SUAB HMONG NEWS (07/12/2019) — The State Department uses four levels of travel guidance to offer Americans advice, set boundaries, and describe the risks of each country:
Level 1 – Exercise normal precautions
Level 2 – Exercise increased caution
Level 3 – Reconsider travel
Level 4 – Do not travel
Laos and Thailand are in Level 1 – Exercise normal precautions for traveler to be caution on locations they will be going to.
Overall, Laos is at the lower end of danger, but the US State Department points out that some areas have increased risk, including Xiasomboun Province, because of violence and civil unrest. Along the border with Burma, bandits, drug traffickers, groups opposed to the government, and other criminals are in operation.
Travelers are also warned to be wary of unexploded bombs from the Indochina War in the provinces of Savannakhet, Xieng Khouang, Saravane, Khammouane, Sekong, Champassak, Houaphan, Attapeu, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, and along Route 7.
Some areas in Thailand have increased risk and the US State Department warns travelers to reconsider Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla provinces due to civil unrest.
Martial law is in force in this region. Although the violence in these areas is mostly directed at the Thai government, the agency warns that US citizens are at risk of death or injury due to the indiscriminate nature of the attacks.
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