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Am I mad? Just booked trip to North Korea..

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Fancied something different this year so just booked an escorted tour of North Korea.

Start with two nights in Beijing then overnight train from Beijing to Dangdong sleeper class ( 6 in a room) and then into North Korea.

Four nights in Pyongyang, escorted tours each day ( staying at the same hotel where the American student was arrested for stealing a poster from the wall and got 15 years hard labour) then overnight train back to Beijing, and a couple more nights in Beijing before flying back to UK.

Return flight from Manchester to Beijing was £430, accommodation in Beijing was £50 a night so £200 for four nights and then the four nights in North Korea with all accommodation, tours and food was £600 and then a few visas to buy.

So around £1230 all in, wife did not want to go ?

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I wouldn't post too many unfavourable comments about North Korea as you never know who is watching. Mind you with the way things are going I am not sure the same doesn't apply to the US.:peace:

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The Dangdong sleeper sounds a bit worrying , don't you fancy Lloret de Mar , I'd still advise an escorted tour mind you.

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The bit that worries me is the North Koreans bought Ushers brewery in Trowbridge and shipped it over to North Korea and started a micro brewery. 

Travelling alone, a bit shy and reserved, Dutch courage, strong beer......trouble.

i have woken up many times on my travels in strange places after a beer....

Laid on a stretcher in an Athens hospital....

Prison cell in Israel.......

I got stuck once in a false ceiling on a North Sea ferry (don't ask)

Naked, head shaved in a bar in Amsterdam....oh well

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Super Wammer

Sounds like an adventurous drunken life you lead.

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I must admit that was all thirty years ago when I was young and stupid.

After thirty years of mundane family holidays and  the biggest excitement is getting your towel on a sun bed by the pool at 7 in the morning I thought something different this year...

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we went on something similar a few years ago.  In reality it was boring, a like a guided tour round a Disney theme park.  You quickly realise that almost everything you see is staged, and all the money you cough up heads into the pockets of the repressive regime..... Its ok if you want to pay £1200+ for the boast of an unusual stamp in your passport..... we thought with hindsight its waste of money.  But YMMV

I'd recommend going to S. Korea..... far more interesting, better food....... better everything..........

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I wouldn't bother getting a return flight. From you past history of foreign travel, it's unlikely you'll be coming back.

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41 minutes ago, gintonic said:

we went on something similar a few years ago.  In reality it was boring, a like a guided tour round a Disney theme park.  You quickly realise that almost everything you see is staged, and all the money you cough up heads into the pockets of the repressive regime..... Its ok if you want to pay £1200+ for the boast of an unusual stamp in your passport..... we thought with hindsight its waste of money.  But YMMV

I'd recommend going to S. Korea..... far more interesting, better food....... better everything..........

I am just considering a trip next December to South Korea although it will depend on what happens with the exchange rate. Mind you also considering Delhi,Agra etc. 

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I went to Cuba 30 years ago, before it became another holiday destination.

I liked the isolation of it not just been another commercial destination.

I liked the edgy feel to the place and how you was an alien and why you would want to come to their country?also how they wanted to know about your country too, not just have a nice day with a corporate smile.

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I also went to Cuba about 30 years ago and I agree with what you felt.  But N. Korea was not like that - it really was as if you've landed in the middle of a theatrical production, it included the have a nice day with a corporate smile - this is control to its worst extent.

I'd suggest Cambodia or Myanmar (we went about 5 years ago) before it is destroyed by tourists like much of Vietnam has (again we went 20 years ago before the hordes messed it up).

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