The world is a dangerous place and even in democratic nations, travellers can find themselves in all sorts of troubles by not knowing local laws and inadvertently breaking them. But going to certain nations is sheer stupidity and they should be avoided at all costs.
This is beyond obvious. You would have to be crazy to go to this repressive communist Stalinist dictatorship that is ruled by a fat megalomaniac, whose only aim is to cling to power while executing anybody who even appears to oppose him and his regime. Tourists to North Korea have been arbitrarily arrested on trumped-up charges and held as bargaining chips in what is known as ' Hostage Diplomacy' when the North Koreans want to obtain some sort of political or financial advantage from other nations.
Apart from the fact that it is difficult to obtain a visa for North Korea, you'd have to be crazy to even want to go there as a tourist. You will only get to see what those communist bastards want you to see and you will run the very real risk of being stitched up and jailed on some pretext. Just don't even think about going to North Korea under any circumstances.
The first thing to understand about Muslims is that they dance to a totally different tune than normal people. They have been indoctrinated by a vile and despicable death cult called Islam that calls for genocide and hatred and they worship a mass-murdering paedophile they call the 'prophet' Mohammed and revere this monster as an example of the 'Perfect Man', whom they emulate with their litany of child molestation, female genital mutilation and other atrocities that they consider to be normal.
Muslims have spent the past 1,400 years marrying or raping their closest relatives and sometimes their siblings, resulting in massive incidences of inbreeding and genetic defects and a drastic lowering of their collective intelligence. This completely explains why 1.4 BILLION Muslims have not achieved anything or invented anything worthwhile in all that time, while their hated enemies, the tiny number of 16 million Jews, have provided the human race with far more advances, inventions and innovations than any other group in the world.
So going to any Islamic nation is fraught with danger, because visitors are in the clutches of raving lunatics who have been warped by their insane death cult, so anything can happen. For instance, Iran happily engages in 'Hostage Diplomacy', where the Iranians will just grab a tourist and accuse him of espionage, merely to cut a deal with western nations for some political or financial advantage. But if that deal is not successful, the poor victim who did nothing wrong except to travel to Iran will invariably face a show trial in the best traditions of Stalinist USSR and be jailed for a long time.
Some of the Gulf nations also play this despicable game of 'Hostage Diplomacy' or even just arrest and jail people on the most ridiculously unfair and bogus charges. For instance, there was one tourist who was jailed for a few years for merely accidentally being bumped into by a Middle Eastern Sheik. It was stated that it was the tourist's fault because if he had not been visiting that nation, the sheik would not have bumped into him. In those nations, it's always the foreigner's fault in car and other accidents, even when it is not his fault.
Then there was the case of the tourist who flew into Qatar and was flogged and jailed for bringing alcohol into that nation. But she did not bring any bottles of booze with her. She had been offered alcoholic drinks while flying into Qatar on Qatar's national airline Qatar Airways, so she was punished for having alcohol inside her, despite the fact that she was given that alcohol on a Qatari airliner operated by the Qatari government. There are many other reports like this. The safest thing for anybody to do is to refrain from going anywhere near Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, any of the Gulf Emirates and indeed any other Islamic nation. Those Muslims are insane.
Pakistan is a very dangerous nation, where Pakistanis are notorious for accusing non-Muslims of blasphemy against Islam and that paedophile Mohammed. Pakistani courts invariably issue death sentences or life sentences to people accused of this 'crime' on the unsubstantiated word of Muslim accusers. It is simply not worth going to that third-world shit-hole that is populated by inbred nutbags, so keep safe and keep out of there.
Even Malaysia, although slightly more benign, can be a very dangerous place for non-Muslims, who are arbitrarily arrested on the flimsiest of pretexts. And we know about Indonesia, the most populous Islamic nation, where visitors to Bali are often scammed by cops extorting money as bribes from tourists by accusing them of offences and in the worst cases, planting narcotics on them and arresting them. A number of Australians have been jailed for life in this manner. So don't go to Bali - there are far better and safer places to vacation without that sort of risk.
Here is a nation that has become very prosperous on the back of a masive population of people who worked for slave labour wages and sometimes as actual slaves. By stealing inventions from the west, copying products and selling those knock-offs for peanuts, China eventually has grown into a powerhouse. Unfortunately, the wealth has been used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to develop a massive military capability and threaten nations in its vicinity, especially Taiwan that has been a fully independent country since 1949.
The Chinese communists have discovered that they can play the 'Hostage Diplomacy' game by arresting foreigners and charging them with various serious crimes that have no basis in fact. For instance, when Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei who has very close connections to the CCP, the Chinese immediately arrested two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig on trumped up espionage charges. The same happened to Chinese-born Australian writer Yang Hengjun, who was tried on charges of espionage in a closed Chinese court and deprived of all normal judicial procedures. This garbage was in retaliation for Australia opposing China's invasion and annexation of South China Sea territories belonging to other nations and in more recent times, Australia calling for a thorough investigation into the Wuhan coronavirus release.
China might have become prosperous on the back of its slave labour and it certainly does have some historical sites that are interesting. But it is certainly not worth the risk of travelling to this nation that engages in literally stitching up foreigners on bogus charges and using them as pawns in some political maneuvrings. The best advice is to avoid going to China for any reason, or you might regret it.
Communist nations are repressive simply by virtue of their ideology. No communist nation can survive except by holding a gun to the heads of its citizens. This also translates to arresting and jailing tourists on bogus charges for many totally invalid reasons, but that is how communism works. Even since Cuba has opened itself up for tourism, it is still a dangerous place for foreigners. Say the wrong word or criticise the communist regime and you will quickly find yourself hauled away by the secret police. The same goes for Burma (Myanmar) and some of the former USSR nations - Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgysztan and Chechnya. These are dangerous nations that should always be avoided.
Many parts of Africa are relatively safe for tourists, but some African nations are extremely dangerous, even for their own citizens. The following nations should be avoided at all costs, especially those with an Islamic majority:
Many of the above nations have nasty reputations for terrorism, extortion, kidnapping and scams. One has to wonder why anybody would even want to go to these places, but I can only advise you to never go near them if you want to remain safe.
There are many wonderful places on this planet where tourists are made welcome and are relatively safe. There are plenty of interesting things to do in those nations without running much risk of being killed, kidnapped, stitched up on bogus criminal charges or used as pawns in 'Hostage Diplomacy'. In other words, just make sure that when you do decide to travel overseas, that you totally avoid any nations that could pose a risk to your well-being, such as repressive communist or Islamic nations and countries that are known to foment terrorism, kidnapping and other existential dangers. Even better, stay in Australia, the best nation by far in the world. We have the best sights, the best beaches, a first-world advanced lifestyle and the sort of freedom that other nationalities dream about.