7 Most Dangerous Countries for Malaysians to Visit
According to Expedia’s 2017 Vacation Deprivation Study, 53% of full-time working adults felt vacation-deprived the year before; this makes Malaysia the third most vacation-deprived country in the world, and second most within Asia Pacific.
Even though we would like to bear the whole world, there are a few countries that we definitely, doubtless, clearly, just nope, shouldn’t visit without a travel insurance. Yes, some countries simply present more risk than others.
To make the best memories out of your upcoming holidays GoBear has summed up some of the most dangerous countries to visit. Caveat emptor!
India is the world leader when it comes to most fatalities with the so-called ‘killfie’.
A killfie?! Yes, it’s very much a recognised definition, meaning taking a selfie with deadly ends. Apparently, taking selfies causes more fatalities than shark attacks. Research concluded that between March 2014 and September 2016, a total of 127 people died due to the killfile, where 76 of those deaths occurred in India.
Most fatalities are caused by trains, falling off cliffs or drowning. In April 2017 alone, five people died trying to take a selfie leaning outside a moving train, eventually falling off the train.
Never thought that taking a selfie was so dangerous huh? Stay safe and visit Little India in Brickfields instead, where there are no train rails, dangerous waters, or high cliffs are a whole lot less.
Rest assured, India remains one of the top travel destinations in the world with more amazing highlights and tourist attractions that you could ever ask for. Just ask National Geographic Traveler who's listed India as one of their top Tours of a Lifetime.
The Netherlands. What comes to your mind thinking about this small country located in Western Europe? Tulips? Clogs? Cheese? Mills? Or were you thinking about something else? Something like Amsterdam?
When we think of Amsterdam, we think about the canals, the red light district and last but not least, drugs. Using drugs in Malaysia could effectively sign your own death sentence, using drugs in the Netherlands however, is perceived as rather normal.
There is a tolerated drugs policy in place but this is where it goes wrong for a significant number of tourists visiting Amsterdam. Most of them are first-time users and have no knowledge and are not aware what kind of rubbish is sold in the streets.
This caused a series of incidents in the autumn of 2014 where 14 tourists had become unwell and three died after snorting white heroin that was sold as cocaine by a street dealer. Be careful and don’t do drugs, kids!
The Netherlands has many other beautiful places where you could enjoy your holiday without taking any risks. Just museums alone, we have the two extreme ends of Van Gogh and Miffy. How awesome is that?
Malaysia may be ranked third on the list of deadliest roads worldwide but it is our neighbour Thailand that takes the cake. Where Malaysia faces 23 fatalities per 100,000 individuals, Thailand faces a ghastly 36.2 fatalities per 100,000 population. Trusting your driver and looking left and right before crossing the road has never been more under-rated!
The research further noticed that road users in low and middle-income countries are more than twice as likely to die in a traffic accident than their counterparts in developed nations.
Still, Thailand remains as one of the most popular holiday destinations to Malaysian tourists along with a competitive exchange rate. Enjoy the beautiful destinations of Thailand, but keep safe on their notorious roads.
Another popular holiday destination, and also close to home - Indonesia. Besides the beautiful jungles, mother nature also created some dangerous creatures. Still beautiful, but not so human-friendly. Yes, we are talking about the Sinabung Volcano located in Sumatra.
The volcano was non-active for four decades; however since its eruption on August 2010 it just hasn’t slowed down. The eruption on February 2014 led to 14 people getting killed and caused the displacement of 30,000 people. And let's not forget about Mount Agung on everyone's favourite paradise island, Bali.
Malaysia may not be surrounded by the ‘Ring of Fire’, but do you know to what extent your travel insurance covers volcanic eruptions?
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United States of America
The United States of America, one of the largest countries in the world. Therefore, we give you the highs and the lows. In temperature..
The highs first, Death Valley located in the West of the USA. With a name like that it needs no introduction, it simply isn’t a place where you would like to stick around for long. If you thought that the average Malaysian temperature (28°C) was warm, think again!
Temperatures can reach up to 56.7°C in Death Valley, which allows you to fry an egg in this desert! Even though the views are incredible, you could die within 14 hours due to dehydration.
The popular skiing destination of Mount Washington is also known for its extreme temperature. In this lovely snowy environment, the temperature can plummet to an extreme -40°C! However, the freezing is not your only concern when visiting this place.
Mount Washington is also the record holder when it comes to wind speeds. The record stands at an unbelievable 203 miles per hour (327 km/h)! So remember when visiting, make sure you bring your furry warm coats – and try to stay grounded!
The US of A is such a vast country that you are bound to find numerous wonders that will appeal to your wanderlust. And these examples are only a few extremes you should be wary of.
Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without including the place with the most deadly animals. Introducing Iha da Queimada Grande, also known as Snake Island. Legend has it that the snakes were put on the island by pirates hoping to protect their gold. Sound like fun, huh?
On average there is one venomous snake per square metre. So imagine, you taking two steps on this lovely island and already facing a snake. Don’t panic, keep calm! Because chances are, you’ll be facing another one within the next two steps. Running away would be very irresponsible!
Snake Island is only one of many exotic destinations within Brazil. The land of Jogo Bonito has plenty more to offer and as long as you stay on the right side of caution (how about Rio de Janeiro's favelas?), you'll be staying out of harm's way as well.
Always had the desire to visit the Latin American region as a holiday destination, but held back due to the emerging crime rate? Apparently neither Brazil nor Colombia are the deadliest countries in Latin America. The country topping this list is none other than Venezuela.
The Venezuelan Observatory for Violence recorded a total of 26,616 murders in 2017, where the capital city of Caracas jumps out with a homicide rate of 130 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Get close to nature instead. Venezuela plays host to the world's tallest waterfall in Angel Falls and the jaw-dropping table-top tepuis of the Gran Sabana region.
Of course, don't take our word for gospel! These are some of the most beautiful countries in the world and you should definitely see them at least once in your lifetime. Exercise due care, stay smart and don't be a reckless traveller! If you like living on the edge and bear the dangers of mother nature, at least make sure you are well insured!
Check for the best comparison of travel insurances the GoBear Malaysia website and find out which insurance fits you best. Till then, safe travels and watch out for the not so friendly bears across the world.