Backpackers dont backpack Ibra or the Sharqiya region period. I ve seen one backpacker in 3 years and he ended up loving this place. Ive seen a lot of visitors (still only about 30 a year) but if you want to really exprience the town with people that know what they are doing then ask any taxi driver in Ibra to drop you off at the local College. If you get dropped off at the college there are over 40 Westerners that are working there and they would be MORE than happy to put you up for a few nights and you will def end up getting a free tour of the region. The teachers are really nice people and because single travellers are sooo far and few between you will end up having a great time :)
You will get to meet A LOT of local students including men and women which is next to impossible if you are alone and you will get a free place to stay and guide for a few days :)
The Ibra Motel is located in the heart of Ibra which is not difficult to find but it does offer the cheapest option in Ibra. It is near the main roundabout and is close to all the shops including the BP , grocery stores and internet cafes. The hotel has a fax machine and the restaurant below is one of the best in the town. Great staff too!
The Sharqiya Sands hotel is about 15 km outside Ibra and on the road to Sur in the Sharqiya region. It is about 55$ a night and it has a swimming pool, pub and pretty good food. The staff including Larry from India is such good fun. Overall, despite being located outside the town it offers a traveller to get away from the surrounding towns with a swim and some beverages. Nice.
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