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Old 06-16-2014, 09:40 PM
 
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Go at your own risk but don't go crying to the US GOVT /taxpayer to foot the bill to get you out in case something goes wrong.

I'm sick of the US taxpayer footing the bill to rescue fools !
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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If you go, would you report back and let me know if you can find any Kim Jong Un souvenir soap-on-a-rope available anywhere? I keep checking with our local Dollar Store and they "deny" ever hearing of such a thing.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:08 PM
 
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Why in the world would anybody want to visit North Korea? It seems like about every other day, I read about them detaining some person or other for no good reason.
For experience...

North Korea is unique.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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There's no reason whatsoever for anyone to want to visit South Korea, whose citizens and government are extremely suspicious of foreigners.

Hong Kong or Tokyo would be just two of tons of better Far East options to explore.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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It would be too much of a vacation-planning hassle for me. I'd have to exhaust all of my other options before I'd check into going over there.
You don't have to plan at all really, you just show up in Beijing book a tour and then you get told what to do.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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There's no reason whatsoever for anyone to want to visit South Korea, whose citizens and government are extremely suspicious of foreigners.

Hong Kong or Tokyo would be just two of tons of better Far East options to explore.
I have been to South Korea several times, and never had any problems with suspicious citizens or government.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Even the Most Hardcore Travelers Should Not Visit North Korea. Here's Why.

Even the Most Hardcore Travelers Should Not Visit North Korea. Here's Why. - PolicyMic
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:13 AM
 
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You don't have to plan at all really, you just show up in Beijing book a tour and then you get told what to do.
Yeah, and I like vacations on my own terms. Guided tours have never went well with me.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:33 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Go at your own risk but don't go crying to the US GOVT /taxpayer to foot the bill to get you out in case something goes wrong.

I'm sick of the US taxpayer footing the bill to rescue fools !
I agree. You're just asking for trouble. There are plenty of safe destinations to go to where you are less likely to have to be rescued from.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I would reconsider visiting North Korea. It's not exactly the safest place to visit in the world.
Actually, it probably is the safest place in the world to visit. What do you think would happen to a traveler in North Korea? The crime rate is the lowest in the world, and if there was a single western traveler arrested and being held in a prison camp there, you would certainly have heard about it on Fox News and News World Daily, which are are apparently your main sources of information about the world.

There is no independent travel to North Korea, you have to book all arrangements in advance with the government travel department, which will escort you 24 hours a day. It is very expensive.

With all the handwringing on this thread about the danger, does anybody have any examples of "what can go wrong"?

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Go at your own risk but don't go crying to the US GOVT /taxpayer to foot the bill to get you out in case something goes wrong.
I'm sick of the US taxpayer footing the bill to rescue fools
Please show us the link to the North Korean incident you are talking about.

In fact, show us an incident in which a US traveler had to be evacuated from any country, and did not have to pay the government back for the cost of being rescued. If the US government has to foot the cost of rescuing any American traveler abroad, the government takes the passport until the traveler reimburses them for the cost of the repatriation. Even if it's from Canada. In most cases, if a US traveler stupidly gets into trouble abroad, the only thing the US government does is refer them to a good local lawyer. Which is why there are hundreds of Americans serving long prison terms overseas for drug crimes. And US taxpayers not lifting a finger to help them.

So yes, if you are traveling with drugs or committing other kinds of crimes, it is a good idea to avoid countries that have police and law enforcement. What would be your guess about the number of foreign nationals who are serving time in American jails and prisons? And, now, what did you say were the countries "too dangerous" to travel in?

Almost two percent of all adult males in the USA are in prison. (Which, by the way, is higher than the number of North Koreans in prison in their own country.) Do you think two percent of all Americans traveling to "dangerous countries" are in prison there, or that you precious taxpayers are paying to get them out?

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