Defectors from North Korea Oppose Border Tourism

Critics say Pyongyang only wants to indoctrinate visitors and take their hard cash, but travel firms argue that enabling North Koreans to interact with foreign tourists opens their eyes to the world beyond their borders.

Defectors from North Korea Oppose Border Tourism

PYONGYANG – Curious to witness a nation that is consistently in the news for all the wrong reasons, record numbers of tourists are booking visits to North Korea – although defectors who have fled a regime that has imprisoned their families and friends say they wish travelers would choose a different destination. The vast majority […]

Eight North Korean Defectors Detained after Crossing Mekong River into Chiang Khong District of Chiang Rai

“They were just like regular aliens who we continually catch from Laos,” Col. Leuwat Yeuntham of Chiang Khong district police said Friday

Eight North Korean Defectors Detained after Crossing Mekong River into Chiang Khong District of Chiang Rai

  CHIANG RAI – Police in Chiang Khong district of Chiang Rai have detained eight suspected (DPRK) North Korean defectors were intercepted at the Chiang Rai border, 7 women and one child Thursday while patrolling the banks of the Mekong River. Col. Leuwat Yeuntham of Chiang Khong district police said Friday that Immigration may charge […]