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Aviation Trip To North Korea - Anyone Interested?  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3767 posts, RR: 51
Posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

After reading a lot about North Korea in the recent weeks (you might have seen the other thread I have posted) I am planning to visit the country in the near future. I have had plans to travel there for many years, being a high school geography teacher I have a great interest in visiting the various different areas of our planet and North Korea would be a very special place to visit.

I'm also thinking about giving the trip an aviation theme, with one or two domestic flights on Air Koryo in addition to the inbound trip from China. Unfortunately the possibilities for photography will be limited, but not impossible at all.

I have contacted Koryo Tours (not related to Air Koryo) with these ideas and am now waiting for them to suggest me an itinerary, options and pricing. Judging by their prices for taylor-made group tours, a trip like this one would cost around (maybe a bit less than) 2000 EUR all in.

I'm thinking about 5 people as a good group size (they have great discounts if the group size is around 5 or above), and I was wondering if anybody here on A.net would be interested in this. As I'm just now beginning to plan this, the dates are still more than 1 year in the future, between My 27 and June 9, 2012.

Anybody in?


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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

I'd be a very very very soft maybe on your trip. I have always wanted to go there, I have done a great deal of research on NK over the last few years, purely out of intrigue and interest. That said I have no idea where I'll be in 12 months most likely switching jobs and moving. So put me as a very very very very slim maybe at this point. Plus I'd have to bring my lady and she is more leery going to NK than I am.

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User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2672 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

Count me in as a possibly-maybe-unsure-leaning towards yes maybe. A trip to NK would be out of this world, but then again, I'm not right next door and US citizenship can be a problem. I'd need to get a visa to enter China (I assume you would leave from Beijing) and a permit to enter NK.

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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2993 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Count me in as 'potentially interested' well. I've been wanting to get over to North Korea for a while now. This might be a good way to do it, as long as the country's political position doesn't deteriorate and become of concern.

I would definitely be interested in seeing more than just "the usual" in the country. Being a dual-citizen holding both US and Russian passports, I would imagine completing this journey with the Russian citizenship will be easier.


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 2):
US citizenship can be a problem.

It's not impossible, but there are obstacles to overcome that would likely add a lot of money to such a trip.

User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1294 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

A few of us who frequent the chat were thinking about doing a similar trip, although it wouldn't be any time soon. Let us know how it goes! Best of luck.


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User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1812 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
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I'd be interested.......If i can even get a visa to go into NK given that i'm an "evil american."

Do they even have domestic flights within NK?

I was planning another RTW trip for 2012 but going to NK might trump that, sounds like a fascinating opportunity.

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User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

In a world loaded with amazing and inviting destinations, I cannot fathom choosing DPRK as a destination. I do admit to a significant measure of curiosity about the place, but not enough to justify actually giving money to them.

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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5486 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

It's something I've looked into as well and a buddy of mine has emailed Koryo Tours with questions we had as well. Financially it's going to have to wait for me, but something I'd like to do in the near future. VICE Guide to North Korea by VBS was fascinating to watch.

User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

Quoting Dazed767 (Reply 8):
VICE Guide to North Korea by VBS was fascinating to watch.

That collection of videos was what originally had me interested in NK. That place blows me away.

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User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

This sounds interesting. Given how badly they treat "official" visitors, following them, berating them, even threatening them I don't see it as a very enjoyable vacation. You certainly won't be able to deviate from the prescribed routine without someone getting after you. It will be like a giant Chernobyl tour only worse, at least they let you wander around Pripyat on your own a little. Let us know how the planning is going though.

User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

Having seen a travel show on the DPRK (Departures - anyone outside of Canada know it?), I'd been very interested in going. They did the tour through Koryo (I believe) as Nick Bonner (http://www.koryogroup.com/about_staff.php) was their guide.

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User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 17 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

put me down - ive always been interested in DPRK and considered visiting a few times.

That'll teach you
User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1557 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

Sounds like a fantastic opprtunity, put me on the maybe list !

Here's an interesting link to a trip report made by a guy who is apparently as mad with trains as we are with planes  http://vienna-pyongyang.blogspot.com/

I also remember of a long video on youtube but I can't find it...

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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2174 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

Sounds good Soren, I'm a very promising looking maybe!

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