Saturday, May 12, 2007

Ten Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations

For those who thought the five most dangerous roads in the world were walks in the park, I recommend the list of the ten most dangerous tourist destinations (Hat tip: Coming Anarchy). The ranking ranges from Ultra Extreme (I hope you had last rites) to Moderate (A typical Catholicgauze Tuesday).

Included on the list are the obvious including Afghanistan and Iraq to places where tourists do visit frequently like Mexico and Thailand.

Catholicgauze has two other places to add to dangerous tourist destinations.
  • Palestine (Gaza Strip and Palestinian controlled West Bank) is an especially risky place. One has to carefully align themselves with Hamas, Fatah, or Islamic Jihad. Even then you have to worry about run ins with the local branch of al Qaeda. Choosing the wrong side can get you kidnapped faster than a BBC journalist.
  • Favelas of Sao Paulo - If the regular thugs do not kill you, the police-gang war will.
For those who are either daring or dumb enough to consider this form of extreme tourism be sure to check out Erstwhile Dangerous Places from the Independent Traveler for tips on how to survive.

4 comments:

torgo jr. said...

how can Stabby's House for the Criminally Insane and Museum of Sharp Pointy Objects NOT be on this list?

clearly somebody didn't do their homework.

Catholicgauze said...

Stabby's House for the Criminally Insane and Museum of Sharp Pointy Objects is in West Virginia. As we all know that's a death trap and automatically assumed to be a no travel zone.

Sydney Hotels said...

I think Thailand should not be in the list. Your list are countries that have wars or terrorists and I think Thailand does not belong on this list.

Catholicgauze said...

Sydney Hotels,
Thailand does have an Islamist insurgency in the south, though