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My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth

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5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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Did I ever think I would be writing a review about North Korea? Nope. Did I ever think I would be reading a book about traveling to North Korea? Nope. But here I am writing a review about what else North Korea.

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. Simmons is one of the books where comedy, truth, and horror are all mixed into one. This is one of those books where you don’t know whether to cry, laugh, or be stunned that Wendy E. Simmons went to the one country that is probably the worst place on Earth. Will I be booking my ticket to NoKo anytime soon? But I will applaud Wendy E. Simmons for giving avid travelers like myself insight to the most closed off country in the world.

I think the cover alone speaks volumes. First impression, I don’t know whether to laugh or feel saddened for this couple who just got married. Their facial expression practically captures this sentiments of this book: comedy and horror. As far as the book alone, I enjoyed it. It was funny, witty, and fascinating. Did I expect NoKo officials trying to pitch what a great and amazing country that they live in? Of course, but the beauty of this book is that with Wendy’s brilliant sense of humor and sarcasm, we know it’s all lies and a facade. Do I feel sorry for the people of NoKo? Yes and Wendy Simmons exposes that truth. All I can say, if you have a weird fascination of North Korea and need a little laughter and raw utter truth as to what it is like vacationing there then I urge you to go read this book. But what I can tell you is that North Korea is crazy and ridiculous and reading this travel memoir from Wendy only confirms what I think of this country.

Reviewed By:
Wendy E. Simmons
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Page Count:
312 pages
Publish Date:
July 2016

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Publication Date







July 2016

Page Count

312 pages





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Book Author

Wendy E. Simmons


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This book really make it seem like your there, without all the hassle or bad food. Spent year in S Korea and this book really lets you know the difference. Thanks Wendy

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great read! What I find so fascinating is what lengths these people go to hide the real NoKo! Wendy has cleverly captured this fact with humor and horror at how controlling the NoKo gov’t is over it’s people!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    A fantastical account that’s as much a psychological adventure as it is a tour of a terrible and terribly fascinating place