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North Korea: Diamond Mountain Cruise (Mt. Kumgang) via Yanji, China
Looking for a true off-the-beaten-track destination in Asia? Try North Korea, the most reclusive country in Asia, which recently re-opened the internationally famous Diamond Mountain tours, locally known as Mount Kumgang, via the Yanji City in China and the North Korean city of Rason as gateway.
Diamond Mountain tours by North Korea welcomes all tourists from all nations who will enter via the Chinese city of Yanji, drive three hours' by road to the North Korean port city of Rason, and then cruise down the east coast by ship to Kumgang near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Koreas (the 38th parallel)
Visa on Entry:
North Korean VISA required to enter (but definitely a Chinese tourist visa as you need to enter China with a VISA)
Cruise Price: no definite cost yet, only suggested around 2000 yuan (US$310) per passenger for an all-inclusive, five-day trip.
Restrictions and Limitations:
Visitors must book with approved travel agents and remain in their tour guides' company throughout. Mobile phones must be left behind in China :(
If you're looking for different kind of trip, this one may be for you :P
Mount Kumgang Tour, Diamond Mountain Cruise, Rason, North Korea,