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1. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

I`ll have a week`s holiday since May 1(Labor`s Day). How precious!I`ve been thinking of visiting North Korea since one or two months ago. But when my friends heard my trip plan, their responses are as follows:
a. What? Why there? It`s dangerous!
b. What? Why there? It`s a poor country and you`ll see nothing!
c. What? You are crazy.Their political system is horrible! (just when some westners refuse to visit China becos of political issues, some Chinese are refusing to visit North korea with the same reason.
d. Don`t go! It`s another world.You won`t like it.
e. What? Why not go to Thailand or any island to enjoy the beachtime?(This was from my dad).
Now my mind is really shaking-I heard they found bird-flu in Pyongyang recently-will there really be nothing to see-shall I spend the Golden Week in a sunshine resort? I might need a push...

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I watched a travel program on North Korea. Basically, it looks impossible to go as an independent traveller because you have to have a guide and they take you to all these places filled with anti-american propoganda, and museums dedicated to their 'great leader' and nowhere else, you are not allowed to travel around on your own and go where you like. In the program they interviewed a British guy who had been jailed for remarking that the N. Korean leader looked fat, someone overheard him and he was arrested and thrown in prison. It would be an interesting place to visit, but you would probably not see too much! The N. Koreans did admit they have had cases of bird flu, but didn't really say much more.

Personally, i think every other country in Asia would have more to offer.

3. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Thanks, Dave. What I`ve heard is almost the same with what you told. But I doubt the arresting thing. How could it be possible? That guy must have said something else...

Anyway, all the others told me the same that other country in Asia can offer more.But I`m afraid I won`t have the chance to observe "the last communist country in the world" in the future. It might be a live experience of going back to history.

Yes I will have to have a guide. I can`t even take mobile phone with me. My behavior will be constrained...However I have a desire to feel the atmosphere there by myself instead of hearing or reading about it. (I don`t even have many chance to hear about it as people seem to take no interest in this country). I`ll see...

Time is limited if I want to make another schedule because the Golden Week is drawing near, and the tickets to elsewhere will soon be booked up. I`m very worried that I might stay in Beijing finally just as what happened during the spring festival.:( So I`d better make a decision earlier.

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Korea sounds interesting, Zhou. Do you get any holidays during the summer months (July/August)?

5. Posted by Resident (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Im planing to go to north korea some time next year. you can go on independante travel, however you have to pay far more then if you go with a organisation. Koryo Tours is a british company that runs tours to the DPRK, they were the tours when the BBC made their documentry. If your there for a special occasion, the dear or grate leaders birthdays youll propably have a more entertaining trip. Heres some links that might help.