Latvia Warnings and Dangers

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Latvia Warnings and Dangers

  • Air Baltic Airlines warning

    This is a travel warning to use Air Baltic Airlines flying to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia or other destinations. This company, although it charges fairly high prices, has the quality of a low-cost airline, and much worse. In contrast to any other airline I know, one has to pay an EXTRA CHARGE of 30 Euros for 1 piece of check-in-luggage (no matter...

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  • Latvia Climate

    In general, the best time to visit Latvia is May-September. These months the weather is better , more daylight, fresher food and plenty of folk festivals July and August is the peak tourist season, when hotels are often fully booked.The coldest months are January and February. Winter weather can be extreme in Latvia, but this period also sees the...

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  • Beware of small children and votive...

    (work in progress)By the time we visited the Baltics, our two year old daugher had already come to terms with the basics of birthdays (birthdays = candles + birthday cake) and could barely contain her excitement at the hosts of votive candles that adorn Orthodox churches. Unfortunately for us, she interpreted the birthday association as free...

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  • Long summer evenings disrupt kids' sleep...

    Long summer evenings are usually a joy. But when we visited the Baltics in June with our two year old daughter, we hadn't realised how much of a mixed blessing they would prove to be!We live in Johannesburg, which is not far south of the Tropic of Capricorn. As a result, there isn't much difference in the length of days between summer and winter,...

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  • Beware of Pickpockets!

    Beware of pickpockets especially at crowded places like the Riga Central Market where pickpockets are very common every day! Don't carry your travelling bag behind your back. The best way is to carry it in front of you so that you are aware of what is going on in front of you. Don't put all your money in a wallet in one pocket and bring only enough...

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  • Don't speed!

    I really don't know if it should be a warning as we, drivers shouldn't speed at any conditions! In fact, I try not to- especially when I'm abroad and there I always drive according to speed limits in order not to sponsor the police. But that time I only wanted to overtake a lorry... Unfortunately when I felt the speed...I didn't slow down and after...

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  • Currency Exchange - Scam!

    Be careful with changing currency! There are a number of kioskd which prominently display what looks to be a good rate - but it is the SELL rate. When you get your money back you will find you may have lost 15%! There's one place with a BIG 69,95 over the cashier's window - you will get 60,40!And even they will put the SELL in Latvian - but they...

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  • It is possible to get lost in a small...

    A necessary thingIf you decided to visit Latvia without any guides, you have to know that here is a problem with references in Latvia. No references at all. I don¡¦t know why the situation is still in this condition. Probably it is the last inheritance from USSR, when everything was a big secret and geographical maps were strategically things. Some...

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  • Be careful with wild animals

    There are animals from Latvia’s woods and fields in nature’s trails in Ligatne. All of them are in big cages with double barrier, but you have to be careful anyway, especially if your children with you. We were witnesses for a small accident – woman with her 2 years old baby posed near the cage with wolf, their father taken the picture. During the...

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  • Ethnic Tensions

    Roadsigns like this with the painting over the Russian name were often seen in the Baltic countries in 1992.Latvia’s autochthonous population suffered most of the 3 Baltic states of the 45 years Soviet rule. The result of deportation, genocide and emigration of Latvians and mass immigration of Soviet occupants resulted in only 51.7 % of Latvia’s...

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  • No alcohol on the street.

    Officially it is illegal to drink alcohol (not only strong ones, but beer also) on the street, and at least in Old Riga the police will approach you when they see you having a drink. It happened to me once, but when they noticed I was foreigner they only made me put the beer in the garbage (what a pity) but I didnt have to pay a fine.

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  • domeadetcu

    dybo iddinne domeadetcu. letonian ere ellefofi zi golimeá. Ra bi da paszfi is bi seizgli iti byrgo bestearentz. esfalio nimi syl osyzeno.

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  • Do not change to much money

    In comparison to Western European countries prices are low in Latvia. When I was in Saldus, a small town in Latvia, all banks were closed. As I needed money I used the automatic teller machine. The lowest amount I could get was 150 Lat (around 250 Euro / 300 US$). So i do not recommend to use ATMs to get smaller amounts.

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  • Pickpocktes for tourists

    The crime rate in Riga is rising, though generally, the crime is non-violent. Street crime is a concern, particularly for tourists. As in all cities, pickpockets are known to operate in all public areas (grocery stores, restaurants, department stores, bars, buses, and on the streets), and there have been cases of tourists and residents being...

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  • No special risks for the tourists

    Definitively Latvia is not a dangerous country, in opposition to many persons think about it. This country has not a violent crimes legend, and there are not any troubles or crimes against the foreign tourists. Anyway, in Riga as it is a big city there are risk of steal in extreme situations, as in the other capitals all over the world

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  • From my experience, Latvia and...

    From my experience, Latvia and the rest of the Baltic states were quite safe. I know I felt a huge wave of relief after I arrived from Poland and the more crowded Eastern European countries to the south.The picture below is of me in the Wheelbob.

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  • You should beware of different...

    You should beware of different kind of theifs, try to carry money and documents in different pockets. Try not to walk too much during the night - it's a bit dangerous. But do not have the goal to scary you :-)

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  • NB Car tourists! When visiting...

    NB Car tourists! When visiting Latvia in winter, wash your car (especially its bottom) freqently, because chemically active salt is still used for preventing a slipper way. And DO NOT tank your car in the places you would not trust. There is a risk to get a petrol of very bad quality, local people can tell you about occurences of such kind even on...

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Latvia Hotels

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  • Reval Hotel Ridzene

    This year - hotel Ridzene again. The main hotel's advantage is its very quiet location in the very...

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  • Prieka Pietura

    Stacijas 6, Sigulda, LV 2150, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Atputa Hotel

    Cirulisu 49, Cesis, LV-4101, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Juras Brize

    Vasarnicu 34, Ventspils, 3601, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Jana Nams

    Only one night stay, but very enjoyable all the same. Easy to find, close to the town centre, warm...

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  • Juras Banga

    Juras 30, Jurmala, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Park Hotel Latgola

    I stayed here for one night in 2010 on my trek (a luxury coach) up through Scandinavia into Russia...

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  • Promenade Hotel

    Veca Ostmala 40, Liepaja, 3401, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Day & Night Hotel Bauska

    Slimnicas iela 7, Bauska, LV-3901, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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