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Safety+Language in Baku + Azerbaijan (besides Armenia/Azeri border)

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:36 pm
by justine
Hi! I plan on visiting Baku in July with my parents and they're a little worried about safety. We're from Sydney, but live in Chicago now. We look Asian (we're Japanese).

What should I be on the look out for?
Also are there any other cities/towns I should visit near Baku? Thank you!

Re: Safety+Language in Baku + Azerbaijan (besides Armenia/Azeri border)

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 5:11 am
by steven
Hi Justine,

Baku is as safe as most other cities in Eurasia, I cannot see what could happen to you if you follow basic precautions which you intend to. In any case, it should be a lot safer than the average American city in terms of crime and violence. There is no overt racism towards Asians. Baku is a relatively cosmopolitan place. In the countryside you might see surprised stares, but people are friendly and curious, not hostile, towards foreigners. There is a culture of hospitality like elsewhere in the region.

There are a lot of Americans in Baku for the oil. Most people do not know English, but do not let that stop you engaging with them. GTranslate + hand gestures go a long way.

As for things to visit in Azerbaijan, that's a topic worthy of a book, one that I have still to write and investigate. In the meantime, I recommend Lonely Planet Caucasus for a general overview and Mark Elliot's Trailblazer Guide to Azerbaijan for an in-depth view of where to go and what to see in Azerbaijan.