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YPT Links

The following are official YPT Group (trading as Young Pioneer Tours) companies, affiliates or partners. If a company is not listed here, it is not in any way affiliated with YPT Group LTD, or any of its subsidiaries.

YPT Group Companies

Red Star Publications

Red Star Publications is YPT’s very own communist supermarket stocking a large selection of books and merchandise from not only North Korea, but also many of the other destinations that we visit.

Cuban Pioneers

Cuban Pioneers is YPT’s sister company specializing in group and independent packages to the ever opening Cuba, as well as running YPT’s group trips to the country.

Tiraspol Hostel

Our partner the legendary Tim of Tiraspol who runs tours and accommodation packages in the breakaway republic of Transnistria sandwiched between Moldova, and Ukraine. He offers discounts to all ex Pioneers.

North Korea Web Resources

YPT recommends the following great resources for information relating to the DPRK (North Korea)


Probably the most unbiased and up to date news source about everything to do with current events in the DPRK.

North Korea Tech

A great blog and news source covering technology related news and gossip from the DPRK, with great resources for websites related to North Korea.


Our great friend and partner Aram Pam, who takes out of this world work 360 degree photos of the Korean peninsula, much of it exclusively with YPT.

Partner Links

YPT partners are people, or companies that we personally recommend and trust through personal experience. If you feel you should be on this list, or would like to discuss getting on it, please get in touch.

World Nomads

YPT’s partner, and affiliate that we highly recommend for travel insurance to all of the destinations we visit, and in particular your insurance policy for North Korea.

altSTATES Travel

A new and innovative travel company set up by Brendan Iglehart, who’s travelled with us to North Korea, Cuba, and Transnistria. They provide travel to the best offbeat and obscure places in the United States.

Great Blogs

During our years taking people on adventures we have been lucky enough to meet some great bloggers, here we highlight some of our favorites

Monsoon Diaries

YPT have done 21 countries, and 5 continents with these guys, so to say that we recommend them is an understatement. Aside from the blog they run a number of trips, some in partnership with us, some with others, and some independently, but without doubt our ideological brothers in all things travel.


Fascinating blogger that we took on his trip to the DPRK who is trying to visit all the countries in the world!


Another great travel blogger we took on his first trip to the DPRK, writes some great stuff and has good insights into some weird places.

The Travel Stars

A group of bloggers YPT both know and love very much, some great stories many of which feature our adventures at Young Pioneer Tours.

Where is Valdis

A great blogger, globe trotter and part of Young Pioneer Tours first ever group to North Korea many years ago!

The Bohemian Blog

Another veteran of many YPT trips who runs a great blog with a specialism in visiting ghost towns and dark tourist facilities.

Desolation Travel

Whilst these guys do not blog nearly as much as they used to we still very much consider them our ideological brothers in what they are doing (which we love)

Victor’s Travels

Another great blog all about YPTs specialty; alternative travel to off the beaten track locations. Victor has written about his experiences in destinations such as Mongolia, North Korea, Antarctica, and Venezuela. Definitely one to check out!

The Trans Traveller

A great and informative blog on travelling the globe as a transgender individual.

Travel Tramp

Travel Tramp will inspire you to travel to the great beyond, and also writes about his time with YPT in the DPRK.

The Trip Goes On

Find lots of information here on how to make planning your next trip much easier and hassle-free. Also includes information on North Korea.

LTL Mandarin School

Whether it’s useful phrases, getting by during your travels in China, or student’s stories about learning the language, these guys cover it all in great depth.
Plus, if you’re hanging round in China for a while, you can enhance your travel experience by visiting one of their numerous language courses!

A Second Life

If you want to keep your job and nice life in the city then we recommend you don’t read this blog. This blogger gave his all up and set off on his travels. If you want tips for travels and to see some absolutely amazing photos though you most definitely should!

Link Exchange

YPT offers link exchanges with companies and organisations that it feels matches our Pioneer spirit. If you, or your organisation would like to do a link exchange with us, get in touch.