North Korea Independent Tour

6 Sep 2017 – In view of the recent developments at North Korea and in line with MFA’s travel advisory, we will be suspending all tours to North Korea until further notice.

Better known as a rogue state with heavy state control on her people, it is no surprise that North Korea only see a few thousand tourists a year.  Those who did so see a rather different picture from that portrayed in the mass media. Why do the people appear so happy or is there something else going on?  Visit mysterious North Korea today and decide for yourself.

Our independent tour begins in the beautiful city of Pyongyang where you get to see the important sites and get a feel of the country.  We will also take you to the iconic Panmunjom, site of the separation of Korea, as well as all the other significant sites in Kaesong city.

During the trip, you will be accompanied by two English-speaking Korean guides (other languages available). You will also have your own driver and vehicle.

6D5N NORTH KOREA CLASSIC INDEPENDENT TOUR

Day 01

SINGAPORE – BEIJING

Meet your coordinator in Beijing for your tickets and visas, and go through DPRK “procedure”, and orientation. Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.

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Overnight: Train

Day 02

PYONGYANG

Arrive at Dandong at 7:00am for Chinese border control then depart for Sinuiju at 10:00am for the extensive border control from the DPRK side.

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Trains arrive in Pyongyang at 6:30pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.  You will catch your first sight of the beautiful city and its people.

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Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang

Day 03

PYONGYANG

Morning:

Walk through Mansudae fountain park and see the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and the leader Kim Jong Il.

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Visit Mansudae Grand Monument to show our respects to the President Kim Il Sung and the Leader Kim Jong Il. (Optional extra- you can present flowers if you wish: small bunches are 2 euro, larger ones 4).

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Juche Tower- Monument to the everlasting Juche Ideology (optional 5 euro to go to the top).

Foreign Language Bookshop – with a large selection of books in English and other European Languages as well as other souvenirs followed by a short walk to Kim Il Sung Square the central square of Pyongyang city and the place where all the action happens.

Afternoon:

Lunch in a local Hot Pot restaurant.

Pyongyang Metro – ride 5 stops on the famous Pyongyang Underground!

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Exiting at the Arch of Triumph – the largest Victory Arch in the world, built to celebrate the triumphant return of Kim Il Sung after the Anti-Japanese war.

Korean War Museum – Let the expert local guide show you around the enormous museum featuring dioramas, locally used weapons, tanks etc, and captured American equipment!

USS Pueblo – The only US Naval Ship still held captive by another nation.

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Dinner at the Famous Lamb BBQ restaurant with performance!

Kaeson Youth Park (Entry is included, rides are extra charge)

Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang

Day 04

PYONGYANG – KAESONG

Morning:

Kumsusan Palace of the Sun – The mausoleum for the Great Leader President Kim Il Sung and the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.

Revolutionary Martyr’s Cemetery – The resting place of the greatest of the anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters each grave features a bronze bust of the hero laid to rest within.

Afternoon:

Lunch at the Gold Cup Restaurant.

Grand People’s study House – Library and academic centre for adult learners, this grand building is built in the Korean style and affords a great view over the central Square.

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Visit Party Foundation Monument.

Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s palace – The largest of the schoolchildren’s palaces (extracurricular centres) in the DPRK, we’ll first observe some lessons then watch the amazing performance.

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Drive to Kaesong City.

Overnight: Kaesong Folklore Hotel

Day 05

KAESONG – DMZ – SAIRWON – PYONGYANG

Morning:

Panmunjon DMZ Village – see the DMZ and the treaty and conferences rooms where the armistice was signed all in the company of a friendly KPA officer guide (You can also take pictures of soldiers here!)

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Koryo Museum – the oldest university in Korea and now a converted museum of local history. Also the site of the best propaganda and stamp/postcard shop in the DPRK!

Afternoon:

Lunch at the Thongil Restaurant in Kaesong City- try your hand at traditional Korean Pansangi- a series of dishes served in bronze bowls. (Optional extras- Dog soup 5 euro, Ginseng Stuffed Whole Chicken 30 euro – can be split between several).

Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folk custom park and view the city from the mountain top pagoda, you can also try locally brewed Makkoli in a local bar.

Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.

Dinner at the Pyongyang Duck BBQ Restaurant.

Rungna Island funfair – enjoy the latest of the DPRK’s amusement parks! (Entry included rides between 1.5 to 3 euro depending on how awesome they are).

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Taedonggan Diplomat’s club. There’s local and imported drinks, karaoke, billiards, ping pong and a great chance to meet some local Pyongyang expats.

Overnight: Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang

Day 06

PYONGYANG – BEIJING

Morning:

Flight depart at 8:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time).

Please note that while the North Korean guides will try to adhere to the itinerary and accommodate to the guests’ preference to the best of their ability, it is still possible for last minute alternations to happen due to changing ground conditions. We seek customers’ understanding in the matter.

Package includes:

  • All local land transfers including airport transfers
  • All accommodations
  • English/Mandarin/French/Japanese speaking guides
  • All Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in North Korea
  • North Korean VISA (we will help you arrange)

Package excludes:

  • Return international air ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals on trains and in Beijing
  • Tips for guides
  • All expenses of a personal nature

FAQ 

Need more information on North Korea? Read through our North Korea frequently asked questions (FAQ) and get them answered!

OPTIONAL PROGRAM

Visitors interested in visiting Dandong, the bordering Chinese city which you would pass by on your train journey, a one night add-on is possible.

We also have fixed date North Korea tours running throughout the year. These tours would be accompanied with an additional non North-Korean tour guide.

TESTIMONIALS

The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.

– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)

First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂

– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)

We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍

– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)

Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.

– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)

Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.

– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)

Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!

– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)

Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂

– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)

I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.

– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)

I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*

– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)

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