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> Belarus?, Top destination for 2009
starlagurl
post Mar 25 2009, 01:57 PM
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EuroCheapo is claiming that Belarus is this year's top Euro destination.

Do you agree?

Have you been? Was it worth it?

http://www.eurocheapo.com/blog/top-tip-for-2009-belarus.html


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post Mar 25 2009, 04:29 PM
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I don't know if I would agree that Belarus is this years top Euro destination but I am sure it is one that most people do not immediately think of traveling to.

I visited there on my way to Russia via the Baltics and found it to be a very interesting country and certainly off the main tourist trail. It definitely has an ex-Soviet feel to it and if you don't mind the fact that the current president (Lukashenko) behaves much like a dictator, I think it is wonderful place to visit with some interesting history. I would love to go back and see more!
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post Mar 26 2009, 09:06 AM
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A good friend of mine just immigrated to Canada from there, so yeah, I'm a little more than curious. Thanks!


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post Mar 29 2009, 10:21 AM
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Belarus and Russia are very closely related. A lot of people in Russia are actualy Belarussians (not sure in this word) - they are undistinguishable. Many people from Belarus come to Russia as labour-emigrants telling stories about Belarus (very surprising ones). From what I know, I can not blame Lukashenko. His "regime" is very tough for business which is too closely controlled and even pressed. Burocratic governance is very well developed, corrupted in anything concerning business but very honest towards simple people, I mean medicine, education and police (while we are sinking in corruption and unjustice). I'm not sure Belarus is interesting as a tourist attraction.
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post Mar 30 2009, 04:13 PM
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I'm sure EuroCheapo can make it a top destination if they advertise it heavily enough. Anyone can make Hellhole, Idaho, a top destination if they convince enough people of it.


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post Apr 2 2009, 12:18 AM
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By the way, why not to visit a museum of socialism? It must be interesting. I'm not sure they have enough of hotels, restaurants etc. to digest the top-destination status. In USSR Belarus was not regarded as a tourists' place. If anyone goes to Belarus, please report your impressions in details!!
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post Apr 28 2009, 08:00 PM
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Will let you know when I come back this summer. Planning on going there along my new Eastern Europe route. Looks like getting a visa isnt too difficult, but it seems the whole land border crossing situation may prove to be a problem.

Does anyone know of any difficulties of travelling to Belarus via the Lithuanian border? Or the Polish border?


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post Apr 28 2009, 08:24 PM
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Does anyone know of any difficulties of travelling to Belarus via the Lithuanian border? Or the Polish border?

It has now been about 4 or 5 years since I took the train from Vilnius to Minsk but if I recall the border crossing itself was fairly simple. Of course, things could have changed..... And the passport you are travelling under can also make a difference.
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post Apr 29 2009, 02:50 AM
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From what I know, there is no reasons to expect any difficulties. If you have a passport and visa then everything will be OK and no more difficulties than anywhere else.
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post Jul 21 2009, 06:39 AM
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I live here and I have an American family who come here every summer. If they just keep coming every year I bet it's worth going. Lots of open-air cafes, nice theatre performances if you like going to theatres, different sports activities to do and places to see. You'll love it for sure if you're interested in ecotourrism, hunting or fishing, castles, history of the countries and other stuff like that. The country is rich in wildlife so there are many National parks The prices are low and there are lots of things to do here. There are lots of travel agencies to work with. The one we work with is Bel-Ilsu cause we've had good experience working with them for quite a while.
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Unfortunately, in order to get the true taste of Belarusian (East European) medieval culture, one that was not destroyed and replaced with Russian culture, you need to go to the neighbouring Lithuania, to Vilnius.

I looked into Vilnius. I will definitely be going there this summer! Thanks for the tip!!

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