WHY WE LIKE NORTH KOREA
It's not really accurate to say that we 'like' North Korea in the traditional sense, but as the last disastrous example of a truly controlled communist state it is unquestionably one of the most fascinating countries to visit and for anyone with an enquiring mind it should remain somewhere near the top of the 'must visit' list.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR NORTH KOREA HOLIDAY
The fact that your mobile phone will be rendered unusable during your stay and online use is forbidden perhaps goes some way to building a picture of your stay. You are not allowed to wander around on your own, you are not allowed to take photographs unless permission has been given by your guide and it is unlikely any of the local population will talk to you.
Your hotel in the capital is likely to be on an island in the middle of a river (unless the new one is finished after however many years) and accommodation should be regarded as functional at best. If at all possible, try and time your visit to coincide with one of the national holidays or important historic events such as Kim Il-sung's birthday, when huge celebrations take place which can be truly spectacular. Also don’t forget to lay flowers at the foot of the 20m tall statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang.
SOME IDEAS FOR A NORTH KOREA HOLIDAY
- Ideas are frowned on and not easy to come by in North Korea. You will be told what you are doing and where you are going!
- Experience the highly choreographed and spectacular Mass Games, when a hundred thousand performers create an artistic and colourful show like no other
- Combining North Korea with South Korea is easy to do and offers a fascinating insight into these vastly different countries
- Fly from Pyongyang to Beijing to explore the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City
OUR NORTH KOREA EXPERTISE
It might seem strange to claim expertise in North Korea, but over the years Paul has visited North Korea three or four times and would go again at the drop of a hat. Somewhat unusually we cannot even offer any special service or privileged entry to forbidden enclaves. You have to take it as it comes but Paul can explain all.
"North Korea is like no other. It cannot be compared to Russia and China during their communist eras. You could then at least walk around without a guide, travel on public transport and go to restaurants. Not so in North Korea which is a country closeted from the outside world. No internet is available and you are looked after by a “minder” for your entire itinerary. The country is opening up very slowly; overland travel is now permitted, your mobile telephone is no longer taken away and given back when you leave. The Mass Games are absolutely spectacular - it was a travel highlight for me when I last visited, to be one of a minute audience of local people and foreign visitors watching a precision choreographed show of 100,000 people."