Cyril A. (France).
Un petit mail pour vous remercier pour l'organisation du séjour en Corée du Nord. Le voyage était juste incroyable et insolite. Encore merci et continuez ce que vous faites. A bientôt
Vincent & Cécile (France).
Tout d'abord, j'aimerais vous remercier pour ce petit séjour en Corée du Nord qui a été très bien organisé et vraiment très agréable. Merci beaucoup. Et nous avons bien!! récupérer nos sacs à dos à l'aéroport de Pyongyang à notre plus grande joie. De plus, la dernière matinée a été sympa car ils nous ont fait visiter un hopital finalement. Ca été très intéressant pour nous! Nous sommes revenus en France depuis 3 jours après un petit séjour à beijing qui s'est très bien passé. Merci beaucoup encore!
Denis A. (France) Trans-Siberian trip
Voilà, nous sommes de retour. Notre voyage s'est très bien passé. Nous avons bien apprécié l'hébergement (hôtels de très bon niveau) ainsi que l'organisation en générale (billets etc).
Nous ne pouvons maintenant que recommander votre agence à toutes personnes intéressées par un voyage dans cette partie du monde(forums, amis etc). Grand merci encore pour nous avoir aidé à réaliser ce vieux rêve. Tous les quatre, nous avons eu l'impression de préparer ce périple, non pas avec une agence de voyage, mais plutôt avec une amie toujours disponible et prête à faire le maximum pour que tout se passe le mieux possible et dans les meilleures conditions. Nous n'hésiterons pas à refaire appel à vos services pour nos prochains voyages en Corée ou en Chine.
En ce qui nous concerne, mon épouse et moi, avions déjà séjourné en URSS en juin 1986 (Moscou et ses environs et Lenningrad à l'époque).Beaucoup de choses ont changé depuis, nous le savions avant de partir, mais nous avons été agréablement surpris à propos:
- de la nourriture : la quantité, la diversité et la plus part du temps la bonne qualité des produits et également les prix très abordables pour nous français.Nous pensions en fait avoir plus de difficuté à nous approvisionner que ce soit dans les magasins, sur les quais de gares ou sur les trains où on peut se restaurer pour quelques euros ( 5 à 10 Euros).
- l'accueil : il s'est bien amélioré dans les restaurants et hôtels par contre dans les gares ça n'a pas beaucoup évolué en 25 ans.
- l'hébergement : nos hôtels à Moscou, Vladivostok et Pékin sont d'un très bon niveau ainsi que leurs petits-déjeuners.
l'appartement à Irkoutsk est bien situé mais moins confortable
le mini-hôtel BAIKAL sur l'île d'Olkhon est un lieu de séjour des plus agréables, bien situé, d'un très bon confort
et les repas sont copieux et savoureux.
- le transport : les trains sont confortables, les provodnitsa plus aimables sur le Russia que sur les autres trains.
l'avion : bonnes prestations aux aéroports et sur le vol
les véhicules : les transferts se sont éffectués avec des mini-bus confortables (luxueux même!) sauf entre
Irkoutsk et l' île d'Olkhon où nous avons voyagé, au retour, dans un véhicule surchargé à une vitesse bien trop élevée.
Comme dans beaucoup d'autres pays (du tiers monde surtout) les déplacements sur routes restent les moments les plus risqués du voyage.
- les villes visitées : nous avons trouvé beaucoup de changements à Moscou : plus de voitures, plus de magasins, de
bars/restaurants, les gens beaucoup mieux habillés.
A Vladivostok, le temps était très humide et couvert mais nous avons éffectué de longues promenades à travers
toute la ville malgré les travaux et également visité le sous-marin, visite très intéressante.
A Irkoutsk, au contraire il faisait un temps splendide et chaud.
Nous avons aimé ses marchés, ses places, ses parcs, ses belles églises et le quartier avec les vieilles maisons
en bois.Une ville bien agréable, peut-être moins en hiver !
les villages, tout le long des 9288 km, nous ont parus très semblables.
- la vie en général : Les conditions de vie se sont bien améliorées en 25 ans. Les russes ont maintenant accés, dans tous les domaines, à tous les produits du monde occidental.Mais il faut bien reconnaître que s'il y a beaucoup plus de gens riches, voire très riches, il y a certainement maintenant beaucoup de gens plus pauvres.
Elizabeth C. (Australia).
Just got back from our Film Festival tour and wanted to say thank you for organising a great tour.
Our tour leaders - Miss Park and Mr Lee - were exceptionally helpful and understanding, doing their best to accommodate our needs - they maintained their calm manner throughout and were thoroughly professional.
Notwithstanding the very difficult times the country is experiencing we were able to see the beauty of the countryside, the warmth of the people and the resilient culture. For most of us, Arirang was the highlight - seeing pictures doesn't do it justice as once you are there, the excitement of the crowd and the music makes for a once in a lifetime experience. For me personally, the other highlight was the Pyongyang Film Festival. Although there were no North Korean films in the competition, it gave me the opportunity to see what kind of films were selected and sit in an audience of North Koreans and see their response to the films that were shown.
One of the main reasons for going on the tour for many members of the group was to see for ourselves North Korean society - though realizing the limitations of people coming from outside the culture and such a short and limited stay - nevertheless all the members felt it was an amazing experience to see a society organised so different to our own.
All the best and I will be letting others know about your excellent tour.
Régine M. (Switzerland).
Ce petit mot pour vous remercier de l'excellente organisation de notre séjour nord-coréen et de la bonne gestion de notre histoire de visa.Nous avons passé d'excellents moments en Corée du Nord. Le groupe était très sympa et mes enfants se sont aussi très bien amusés.
Je voulais vous remercier, en notre nom à tous, pour votre organisation de notre voyage en RDPK qui vient de s'achever.
Tout s'est admirablement passé et c'était parfaitement organisé.
Nous avons bien récupéré les visas à Pekin, ainsi que nos billets d'avion; les guides étaient charmants et le pays très beau et intéressant.
Nous avons fait un voyage parfait grâce a vous.
Merci encore et félicitations pour tout.
Marion F. (Germany).
Thank you for a fantastic trip, excellent preparation, unforgettable impressions in the DPRK ! This was amazing.
Everything worked out fine !
All the best
Cesare Scartozzi (Italy).
I'm back in China, i arrived in Beijing this morning by train.
The trip to North Korea was very well organized and i didn't have any trouble; i really enjoyed it, thanks also by the guides, and i'll surely recommend this trip to my relatives and friends.
So thanks for everything!
Lars-Erik S. (Norway).
About one week ago, we came back home to Norway. By that time we had been travelling for 28 days, and I think I can safely say that I've never experienced so many interesting things during a period of 4 weeks before. Russia was amazing, so was China. But of course, North Korea was undoubtly the most interesting country of them all. It will be difficult to explain it properly. Pyongyang was a dazzling city,full of impressive monuments and buildings! Also, it had some strange features, like the massive roads without cars leading in and out of the city, and the dark appearance at night, with builders constantly working, accompanied by opera-like revolutionary Korean songs on loudspeakers. We also got to see beautiful nature, and in addition we had a pleasant stay at a spa hotel. And of course many, many other interesting things. The visit to the Kim Il Sung mausoleum made a huge impression on all of us. Being in the same room as the eternal president was incredible, and it is something which I of course will never forget. But I think that the most interesting place we visited, was the DMZ. I can't think of any other place in the world where you can get closer to reality. You could really feel the tension in the air. We were even allowed to cross the border to South Korea inside one of the buildings built across the border. That was also a strange experience. But nevertheless a strong one.
There's really too much to say about the trip. I'm very, very satisfied with how the itinerary turned out; I think we got the very most out of the week we spent in one of the world's strangest countries. We enjoyed it so much! Really, a journey to remember. I must tell you how impressed I am with how smooth everything has gone. Thinking about it now, after half a year of planning, it has been quite a lot
of things to handle. And nothing would be possible without your aid, for which I am deeply thankful for. I think you have been simply FANTASTIC! Quick and informative answers to any question, and obviously a great knowledge of what you're doing. I
rarely have the pleasure to experience such great service from a company and it's employees, and for that I thank you again, and I hope you will carry on with your great efforts in the future!
We had a wonderful time in North Korea, and who knows, we might return some day...but until then, we still have all the memories. And some hundred pictures and videos to look at!
Lukasz L. (France).
Je viens de revenir d'Asie, et je souhaitais vous dire que nous avons passé un excellent séjour en Corée du Nord. Nos guides étaient vraiment sympathiques, et nous avons beaucoup rigolés tous ensembles... La nourriture était vraiment excellente à chaque fois et nous avons eu l'occasion de goûter la "Dog meat soup" lors de notre passage à Kaesong. C'était un séjour extrêmement interessant...
J'espère avoir un jour l'occasion d'y retourner... car mon grand regret est de ne pas avoir pu assister aux mass games... néanmoins nous avons eu la possibilité d'aller au cirque.
Je tiens encore à vous remercier car l'organisation était parfaite...
Anne T. and Alice D. (USA).
The trip you planned for us was outstanding, and everything went smoothly. Your careful planning and all of the arrangements could
not have been better. Being in the DPRK was an amazing experience. Thank you so much.
The two guides, Mr. Lee and Mr. Kim, were knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. The driver Mr. Lee was also very nice and was an
excellent, careful driver, especially noteworthy considering the Korean style of driving he had to deal with on the roads. We also
enjoyed the Korean food and the restaurants that were selected. We really appreciated the opportunity to observe the lifestyle,
participate in their customs, see the enormity of the monuments, and learn the North Korean perspective of their history as well as current desire for reunification. Needless to say, Arirang was MAGNIFICENT (we went twice).
I should also mention that we liked the way so much was packed into each day. No time was wasted. With only four days, we did and saw as much as was possible.
Thanks again for a great experience.
Paul H. (UK).
I am writing to thank you for your assistance with our excellent trip to DPRK & China. We had an absolutely great time, everything went smoothly (transport, connexions and accommodation), and our guides couldn't have been more helpful and charming).
We were very sorry to leave DPRK, which I thought was an excellent place, and only wish that we could have stayed for longer and done some more exploration, particularly of the NE of the country and the coast.
Beijing was largely unrecognizable from when we were last there in 2001, much more traffic-choked and clearly fully embracing unrestrained capitalism. I hope that Pyongyang doesn't end up the same way, though I think it inevitable that it will sooner-or-later.
I did email our DPRK guides to thank them, and to send a couple of pictures. If you are in contact with them please let me know if they were able to receive the message, if not then I'll re-send via you, if that's OK.
I shall continue to extol the virtues of DPRK, and point any interested people in your direction.
Once again many thanks for such an excellent trip.
Luke C. (Australia).
Great tour and great organisation and support from Korea Konsult, I was very happy with the choice, and Julia helped us all save a few bucks. The only thing that got annoying was how we always seemed to be running late even though we were on time!!!!! Hmmmmm I wonder why :-)
Peter S. (Denmark).
I am back from a very well organized trip to North Korea. It was a very
interesting visit and I really saw a lot. The food was excellent, the hotel
was fine and I was happy with the guides and the driver. China Air was on
time (this was my biggest worry). It was cold and I had not brought enough
cloth. Alltogether a successful trip. Thank you for having organized it so
Ola O. (Sweden).
Thanks a lot for organizing this trip. My week in northern Korea under your tour was the most amazing week in my life. I have long had an interest in the country and to finally go there was beyond expectations. The organizing was smooth, communication excellent and the tour itself amazing!
The Koreans showed to be the kindest and most sincere people I have ever encountered.It saddens me to realize that I can’t have the opportunity to pay back by being a just as good host for these people in my country.
Isolation is never good, and what you are doing to bring people to Korea is of utmost importance, both for Koreans and for us from outside.
I hope I can come back in a near future, and will then of course go with Korea Konsult once again!
Our trip was surely a memorable one, maybe my best trip ever: not because of the beauty of what we saw, but for the chance to have a first-hand impression of such a closed country.
Moreover, the people I was traveling with were also excellent colleagues and I can now consider some of them my friends. The Korean guides were also very friendly and nice to us: I personally got the chance to have several conversations with one of them and that made my experience even richer.
Chan R. (USA).
i just wanted to let you know that i will do everything possible to help bring as many tourists into that country, it was one of my
favorites (top 3 for sure). i have 85 different people on my email address and most of them are world travelers (and my friends). my guides were fantastic and very patient. they helped out always and made this trip special (i didn't want to leave). i would love to work
there as an english teacher but i don't think they allow americans to do that.i miss them already.
thanks again and keep in touch. if there is anything i can do to help these very hard working people you tell me what it is and i'm there to help out.
i will definately go back within the next year.
mass games was the best ever.
Patrik T. (Switzerland).
i just wanted to say one more time "thank you very much for your excellent work"!
i had a wonderful stay in korea. it is probably the strangest country i've ever seen but this makes it so unique. the two guides were very friendly and helpful at all time. Everything was perfect!
thx and have a good time.
Koen C. (Belgium).
Erik D. and I have returned recently from our trip to the DPRK. We would like to express out gratitude for the well organized and interesting tour we joined, the good food and the good accommodation.
It was a trip we will never forget.
With kind regards,
Melanie M. (Germany).
I thought I would just write to you and thank you for organising our trip to DPRK. We had a great time, it is a fascinating country and the
people are great, and we would both really like to go back there sometime:-)
There were a couple of planned things that we could not do, but nevertheless I think we saw and experienced a great deal during our short stay!!
The holiday to DPRK was really very good and absolutely fascinating. The guides and driver were also very nice and their English is really
impressive. It was my idea to go there, so I was not sure what Petrik would think of it, but he wanted to stay an extra week!
Ricardo C. (Portugal).
Hey there DPRKers!
Finaly I got back home after 4 months on the road. I must say, DPRK, was, so far, the most interesting and unsettling travel experience that I have ever had.
Thank You Korea Konsult to garantee such an experience. More pictures of my trip in http://pelocaminhomaislongo.blogspot.com/ (can translate to english with google translator)
Tessa M. (Australia).
Just a quick note to thank you so very much for arranging our tour in North Korea. We had a really wonderful time. It all went excellently, and we particularly loved visiting Wonsan, Sijung and Mini-Kumgang. We are specially grateful to our guides, Ms. Kim Sul-Gyung and Mr. Kim Myung-Su who were charming and extremely helpful, and also to the lovely driver Mr. Pak. My sister has decided that she wants to visit North Korea again sometime soon! Currently we are in China, and will be returning home soon.
Thanks again and best wishes from
Michael Fedder H. (Denmark).
I went on a trip with Korea Konsult in June 2008, and I fully enjoyed the trip and the country. It is so different from anything else! It's an experience all should have... it's a bit of an eye-opener! Would love to go back for the Mass Games...
Caren S. (Netherlands).
Finally managed to find a little time to let you know about our trip to North Korea. We came back a little over a week ago, but are still
processing the whole thing. So many things we've seen and experienced!
First of all, thanks again for all your work. Everything was expertly arranged, and we cannot thank you enough for that. If anyone ever asks us for recommendations on travel agents for North Korea, we're more than happy to point them to you ;-)
As we were told, indeed our days were packed to the hilt with sights and activities, so we did not mind getting back to our hotel room at night! Think all of the desinations on our program, except, to our regret, the visit to Kim Il-Sung university. According to our guide, this was because staff was busy with the prospective students' entrance exams, and we just had to take his word for it ;-) Instead we went to the Pyongyang Folk Museum, which was interesting enough. We particularly enjoyed our trips to
Wonsan/Lake Sijung (that beach!), and Kaesong and the DMZ. As to the latter: it was surreal to stand across from tourists on the Southern side at only a couple of feet distance. None of us said anything, guess both sides were stunned at the sight!
Our guides even sang us a goodbye song in the car on the way to the hotel after our last dinner together ;-)) Furthermore, we were able to benefit from Mr Rim's extensive knowledge base, which made for very informative excursions, and we also had some very interesting discussions on very diverse topics.
So all in all, a very interesting (and exhausting!) trip, which has definitely wetted our appetite for more. Who knows, in the future....?
By the way, we had that beautiful sunny weather throughout our whole trip!
Thanks again, and kind regards
Roberto S. (Italy).
I just want to thank you for the all the attention you gave me for the preparation of the trip in North Korea.The group was great and personally I enjoyed the trip so much!!! The funniest moment was when the van broke down and we remained on the road back to Pyongyang for hours: a real North Korean experience!!!
I liked the trip so much (compared to China) that I regretted the decision to leave before the Mass Games, but since I'll stick with Asia in my next trips... I could take a detour and decide to come back, with the Mass Games included of course!
Thanks for everything!
Joe B. (Poland).
I want to start off by thanking you guys for all the work you guys put into getting me over to North Korea! I am so grateful to have had the chance to travel to such an exotic and beautiful land :)
I have never had or seen a company work so hard for a client like you guys! You guys really tried your best to get me to a location where I really wanted to go.
I hope to return someday in the near future to the D.P.R. of Korea. And I will certainly use your services to get me there. Once again, thanks much! :)