roubles...

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  • Flights

    If you're flying into Vladivostok from outside of Russia, Korean Air is a good option.They have daily Incheon-Vladivostok flights, and Seoul-Incheon airport is a real hub with flights to so many destinations.The flight into Vladivostok though is 10am in the morning, so it may necessitate a night in Korea on the way.This flight is well used by...

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  • Ferry to Korea and Japan

    I have not used this ferry, but the boat was in town while I was there. Link is below for anyone who might be interested. It goes between Vlad, Donghae and Sakaiminato in Tottori prefecture.Ferry services seem to come and go however, so it would pay to check in advance if it is still running.

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Vladivostok Shopping

  • Beer Price Index (Vladivostok)

    Beer is normally sold in 500ml or 1 litre cans or bottles, although it is often sold in larger volumes as well.It does depend a bit on the brand but typically 500mls of Russian beer is sold in the shops for 35-40 rubles (just over 1USD) and 1 litre for 70-80 rubles.In restaurants typically Russian beer is 70 to 90 rubles, and imported beer around...

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  • Souvenirs in Vlad

    The Port building behind the train station has a number of shops selling a variety of souvenirs.Worth checking out.

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  • GOUM: Gothic shopping

    A most AMAZING department store.Built some time in 1900 by German architect Junghendel, it is among our few Gothic architectural marvels. Have a thorough look at its facade decorated with monsters' faces from the German epic mythology, as well as... cupids!It was originally owned by two Swiss entrepreneurs who came to trade in Vladivostok at the...

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Vladivostok Local Customs

  • Luggage issues

    Russia has something obsessed with "luggages". Buses charge you extra for your big luggage, the subways ask for extra ticket for your luggage, some hotels ask for hourly rate to store your luggage and airways do not tolerate extra luggage, even it is only 2-3 kg more. You will observe many locals bring their luggages to the weight and try to be...

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  • Central square: winter fun

    Every winter a huge Christmas tree crowns the Central square; skating rinks, ice sculptures and other stuff for children pop up around it.Every local thinks that visiting the central square to have a look at the Christmas tree is a must-do.

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  • Victory Day Celebration

    The Victory Day - the day of Russian victory over the fascism - is celebrated all across the country on the 9-th of May.There is always a huge parade in Vladivostok downtown (it goes along Svetlanskaya street, which is blocked for traffic this day), and lots of people flock there to take part in the festivities.There is always some performance in...

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Vladivostok Warnings and Dangers

  • Underground World

    Until recently, Vladivostok had the highest crime record in Russia. The city was always remembered with its "mafia". However, this is not strong anymore and all illegal actions of this type are under control. Now, Vladivostok is as safe as other Russian cities.

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  • Not a warning, but be aware!

    Often people find themselves becoming victims to scams and crime. Here are some tip's to avoid some of them. It may be common sense but here it goes anyways. 1. Travel in a group, don't walk by yourself.2. Avoid exchanging currency at places other than hotels and banks. Some conterfiet money has been know to be passed around.3. Don't use ATM's that...

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  • Crime is common

    A South Korean businessman was robbed and beaten by two unknown attackers from whom he had requested a cigarette when leaving his apartment building on Wednesday morning. The businessman, who works for a trade company that ships Korean buses to the Russian Far East, left his flat on Okeansky Prospekt at 10.00 a.m. and on his way to work decided to...

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Vladivostok Tourist Traps

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    by Landotravel Written Oct 19, 2005

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    Well, this warning does't concern Vladivostok but Moscow, but is useful for similar places and situations in Russia. Here, a problem for an occidental one is the public transport: is difficult identify which bus you must take because there is not a standard nor in color not in charts so you feel lost. An what happens? What happened to me at Sheremetyevo airport in which I had to go from international terminal to national terminal -yes, here you have two different terminals separated 10 kms- As nobody speaks english I had not clear the kind of bus I had to take and, in fact, I COULD NOT SEE A SINGLE BUS. So, I accepted to be driven by an improvised local taxi-driver - here, the taxi drivers are normal people who shares their cars to get some money- who did't appear to know english too. At last I was going to pay 100 rubles him as I thought we had accorded.....but at last he wrote more than 400!. a big amount for such a short travel!. As I did not want to discuss with somebody that didn't know english I paid. Never again, sure.

    Unique Suggestions: If you need transport, try to find a bus or even a van. Of course, afterwards I realised there was a van service between both terminals at the price of 30 rubles (less than 10% respecting the taxi run before!). You only have to speak as you can with the people around those buses or vans and you will get information enough at last.

    Sheremetyevo 2 international is nice, 1 not

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Vladivostok What to Pack

  • Peanut butter and equipment !

    If you travel in summer -make sure you have something for rainy weather as first part of the year is quite rainy and windy Only very unique and customized medicines as local drugstores have pretty much everything This is sometinhg wich you need to take with you as your camera might be toonew for local market If you cannot leave without peanut...

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  • A GOOD dictionary or phrasebook...

    ..if you don't speak Russian! Most of the international hotels will probably have someone who speaks sufficient English. Younger graduates-types we met on the streets and shops seem to be able to speak at least a little.In the meantime, if you would like to quickly learn Russian alphabet and phrases, please refer to this site:...

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  • Packing List

    If you are going to visit a woman in Vladivostok. Bring her a gift of pantihose. It is really hard to get there. Matter of fact, everything is hard to get there. Electronics are out of this world price-wise. Children's books are good to take too. Even helpful for those who are learning english.

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Vladivostok Off The Beaten Path

  • Vladivostok ROOFS!

    Look up and marvel: no other Russian city can boast such a dramatic skyline pierced and dotted and studded with chimneys, domes, statues, steeples, spires! Just keep your eyes wide open :)P

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  • Vladivostok downtown nooks and crannies

    For some mind-boggling impressions randomly pop and zip and browse into our central area archways and backyards and passages - you will find scores of unexpected sights which will transport you back to the turn of the XX century :)P

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  • Ocean Avenue (Okeansky Prospekt)

    Walk up this trendy street towards Assumption Cathedral - and then have a leisurely walk down beholding views spreading in front of you as you approach Golden Horn Bay.

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Vladivostok Favorites

  • Railway Station

    The railway station is definitely one of Vladivostok's most famous landmarks.There's not really that much on the inside of interest, but it is one place that nearly all visitors to Vladivostok will see.

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  • Internet

    The main post office is just across the road from the main train station, and there is a business office in the same building as the post office where you can access the internet relatively cheaply.As of 2011 this facility is still there, although the internet service is hardly speedy.

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  • Behind Vladivostok Terminal Train...

    Just behind the Train Station is a port on Zolotoy Rog Bay, where there are many passenger, freight and naval ships.

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