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PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA - are they safe for female caucasian traveller
15 years ago, June 7th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #37638  
I'm planning a trip to some dive sites on the East coast of Sri Lanka next month. I'll have to travel by train or car from Colombo to the East coast. Does anyone know if there's any likelyhood of targetting tourists on route?

I'm also planning to do some voluntary work in Karachi later in the year for 1 month. Is there a likelikood of targetting westerners in the city or on route from India by train?

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14 years ago, July 1st 2009 No: 2 Msg: #78039  

Even though there were problems for last 25 years or more but tourists have never been a target for them.

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14 years ago, July 1st 2009 No: 3 Msg: #78054  
I am not sure Pakistan is safe for anybody at the moment. The situation there seems to be unpredictable.

Pakistan at war? Is it still safe to travel there?

But, you have probably been there by now Felix? If so, how was it? Did you feel safe?

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14 years ago, July 8th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #78918  
Hi ,

I do not intend to sound anti-pakistan...but current situation in NORTH WESTERN AREAS bordering AFghanistan are highly unstable......Pakistan has many islamist groups who do not see favourably to women folks ...But I have heard the punjabi dominated areas like Islamabad ..Lahore are better than rest of the country.

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14 years ago, July 15th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #79530  

Sri Lanka is not safe

Despite the end of civil war, military checkpoints are all over the place. You risk being get caught in cross fire. Besides, the government now has evidence to believe banned journalists and foreign government agents pretend as tourists to enter the country. Therefore, there is a high level of suspicion on foreigners. Journalists, human rights activists and foreign government agents are particularly interested in the East Cost regions and Northern region of Sri Lanka. Unless you are interested in a government sponsored tour or event you may want to avoid Sri Lanka at this time.

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14 years ago, July 15th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #79552  

14 years ago, July 15th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #79599  
I certainly won't be going over in the near future...even if there looks to be peace it's not going to be overnight... Reply to this

14 years ago, July 15th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #79600  
I haven't got to Pakistan yet...I was going to go last january, but with all the commotion with the Mumbai attacks being linked to Pakistani militants etc...I decided not to risk it...I'm thinking to give it another go this coming January if it's all calmed down...we'll see. I'm back in the UK at the moment saving my pennies til then...what are your plans Mell? Reply to this

14 years ago, July 15th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #79603  
I am off to Brazil and Uruguay in November, Felix. I have a list of 'want to go tos' for next year, but I have to wait until after Christmas before I buy the flight tickets. I wish I could just buy the tickets now, because more and more keeps going on the list and deciding is getting harder and harder. And everytime I think I have decided, somebody here on TravelBlog will start talking about a great destination and that gets added to my list too.

I just read a blog by somebody who just travelled through Pakistan with Oz bus. They had a lot of armed guards with them all the time. She was also in Iran during the riots. From the blog she wrote it seems like it was a scary experience.
Here is a link to her profile page. Turkishdelight
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14 years ago, July 16th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #79792  

Sri Lanka - strictly danger zone

1. Check US travel warnning, June 2009

2. 170 people died for deadly Dengu Fever in a month (July, 2009 - including travellers)
3. SL is worst place for election violances in the world. Elections months are comming up in SL. Better be aware of them.
4. There is no saftey law's in Sri Lanka for tourist. Even a valid insurance would give you nothing as per Sri Lankan law.
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14 years ago, July 19th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #80093  
I have travelled to Sri Lanka recently (including India/Maldives/Indonesia). Once I landed in Sri Lanka, I really felt why Sri Lanka was a tourist place...

It was one of the worst places I have seen as a tourist. Allmost all the hotels and tour operators are lieng as much as possible. Everybody want to make some money out of it. For me, it is not a relaxing place. Most of the time I spent to safeguard me instead of enjoying tourism.

Never Again in my Life Time !!! Reply to this

14 years ago, July 20th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #80280  
Returned from Sri Lanka three weeks ago. Had a restful time. Avoided the North and East - even though the guns have been silenced in that part (after 30 years), I thought it best to stay away on this trip. Had a great time on the beaches. Mount Lavinia beach (West) has great restuarants. Must confess that I spent a bit to make sure I got the best - avoid the cheap deals - its well worth it. Plan on going back in a few months to have another go at the lobster and perhaps take a trip to Trincomalee (East) - things shouda died down even further by then and the seas would be calmer (avoid the Monsoon season?). Good luck!
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11 years ago, December 30th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #149582  

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Sooriyajeevan - username

avoid misleading infomation from this guy. he is spreading bad lies about sri lanka for confirmation anybody can check this his posts (Sooriyajeevan) in every traval forum replies.
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11 years ago, December 30th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #149583  

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K samaranayake - username

avoid misleading infomation from this guy. he is spreading bad lies about sri lanka for confirmation anybody can check this his posts (Sooriyajeevan) in every traval forum replies.
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11 years ago, December 30th 2011 No: 15 Msg: #149586  

Hello roarfunky

Don't post just to call others liars, without any information of your own to prove it.
An administrator is going to lock your account now, as the first and only post you have made seems to only have the purpose of starting an arguement.

Feel free to get another account, if you intend to post something more useful.

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11 years ago, December 31st 2011 No: 16 Msg: #149593  
Please read SKY News headline today below.
An isreali born British national was killed by local gangs in his hotel during a party. His Russian girl friend was attacked and in hospital.

BBC reported attempted rape of a Swedish tourist by drunken school children:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2011/12/111230_swedish_tourist.shtml Reply to this

9 years ago, April 8th 2014 No: 17 Msg: #180434  
In response to: Msg #37638

Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful Islands you just have to witness. It has great culture, the most amazing beaches and also great night life.

[Edited: 2014 Apr 09 01:07 - Roosta:95057 - No commercial links in the forums, please. See TOS]
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6 years ago, April 10th 2017 No: 18 Msg: #200521  
Both of Country always seems as homewar, there laws and police are never truestable. for tourist I don't think about Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Reply to this

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