Wish List: Tour of North Korea, anyone?

Boutique tour operator Footsteps in Asia (FIA) has added North Korea to its 2012/13 tour program covering 50 high-value tours of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam and other Asia hotspots.

 The 10-day North Korea tour provides an insight into a secretive, often reviled country. Until now, it has been rarely visited by tourists. The adventure tour of the isolated state includes pristine scenery, cultural experiences – ancient and new, diverse museums, colourful parks and predictably, weird and colossal monuments. Prices for the North Korea tour begin at $A2,950.

North Korea occupies the northern half of the Korean Peninsula that lies between Korea Bay and the East Sea, also called the Sea of Japan. Population: 24 million, the under-five mortality rate per 1000 is 63. Any tours to the country are 100 per cent controlled by the state. Where you stay, what you eat, where you go, what you see and who you talk to is controlled. The climate ranges from temperate in summer to -30 deg C in winter.

The 2012/13 FIA tour program includes new destinations Burma, Borneo, India, Bhutan, and China greatly adding to the variety of high value travel options on offer for first time and repeat travelers to Asia. Vietnam remains a key focus for FIA with 23 tours options on offer including luxury river cruising on the Mekong, trekking among the hill tribes in Sapa, Halong Bay boating, and adventure travel style walking, and cycling tours.  Retail prices for FIA’s popular week-long North Vietnam Escape are $A566 while costs for the Gourmet Spicy Vietnam tour begin at $A1,500.

The program also features a popular 12-day Thailand 3 Islands Full Moon Party Tour from $660, city tours of Phnom Penh, and Treasure of Indochina from $A1,670.  Accommodation is available at comfort and premium levels.  Private and customized tours are also on offer.

Footsteps in Asia has offices in Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.  www.footstepsinasia.com

For an earlier Taste for Travel story on North Korea read here

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