Explore North Korea Tour
Explore North Korea Tour
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City ToursMulti-day ToursCultural ToursSightseeing Tours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Organize Group & Independent Tour to North Korea. Applying Traveling Visa to North Korea Group tour runs every Wed & Sat train from Dandong - Pyongyang and flight from Shenyang - Pyongyang.
Dandong, Liaoning, China

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Paullllll
Brisbane27 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I returned home yesterday from my trip to the DPRK with Explore North Korea. I booked the trip with Sabrina at very short notice (8 days). I’m a 68 yr. old Pom/Aussie living in Vietnam. I wanted to join the 3-night, 4-day tour ex-Shanghai. Sabrina arranged for me to join a party of 39 Chinese tourists (a wonderful group). I was the only westerner. We left on the night flight last Thursday and arrived at the hotel (basic but fine) about 5am. The airport at Pyongyang is modern and the DPRK customs and immigration officials were polite and efficient. After lunch we embarked upon the tour - a very full schedule. It was a wonderful and interesting experience – much to see and do. Also, our DPRK tour guides were very helpful and good fun (thank you Hong, Bea and Sin!!). Listen to the guides and stick to the rules and you shouldn't have any problems.
Written July 30, 2019
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Andy_SG66
1 contribution
May 2018 • Solo
Went on an independent tour of North Korea. Proficient in English, Sabrina was sincere, friendly and easy to deal with, usually providing fast and detailed replies, making the whole process relatively painless. ExploreNorthKorea is associated with a tour company inside the DPRK with professional and meticulous guides.

I had two days in Dandong (China) before entering the DPRK, wanted to visit the Hushan Great Wall alone but was worried about the transportation. Sabrina offered to help flag down a cab, offered to call for a cab to pick me up if I got stranded at Hushan, offered other suggestions on how I should pass my time in Dandong.

I would recommend ExploreNorthKorea to those interested in visiting the DPRK.

Trusted + friendly + worth it.
Written May 19, 2018
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Callum M
6 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
I booked 3 days with explore north korea, paid a little extra to fly in from shenyang, i recommend this as it is fun to both fly in and catch the sleeper train out, you see more things that way. I also paid extra for a single room however looking back i really didnt need this, i was the only western person in my group, everyone else was chinese but i made friends immediately as everyone was very kind, even with my absolute lack of chinese language, everyone tried their english skills with me.

My north korean guide was lovely, only reallu spoke to the english one (not so much the main chinesr speaking one), as the only western person, i had a more personal experience with the trip, having the guide sit next to me on the coach to translate, allowing me to ask direct and immediate questions and engage in dialogue that i could not have done if there were lots of people, leading to a great trip where i really got to know a lot about my guide.

Explore north korea tour themselves were great, they were the cheapest group i could find and were very helpful, responding to messages quickly, within a day everytime. Their office was easy to find in shenyang, just showed the address to a taxi driver and i was there, on a main road. The girl who served me in shenyang was very nice and also put me on the phonr with sabrina (who was in dandong) to arrange posting a few things to her from shenyang which i didnt want to take into nk, sabrina and the shenyang representative went the extra mile by sending my post for me and then sabrina meeting me at the station in dandong after my trip, in the freezing cold. (Which i am thankful for).

As a long-green haired gay guy who stands out in diverse britain, let alone homogeneous nk, i was slightly apprehensive about visiting nk however these fears were not needed, as long as you show respect towards nk and their leaders, youll be fine, they (the government and the soldiers etc that yu meet) just see your unusual ways as what the foreigners do. My guide encouraged me to apply makeup etc, so dont worry if you stand out or not, this trip should be fine as long as you dont show disrespct.

I absolutely loved this trip, its probably the best thing ive ever done, i paid 840 usd for the trip and it wss definitely worth it.
Written April 16, 2018
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Eliza Kelly
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Extremely poor organisation lead to some scary experiences.

I’d like to preface this with the fact that in the end I had a fantastic tour in North Korea, however it was no thanks to Explore North Korea Tours and all thanks to the kind strangers that I met along the way. I’d also just like to mention that the tours themselves in North Korea are all run by a single tour company ‘Air Koryo Travel Company’ and that the role that Explore North Kore Tours plays is organising the visa and the liasing with the DPRK to prepare them for your arrival/ensuring that you are looked after by them. There were obviously some serious communication breakdowns in my case.

Like everyone else, I communicated with Sabrina before I left for North Korea and had no problems with WU. The real trouble began when I arrived in the DPRK. I had been told that I would be in a group of 33 with an English guide and that I would be staying in the Sosan Hotel in Pyongyang and I had payed a significant amount extra to book a single room. I had done my research and as a single female travelling on my own (I’m 21) I had done my best to prepare for everything I could think of.

When I landed in the DPRK the first thing that was different was that I was somehow now on a tour of six people (not complaining, just unexpected and no idea what happened to the other 27) but the real problem was that there was definitely no English guide. This became a HUGE problem as I couldn’t understand a thing that was happening, and no one could communicate with me and I couldn’t communicate back. I had no idea where we were, what was going on, or if I had any serious problems I had no means of communication.

This created a lot of confusion for me when we arrived at a completely strange hotel that was not the ‘Sosan’ that I had be told about and had done my research into, but was in fact the Ryanggang Hotel (which was not particularly nice, but tolerable (at this point I didn’t have a choice)) not to mention my impression was tainted by the fact that I had zero idea of what was happening around me (we’d just arrived at a strange building and I was motioned at to exit the bus). On top of this I had no way to communicate my confusion or the fact that there had been a mix up so I was forced to just go with it. I was then handed a room key to a room share with another person and I had to awkwardly protest and try to communicate the fact that I booked a private room. At this point I wasn’t trying to be precious, in many other cases I’d build a bridge and get over it, but at this point I needed a little bit of private space to digest what the hell had just happened and I’d also pre-payed about $120USD for that privacy.

And that was Explore North Korea Tours role in this done. I spent the next few days smiling, nodding, staring out bus windows and watching Pyongyang with no ability to understand where we were going or what was happening and just having to go with it. I managed ok in the end, but this was pretty damn scary.

The rest of my tour was managed by my North Korean guides who were amazing and could see that I was in a really tricky situation. On the second-last day of the tour they called in another guide who was a friend of theirs, who spoke fluent English and I was able to eventually have a conversation with someone and learn about everything that I’d been missing from the previous days. So it worked out ok in the end, but this could have been A LOT better.

I don’t like leaving bad reviews but I thought it was important because before I went on my trip, I read through all the TripAdvisor reviews on this site and if I’d seen something like this I could have potentially avoided this whole mess in the first place by booking with another company.
Written August 3, 2019
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Huot I
Brampton22 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
I was worried about north Korea trip but Sabrina was extremely helpful. Whenever I ran into issues they helped me along the way and gave me options for any issue I had. The trip was excellent and I highly recommend this company. North Korea is an interesting place to say the least.
Written December 21, 2017
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Antal M
6 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
The tour followed the exact schedule and we visited all the interesting places in DPRK. Sabrina was very nice, replying and investigating for all my requests to plan the trip according to my personal interest.
Even though I joined the chinese group, I had my own guide, who was very flexible, even granted me an unscheduled visit to see the streets of Pyongyang and visit a school and even a catholic church. The Hotel has an amazing location, staying on the 43rd floor and having european breakfast. Visiting the Circus (extra 200RMB) took me back to my childhood. Also taking lunch in the DMZ was a great surprise. Compared to the troubles caused by the international embargo, I really felt treated like a special guest, the food was just beyond my expectations. I wish the people of DPRK all the best!
Written December 2, 2017
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Jan P
1 contribution
Jun 2017 • Friends
Even thought we opted for the shortest period in NK, which was also the cheapest, compared to the other agencies. We always got the best service. We also had a couple of non-standart issues and everything was solved promptly to our satisfaction.

I can only recommend to travel with this agency!
Written October 9, 2017
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MarkC8888
Rouse Hill, Australia271 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Great service in the face of all the closures and a prompt refund. Hopefully when this virus has passed, I can deal with them again
Written March 21, 2020
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Hubertus K
Appelscha, The Netherlands3 contributions
Sep 2018
I had a great tour to North Korea with Explore North Korea Tour!
I highly recommend this tour operator the give excellent service
I had the luck to see the mass games when I was in North Korea it was amazing!!!
Written September 16, 2018
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Rixardxin
Bangkok, Thailand4 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
The trip with Explore North Korea Tours was absolutely great. I have planned to visit NK for longer time, and have done a proper research. After a couple of days I have chosen NK tours and I have absolutely no regrets.

Sabrina is a great person - she has answered all my questions via email or WeChat usually within a few hours. They also organised the visa with no problem - all they needed was the information via email. Then I could choose to get the visa into my passport or not to get any stamp at all. Sabrina has also calmed my worries about visiting the country we usually have a picture built based on TV news. You are perfectly safe in that place as far as you will NOT show disrespect to their leaders. Of course many times you will be wondering about the things around you, you would also like to question things, but for a moment be an observer and think. You may of course ask questions, just be sensitive - asking is completely ok and if guides can answer, they will.

My trip was amazingly organized - I was the only foreigner with the group of chinese tourists. Although my North Korean guide was a bit lazy in translating everything for me, but there were a few of them so I asked around if I was interested. He was pushy asking me if they can take a picture of me in front of the statue of a leader - I said I do not mind. But then he wanted to sell me a printed picture 🙄 like that was my ultimate wish to own meaningless picture for a ridiculous price anyway. So I just decline and said I have never ordered any picture.

But luckily there was also a very nice chinese tourist who spoke decent English and he also helped out in translating. Other guides were also very nice. I would definitely like to see more of this country hoping that in a few decades they could reunite with South.

I also have to point out, that I had an excellent time with Sabrina once my tour was over - we have spent more than 2 hours talking not only about my fresh experience of visiting such a strange place as NK might seem to be, but also about her Life, my Life, Life in general - i felt like meeting someone I already knew, exchanging our perspectives and experiences from Life on this Planet :) as I lived in China for several years, it was also very helpful to experience the journey into a chinese Soul realizing deeply inside we - Chinese, Europeans, North Koreans etc - are exactly the same humans - with the feelings and hearts longing after Love. ❤️

I wholeheartly recommend to use services of this travel agency - and I would not hesitate to ask Sabrina to guide me to NK again. 🦋
Written June 15, 2018
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