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North Korea as a tourist destination

Posted by sayadian on 30/12/2011 at 06:26

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'?

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Posted by MADMAC on 1/2/2012 at 06:00

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

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Posted by eastwest on 1/2/2012 at 06:51

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

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Posted by caseyprich on 1/2/2012 at 09:31

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 1/2/2012 at 09:52

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.

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Posted by travelinasia on 2/9/2012 at 03:30

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

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Posted by tyler on 2/9/2012 at 22:20

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

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Posted by daawgon on 3/9/2012 at 12:40

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???)

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 4/9/2012 at 20:18 TF writer

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.

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