The 'Alabast' statues are 80% fake-pay low price!!
In Hurghada city they hassle you all the time in order to sell something. Even worse than in Turkey. Hurghada city is very dirty.
Don't expect to shop till you drop like in Turkey. The only interesting items to buy are the statues I find. But most of them are made of pieces of stone that have been put together.
There are not the original alabast stone like they claim (firm stone - unbreakable).
I bought a nice statue of the God of Mummification with a body on a nice decorated table.
I had put it in our suitcase and it was broken in the return, so obviously fake stone. I bought the same statue online from Germany, when I was home, cause I liked it so much. It arrived in perfect condition.
We also bought a big statue of Horus (Falcon head) of about 50cm. It's very nice. They asked €60, we offered €20. After 30 min. we got it for that price. I slammed it to the wall by incident, and the snakes were off the head. Glad i had rapid glue :) So also fake stone.
They are shops that claim to be authentic, but you cannot thrust anyone there...
El Dahar bazars - avoid it!
The basar/bazar area of El Dahar is worst kind of tourist trap. The shop keepers are very aggressive and try to catch the customers from the street. Unfortunately they don't practice catch and release method.
And the shops in here are all selling the very same tourist trash (pirate shirts, bags etc. nubian 'art' etc.)
Unique Suggestions: Avoid eye contact with the shop keepers, look at the windows of stores in opposite side of street (this trick works for 70 % of shop keepers).
Don't talk to shopkeepers (unless you really want to), it is quite amusing how many of the shopkeepers "have" relatives in your country (cousin or brother married to woman who lives in your home country).
And off course they know these irritating phrases like "Hello" and "I love you" on your mother tongue...
If you want to take a look inside a story, choose one with other tourist allready inside the store, this is propably the only method to have chance for some hassle-free look around in the store.
And finaly if you are not intrested to buy anything, leave when tea and other refresments arrives or are offered.
Pretending to be gays
"Khawal, metnak, olla" are different names for describing a homosexual man. If you are one then i have to warn you from the trap.
You might find guys who pretend they are gays and will lead u to believe so till u r inside a room or so and they will start the blackmail game. They might rip you off of your money and still wont give you what you want.
Unique Suggestions: Dont show you are a gay and wait till you know what's going on around.
Fun Alternatives: Get to know the person very well before getting involved. Many murders happens around gay community in Egypt.Related to:
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Local Tourist agencies are cheaper than yours
Your tourist agent will sure try to sell you the tour's around for double price then the local. They will tell you it's not safe with them but, we did it, use one of the local agent for the boat tour and it was great.
Unique Suggestions: Well pay the money...
Fun Alternatives: Complain when you arive home
The beach boys
Many tourists who vivt hurghada and meets with the local beach boys and bazaar guys thinks that those are the real egyptians. No please hold on. They are guys who works in tourism to make money and then have fun.
I have met tourists who thinks that all Egyptian people are the same like those working in hurghada.
Unique Suggestions: If you meet them and you are a lady, then try and make sure if he has the kind of mentality that you like.
Fun Alternatives: Dont get attracted by appearance only. Ladies, if you are in Hurghada, you will find zillions of guys in discos so you dont have to secure one from before.Related to:
Hi, I recommend GEM travel for excursions. Not GEO travel which is next door!
It is opposite macdonalds in sakkalla and Ahmed is wonderful. He arranged so many trips for us and his english is great and he has a great manner, not slimey like some, of the operators. He can do Cairo, Luxor , safaris etc for very good prices. Many operators are overpriced and horrible. Ahmed is very european like in his manner and polite and courteous.
do not get ripped off by the white van taxis!
Ok, it's been posted in the transportation section of the tips here and we experienced it and we were told by the stafff at our hotel to only pay 1LE (that's like 15 cents) for a one way trip per person from Hurghada to
Sakkala. When the white van taxis "honk" for your attention and you want to get on, first look the guy in the eye and hold out your 1LE and say it firmly - these guys will try to say more but don't give in. the locals pay less. and it's funny too- we jumped on for 1 LE each and then along the way, they picked up a couple and told them 15 LE, to the same place we were going! Well, for safety and argument sake, we didn't say anything to these tourists. not like you'd lose alot of money (2 dollars) but still, it doesn't feel good to be ripped off. So don't budge from the 1 LE per person- that is the set rule for tourists and tell them you will go to the tourist police if it starts to get out of hand.
Unique Suggestions: you really haven't lost too much money. :(
At the coffee stops between Luxor and Hurghada, there were lots of cute Bedouin children wandering round with camels and donkeys of various sizes.
No tourist would wanna miss this photo opportunity. However, baksheesh was expected.
Unique Suggestions: One strategy we used to not double-up on the baksheesh, was to get them to pose, everyone would snap away. Then 1 person would give a couple of pounds from the whole group to the person who was in the photo.Related to:
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Winter in Egypt
Despite of the sun and splendid weather in winter........it's not that splendid nonethless :) as they have a cold strong annoying wind. I didn't see much ppl swimming in the sea. As for me one time was enough for me:))
And don't forget about a sweater, it's getting really cool by the evening:)
Unique Suggestions: Don't pay attention to this and enjoy yr holiday there:)
cheating in the shops
Almost always the prices they offer you are too high, and you can bargain them down to the reasonable one.
Check your good before you buy, stuff can be broken or not working.
Beware of the prices , always bargain!
prices in souvenir Shops are 10-20 times higher than real so always bargain. Never take their start offer
Unique Suggestions: Just leave the shop no matter the situation...
Fun Alternatives: You always have the tourist police on your side
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