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. Even Cuba does not come close in terms of rigid adherence to the rules and absolute authority of the leader.
What to expect on your North Korea holiday
The fact that your mobile phone is taken away as you enter and returned when you leave 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!
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.