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North Korea as a tourist destination

  • sayadian

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    With a new sucession announced it doesn't look like North Korea will be suddenly openning its doors to backpackers.
    Has anybody had a hankering for exploring this 'Socialist paradise'?

    #1 Posted: 30/12/2011 - 06:26

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  • MADMAC

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    Oh yeah it's right up on the top of my list.

    #2 Posted: 1/2/2012 - 06:00

  • eastwest

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    I'm sure that was sarcastic but given the war history I'd expect you to be interested, Mac.

    #3 Posted: 1/2/2012 - 06:51

  • caseyprich

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    Considering that I've avoided flag-waving, cap-wearing group tours in all my travels I don't know why anyone would be interested in going on a government sanctioned and minder led tour of a country.

    #4 Posted: 1/2/2012 - 09:31

  • MADMAC

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    Oh Casey, I am sure the North Koreans are dying to open the flood gates to the tide of backpackers that want to come streaming into the countryside with no oversight... OK, maybe not.

    #5 Posted: 1/2/2012 - 09:52

  • travelinasia

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    I'm curious as well. Been waiting since stone age to get there and explore!

    #6 Posted: 2/9/2012 - 03:30

  • tyler

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    No doubt! I'll fit it in between Fukushima and Palestine.

    #7 Posted: 2/9/2012 - 22:20

  • daawgon

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    I think North Korea's best bet would be to reconnect with South Korea - it would certainly boost their economy, but that government won't give up easily. Maybe we're seeing another Cuba or Myanmar in N. Korea - it will be a while before they open a Club Med Pyongyang! I just can't figure who flies on Air Koryo's flights to Bangkok (do Thai's vacation in N. Korea???)

    #8 Posted: 3/9/2012 - 12:40

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    I went to North Korea in April 2012... it's like time travel.

    It's an expensive tour (as you're constantly baby-sat, etc.), but worth it if you're interested in DPRK.

    #9 Posted: 4/9/2012 - 20:18

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