Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4086 posts, RR: 50 Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2642 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.
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aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2601 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.
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 4783 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2536 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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Aeroflot777 From Austria, joined Mar 2004, 3463 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2515 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.
sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 6049 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2399 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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Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2364 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.
dxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2236 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.
MattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2160 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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