How to travel to North Korea

Do any of posts and pictures make you want to plan your own trip to North Korea?  Its not for everybody, but its a strange and unique travel and cultural experience unlike any other in the world.  Get there now before it changes – it could open further or could suddenly close, who knows.  Setting up a trip to the DPRK is actually quite easy, you will need a double entry Chinese visa and to get yourself to Beijing to make the orientation brief, from there my friends at Koryo Tours will do all the rest – make sure to ask for Hannah!

There is some fine print involved:  Professional journalists and photographers will need to sign an agreement to not publish unauthorized news stories about the DPRK – posting to Flickr, Facebook, and to blogs by normal people is fine as long as they don’t go overboard with criticism.  Americans can easily arrange a tour to North Kora at all times of the year but we are restricted to a stay of just 7days/6nights, and while other nationalities normally fly in and depart by train, we are required to fly both in and out.

North Korean Guide

The lovely Jr. guide Miss Choe would love to show you her country.

7 responses

  1. dianaf2009

    Your blog presents a very interesting insight. I have seen many documentaries about North Korea but I can’t never get enough. Just two question, Do you have the feeling of seclusion when you are in NK? and two What is Neil Strauss doing in NK ?

    November 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

  2. Thank you – obviously I’m trying to focus on the travel and tourism aspects of North Korea, and the observations and insights I have gained from the trip – I have done a lot of research on the country and this blog is not a place for my criticisms of the government and its human rights record – plenty of books are out there on that already – but believe me, I am aware of those issues. I’m just not going to write about that stuff because I don’t want to get my tour company in trouble and I would like to be welcomed back.

    “Do you have the feeling of seclusion when you are in NK?” – yes and no – our hotel had BBC news, but I never watched it. I was there during the Mass Games season, the busiest time for tourism, so I didn’t really feel that secluded, but other times of the year tourism is very quiet. I’m told that there are only 40 or so full time foreigners working and living in North Korea – excluding Chinese, I think that really hits home how secluded this country really is outside the buzz of activity that was our tourism experience. And of course as a tourist what you see is pretty well controlled but every once and a while things go off script – like when we visited the Mausoleum of Kim II-sung and crossed paths with a large group of extremely malnourished, dead eyed and patchy haired, child soldiers who were in from the provinces for a reward visit.

    Neil Strauss is a friend of my good buddy, he herd we were going and he joined our trip. He came strictly as a tourist and signed an agreement not to professionally write about the experience – stay tuned, I will have more pics of Neil and the gang.

    November 19, 2011 at 8:01 am

  3. Americans are “restricted to a stay of just 7days/6nights” – this might have changed, Koryo Tours thinks they can get us a 10 day trip this spring.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

  4. Ed Rowe

    I`m thinking about traveling on a tour to North Korea. I don`t have a lot of free time but am thinking about a three day trip. Do you think that`s enough time for a first trip?

    February 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  5. Ed Rowe

    email mistake

    February 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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