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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 Vietnam
Should you go to Vietnam's Ha Long Bay - is it a must visit beauty spot, or an over-run tourist trap? See what other travellers have to say about Ha Long Bay, their recommendations and tips for making the most of the experience with this WorldNomads guide - a compilation of most popular answers to questions from the Ask A Nomad site.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 Thailand
Thailand is one of the most tolerant countries in Southeast Asia and has a thriving GLBT scene. The Buddhist belief in karma and reincarnation does make the society as a whole more tolerant of differences and very gay friendly.
Get the inside scoop on how to travel Koh Samui like a local, while staying out of trouble...
This is what you should look out for in order to stay safe during your Phuket visit: Scams, The Tourist Police, Scams, Taxi Mafia, Airport Shenanigans & more...
This is what you should look out for in order to stay safe during your Chiang Mai Visit: Scams, The Burning Season, Songkran Festival Tips, Areas to avoid & More…
This is what you should look out for in order to stay safe during your Patong Visit: Scams, Drink Spiking, the Jet Ski Scam, Credit Card Scams & More…
The Phi Phi islands, an archipelago of 6 islands in Krabi Province in southern Thailand, have a deserved reputation for beauty and the islands have a laid-back relaxed atmosphere without the hustle and bustle of Bangkok or the larger tourist towns.
Make the most of your visit and stay safe with this WorldNomads guide to Koh Phi Phi including how to get there and, where to stay, are the islands safe?, areas to avoid and scams to watch out for.
Thailand travel warnings and alerts. Come back to this living page for the latest alerts on: natural disasters, crime, civil unrest and political instability.
Sat, 1 Nov 2014 Thailand
If you’re genuinely innocent and need their assistance you’ll find Thai police polite, professional and efficient. Still, they’re serious guys with a tough job. So don't mess with them.
Tips for dealing with police in Thailand.
Tourists will pay more than locals for everything in Thailand. You can call this a rip-off and let it bother you, or you can call it an unofficial tourist tax and cop it with grace. But it crosses over from opportunism to corruption because of the lies and deceit used to perpetrate the deed. No-one likes being taken for a ride. Check out our guide to the most common rip-offs in Thailand.
If you love pasta, go to Italy. Cycling? Explore the beautiful vineyards in France. If you love to party...Thailand is the place to be! From fire flamed rope jumping, never ending buckets of drinks and all night dancing - Thailand is one party nomads from all over the world go back for.
But it isn't all fun and games. What should you watch out for while rocking your socks off with Thailand's nightlife?
Sat, 25 Jan 2014 Thailand
You don’t care about the politics, you just want to know if there’s any danger another coup or protest is going to ruin your Thailand holiday. But you need to know this is a country that’s had 18 coups since 1932 - and another one in May 2014.
Thu, 10 May 2012 Taiwan
Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is home to a little over 23-million people almost indistinguishable from the 1.3 Billion just 200 kilometers across the sea, but here they play baseball, have modern high-speed trains, and democratic elections.
Tue, 8 May 2012 Tanzania
Africa is a continent where poverty is very common and many people turn to selling to keep food on the table. Tourists are usually the recipients of this forceful, often quite annoying form of selling, so don't think you won't be targeted by a keen salesman.
Mon, 7 May 2012 United Kingdom
Heading to England this summer? Off to see The Olympics? Be prepared for being an unwilling participant in the great British tradition - queueing! In recent weeks inbound passengers have found themselves in hours-long queues just to get through immigration....
Fri, 4 May 2012 Tuvalu
Tuvalu is a group of nine low-lying coral atolls with a surface area of just 26 square kilometres dispersed over 1.3 million kilometres in the Central Pacific.
Fri, 4 May 2012 Tajikistan
Let's face it, most people know more about the moon than land-locked Tajikistan. As part of the Soviet Union before it's independence in 1991, virtually no visitors crossed the border, then the 1990s - which might have brought hope and freedom, instead delivered a particularly cruel civil war for the people of Tajikistan, which wrought havoc and set the country back considerably.
Thu, 3 May 2012 Suriname
The Beating Heart of the Amazon, that's how locals refer to Suriname. It sounds so incredibly exotic doesn't it?
We're still working on our own traveller-specific safety tips for Samoa. In the meantime here's some great information from the US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), which is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Wed, 4 Apr 2012 Congo
We're still working on our own traveller-specific safety tips for the Republic of Congo. In the meantime here's some great information from the US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), which is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Wed, 4 Apr 2012 Gabon
We're still working on our own traveller-specific safety tips for Gabon. In the meantime here's some great information from the US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), which is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 Namibia
We're still working on our own traveller-specific safety tips for Namibia. In the meantime here's some great information from the "US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council" (OSAC), which is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 Rwanda
We're still working on our own traveller-specific safety tips for Rwanda. In the meantime here's some great information from the� US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council �(OSAC), which is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security....
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 Swaziland
We're still working on our own traveller-specific safety tips for Swaziland. In the meantime here's some great information from the US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), which is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Sun, 4 Mar 2012 Netherlands
Most people in The Netherlands own a bicycle (or two) because it's a pretty easy way to get around this generally flat country.
Thu, 22 Dec 2011 Guinea-Bissau
One of the world's poorest countries, Guinea Bissau can be a challenging travel destination. Once seen as a shining beacon of development potential, it is now largely propped up by international aid.
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 Tonga
Getting around Tonga will generally be fine. There have been some blips on the country's maritime safety track record, with the sinking of ferry Princess Ashika ceasing all inter-island travel temporarily in August 2009.
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 Tonga
The Pacific island nation of Tonga can be a fascinating place to travel. It generally enjoys a relatively low crime rate and practices strict Christian beliefs.
Thu, 24 Nov 2011 Guatemala
Guatemala is a country built on volcanoes, set upon fault lines and in the path of tropical storms.
Wed, 16 Nov 2011 Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe like a lot of African countries follows a certain set of rules. Love or hate them, these must be followed or you will find yourself in a tough situation.
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Burning ropes of death! Huge buckets of booze! So much fluro it burns the retinas!
Ever been to the notorious Full Moon Party in Thailand? It's been getting a bit of bad press lately, so we decided to send our Travel Safety reporter Jesse Perez to Koh Phangan to see if it was as dangerous as the mainstream media made it out to be.
What’s a Full Moon Party? A few young travellers (usually more than 20,000) will gather on a beach under a full moon and in front of a strip of bars pumping out dance music. Almost everyone gets wasted on weed, Ya Ba, mushrooms, XTC, or bucket drinks and dances till the sun comes up.
What could possibly go wrong?
Most people walk away from the FMP having had a thoroughly good time, but bad stuff happens - quite often.
Be one of the smart ones who's armed with the knowledge needed to stay safe with this "best full moon party review - ever!"
Thailand is a pretty safe place - if you're sensible about it - but the thing that's most likely to get you in trouble is a rented motorbike. People keep falling off them!
They're also the source of the number one myth about Thailand: You don't need a license to ride a motorbike. You do.
Yeah, we know the guy at the rental shop said you don't, but honestly, you do.
But what about bikes under 50cc, and are you covered if you are injured?
All your 'scooters in Thailand' questions are answered here.