Ten tourist attractions that can kill you

Thousands of people are attend the full moon party on the beach of Haad Rin on Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Thousands of people are attend the full moon party on the beach of Haad Rin on Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Women shop for headbands as they arrive for the full moon party.
Women shop for headbands as they arrive for the full moon party.
Hundreds of full moon partiers dance the night away on the beach of Haad Rin.
Hundreds of full moon partiers dance the night away on the beach of Haad Rin.
 A couple kiss after sunrise at the full moon party.
A couple kiss after sunrise at the full moon party.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach on the Thai island of Koh Phangan,
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach on the Thai island of Koh Phangan,
 A Japanese woman dressed in costume attends the full moon party on the beach of Haad Rin.
A Japanese woman dressed in costume attends the full moon party on the beach of Haad Rin.
A couple share a warm moment at sunrise at the Full Moon party on Haad Rin beach.
A couple share a warm moment at sunrise at the Full Moon party on Haad Rin beach.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach enjoying the cheap liquor, drugs engaging in an all night affair.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach enjoying the cheap liquor, drugs engaging in an all night affair.
A man attempts to light a cigarette while walking underneath a burning rod during a limbo dance.
A man attempts to light a cigarette while walking underneath a burning rod during a limbo dance.
It is also a huge money making venture for locals both on Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
It is also a huge money making venture for locals both on Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
The full moon party started in late 1988 and has become one of the biggest tourist attractions for young backpackers in love with the all night beach party.
The full moon party started in late 1988 and has become one of the biggest tourist attractions for young backpackers in love with the all night beach party.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach on the Thai island of Koh Phangan.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach on the Thai island of Koh Phangan.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach on the Thai island of Koh Phangan.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach on the Thai island of Koh Phangan.
A man with a painted face looks on as hundreds of full moon partiers dance the night away on the beach of Haad Rin.
A man with a painted face looks on as hundreds of full moon partiers dance the night away on the beach of Haad Rin.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach enjoying the cheap liquor, drugs engaging in an all night affair.
Thousands of people from around the world pack the Haad Rin beach enjoying the cheap liquor, drugs engaging in an all night affair.
A man sleeps on the beach just before sunrise.
A man sleeps on the beach just before sunrise.
Exhausted partiers sleep on a ferry leaving in Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Exhausted partiers sleep on a ferry leaving in Koh Phangan, Thailand.

A cocktail, and some sunshine: for a certain type of traveller, that's all that's required for holiday happiness, for a satisfactory time away from the everyday. Just some time to relax, and a fruity drink.

But where's the fun in that? Other travellers need something more. They want excitement; they crave adrenalin. Getting away from home doesn't mean chilling out, it means diving in.

They're the type of people who would sign up for potential danger. They'd go against government warnings; they'd fail to heed sensible advice. I could get injured doing this? No worries. People have even died? I'm in.

If you want to find these people, start here.

Death Road, Bolivia

Aptly named, this one, because tourists have died, and continue to die, attempting to cycle down this mountain road just outside of La Paz. It's a thrill, pedaling down an Andean pathway that clings to a cliff, and an estimated 25,000 people a year give it a go - but given tourists and locals alike die on the road regularly, you'd have to question whether it's really worth it.

Mount Everest

You don't even have to attempt the summit, although if you do you'll find out that there's something like a one in 10 chance that you'll never return. Just trekking up to Base Camp has its dangers, with hikers needing evacuation or sometimes even dying from altitude sickness. That part is probably not on your bucket list.

San Fermin Festival

Who knew running around with angry, full-grown bulls in an enclosed space could be dangerous? Actually, everyone knows, but that doesn't stop them. They probably also know that 15 brave (or crazy) runners have died attempting the Pamplona charge. And it still doesn't stop them.

Kokoda Trail, PNG

This perennially popular pilgrimage for Australians has claimed a few lives in its time as a tourist attraction - six travellers, to be exact, who've all toppled from natural causes. That's not to say it isn't a worthwhile trek, but it's definitely a good idea to check on your fitness before you sign up for the journey.

Skiing, anywhere

If the incredibly sad story of Michael Schumacher can teach us anything, it's that ski accidents can happen to pretty much anyone, on pretty much any part of the mountain. Deaths on ski fields are an unfortunately regular occurrence, and not just for those taking high risks. Why do we still take the chance? Because it's so much fun.

The Grand Canyon, USA

One of the wonders of the natural world has also claimed plenty of scalps - we're talking in the region of 600 fatalities. There are several ways to go: you could fall, or suffer from a medical condition while hiking, or get caught in a flood, or have a plane or helicopter crash ... or even get struck by lightning. You probably won't though.

Second Beach, Port St Johns, South Africa

One of the world's best surf beaches is also one of the world's sharkiest. If you fancy a nibble from one of our toothy maritime neighbours, just jump on a surfboard and paddle out at Second Beach. There have been 23 fatal shark attacks in the last 25 years. Gnarly.

Full Moon Party, Thailand

Let's not get crazy here - the vast majority of party animals head out to Koh Phangan for the full moon and return home completely unharmed. Some of them - stop me if I'm wrong - even have fun. But there's still a slim minority who take something they shouldn't, or wind up in a place they shouldn't, or are just extremely unlucky, and things go awry.

The Australian Outback

If it's not the snakes that get you, or the crocodiles... Actually, it'll probably be the snakes or the crocodiles. But it could also be the heat. Or a dopey attempt to climb Uluru. Or maybe a spider. Or a serial killer. Either way, you don't have to travel far for fear: there's plenty of danger lurking in just across the ditch.

Kauai Volcano Tours, Hawaii

These helicopter joy flights over active volcanoes sound like great fun - until you find out that more than 30 people have died in fiery crashes since 1995. Apparently something about the mix of airborne craft and airborne molten lava just doesn't work. Maybe try a hike.

Have you been to an attraction that can kill? What do you think is the appeal?

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