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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Meeting locals is the key to experiencing Tuva but be aware that many friendly Tuvans react badly to alcohol, becoming disproportionately aggressive, even amongst friends. A proliferation of knives and other weapons doesn't help. Chadan in Western Tuva is particularly notorious and even in tiny, apparently peaceful villages, steer well clear of drunks, travel with trusted, sober Tuvans and avoid drinking vodka with local 'friends'. Be streetwise and consider going to bed early!