How it works:
- Traffic fatality rate (WHO’s data):
- 14.3 per 100,000 inhabitants per year
- #99 highest globally (relatively safe) – 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) report
- Watch out for:
- Chaotic traffic and livestock may stray onto roads
- Rough road conditions, few lane markings, road signs and lighting
- Not adhering to traffic laws, speeding, reckless driving
- Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs
- Other transport:
- There are buses and shared vans but these are scarce and even more limited after sunset.
- Tuk-tuks, songthaews, motorcycle taxis are also available, but not the most reliable.
- River travel is common but safety standards are minimal (e.g. speeding, overcrowded, lack of safety equipment, poorly maintained).
What to do:
- Check the latest media reports and weather forecast.
- Stay alert, wear seatbelts, keep doors locked and windows up.
- Take private transport arranged through your hotel/hostel or use a reputable tour operator.
- World Health Organization (WHO) – Global Status Report on Road Safety (2015)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice