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Q: I think it's time to visit North Korea

I am planning on visiting North Korea maybe in October or Jan/Feb around Spring festival. I would just like some advice from those who have already been such as :

 

1. Which travel group/website do you go with?

 

2. Are cellphones are allowed to be used to take pictures instead of a buying a brand new camera?

 

3. What was the total cost of your trip?

 

4. How much spending money did you take?

 

And anything thing else I am missing would be very much welcome

 

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4 years 24 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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Yeah, I went a few years ago. It's not as fun as you would think it would be. It's alright... it's just cool to say you were there. I went with a group called rockyraodtravel. There are lots of tour guides but a lot don't speak English. These guys are more catered to English foreigners. And they leave from Beijing. You can bring your phone and laptop and all that shit. Just make sure there is nothing they don't approve of on there....like porn or sensitive materials like articles and political propaganda. When I went I could not buy a sim card. You can make calls your hotel if you want. So really you just need your phone for pictures. I would not go online while you are there, its all monitored. The trip cost around 8k RMB. maybe a bit more I cant remember. You should bring RMB though just straight cash. You can change it easily at the hotel. Lots of cool shit to buy.

 

And for the love of God, listen to your tour guide, and don't even think about breaking any rules. And when you go see the Kim family stuff like statues, act very respectful. Its no joke, if the tour guide says to do or not to do something, listen to them.

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Yeah, I went a few years ago. It's not as fun as you would think it would be. It's alright... it's just cool to say you were there. I went with a group called rockyraodtravel. There are lots of tour guides but a lot don't speak English. These guys are more catered to English foreigners. And they leave from Beijing. You can bring your phone and laptop and all that shit. Just make sure there is nothing they don't approve of on there....like porn or sensitive materials like articles and political propaganda. When I went I could not buy a sim card. You can make calls your hotel if you want. So really you just need your phone for pictures. I would not go online while you are there, its all monitored. The trip cost around 8k RMB. maybe a bit more I cant remember. You should bring RMB though just straight cash. You can change it easily at the hotel. Lots of cool shit to buy.

 

And for the love of God, listen to your tour guide, and don't even think about breaking any rules. And when you go see the Kim family stuff like statues, act very respectful. Its no joke, if the tour guide says to do or not to do something, listen to them.

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I would never go to North Korea, and I believe as an American now, the Trump Administration has made it illegal for Americans to go there because of Otto Warmbier. 
 

I would however like to go to Dandong, which is on the border with North Korea and/or go to that volcano which is on the China/North Korea border. Dandong would interest me more simply because you are with a stone throw of North Korea. It's right there and from the look of it, the river separating the countries is very swimmable and not that wide. There is a half bridge there from the Chinese side and you are even closer. There are also boats that take people up and down to look at the North Koreans like animals in a zoo.

 

But go to North Korea? I would be afraid that I would be kidnapped and inprisoned for saying or doing something wrong, and that I am an American. North Korea is the worst country on Earth when it comes to basic human rights and liberty, it makes China free in comparison, even now. Chinese have plenty of food, sort of have the internet, people can mostly freely travel inside their nation and abroad. The government of China doesn't demand you worship them either.

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