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1. Posted by Daveholmes (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

I am considering flying into Pakistan on the way back from a trip to Indochina. I hear such good things about it but am worried that it may be dangerous for a young white male 26...
I travelled India for 4 months so have some idea about what it’s all about but I gather it’s much much less touristy and can be dangerous?!?!
Is it safe?

2. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 10y

how bad can it be? teleban, omar and bin laden all live there...

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

It is safe if you avoid certain areas. Such as the borderarea with Afghanistan (Taliban and maybe Osama) and the Baluchistan area (banditgroups). Cities like Lahore are safe. Karachi is known for having a lot of criminal activity.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 18, 2006, at 11:03 AM by wouterrr ]

4. Posted by Daveholmes (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Yeh, Lahore does sound good. Looks like it's easy enough to fly into, as well as Karachi. Umm, looks like it could be possible...
If I'm flying from Hanoi will it be easer to get a connecting flight from somewhere like Delhi or are flights easy enough to get direct.

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

I don't know if flights go direct. It seems that most flights on the Hanoi-Lahore line fly via Hong-Kong or bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City or Singapore or Abu Dhabi. But one thing is sure you will land in Lahore or Karachi. If it would (in any case) be easier to fly via Delhi you could (as you probably know) take the bus straight to Lahore. Have fun on the subcontinent.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Daveholmes

I dont see why it would be dangerous, for a young white male. I think it may be more trouble, for a young white female. Although, I do know a 26 year old girl who goes there regularly, and finds the people lovely and friendly. She even gets invited to stay in peoples houses, so does not stay in hotels.

But with all the tension, between muslim countries and some Western countries, i dont know how unpopular a british passport would make u.


7. Posted by Daveholmes (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Hay Mel,
Yeh, I can imagine it's allot like India where young white women do find it more difficult to travel alone than men. My main concern as you mentioned is the tension between Muslim countries & the West... I've heard excellent things about the people and I think if the danger spots are avoided it can be no more dangerous than many other countries.
Has anybody taken the bus from Delhi to Lehore???? Is it recommended for Western travellers????

Thanks to everybody who's posted on this Forum.;)

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Daveholmes

My friend who loves Pakistan, is there, at the moment. I think i will try to contact her, and ask if it is ok, if i give out her email address, so u and others who want to know about Pakistan can ask her. She is Swiss, so would probably be subject to prejudice against Westerners, if there is such prejudice. She is probably somewhere remote, in the mountains, at the moment, so i dont know, if i can easily contact her.


[ Edit: Edited on Dec 21, 2006, at 2:46 AM by Mel. ]

9. Posted by SABIR (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

hi dave,
where r u? in case u are planning to come over to lahore, you are most welcome. Will show u around and will try to be of help.
but do contact me at 0300-8447849.
I am a volunteer here, and love guiding tourists. Anybody coming to Lahore can contact me a bit in advance though. Am a journalist so can be busy if contacted at eleventh hour.


10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Sabir

What type of journalism do u do?