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Safety question

Hello

I've been reading the Australian governments travel advice and it advises against travelling to the golden triangle, especially the burmese boarder.

We're planning on staying at Four Seasons tented safari during our honeymoon, which is right next to the Burmese and Loas border.

We're really keen to go but wondered if anyone has any advice on this?

Much appreciated.

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1. Re: Safety question

It unlikely that the Four Season would operate in an unsafe area, the Golden Triangle is a big tourist trap and safety should not be much of an issue. Other areas along the Burmese border are definitely unsafe.

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2. Re: Safety question

Annamags:

I think you can rest easy. The Four Seasons is located near the border, but no closer than the 5 star resort Anantara, where we have stayed several times. I've crossed the border to Burma several times and last time went about 40 minutes into the countryside. I've never had a problem. There are border skirmishes from time to time, although we have never encountered any of them. If you have a local guide take you across the border, then they will know the current conditions. As for staying in the Four Seasons or that area, I can't imagine you are going to have any issues. The U.S. embassy posts the exact same "guidance" but we have known many people who have stayed in the Golden Triangle and crossed into Burma with no issues. I even took my 16 year old niece with me the last time.

Safe Travels and have a great honeymoon. Let us know how your trip goes upon your return.

Broder

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3. Re: Safety question

Dragonc, could you please give a bit of an idea of what areas are in the "unsafe" category as I am hiring a car in November and was planning on visiting the Golden Triangle but also going as far as Mae Hong Son time permitting. Is the KMT museum in an unsafe area ?

Thanx

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4. Re: Safety question

Always keep safety in mind while traveling.

Good luck.

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6. Re: Safety question

Without sounding cynical or being unduly derogatory, the Australian Government's travel advisories sometimes borders on the ultra-conservative.

Earlier this year I worked for a few weeks in New Zealand. My daughter-in-law drew my attention to the following before my departure.

"At times NZ can be a dangerous place. Avoid political gatherings, unruly crowds and places where New Zealanders consider there is inherent danger".

I mean - in New Zealand of all places!!!!!

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7. Re: Safety question

Mae Hong Sorn city and most of the province is safe. Stay away from the border areas, especially the highway south that runs alongside the Salaween river.

Any area very close to the Burmese border that is not a town is likely to be off limits. Stray shells cross the border from Brmese actions, and drug smugglers get involved in gun fights.

Having said that, if you stick to signposted surfaced roads you should be fine, I've driven that area several times. There are checkpoints around, and it is possible you may be turned back (for safety) once or twice.

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8. Re: Safety question

I've never heard of any foreign tourists running into any kind of problems when travelling along the Burmese border. The Golden Triangle area may have been rather dodgy around 30 years ago, so perhaps the Australian's have just forgotten to up date their travel warning.

Happy travels...

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9. Re: Safety question

The Golden Triangle is a safe tourist trap, your biggest danger there is paying over the odds for some rubbish souvenir LOL. My first visit there was with an armed escort along mud tracks!

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10. Re: Safety question

I have now made four trips into Burma, across the border at Mae Sai. The latest was yesterday.

I have traveled to just the border town and also by tuk tuk, about 50 km beyond the border town. I have never encountered any difficulty, issues or problems. Once you get beyond the border town, the beauty of this land is outstanding, but the military dictatorship is something to still keep in mind, as it is oppressive.

I'll be posting a triip report on my day in Burma in the next day or two.

Broder