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1. Posted by drhano (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

lookin gto do some backpacking through Iraq. anyone know of some good spots to go??? is it safe enough for a westerner to be backpacking there??

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

No, it is not safe.

For a while the borders were open to foreigners at the Turkey-Iraq and Iran-Iraq crossings and a few very daring individuals made the trip. Yet a few months ago travellers who crossed the Turkey-Iraq border got kidnapped and now the general consensus is that such a trip borders on suicide.

3. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Your other post said you were a 'first time traveller' so I'm hoping this is a joke right?
Either that or you are a total mental case.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

No, it is not safe, for a backpacker, to go there.
But, u are joking, arent u?

Mel

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

If a foreigner sets foot, in Iraq, they are likely to be kidnapped, to put pressure, on other countries.:(

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 28, 2007, at 11:19 PM by Mel. ]

6. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

not sure I agree with everyone here. Theres parts of Iraq that are pretty safe. My brothers a medic in the army out there - he reckons Basras ok to visit. Though id let this Iran kidnapping thingy play out first.

Until very recently the Kurdish areas in the north were supposed to be safer than most european cities, but theres a little tension going on at the minute with Turkey threatning to send troops over the border.

Bagdahds and the sunni triangle are obvious no-nos.

If you want to go somewhere a bit mental, afghanistan is probably safer than Iraq.

7. Posted by drhano (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

not really going there. just wanted to get the down low on what is going on over there from some seasoned travellers. thanks for the replies. sorry if i offended anyone with my ignorance.

on the subject of war though, does anyone know of any good WWII or Viet Nam war historic sites that would be good to see in SEA??

SEA Here i come

8. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

In Singapore visit Chang prison, near the airport.

Thailand visit Kanchanaburi where you can see Hellfire pass, Death railway and the bridge over the river Kwai.

Cambodia you can see the killing fields and s21 (secret prison the Khmer Rhouge used to torture and murder 40,000 cambodians). In Siem Reap theres a really cool war remnants muesuem, with relics from both the American war and the Khmer Rhouge genocide.

In Vietnam you can see the Cho Chi tunnels where the Viet Cong resisted the americans for years. Theres the DMZ, though theres not much to see and Den Bien Phu in the north where the Vietnamese routed the French and later failed to route the Americans.

Laos has the Ho Chi Min Trail, the most bombed place in history. (Laos recieved more US bombing than all the bombs dropped in WW2 combined!)

and in the North of Laos there are countless wrecks of burned out tanks and artillery lying around.

SE Asia is a great place for history (albeit sad).

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting drhano

not really going there. just wanted to get the down low on what is going on over there from some seasoned travellers. thanks for the replies. sorry if i offended anyone with my ignorance.

on the subject of war though, does anyone know of any good WWII or Viet Nam war historic sites that would be good to see in SEA??

SEA Here i come

Kanchanaburi, in Thailand has some good WW2 stuff, to see and it is a nice little town too. It is just a few hours bus ride, from Bangkok. ;)

Mel

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

If u do go to Kanchanaburi, read "The Bridge Over the River Qwai". I forget the authors name. But maybe u have read it already, if u are interested, in WW2 history.;)

Mel