• KTG traveller playing games in North Korea (DPRK)

2012 North Korea June Group Tour

by Steffi (& Philip)
(Germany)

At Friendship Exhibition Centre with our Local Guide

At Friendship Exhibition Centre with our Local Guide

At Friendship Exhibition Centre with our Local Guide
Dinner at Yanggakdo Hotel revolving restaurant
Grand Monuments

I had my worries before going to the DPRK. These were mainly:

- uncertainty about how DPRK officials react when we tourists do not act accordingly with their expectations (e.g. sanctions if we forget to bow in front of a monument, take an inappropriate picture)
- political instability, for making a long-term booking for summer vacation
- lack of information how to travel within this country
- lack of recommendations from friends
- the cost, a bit expensive to travel (North Korea plus flight to Beijing)

However I found this trip to be:

- mind-blowing insights into this country
- very safe for travelling
- very convenient for travelling, as everything is organised and 1 western tour guide, 2 Korean guides plus 1 driver are always around
- great atmosphere within the group
- very open communication with the guides

What I liked the most about the tour was:

- to compare socialist to capitalist developments within Korean peninsula
- the landscape
- ambivalence of sights
- flexibility of tour guides to adjust the program (e.g. spontaneously include circus performance)

I'm also glad be among the few Westerns to having visited this country and have a chance to experience one of the few reamaining socialist countries.

I would recommend to travel with KTG due to its:

- professional organiziation (immediate feedback, even on weekends; clear instructions)
- ability to suggest changes to the program

I would definitely go there again!!!

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