“This is the place we should say we’re from Canada”, we discussed as we took our short flight from Bali to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As the country is home to the largest muslim population in the world, we figured this was a safe bet.
But it could get worse elsewhere. What about Cambodia where the shadows of the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge still terrorize the country after they killed 1/3rd of the population? There’s no way these people would be happy to see “rich Westerners” there to see Angkor Wat and then head out. Or Vietnam which must still have a disdain towards Americans for obvious reasons. Worst yet, Myanmar, a country highly controlled by a corrupt regime that until recently had the country closed off to all outsiders.
We had obvious reason for concern as we entered into these foreign lands. However, after our initial fears faded and our experience with the locals increased, each place proved safe. Not only that, some of the places we feared the most proved to house the most friendly locals. The scariest part of the countries was the fear we had in anticipation.