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Despite its current political instability, Davao can still be a safe place to visit. Having said this, there are various precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip to the Mindanao Island . It is always important to pay attention to the local news and be aware of the current political situation. However, like always the most important tool to be used in staying safe is common sense.
Avoid all public gatherings or protests. These situations can be very dangerous and should be walked away from. Use the general rule of: if it feels dangerous, it probably is.
Although street crime and petty theft is fairly uncommon in Davao , they have been known to afflict tourists. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, carrying large amounts of cash, looking flashy, or causing a scene. Doing any of these is asking for trouble. Avoid also wandering down random alleyways and side streets alone. Pickpockets thrive in crowded areas such as markets as well as bus and train stations. In these areas, women should keep purses or bags close to their sides and men should store wallets in front instead of rear pockets.
Avoid walking alone at night (especially women). Although this is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, it should be followed in Davao as well. If sticking with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, make sure to stick to lighted public areas.
As a general rule, it is always safer to drink water from bottles instead of from the tap. Check with the local accommodation for more information on the matter.
There are no foreign embassies located in Davao , but numerous countries have one somewhere in the Philippines (generally in Manila or Makati city). For a complete list, including location and contact information, check out this Foreign Embassies page.