Few destinations hold as much traveller kudos as North Korea.Pyongyang, despite reputably being the least visited capital on earth and North Korea's stance as the ultimate 'hermit state' firmly intact, it is however far from difficult to visit and tour.The 'real' city and around is best gauged from the tour bus window or train window (if entering/leaving the country by train) - this is the North Korea you expect, not all of which can be beautified for foreign visitors and signs of distinct poverty are obvious.
In general however the real highlight is just being there and day-to-day experiences.Lowlights: Japan's history is full of earthquakes, fires (and arsons) and wars... If you have decided these are some of the countries you want to visit and need more planning information then you are strongly recommended to complement what you find here with a planning guide. If you are set on going and need a guidebook or reading material please see a list of recommended guides/books here (go on have a look! Plus shopping through the site is a big thank you (if you have been helped out); to see why click here. Some good, though quite expensive nightlife in Taipei. Australia & Melanesia | New Zealand & Polynesia | Central America | Caribbean | South America | North America | Southern Asia | Northern Asia | South East Asia | Indochina | North Africa | East Africa | Southern Africa | West Africa | The CIS | Middle/Near East | France/Swiss/UK | Antarctica | Guides & Other Books It is worth looking, if you have not already, at the example layout to see the guidelines each section of information is based on - or for other travel advice and site home head for What follows are only basic snapshot summaries.The economic super-powers of Northern Asia are changing fast (China in particular). Highlights: Sun Moon lake and the surrounding area, Taroko gorge, Alishan mountain range, the whole of the East coast is a delight with amazing mountain and coastal scenery as well as interesting aboriginal areas. Some good beaches in the Southern part of the island, although not on a par with other parts of Asia such as Thailand or the Philippines. Not much of a scene outside of Taipei for those who like to party. Japan is intriguing, confusing and always fascinating - few destinations in the world will have such a lasting impression on you.
Cutting-edge modern and rural-tradition sit side-by-side. Lowlights: To get the most out of a trip to Taiwan you really need your own transport. Japan with a little cash, care and a rail pass is truly one of the highlights of Asia and world travel and very easy to include on many round-the-world tickets or as aside trip (by ferry) from China or S. Highlights: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Mt Fuji, Himeji castle, the public baths, iconic views of Mount Fuji, the learning experience of a visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki plus lots of great places off the tourist trail.
Although there is a state run company based in Beijing that might take you for half that price if you can manage to deal with their bureaucracy .
For those that think the sort of money you need to spend to get to the North is better spent in the South it is still possible to get inside North Korea (although only a few meters!
There are essentially two ways you can see the DMZ.
The first is travel to one of many observation points along the border and look over.
Almost all travellers start their trip from Beijing where you can travel by train or air (most groups fly in and train out).