Come with us on this epic combo tour as we head to the must-see sights in Cambodia, and enter DPRK to join in the massive celebrations for Liberation day!
We spend 7 days and 6 nights travelling from Siem Reap to the capital city of Phnom Penh taking in the must-see sights like Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields. We also take you through the 18th Century Khmer stronghold of Udong near Kampong Chhnang, where you can hike to the mountaintop pagoda.
Of course, we’ll be heading off the beaten track too and visiting Anlong Veng – the last hideout and retirement home of the Khmer Rouge.
Liberation day in North Korea marks the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea and considered one of the biggest national holidays. During this tour we will be taking part in all the official celebrations, as well as hanging out and dancing and singing with locals in the park, watching the fireworks and participating in the Mass Dance!
Stay longer with us on our must-see Group B option for the Sinuiju extension as we spend a night in the DPRK border town city opposite Dandong in China. We’ll visit a Kindergarten, explore the central square and even walk along the river that divides China and North Korea.
Arrival in Siem Reap by own transport and meet your guide at our centrally located hotel at 2pm
Explore the old French town and visit the night market before meeting again for a group dinner in one of many great restaurants on Pub street – there will be Angkor beers and for anyone daring enough to try fried tarantula it will be on the menu!
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Monday 6th August
Sunrise at Angkor Wat. We rise before 5am for a truly memorable experience and spend the rest of the morning/early afternoon walking around Angkor archaeological park. Bring plenty of sun cream and water for a trip to this UNESCO heritage site
Visit Siem Reap War Museum which houses a vast outdoor collection of soviet helicopters, tanks and small weapons, all of which can be handled so it makes for a pretty good photo op!
The Landmine Museum and Relief Centre houses abandoned children who attend the school next to the museum, it gives an interesting insight to the still present effects of the Vietnam War.
A visit to the Angkor Panorama Museum Built and funded by North Korea. This Museum boasts a 360° mural made by the North Korean painters of Mansudae Art Studio depicting the history of the Angkor era.
Dinner in Siem Reap’s very own North Korea run and staffed restaurant
Drinks on Pub Street.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Tuesday 7th August
After breakfast we head to the Angkor National museum to learn about the art, culture and architecture of the Khmer Kingdom
Head off on the 2 hour drive to Anlong Veng – the last hideout and retirement home of the Khmer Rouge
On arrival we grab a local lunch of noodle soup and check into our hotel
Visit Pol Pot’s and Tok Mok’s graves and former houses in an area still littered with landmines
Check out the museum where will learn more about the Khmer Rouge and their influence on this area
Dinner and drinks in Along Veng
Overnight in hotel amongst the beautiful mountainous scenery
Wednesday 8th August
After breakfast we take a 3-4 hour drive to Battambang – Cambodia’s second largest city.
Khmer dumplings lunch and check in to hotel
Ride the famous bamboo train! This is literally a train built of bamboo sitting on wheels; it’s still used by the locals to transport rice on abandoned train tracks. We’ll ride a couple of stops and then visit a brick factory at the end of the line
Visit Phnom Sampeu cave, this was one of the killing caves of the Khmer Rouge. We climb to the top and watch as hundreds of thousands of bats exit the cave every evening at dusk
Go to the Battambang circus for some world class performances! All performers are students from an NGO arts school that helps people out of poverty
Head for dinner and out to see what the Battambang nightlife is like!
Overnight in Battambang
Thursday 9th August
Quick breakfast and then a 3 hour drive to Kampong Chhnang
On arrival we check into hotel and go for lunch
Visit the bustling market and floating village – Kampong Chhnang is one of the main rice production areas of Cambodia and fishing
Head out to the Khmer Rouge forced labour airport and mass grave
In the late afternoon we visit the 18th Century Khmer fortress of Udong, where we can climb to the top for stunning 360 degree views or enjoy a Khmer BBQ and some cold beers at the bottom!
Overnight in Kampong Chhnang
Friday 10th August
After an early breakfast we head out on the 3 hour drive to Phnom Penh – the largest city and capital of Cambodia
Check into hotel and quick lunch
Stop by the Royal Palace, home to Cambodia’s kings since the 1860s. You’ll also be able to see the Silver Pagoda, made with over 5,000 silver tiles.
Visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek – the largest mass grave in the country and a cruel reminder of the atrocities inflicted upon people during the Khmer Rouge period. This is one of the most haunting places in the world and the history is still recent
Tuol Sleng (S21) genocide museum where there is an opportunity to meet one of the last survivors of the prison. Prisoners tortured here were mostly transferred to Choeung Ek
Wander around the Boeung kak region of Phnom Penh. This used to be a bustling region of the central city, however the residents were all evicted to make way for property developments. Now the area is left barren, as the ground is too soft to build anything on. 4000 residents were evicted from this area and protests sometimes still occur.
Make a stop to see the outside of the house of the prime minister, which is located at right next to the independence monument in the very centre of Phnom Penh.
We recover from the long day with dinner and a pub crawl in Phnom Penh to party Cambodia style
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Saturday 11th August
End of tour and airport transfer
Flight to Beijing (not included in price)
Sunday 12th August
Meet your YPT guide at 1:30pm at the Beijing Zhong Gu Hotel near Beijing Railway Station found here. During this meeting, we’ll go through the tour’s itinerary, receive DPRK visas and tickets, as well as a great chance to meet your fellow travellers and to discuss any other questions you may have about the DPRK.
Train takers depart Beijing Central station at 5:25pm for the 24 hour sleeper ride to Pyongyang.
Monday 13th August
Train group 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
Flight takers depart Beijing Airport Terminal 2 on Air Koryo at 12:55pm (Meet group at Air Koryo check in counter).
Flight group arrive in Pyongyang at 4:00pm to a warm welcome from your Korean guides.
Train group arrive at 5:30pm to an equally warm welcome.
In the evening your YPT guide will show you around the hotel before taking you for drinks and to get to know your Korean guides
Dinner and overnight at the Yanggakdo Hotel.
Tuesday 14th August
Up Nice and early to drive to Kaesong and the DMZ.
Koryo Museum- Korea’s first university and now a museum of history and culture. Also home of the best stamp and propaganda poster shop in the DPRK, so don’t forget your wallet!
The DMZ- See one of the tensest places on earth complete with a friendly KPA officer who will not only give you a guided tour but also keep you safe. Also the only place you can take photographs of and even with a soldier!
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).
Tomb of King Kongmin- the only original tomb of it’s kind still standing in the DPRK.
Drop by Sariwon City (Capital of North Hwanghae province) to walk in the local folkcustom park and view the city from the mountaintop pagoda.
Visit the local Makkoli bar in Sariwon to try the traditional Korean fermented rice drink (5 rmb a bowl).
Photo opportunity of the Monument to the Three Charters of National Reunification, standing over the Thongil Highway.
Get back to Pyongyang for dinner at the National restaurant with performance!
Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.
Wednesday 15th August – Liberation Day!
Walk through Mansudae Fountain Park and see the mosaic pictures of President Kim Il Sung and the leader Kim Jong Il.
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: 5 euros per bunch).
Pyongyang Metro! Ride from Stop 1 to Stop 2 then on to stop 6! Exiting to:
The Arch of Triumph- The largest Victory Arch on the planet, it celebrates the victory over the Japanese and the return of the general Kim Il Sung to his home city.
Lunch at Moran Hill Chicken restaurant.
We’ll take a stroll through Moranbong Park where locals gather to meet, picnic, drink and dance – don’t be shy to join in on the dancing and a fantastic place for photography
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.
Special celebratory events (optional: approx 20 euros) – Yet to be confirmed but we will take part in any holiday events that are possible for tourists to attend. These may include a parade, a circus performance, and possibly some other surprises.
Spectate and/or join in on the Pyongyang university students performing a mass dance near an iconic DPRK monument – fantastic for rare photo opportunities!
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.
Stop by Mansugyo Beer Bar – a local bar to join the locals for refreshments
Dinner at KITC Restaurant in Mangyongdae District to try Pyongyang’s famous Cold Noodle Dish or the traditional Korean BiBimBap dish.
Go to Kim Il Sung Square to watch the fireworks over the Taedong River and Juche Tower
Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.
Thursday 16th August
Kumsusan Palace of the sun- Where President Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il lie in state.
Foreign Language Bookshop- Shopping central for books, pins, DVD’s, CD’s and periodicals in English and other foreign languages, followed by a brisk walk to:
Visit Kim Il Sung Square and walk around the largest square in Pyongyang City.
Lunch at a Korean Hot Pot Restaurant
Juche Tower – The tallest stone tower in the world, it represents the eternally burning Korean Juche Ideology.
Workers Party Foundation Monument – built in 1995 to signify the 50th anniversary of the Workers Party of Korea.
Visit the Korean Film Studio where we’ll have a chance to dress up in costume and check out the backdrops of fake locations such as Seoul, China, Japan, and even Europe!
Stop by the local department store – here we can buy local made items and use the local DPRK Won currency!
Dinner and farewell drinks at the Duck BBQ restaurant
Visit Kaeson Funfair – entry 2 euros and ride are 3 – 5 euros.
Taedonggang Beer Festival – this is the second year for the famous Pyongyang Beer Festival to be held and we have been invited to join the festival and to try Pyongyang’s finest beers on tap!
Overnight at the Yanggakdo hotel.
Friday 17th August
Flight members depart at 8:30am for Beijing on Air Koryo. (Arriving at 9:55am Beijing time).
Group A train members and Group B depart at 10:10am. Group A train members will arrive in Beijing Railway Station at 9:00am on Saturday the 18th August.
Group B continues on:
Arrive in Sinuiju at 3:00pm.
Your local Korean guides will meet you as you step onto the platform
Explore the large central square of Sinuiju and see the statue of President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il
Head to the local Folklore Park where there may be chances to engage in traditional Korean activities and some more modern activities too (extra charges apply for partaking in the local games, these will vary from game to game) or you can simply walk around and enjoy the scenery and watch the locals
Tour the Pomhayanggi Cosmetics Factory and meet some of the local workers that produce some of DPRKorea’s most famous cosmetics
Head down towards Dongrim (1 hour) – Dongrim is the nearest town outside of Sinuiju, located south amongst the valleys of the east coast of the peninsula.
Dinner and overnight at the Dongrim Hotel – a brand new swanky hotel with a swimming pool. sauna, table tennis, massage, bars, karaoke, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Saturday 18th August
Walk to Dongrim waterfall and explore surrounding valleys
Drive back to Sinuiju city on the way stopping at:
Sinamri Co-operative farm – we’ll look out to where the locals grow rice, cabbage, chilli and cucumbers
Visit the mosaic images of the “Three Tigers of Mt. Paektu” Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Suk.
Visit the North Phyongan Province Revolutionary History Museum – This will go into detail about the history of the local province.
Lunch at Myohyangsan Travel Company Restaurant which also features a great souvenir shop.
Explore Amnok park and walk down to the Amnok River (Yalu River) and see the original Korean/Chinese Friendship Bridge bombed by the Americans during the Korean War. Very few tourist are able to view the bridge from the DPRK side!
Visit the Art Studio which holds over 250 pieces of DPRK fine arts in six large halls – some very cool and eye opening art pieces here!
Bonbu Kindergarten and performance – Famous for training the Children who perform in the skipping scene of the Arirang Mass games as well as its long history of training artistic performers. The performance here is the best of any Kindergarten in the country.
Board the 5:30pm bus and go through Korean customs to finish tour in Dandong, China.
Board the 6:30pm overnight sleeper train to Beijing.
• All transport from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
• Accommodation on single room basis
• Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
• Local and Foreign English speaking guides
• Breakfasts and lunches
• Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra 40 EUR per night).
• Train in and out Beijing-Pyongyang-Beijing. Flights are extra.
• All meals in the DPRK unless specified in the itinerary.
• Korean and western guides
• Air-conditioned bus and driver.
• All entrances (unless otherwise stated).