As a Brit, I see millions and millions of people go to resorts in Spain for their holidays every year. The pull of the cheap package holiday in Benidorm, the Majorca or the Canary Islands, is for many people simply irresistible. Me? I went once, never again. Here I am running trips to North Korea, they probably think I’m crazy. Truth is though they just don’t know how to think outside of the box. Here at Visit North Korea we look to create rewarding experiences that help change the world for the better, not cheap, original and uninspiring trips to concrete tourist havens. As a result, we’re going to make the case now as to why the DPRK, yes the DPRK, is a better place to visit than the notorious package holidays which almost 1/3 of the British population glories in! Happy reading!
1. A Real Cultural experience- Not Brit Plastic
We do culture, we don’t do Brit plastic. Spain has a lot of culture, we’re not dismissing that, but Benidorm, Majorca et all are “Brit plastic” because they aren’t real destinations. They are artificial concrete jungles dominated by British people and ran on behalf of British people. Nobody speaks Spanish, nobody does Spanish things. The DPRK as an unglobalized, unspoilt country, isolated from the world, has an authentic culture stretching back millennia which tourists haven’t trampled all over (yet). It’s also free of the tedious Americanisation found in its southern neighbour. Here, we have an opportunity to understand Korean culture and society in a traditional, wholesome context- so much to learn and experience!
2. The Beer is top notch
So many people like to go to Benidorm purely for a drinking holiday. Whilst we can’t recommend those specifics for a trip to North Korea due to obvious circumstances, don’t think you can’t get a shot at the local drinks here. The DPRK’s best kept secret is its signature Taedonggang beer, inexpensive and great for having with your group at the hotel at night! You can keep your Spanish wine, it’s time to drink NK style!
3. How can you go wrong with the food?
The Brit plastic resorts are notorious with overwhelming amounts of comfort and junk food. Let’s go to Spain for a “culturally enriching” trip and have… burgers and a full English. Really? Forget it. It’s time to try something different. North Korea offers a delicious variety of traditional Korean dishes, perfectly made to the taste. Burgers and Kebabs are out, Bibimbap’s and Kim Chi are in! Experience the delicacy of cold noodles and embrace the thrills of Korean spices.. and even try specialty dog soup at Kaesong. In every taste lies a new adventure!
4. After a beach? Try Wonsan!
Of course your Brit plastic lovers want a beach too. What Brit doesn’t love a beach? From Blackpool to Benidorm, the lure of golden sands has captured popular imagination for decades. Think North Korea doesn’t have that? Think again. It’s not all about bombs and totalitarianism, North Korea has an unspoilt, untouched and natural beach of immense beauty at Wonsan on the country’s east coast, all ready for you to visit at your own convenience!
5. A trip where you can actually learn something!
Trips abroad shouldn’t always be about cheap sun tans, purely getting drunk and only socializing with people from your own country, you should try and learn something too. What better place is there to do this than North Korea? It’s a country which most of the world doesn’t understand at all. They think they can judge it, but really they know zip all about the country’s history, society, culture, language and so on! Are you open minded? How about you try learn something new? One trip to the DPRK can teach you more than a lifetime of sitting on that beach in Benidorm!