IF you want to visit North Korea, one of travel’s last frontiers, an organised tour is the only way you are allowed.
Tour company Koryo organize affordable and accessible trips for the likes of me and you, visiting the capital Pyongyang, the mountains, the DMZ and the famous Mass Games performances if the season is right (Aug-Dec).
As you can guess, this is not your average holiday, so leave the bikini and after sun at home. You will be forbidden to wander unaccompanied by a guide or take unauthorized photography, you will be obliged to bow at statues of the Great Leader and if you are a journalist you can just forget about it.
Quirks aside, the trips are an amazing glimpse into a hidden world, one visited by just 2000 western tourists each year. The beach can wait!
Trips start at around £1000, see KoryoGroup.com