Simen S

Simen S

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    Is Central America safe to travel through?

    I was in Guatemala and Honduras last summer. The answer, in short, is 'it depends'. The main tourist areas of Guatemala should be safe enough (i.e. Antigua, Tikal, Lake Atitlan etc). Especially Antigua seems very safe, and I wouldn't worry about any violent crime (there are always exceptions of course). As you may know, Guatemala City has its security issues, but it depends on where in the city you want to go. Most travellers seem to stay away from the capital, and a friend I have from the city would never take either local buses or taxis there. She belongs to the local elite though, and they tend to exaggerate security issues. I did notice a heavy police presence as I travelled through the city in a bus, that is not really a good sign. As for Honduras, i mainly visited Utila, which is very safe and westernized (dive location). I've heard bad things about some places in Honduras (San Pedro Sula springs to mind), but I didn't have any troubles travelling through the mainland. Seek other sources for more information on mainland Honduras. almost 11 years ago

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    Good areas in London to go out for drinks with friends?

    Decide between East and West. East is arguably somewhat trendier with the in-crowd, while West End attracts the crowds. It depends on your preferences. For east, check out the areas around Shoreditch and Old Street. For West End, start in some cocktail bar in Covent Garden and finish in a club around Leicester Square. If you have the money for it, you could spend a small fortune at some places in Mayfair. almost 11 years ago

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    Can someone recommend a really good eco experience in Thailand?

    Eco-trekking in Chiang Mai. There are tons of outfits that take you trekking, but steer away from all who offer elephant rides, floating on rafts, 'ethnic shows' and so on - hardly authentic and very touristified. What you want is a small outfit that takes you and your (small) group to a remote village where you are the only Westerners, and where the villagers dont put on a show for you. This should also include some trekking, the length of which depends on your schedule. It is worth asking around and doing some research in Chiang Mai to find a guide and tour you're comfortable with. (trekking can be arranged in other cities in Northern Thailand as well) almost 11 years ago