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Sudan

The security situation in Sudan is very unstable and in some areas, particularly in and around Darfur, are prohibited areas. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that all travel to some areas and all nonessential travel to the other, may consult with their national government in the matter.

Headlines – Sudan becomes two countries: With the hammering out a peace agreement, the people of South Sudan went to the polls in January 2011 a referendum on whether the country should remain whole or divided into two – who voted overwhelmingly in favor of the independence of northern Sudan. On July 9, 2011, Sudan is divided into two, giving rise to the world’s newest nation: Southern Sudan. Even discounting the 40 year war with their combined total estimated 2.4 million dead, the buildup to the secession of South Sudan has not been easy and the road ahead is likely to be turbulent. For the latest news on Sudan, check out updates from the BBC news. We are in the process of updating Lonely Planet’s website to reflect the change.

Lonely Planet before the change in Sudan: Sudan is the largest, however, one of the least visited countries in Africa. Despite several ongoing conflicts mean much of this vast country remains out of bounds, travel is possible, in the northeast, and parts of southern Africa where transitions in the tropics. The pyramids and other ancient sites covering the northern deserts may pale compared with the best Egypt has to offer, but you can experience that no other person in sight – and this sense of discovery is often repeated in cities, too, and tourists from Sudan road is still only a trickle. And although loneliness is a big star, visitors always agree that the Sudanese are among the most friendly and hospitable land, with a natural generosity, which contrasts with their poverty, and that alone makes any trip worth the penalty. Whether you run through a journey from Cairo to Cape Town, or have a slow month taking history and hospitality, visiting Sudan is an eye opening and rewarding experience.

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Liberia

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that all nonessential travel to some areas may consult with their national government in the matter.

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After nearly two decades of war, Liberia, a country lush rainforested covered through the southern flank of West Africa – appears to have finally found a break. With the first woman president in Africa at the head, peace, while still fragile, is taking place and Liberians have been launched with enthusiasm to the task of rebuilding their shattered land.

If Liberia is stabilized and open for travel, intrepid adventurers who offer a fascinating insight into what was previously a wonderfully hospitable society, enigmatic and fascinating. The artistic traditions of Liberia – especially carved masks, dance and storytelling – rivaled those of any place on the continent, and traditional culture was strong. This was especially true in the interior, where initiation secret societies played a central role in growth, and still serve as important reservoirs of traditional knowledge and life skills. For now, most of this cultural wealth remains inaccessible to visitors, and travel independently outside the capital Monrovia in the country is not considered safe.

Dense forests of Liberia, wet, some of the largest in West Africa – are alive with the chirping and singing of hundreds of birds, which are maintained by the company of forest elephants, pygmy hippos and other species filling wildlife throughout the forest floor. Along the coast, deserted white sandy beaches alternate with river deltas and tidal wetlands quiet lagoons, while increasing the interior of the plateau green mountains on the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea.

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Although the situation is definitely looking up, it is advisable to obtain updated information on local security conditions before their plans.

Thailand

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends that all travel to some areas and against nonessential travel to the other, may consult with their national government in the matter.

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Thailand is often referred to as a land of gold does not, because there is precious metal buried underground but because the country emits a certain glow, either in the fertile rice fields of the central plains, white sandy beaches or the warm hospitality of its citizens.

Thailand’s cool season extends from November to late February. With its low humidity, relatively low temperatures and clear skies, cold weather is the best time to visit, although the normal days of 20 degrees and 30 low could leave in doubt who came up with the term ‘cool’. It is also the peak tourist season, so expect lots of new friends in the most popular locations such as islands and major cities.

First presentations take place in Bangkok, a modern giant screaming traffic, shiny shopping centers and international sensibilities interwoven with devout Buddhism. Chiang Mai, the country bohemian downtown, is unique and precise elements of Thai culture become a classroom for cooking classes and language classes, while climbing in the mountains around Mae Hong Son find stupa-key peaks and villages after Stone Age cultures. Slide the tail of the coast are the evergreen limestone islands of Ko Tao and Kho Phi Phi Don, filled with tall palms angling over pearlescent sand. Thailand’s beaches are stunning, hedonistic and mythic among residents of northern latitudes.
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People come here to the miners: first perhaps for purely Western concept of R & R. And while they themselves provide for a bronze hue on the sandy beaches are found in the daily rhythm of Thailand a tranquility that is not limited to vacation time. The northeast is a region more suitable for family homes and educational concerts that fast souvenir snapshots: here you can dive deep into the psyche of Thailand, dating a searingly spicy food tolerance and a mastery of this strange tonal language. Welcome to a transformative experience disguised as a holiday.

Algeria

that the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends not all nonessential travel to some areas may consult with their national government in the matter.

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When a popular holiday destination on par with neighboring Morocco, Algeria, the tourism industry all but disappeared when the bitter civil war break out in 1992. After a decade of conflict, the situation improved a little, and some access to the south of the Sahara has been possible in the last couple of years. However, traveling independently, without a car is almost nonexistent, and after the kidnapping of 2003 without driver tourism travelers should be aware of the risks involved.

This shortage of visitors is a real shame because Algeria is one of the most fascinating countries of North Africa. In the dramatic classified by UNESCO n’Ajjer Tassili and Hoggar regions, near the town of Tamanrasset, the tribal culture is very much alive, and the day to day problems common to many Arab countries absent. Algiers, contains a live mix of tradition and modernity, its colonial past remains present. Timimoun city embodies the storybook oasis of the Sahara, and the cozy town of In Salah, is divided in two by a sand dune reptile.
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The options for travel are limited, especially as a backpacker, but the opportunity to see even a part of this vast nation is not to be missed.