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  • BRING YOUR STUDENT CARD

    by pangtidor Written Mar 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: If you are a student, dont forget to bring your student card. Make sure that `STUDENT CARD` is printed on your card, to be acknowledged as a student card for them. With the student card you will get 50% discount for almost all of the entrance fees.

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    I Felt Safe the Whole Time!

    by saraheg77 Written Jun 3, 2004

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    Our Guards

    Favorite thing: I know lots of people may be wondering if it's safe to go to Egypt. It is! I went in May '04 and felt very safe the whole time. The Egyptian people love tourists to come and spend their money in the country! Plus, we had a tour of about 30 and we had guards with us at all times. Also, Egypt has a whole Tourist Police force (they wear the white uniforms). They are very concerned with keeping their tourists safe and making them feel safe, so don't worry! :)

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    Bus or personal Guide

    by hamCW Written Aug 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I just returned from a great trip in Egypt. Fortunately, I had read about Mohamed Bahaa on Virtual Traveler!

    He my arrangements for all the hotels, flights guided tours and transportation. In addition, Bahaa made several trips to the pharmacy to make sure I had the medical supplies I needed. The hotel rooms were great. I have read horror stories about others who stayed in undesirable places. I previously had taken those bus tours . Remember hearing the bus guide point out “ look on the right side” and you were on the left side and missed the photo shot. That doesn’t happen with Bahaa. Best off all, the cost is about the same as the bus day or half day tour. I was in Egypt for about 11 days. Thanks Bahaa!

    Fondest memory: The people are friendly. You will amazed at what awaits you in the Cairo Museum. Take a trip outside of Cairo and see the farms and rural Egyptian lifestyle. Then go to Luxor, WOW!

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    Get out of Cairo!

    by mariocibelli Written Aug 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are staying in Cairo for more than a few days, I suggest going to Alexandria to break up the monotony of siteseeing. Sometimes, you get to the breaking point of mosques, museums and monuments and can't take any more. It is an easy train journey there, and just enough things to keep you busy for the day. Train is cheap in 2nd class 50 Pounds RT, with arctic AC!

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    Pass the tissues

    by uglyscot Written Jun 19, 2004

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    The sphinx

    Favorite thing: The Pyramids and the Sphinx

    BUT beware of the camel and horse men who pester you, and if you do want to ride, make sure you agree on prices for going and coming back. Some people have just been left to find their own way back.

    Fondest memory: The statue of Tuthmosis III.
    I am absolutely fascinated by this Pharaoh, known as the Napoleon of Egypt. Every time I visit the museum, I have to see him.

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    Bus or personal Guide

    by hamCW Written Aug 12, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I just returned from a great trip in Egypt. Fortunately, I had read about Mohamed Bahaa on Virtual Traveler!

    He my arrangements for all the hotels, flights guided tours and transportation. In addition, Bahaa made several trips to the pharmacy to make sure I had the medical supplies I needed. The hotel rooms were great. I have read horror stories about others who stayed in undesirable places. I previously had taken those bus tours . Remember hearing the bus guide point out “ look on the right side” and you were on the left side and missed the photo shot. That doesn’t happen with Bahaa. Best off all, the cost is about the same as the bus day or half day tour. I was in Egypt for about 11 days. Thanks Bahaa Tours!
    email m.bahaa2@usa.net

    Fondest memory: The people are friendly. You will amazed at what awaits you in the Cairo Museum. Take a trip outside of Cairo and see the farms and rural Egyptian lifestyle. Then go to Luxor, WOW!

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    Doctors in Cairo

    by Diana75 Updated Jul 3, 2006

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    Fondest memory: Due to an unpleasant incident, an old lady from our group needed some medical assistance while staying in Cairo.

    The guys from our hotel (Maadi Hotel) have been very kind and called us a doctor which arrived immediately.

    The doctor only consulted the lady and prescribed some medicines to her.

    The price paid was of USD 18-, but he also gave an invoice for the insurance company.

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    Feet do your stuff...

    by mariocibelli Written Aug 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: When possible walk. Especially in a city like Cairo, where the urban landscape can change every hundred meters. Also, I find by walking one gains much more confidence in the new surroundings. In Cairo, just make sure you stay in the shade, which there is a lack of, Watch out for the rubble, rubble rubble everywhere in Islamic Cairo!

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    When to Go

    by queenpud Written Oct 10, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The best time to go November - April (occasionally experiences dust storms brought by the sirocco hot winds in April)

    There are two seasons: a very hot summer between May and October, and a mild winter from November to April.
    Cairo is very dry, receiving on average only about a centimeter of rain a year, but it does have high humidity levels in summer.

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  • General advice from an ex-pat

    by youngsincairo Written Sep 3, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Advice from an ex-pat starting her 4th year in Cairo: Dress like a tourist and you will be treated like a tourist. Women: tops not too low, mid-calf length capris or skirts are good options, bare upper arms are considered sexy, so cover up! Bermuda shorts for a man is OK at the pyramids since you will be considered a tourist anyway. One correction: the bank windows for purchasing visas ($15 US or equivalent in pounds or Euros) are beyond the baggage collection and duty free shop, on the left just before the Immigration/passport booths. The lineup is generally short. No trouble with pickpockets, but I wouldn't want to tempt them, either. Just use common sense: be careful in crowded streets, wear your purse across your chest, no wallets in back pockets! One suggestion: it helps if you learn a few words of Arabic, and joke with them (using gestures and facial expression--they have a wonderful sense of humour! Act confident, like you're friends (not timid or intimidated). One Egyptian man in the Khan (market area) told me he knew I wasn't a tourist because I didn't act frightened...

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    Toliet paper and money

    by johsab Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There are three rules you must follow in Cairo:

    1) Bring your own toliet paper as must places will not have it. Don't be surprised if the toliet seats are broken off most toliets...the locals are used to using the "hole" and 'em modern things that flush are new to them. So, they stand on the toliet seats to use it....hey, you will see stranger things then this....trust me.

    2) Money - see rule #1. My theory is that small bills are used for toliet paper. Bring a zip lock back to hold the Egyptian money. It is filthy and it stinks...esp the lower demoninated bills.

    3) Keep your walet in your front pocket with your hand in your pocket as well. I can't count the number of times there was a second hand trying to get in there with mine!

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    Basic Arabic

    by SumTingWong Written Jan 29, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Here are some basic and important Arabic phrases, they will come in much use (i wrote them in roman letters):

    No thank you - Laa shokrahn
    Hello - Salaam
    Good bye - ma-as-salaamah
    No - Laa
    Yes - Naam
    Thanks - Shokrahn
    Your welcome - Afuwam
    How are you - Kaifa Halookah
    I'm fine - Baheer, al-hamdu lilaah

    if you need to say something in Arabic e-mail me!

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    Walk Around!

    by aeroarce Updated Jan 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is the Capital of Africa and Middle east, here you can find the only airport that has a Vip private parking area for the best jets you can imagine and donkeys in the streets taking all kind of supplies. The ancient egypt is kept in its musseums and in the Pyramids and also you have the best Metro System of all Africa. The most impressive is that a part of the city chaos it is possible to relax and enjoy silence besides all the crowd at some of the most impressive mosques of Muslim World: Ibn Tulum and Al Azahar.

    Fondest memory: The 4 days I stayed there walking and walking. From Tahrir to the Citadel, Khan aljalil, Al ghouri, the City of the deaths, old cairo and new cairo,...
    Just walk and enjoy local life and way of living. I adore that man at the entrance of his decrepit shop, maybe he has no clients for his old and dump stuff but he's still there looking the time passing by.

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    The secret behind real and "false" Papyrus...

    by SwedishViking Written Jan 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you are a visitor to Cairo, you will for sure be offered to buy some Papyrus.
    The Papyrus that sells in the markets and souvenir shops are all fake. Real Papyrus is made from the grass "Cyperus papyrus". Straws from the grass are soaked in water for six days and then the straws are arranged in lines to form a sheet of paper. Then the straws are being pressed together for six more days to become a sheet of Papyrus paper. The false Papyrus leafs are made from banana leafs instead.

    The easiest way to check if the Papyrus is fake or not is to crumble up the paper in your hand.
    If it breaks - it's fake!

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    You need a water parade before you step out!

    by M.E.R.V Updated Apr 17, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Drink plenty of water always because the heat is unbearable. Tap water isn't safe to drink and mineral water should be sealed when you buy them from vendors on the streets. Get canned drinks instead of bottled ones if you can and do bring some stomach tablets just in case you get a Mummy-Belly.

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