Jordan & Syria - tips?
Posted 29 May 2008 - 07:01 AM
All tips welcome!
Posted 02 June 2008 - 06:46 PM
I was in Jordon of April last year. I had a wonderful time.
However, it is a very different place. The Jordanian particularly in Amman are very full on and while they haven't yet hit the height of the Egyptians in Cairo they will try and hussle you. There are also lots of beggers who are also persistant - Do no give them money; they bag snatch when they see your purse. Sounds harsh I know but unfortunately that is the reality. This is the only place that DH and I have had a real hussle attempt happen (DH speak basic Arabic and I understand a resonable amount - and read numbers important!) they didn't suceed but it took a lot of yelling to have them back off!
Mum (we took my parents when they were visiting us in Kuwait) had a huge amount of difficulty with all the hussle but after a couple of days felt fine and would have a very effective tactic vaugeness(SP)
It is also getting increasingly expensive - the devaluation of the dollar is not always a god thing for the M.E.
Stay in decent hotels - the bad ones/mid range ones can be bad and the hotel we stayed at idea of non smoking was to remove the ash trays - though we did get an artistic towel swan beats my parents who got no towels at all. Mind you in a tour hopefully this will not be a problem.
Amman has few redeming features it is noisy/crowded and sooo polluted. Petra is a life event and the dead sea is cool. The drive between the two in one of the most amazing drives I have ever done. The roman ruins just outside of Amman are a must too. Name has slipped my mind.
I would go back again in a heartbeat.
Friends have literally just been in Syria and have raved about it said it was one of the most interesting places they have ever been. Apparently, the Ice cream in the Grand Souk is the best ever
Amman airport sucks!
If you want any more info feel free to PM me.
Posted 05 June 2008 - 06:55 PM
FH and I have done HEAPS of travel, including many remote and not-so-popular places. We spent 3 weeks in Egypt less than 2 years ago, and time in Dubai. So I know what you mean about Egypt - I found the merchants in the Grand Bazarre in Cairo VERY full on - I got so sick of being 'accidently' touched on my behind and chest, and I dressed very modestly. We even wore wedding bands so I'd encounter less attention - didn't work much!
But it was great to read your opinion - I'm really looking forward to it! We've been to 41 countries so far, and the itch to travel never stops...helps having a FH who works for Qantas..
Thanks again! x
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