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Young Pioneer Tours

#32 of 638 Tours in Beijing
Beijing, China
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About Young Pioneer Tours
Young Pioneer Tours is an adventure travel company formed in 2008 and based in mainland China. Specialising in travel to North Korea, we are an adventure tour operator that provides "budget tours to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from". We are renowned and rated as one of the best tour operators to the DPRK (North Korea) with our unparalleled experience, fun way of doing things, and most importantly, excellent relations in country; this makes us the best choice for your Korea tour. Aside from the DPRK, we travel to a number of other destinations such as Iran, Cuba, China, Antarctica, Iraq, and other former Soviet countries. All our tours are founded on the YPT ethos of fun, thrill seeking and adventure at a great price. All ages welcomed!
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Ramon Sanders (라몬 산던스) wrote a review Jul 2020
Assen, The Netherlands6 contributions10 helpful votes
I went with YPT in 2014 and because it was a successful trip, I went again with them a year later in 2015 to North Korea (DPRK). Prior to 2014, I only visited countries in Europe, because it’s so easy to go to these destination from my home country (The Netherlands). Asia always seemed far. I had interest in Korea, particularly North Korea. So, naturally, I browsed the internet and looked for a way to get into this country where even in 2020, people still believe you cannot go to. Compared to other tour companies, YPT had way more appealing prices than other companies. It saved a couple of hundred euros and according to the itinerary, you would have more days in the country and do more stuff, compared to other companies hosting a similar tour. So I emailed with YPT, and I had a lot of embarrassing questions at that time... Yet, the staff took their time to correspond with me, prior to even confirming a tour or sending over a single euro. It just felt alright and secure to continue corresponding and slowly getting that amount of money I needed for a tour. I was only 20 at that time it was going to be my very first trip out of Europe and all alone. Fast forward to summer 2014; I arrived in Beijing and met the YPT staff at the hotel in Beijing (which was the meeting place back then). My guides were Rowan Beard (main guide, long tour program) and Chris Kelly (who did the short tour program). Both of them just seemed to get along with everyone as they made time for every individual to have a talk with and answer questions while giving out the blue visa cards. In the DPRK itself; if one was not sure if they could ask a certain question or if one was uncomfortable with bowing to the statues, or disliked the food for example, they could talk with the YPT staff first and it would be sorted out without any problems. YPT seems to respect anyone’s beliefs and wishes and will try to do their best to sort everything out so that no one is offended and that everyone has a good time. During the late evenings after the day trip, the YPT staff also made time to have fun with their customers in the hotel, by also going to the bowling lane or the singing room (where most of the time is spent at night) in the hotel, rather than always going to bed early. The YPT staff and traveller relation does not feel like a company that’s there to be just after your money. On the contrary, it seems the YPT staff does care about its customers/travellers. They engaged a lot with everyone and made it a good and memorable time for everyone. It is an amazing tour company to go with, and it also seems to be an amazing company to work for. Since the 2014 trip was a good one and I still wanted to see much more of North Korea, I went again in. This time the highlight of the tour were the not so often visited Hamgyŏngbuk-to (North Hamgyong Province) and Rasŏn T'ŭkpyŏlsi (Rason Special Economic Zone). Prior to this highlight, I joined in for a few days Pyongyang and the people actually seemed to recognize my face, which surprised me by a lot to be honest. I think I will be back in 2022 for another DPRK trip. Right now, I will have to graduate first and focus on the task at hand. It is thanks to YPT that I gained first hand knowledge and experience in North Korea. I finally did go back to university in 2017 and started to major in Koreastudies from 2018. During my courses, I read a lot of standard stuff (sometimes demonizing things) about North Korea. A lot conflicts with what I have experienced. I consider my YPT trips an advantage in my career path. So I am grateful I was part of it. So, after I graduate, I hope to come back to the DPRK again and put my knowledge and Korean language skills to use. I do browse around the internet and read experiences of people who went to the DPRK every now and then. I also look to see what other tour companies are offering. They don’t offer much else than what YPT offers you too, but YPT has a much more appealing price for it as well as more days in the country. I would certainly recommend to go with YPT if you look for a good and affordable tour to North Korea. YPT also seems to have good connection with the local travel company there, KITC. So the better North Korean guides on your YPT tour are certainly guaranteed too.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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barneysim wrote a review Apr 2020
Toronto, Canada60 contributions70 helpful votes
A wonderful tour company that will take you to off the beaten path destinations. I traveled with them to North Korea and Afghanistan. Highly recommended. Fantastic guides and itineraries.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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jacquesrules wrote a review Apr 2020
jacquesrules8 contributions2 helpful votes
From start to finish, I have only nice things to say about Young Pioneers Tours. I had many questions related to the tour and their staff were available by email to help me out. Payment and visa application processes were swift. As I arrived at the Dandong railway station, I met my fellow travellers and our two guides, Zoey and Rowan. They were professional and very knowledgeable. I could tell they had solid relationship with the authorities in North Korea so we probably had a more in depth experience as a result. I remember Zoey and Rowan joking with the north Korean guides like old friends.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Keith M wrote a review Apr 2020
Lancaster, Pennsylvania4 contributions5 helpful votes
I joined the Ultra Budget Chernobyl and Transnistria New Year Tour, it was unbelievable. The value of the tour cannot be understated. I wasn't sure if I was cut out for a group tour (generally speaking I probably am not) but the people who travel YPT are not your traditional tourists and I had a great time. Tour guides Lee and Joel were really great, they were happy to help or organize things but left us with plenty of freedom to do our own thing. I'm looking forward to my next YPT tour.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Jerome Finch wrote a review Apr 2020
North Finchley, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
I visited North Korea with YPT. Rowan is a cool guy and made the whole tour fun and relaxed. The Korean guides were really nice as well. The actual tour was very informative and amazing to witness, as someone coming from Western society. I'd definitely recommend and I'll probably go again.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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