Hey, I am looking at going to North Korea this summer for the Mass Games. The tour company has two tours, a 4 night Liberation Day Short Tour for around 1300 euros, and a Liberation Day Long Tour for around 2000. Trying to decide which one to take, if it is worth the extra money and time to take the longer tour, or if it will be a bit drawn out and the main highlights of N.Korea will mainly be covered in the short tour.
The highlights of the short tour are:
- Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il) and other Pyongyang Highlights
- Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
- MASS GAMES
The highlights of the long tour are:
- Kumsusan Memorial Palace (Mausoleum of leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il) and other Pyongyang highlights
- August 15th – Liberation Day – DPRK public holiday
- Panmunjom/DMZ – the border with South Korea
- Mt. Myohyang – international Friendship Exhibition
- Soaking up the medicinal waters at the Dragon River Hot Spa Resort near the west coast city of Nampo
- Mt. Paekdu – the sacred mountain in the northeast
- MASS GAMES
Both tours have an option of stopping off in Dandong on the way back for an extra fee, would this be worth doing?
Anyway, I'm having trouble deciding between these two and was wondering if anyone had done any of the aforementioned highlights and are they worth it for the longer tour, or is the shorter one comprehensive enough?
I'm just getting very excited about visiting North Korea when I learned moments ago that Malaysian actually don't need a visa to visit North Korea (source:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touris...">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touris...).
Now, does that mean I can just buy a ticket and hop on a train, or plane, from Beijing to Pyongyang without involving any travel agency like KoryoTours?
Basically, I'm totally clueless how to proceed from knowing the fact 'Malaysia don't need visa to North Korea' to actually get myself in Pyongyang's soil. I'd greatly appreciate if y'all would provide guidance and info about that for me.
I am in the early stages of planning my trip to DPNK. I am hoping to book flights to China tonight to get started proper! I would be really grateful, for this trip, if anybody can answer any of my questions: 1) Has anybody used the tour company 'KTG' ? I like the sound of their NK itinerary and, at £900 per person, it is more affordable (for a family of 4) than the £1,200+ tours I have been looking at... (as this is such a costly trip, I would like to at least feel that I have made an enquiry about them before booking!!!) 2) I plan to travel next August so that I can go to the Mass Games. Any tips? eg... because the games are on it is peak tourist season and so I should be confirming my NK tour NOW because places go like hot cakes? or no rush, confirm in the new year?.... 3) The information from the tours suggests that one must remain confined to the hotel grounds after the days excursions are done. However, my Bradt guidebook says that is is possible to wander, of an evening, in the capital, without the guide. Can anybody confirm this? (please only answer IF you have actual experience, thank you). 4) My guidebook says that STRICTLY no camera lens over 100mm can be taken into the DPNK. Does anybody have experience with taking lenses into the country? (I would like to have a larger lens for my time in China BUT if I would hate to then have it confiscated!) 5) I have a multitude of tips from my book but, if anybody has been has has some really sound advice from personal experience... I would welcome listening to it. We are a fmaily of four (my sons will be 13 & 12 at the time of travel). I am a vegetarian. (I am used to not necessarily eating properly when travelling!!!) Thank you in advance of any help/advice/information, a very excited Smirnoff ,-))
I would be travelling to South Korea during the June holidays to visit the World Expo 2012. Hence, I booked this resort located in Namhae, thinking that it is the nearest place that I could stay to get to the World Expo 2012. However, I had a problem, which is I don't know how to get from Seoul to this resort. Anyone knows how to get there? And also, where is the ferry station located in Namhae which can get me to Yeosu? Really needs help. Please advise. Thanks!
Hi, Does anyone have experience in entering / re-entering Japan after a NK tour? I am a temporary resident here in Japan, and I'm thinking of taking a tour to North Korea leaving and returning from Dandong, while being in China. In principle, NK Visas are not attached to the passport, but I have heard many "stories" from Japanese colleagues about potential complications at the time of coming back to Japan. Does anybody know whether there is anything to worry about? Can I expect questioning at Japanese immigration? Thanks
Hello, I'm planning to travel to DPRK next year. I'm not yet sure which tour; probably the 100th birthday tour. ... And I wonder how people are grouped together. Are there different nationalities in a group? (I'd prefer a mixed group because I think it's more interesting. So that's why I'm asking.) Does it depend on who's offering the tour? I saw an offer by Koryo Tours which was offered in English and was a bit more expensive, and there's this offer here, which is cheaper: nordkorea-info.de/tourismus/... Will this be an all German group? I hope not, because that'd remind me of the trip I took to Tenerife a couple of years ago. ... But still, 200 Euros less is a lot of money. Thanks for answers.
Just a few quick questions, and feel free to tell me about your experiences as visiting the country as I enjoy reading them. 1. How much is this going to cost me for a 5 day trip? Including everything except the flight to Beging. Even spending money, how much did you bring and how much did you spend and on what. 2. How do they respond to Americans? Are they cool or do they make you feel uncomfortable? 3. How was your experience being in a group? I'm most likely going alone, so do you share a room or are you alone? What time is the night over? Do you get to hang out at the hotel and go to bed when you want? 4. What was your favorite part of the trip? 5. Is there a dress code? Would they get offended if I wore or have punk/metal tshirts, hats, tattoos? 6. Hows the food, snacks and beer? 7. Were your tour guides cool? I know talking negative about the country isn't smart but are they at least open minded? 8. Can I use the internet anywhere or a phone? Thanks.
Hi all, I am looking to take a trip to DPRK next year and have come across seemingly two options - the commercial tour (Koryo / Regent etc) or with the KFA 'official delegation' as a guest of the DPRK. Has anyone been on these 'official delegations'? What would be the pros and cons of each option? I would like to be in PY for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Kim Il Sung - would KFA get better access to the celebrations than others? Thanks in advance for any and all advice :-)
I have been doing allot of research on getting a train from Moscow to Pyongyang in 12 months time from my research the train departs Yaroslavski station in Moscow Fridays 23.55pm and arrives in Pyongyang the next friday. I have seen photos of the big green carriages with the DPRK Korea coat of arms on them and they are also attatched to the Russian multicolored ones that goto Vladavostok. I understand the train goes through China. But i would just like to ask a few questions to anyone that has taken this legal route to Pyongyang. 1) At any given time on the journey that i am inside the DPRK carrages are there any stops that i have to get off and change trains. I know that i mayhave to get off in border station/towns to go through Russia, Chinese & Korean or they do it on board or in the station. I have been to western europe before and im not a big fan of changing trains. So i would be quiet happy to spend the week in the DPRK style carriage and get off the train to buy stuff from the platforms and rush back on 1.a) Where about can i order this type of train ticket. Do i book ahead of time 1-2 months prior to departure or do i goto Moscow days before the friday buy the ticket from a box office? I know its500 or so USD but id prefer to have the train ticket with me or collecting it from somewhere 2 VISAS I competly understand that i have to be on a tour to go to North Korea and a tour must be booked before i apply for a Visa. I have just spent time being amazed that that Travelers North Korea visa sticker farm4.static.flickr.com/3652.... How he got that visa was going to the DPRK embassy in Vienna paying 20 euros and getting this visa stuck into his passport. I am a British Citizen (AKA british passport holder) I would love to apply for North Korea visa at the embassy and have it stuck in my passport. To get the whole Visa application form I need to book the tour. Do i get my visa paperwork sent to me after the tour is booked. Or can i just book a tour and goto the embassy to do the paperwork. I just don't want to get the borining white piece of paper with a stuck on photo, thats just so uncool.
Is there any bars that you can go to? I see they sell alcohol how much is it?
does anyone know where I can find a group of people to join me on a North Korea tour?
hello - I'm planning short NK trip this month. As I know, foreigners are obliged to pay in EUR, USD or RMB - my questions are: 1. what is the EUR/USD rate in NK? I suppose that official rate is different than rate for tourists 2. the prices for foreigners are in USD or EUR? or maybe the prices are for example: 3EUR/3(?)USD? 3. is RMB rate is better, means "cheaper" for tourist? thnx in advance T
Hello. Does anyone know if the floating hotel is still in Kumgang San? I have found information on its start in Singapore, then to Australia, to Viet Nam and I guess back to Singapore before going to Kumgang San Korea. Thank You for any infor You have on the whereabouts of this Hotel That I had stayed in when in Australia in the 1980's.
Hi there, I am looking into a 4/5 night trip in Aug/Sep/Oct. Can anyone recommend a travel company they have used for North Korea? It doesnt have to be the cheapest (although thats always a bonus!!) or the most expensive, just one which you think handled everything well. I would like an itinerary which includes the Mass Games and the usual places (DMZ etc) Alo, if anyone else is thinking of going around this time it would be nice to hear from you. Im from Glasgow, Scotland, UK Thanks in advance. Stu
hello, Does anyone have experiences with the travelagency "explore north korea" located in Dandong, China. They offer a 5 day tour for 560 euro. I wonder why they are so much cheaper then other agency's who sell tours for more then 1000 euro. (eg koreaconsult, koryotours, etc. etc.) kind regards, Eric
Can North Korean visa stamp on your passport cause hassle from immigration office or extra scrutiny at the time of immigration in other countries? I heard that in US, your travel pattern can put you in the watch list of Homeland security. An American told me, whenever US immigration noticed Indonesian visa stamp on his passport, he was questioned more than usual. People who have been to North Korea, have you experienced any problems on your country's immigration or in any other countries?
Hello, Everyone, This is Courtney, VT PR manager and I'm hoping someone can help me with a project we're working on. I'm trying to find out exactly where the chocolate museum is and if the name of the museum is just "Chocolate Museum." Here's the link to the site: http://www.chocolatemuseum.org/ Many thanks in advance for your help! C
Hello, I'm planning my third visit to North Korea for late August / early September this year. Like last year, I am looking for people to join me, as it's not only cheaper but also a lot more fun together. I'm planning for a tour of about one week with stops in Pyongyang, Nampho, Sariwon, Haeju and maybe Wonsan. I'd like to go to as many of the lesser visited / new spots as possible, as I have already seen most of the sights from the "usual" itineraries. So, if anyone would be interested in joining me, please drop me a line: email@example.com Cheers, Stephan
1. In what year did North Korea allowed tourists to visit their country? 2. Is North Korea Jus Soli or Jus Sanguini? 3. If your parents have different nationality and you were born in North Korea will NK still allow you to get out of their country? 4. Can you study in North Korea in Collage even though you've got different nationality?
Hi VT memvers It have been rumored among the South Korea that Dramas and Songs are spread among the teenagers despite of Government's censorship. Is there any VTers who have met the North Koreans who like those dramas? Bryan Kang
Hi all! I dont really know much about what a trip to North Korea would set you back... I was hoping that someone could give a nice general idea as to what I should expect to pay, from food, lodging,train/plane tickets to everything. What would one estimate to be the total cost for a week in North Korea? Many thanks and safe travels to all:)
Hi Everybody, I am travelling to North Korea this February (14-20) and I was just wondering if I am going to meet any VT, in the group? PS: I'll be in Beijing the 12th and 13th... anyone up for Beijing Duck and/or sightseeing? :) Cheers, Rafi
HI all, DOes anyone know that you can even get access to internet or telephone back to states or somewhere else? Thanks !!
I collect beer bottles from around the world -- is there any way to get an empty bottle of North Korean beer here in the U.S.?
1)Is it easier to get a NK visa if you're holding a Philippine Passport or a BNO passport? 2)I'm planning to take a NK tour package from Beijing (since I don't think there's any package that I can take here from Manila). What's the latest updated price of a package tour to NK? In US dollars, if possible. 3)To those who've been there, is it worth it? There are probably no shopping malls there, so it's okay with me. I just want to feel the NK "feeling". But I read from the posts of others that there's nothing really in there, so I'm having second thoughts.. Thanks guys!
To all travelers interested in seeing North Korea while we still can! This year my boyfriend and I are planning to visit North Korea from China. We want to go on a 5-day tour by train from Dandong. The plan is to leave Dandong on August 25. We have found a Chinese tour operator named Brooklyn who will do this tour for EUR 850,- pp, if we can get 6 persons in a group. I found Brooklyn through the lonely planet forum, where he has got good reviews. This is his website: tmbrooklyn.com.cn/Quotation.... In the email contact we've had, Brooklyn mentioned that he has another couple who want to visit North Korea during that period, who might be interested in joining a larger group. So that would mean that with only two extra persons we can get a very good price! Anyone who is interested in joining, please contact me in this forum or via virtual tourist mail. I hope to hear from you! Leonieke
hi is there any one living in andore here at vt??
Hi dear VTs, maybe someone could help me with that: 1. Do they accept Euros in coins, or only notes? 2. I was told to dress "proper" while visiting some sites. Are Jeans or Cargopants proper enough? 3. Anybody been there in the beginning of May? I've heard that some of the buildings are very cold. Do I need warm clothes throughout daytime? Would be very great if someone could help me with the one ore other question, thanks a lot in advance. Lisa
Hello, I am thinking about doing a tour to North Korea sometime later this year (~ June/July) and would be looking for people interested in joining me. I have been to North Korea last year and got the impression, that once you're in North Korea, all the tours seem to be operated by the KITC, which is the state-owned travel company. I contacted them and am told, that one can book individual tours with them directly. Prices depend on the number of participants. 2-5 pax is 135 EUR per person/night. They can also arrange the Visa and flights from Beijing (340 EUR return) and Vladivostok as well as train tickets from Beijing (240 EUR return). This being my second tour, I would like to see a few places, that I haven't visited last year. At least Nampho and Wonsan. Other than that, I'm flexible regarding the tour dates and the itinerary. I have a few sample-itineraries from the KITC, that show, which places can be visited. So, if anyone is interested, please drop me a line :) cheers, -Stephan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I just read up on the KFA 2008 trip to NK, and I must admit that it's pretty expensive. Over 2000 euros for a week in NK? Is there a way to get into NK alone? I am in Sydney at the moment. My plan would be to fly into Beijing and then fly to NK. Doable?