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5 Reasons Why You Should Take An Ultra Budget Tour

As a budget tour operator, YPT gives you the Ultra Budget Tour – the cheapest option to visit North Korea. Starting and finishing in Dandong, China, we take the train into Pyongyang and spend two nights in the DPRK capital.

Two local Korean guides to accompany us, a YPT guide, accommodation in Pyongyang, three meals a day (except for on the train), transport and our own group driver, and all entrance fees are all covered in the price unless marked on the itinerary. And all for just €475 euro!

With the DPRK visa costing €50, you are looking at a two-night trip with very little else to budget for on your time in the country. So, here’s our countdown of 5 reasons why you should visit the DPRK on an Ultra Budget tour:

5. The Train Journey

The train from Dandong to Pyongyang is a pure delight and in many a Pioneer’s opinion the only way to enter North Korea. Excitement builds as we exit Chinese customs and the train trundles over the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge into Sinuiju station on the Korean side. Once we’re through customs, simply sit back, relax and enjoy the rural views of the country unseen to many. We recommend heading to the dining car for a sit-down Korean meal and wait for the Pyongyang skyline to slowly appear!

 4. It’s quick – in and out!

Sure, spending 5 days or more in North Korea is something we’ll always recommend to give you the visitor a better understanding and experience in the hermit kingdom but if you’re short on time or on a tight budget – this tour is for you. Our Ultra Budget tours start from two nights in the DPRK capital with enough time for a full one day tour of Pyongyang.

What’s more, our Ultra Budget tours are usually timed to coincide with large national holidays and festivals in North Korea, or with holidays taking place in China (best time to avoid China for all expats), so we can help you make the most of your holiday opportunities.

3. The itinerary

Without much time to play with, this tour absolutely packs in everything you would want you to see. You have the chance to explore all the main sights of the capital including the Mansudae Grand Statues, the Korean War Museum, the Juche Tower, ride on the Pyongyang metro, visit a Pyongyang supermarket and much more. We even grab a drink in a Pyongyang microbrewery and sample dinner in a range of local restaurants.

2. Flexibility

If two nights isn’t enough for you then you can customize the tour however you want with our range of tour extensions. Add a day trip to the DMZ and Kaesong, head to Mt Myohyang region, visited unexplored region of Haeju city, or head to the beach in Wonsan. You can even add a day to play a round of golf if that’s your thing. 

1. Affordability

Of course, though, the number one reason for choosing an Ultra-Budget tour is the affordability! If you’re on an even tighter budget but really want to set foot into North Korea, we can arrange a day trip for you to the Sinuiju – the North Korean city adjacent to Dandong.

Check our full range of Ultra Budget tours or contact us to secure your spot on tour to North Korea!

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