North Korea Off The Beaten Path

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North Korea Off The Beaten Path

  • Don't stray from guides!

    Well North Korea itself is classed as an "off the beaten track" destination. It's not really the first place you would choose for your holiday/vacation! I've read reports that less than 2,000 western tourists a year are allowed in to visit the country so if you're lucky enough to get on a tour and, more importantly, allowed in, then think of...

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  • There isn't off the beaten path in...

    You'll know at least 30 days in advance what you'll see. And that's it. We tried to negotiate with guides to show us something outside our schedule, first answer is always maybe, maybe, but next day, after they consult their superiors...answer is: not scheduled, or not open, or we don't have time. Anyway, it's funny to listen their "white lies",...

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  • Enjoy the beach

    I've never heard anyone swam at the North Korean sea shore. Fortunately, my family has been there and spent several hours without anyone around us. The water is not as clean as that at Thailand, but the spacious beach was REALLY ours. Great experience.

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  • NK in winter

    For better photographic results, the best seasons to visit NK are winter ore enventually autumn. Avoid spring and summer, as it often rains and as there is much vegetation, you will get crappy green-and-grey shots, mostly without any sun...

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  • If there is a path off the...

    If there is a path off the beaten one - you won't be permitted to tread along it anyway - so forget it. You can't help feeling there's a lot more that you're not allowed to see, which can be very frustrating. But think of it this way, if smeone invited you into their house and showed you around, would you demand to see the rooms they hadn't shown...

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North Korea Hotels

  • Koryo Hotel

    Pyongyang, North Korea

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hyangsan Hotel

    I do not write about things that I have not experienced first hand and as I did not actually stay...

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  • Ryonggang Hot Spring House

    We had been up since around 6am so when we arrived at our hotel, the Ryonggang Hot Spring House, at...

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  • Yanggakdo Hotel

    The are only a small number of hotels in Pyongyang at which tourists are permitted to stay. One of...

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  • Youth Hotel

    Chilgol-dong, Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang, North Korea

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Ryanggang Hotel

    Chongchun Street, Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang, North Korea

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

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