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Plus, visa-free access to China’s Hainan Island for 59 countries from May 1 and Bangkok taxi drivers get a crash course in English Locals and tourists in front of bronze statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il at the Grand Monument on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has been dominating the headlines of late, as its leader, Kim Jong-un, prepares for the April 27 summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in by suspending nuclear and missile tests and courting cautious optimism from adversaries and experts alike. Technically still at war with the South, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has existed in almost complete isolation since its inception in 1948, and remains an enigma as well as a risky tourist destination – last September, the United States announced a ban on its citizens travelling to the country following the death of American student Otto Warmbier , who died days after being released from detention in North Korea. On April 22, 32 Chinese tourists died in a coach accident while travelling on the Reunification Highway, which connects the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, with the southern city of Kaesong. Hard-partying North Korean tour groups in spotlight after Otto Warmbier death Nevertheless, an estimated 5,000 Western tourists, and considerably more Chinese, continue to make the trip each year. China’s tourism authority does not publish figures for nationals visiting North Korea, although a report compiled by a South Korean think tank, the Korea Maritime Institute, found that more than 230,000 Chinese tourists made the trip in 2012, and more recent information suggests that numbers have risen dramatically. According to the state-owned China News Service, the number of Chinese visitors travelling from the border town of Dandong into the DPRK rose to 580,000 in the second half of 2016. Independent travel is out of the question. Instead, visitors must join an authorised tour, carefully designed to showcase the DPRK in its best light. Although, according to British-owned, Beijing-based Koryo Tours, which is responsible for taking 2,000 people to the hermit kingdom annually, these visits can be tweaked to suit the interests of the traveller, whether those lie in architecture, education or even fishing. Why Chinese tourists are flocking to North Korea North Korea itself aims to cement its spot on the tourist trail, hoping to attract 2 million visitors by 2020. However, debate rages over the ethics involved with such an expedition, and whether travellers stepping foot in the DPRK are, in fact, giving their tacit support to a dictatorial regime. Tour providers assert otherwise, insisting that tourism to North Korea does not prop up the government, but instead goes some way towards undoing its message that all Westerners are murderous, rapacious imperialists. Arguments against visiting the DPRK state that there is no avoiding the fact that some of the money generated from tourism ultimately goes towards funding the regime and its endeavours, which, of course, include its nuclear programme.
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Travel Tips And Finding A Great Hotel
When planning for travel, there will be many decisions to make. That preparation can be fun, too. This article has some helpful traveling tips on how to stay less-stressed and better enjoy your trip.
When traveling by air it is important you have a plan. It can take a lot of time to reach an airport that is located in a major city, because of location and traffic. You should have all of your luggage packed up and ready to go on the evening before you leave for your trip. Be prepared long before you have to be at the airport. You want to do everything possible to avoid arriving late for your flight.
Be vigilant when dealing with local police or other officials, in case they're not who they claim to be, but instead are imposters. Do not let anyone have your passport unless you are sure they are legitimate. If they want to take you in, make sure you walk with them. Never ride in a vehicle with a stranger, no matter how nice they are.
Bring a doorstop to your hotel room. These nifty devices can help hold doors closed just as much as they can help keep them open.
Anytime you are going to be driving to a different city before going on a cruise, check to see if there is a hotel that has fee parking, and get there the night before. Ask hotel staff about any parking deals if there aren't any published.
Always keep your most important belongings on hand when travelling. If you have a purse with you, keep it close to your body at all times. Don't carry a bag with a zip that someone could easily open in a crowded area. These are all points to be considered when selecting the bag you wish to take on your travels.
Be sure a loved one has access to the itinerary of your trip. This will let them know your whereabouts at all times. Also, make sure to keep in constant contact with that person to ensure safety. If they know where you are and hear from you on a regular basis, there will be no need for concern.
Keep everything in one place. Don't waste your time searching your home for plug adapters, a travel pillow, or your toiletries. Instead, keep a bag packed with these essentials and you can be ready to go that much quicker. A container is great for storing many different objects.
Try taking a mild sleeping aid during your red-eye flight. Many people find it difficult to sleep on an airplane, between the unfamiliar surroundings, uncomfortable seats, and passenger and aircraft noise. To get through your flight as painless as possible, take a sleeping pill to help ensure you can fall asleep. Nonetheless, don't take pills before takeoff. This could be bad for you in case the plane needs to return to the airport due to a problem.
Planning your travels ahead of time can actually be enjoyable and make things easier on you. Take what you learned to get more enjoyment out of your future travels. ทัวร์เกาหลี สกีรีสอร์ท ทัวร์ อิน เลิ ฟ เกาหลี