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Travelogue of my 7-day trip to North Korea

Hello Thorntree,

For anyone out there wanting to get a sense of what it is like to visit North Korea, check out the travelogue I just posted about my trip late last year. It has lots of pictures and information in it that might be useful to you!

My summer vacation in North Korea

Thanks for reading,
Ryan

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ships

Are there any "ferries" going between North Korea and the Philippines? Maybe via Taiwan?
Long shot I know :)

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YPT Grand National Day + Mt Paektu report.

Just back from Grand National Day and Mt Paektu tour with YPT. For the budget/youth traveler they def appear the way to go.

Good chat on Korea and all round bloke talk with both Rowan and Gareth, the Aussie and English tour guides. Boy can Gareth sink the piss! Always slotting in a beer at every opportunity throughout the days activities haha.

The 3 female Korean guides we were dealt were apparently quite lenient, although I found myself frequently being hurried along or somewhat told off…

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Beer from North Korea

Hi!
I know this is not really 100% travel related question, but can anyone tell me where is it possible to get a bottle of North Korean beer to add to my collection of countries. Do they sell it anywhere outside the country (maybe China or South Korea)? Maybe someone travelling there can help me with this. If there's another collector with some I+d be gladly to exchange it with anything I can get my hands on (I'm from Slovenia).

Any help will be higly appreciated.

p.s. my current collection…

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North Korea (DPRK) Currency

I realize this is about as esoteric a question as you are likely to see about North Korea here, but I would appreciate it if anyone has an answer.

I have a 5,000 won DPRK note, predominately brown in color, with a likeness of what may be the International Friendship Exhibition (I'm not certain that's what it is) on one side, and Mangyondae on the other. The dates are 2013 and Juche 102. There is a magnolia watermark.

But Wikipedia says of this newer 5,000 won note that the dates are 2014 and…

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how can i get a visa for north korea?

Hi guys, im planing to travel to north kora for 1 day or a few days. I dont know how i can get a visa? I will be in south korea before and im wondering if i can get a visa in seoul? Or maybe in bangkok? Or can i get it at the border? I wanna cross by land.can i go for 1 day in the country without a guide? Can sb please give me current information? Thanks so much in advance

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Is there a big difference between the experience in China and North Korea

I am a moderately active traveller and I have been around China (where I spend the vast majority of my time in East Asia), Japan, and South Korea when Gimpo was still the main airport but I've never been to North Korea and have been contemplating spending 800 euros+a flight to Beijing to book a tour to the DPRK.

Is there a vast difference in feel between China and North Korea? I was wondering how North Korea would feel for someone who has spent a lot of time in China? They both have similar…

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Post Cards / Stamps from North Korea

Hello,

I'm finally off to North Korea!

When I've posted about this trip in the past, I received some requests for post cards and/or stamps from the country.

For those who are seriously interested, please let me know by tomorrow and we'll see what we can work out. Not looking to profit; just the cost itself will be fine.

There's no more PM with Thorn Tree and I'm not sure about the rules about posting email addresses. If hey are permitted, post an email address to this thread and we'll…

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Some days need to visit Jeju Island

Some days need to visit the island Jeju?

My plan was two, but I wonder if need more days?

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Mt Paektu with YPT

Hey guys just trying to make up my mind on whether to include Mt Paektu in the Young Pioneer Tours Grand National Day tour of the DPRK. Anyone been before?

The standard NK Pyongyang/DMZ 5day is 895€, while the extra 2-3 day Mt Paektu trip added on brings it to €1350 or so. A fair difference in price! I'm mainly interested in it from an amazingly scenic viewpoint, rather than the cultural side of Kim Jong-Il birthplace etc. I guess what I'd like to know is if anyone can shed light on how often…