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    Baksheesh!

    by RavensWing Written Oct 21, 2013

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    You hear this word all the time. BAKSHEESH is tip in arabic. Every where you go there is someone asking you for baksheesh.

    So if you let a local take your picture, let them get in the picture with you, take a picture with them ~Baksheesh~

    If they put your suitcase on the belt going through airport security, let you go through the fast lane - Take a guess -- baksheesh

    Unique Suggestions: It's not really something you can get away from. So have small notes (Egyptian LE) or change on hand with you to give to them.

    Remember not to tip to much. In my hotels stays I only left at the very most 5LE on my pillow for the staff.

    Tipping how much?

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    Burial Chamber? It's a Box!

    by RavensWing Written Oct 11, 2013

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    We went to the Red Pyramid (one of the Dashur pyramids) and our tour guide told us - any of you who are planning to climb up Mount Sinai, this is a good practice because if you can't make it up to the top of this pyramid (the entrance is in the middle of the pyramid) then you won't be able to get up Mount Sinai.
    It is a long way up.and then once you get to the door you may choose to go into the pyramid to see the Burial Chamber. I thought it would be very interesting to see this burial chamber. It's a long steep half crawl, half slide down the long stairs. You are sharing these stairs with the people going the other direction. You get to the bottom where you walk through a big room, a hallway where you have to walk hunched over, then a big room, finally into the Burial Chamber.
    How disappointing to see a large slab of rock made into a square and nothing else. Except the elderly Egyptian man holding a fan.
    It smells like musty and bat excrement. It is hot and musty. The climb down is uncomfortable but the climb back up is worse because you are hunched over all the way up the stairs.

    Unique Suggestions: Climb up to the entrance of the pyramid to say you did it but skip on seeing the box inside.

    The Steep Steps to the Burial Chamber
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    Toilet Paper & One Pound Notes

    by RavensWing Updated Oct 11, 2013

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    When you use the public washrooms there is a woman standing/sitting at the door waiting for you to give her 1LE to get into the washroom and then she will hand you 1, yes you read that correctly ONE sheet of toilet paper.

    This is not limited to the washrooms around the tourist sites. Sometimes when you are in a restaurant washroom - there is no toilet paper!

    Unique Suggestions: Always have some extra Kleenex or toilet paper with you.

    Save your 1LE notes because if you hand them a 5LE they will still just give you one sheet and let you in. You don't get any change!

    Save Some for a Rainy Day!
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    Be careful about the Currency you accept

    by goutammitra Written Oct 24, 2010

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    Cheating tourist is part of life in some parts of the world including India, but this is unique cheating. It happened at Al Khan El Khalili market, we bought some souvenier worth 500/600 Egyptian Pounds( See picture of the shopkeeper). He was supposed to return me 70 Egyptian Pounds ( L.E) but he gave me a currency of 50 PIASTERS9 half a pound)and a 20 Pound note. I never expected he could cheat me this way as we do not have a note for .50 Paise in our country, normally it's always a coin. I lost 50 Egyptian Pounds straightway!

    Unique Suggestions: Please see the notes of different denominations carefully I have put here. There is 100 Pound note, a 20 L.E, a 10 and a 5 L.E. Please check always and be sure of the currency you got back before you leave the shop. I asked our guide later on he confirmed this also that the shopkeepers do have the tendency to cheat the tourist by any means.

    Fun Alternatives: 1.Carry small denominations notes with you.
    2. If found , tell your guide, he will surely chase it as they are very careful about their country's prestige.
    3. Tell the tourist Police if you find one, I noticed they are almost everywhere.

    The Egyptian Pounds of different denominations. This is the shop and the shopkeeper, who cheated. This is the shop at Khan E Khalili market. The other side of the notes in Arabic language.
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    culture

    by entusiasta Written Jul 16, 2010

    Since Egypt is a Muslim culture, it's wise to dress appropriately in more traditional areas and mosques. Women should take care to cover their upper arms, cleavage, midriff and legs when visiting a mosque. A hair covering isn't necessary, however. Except for in tourist resorts, modesty is the best policy, or women may attract unwanted attention.

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    culture

    by entusiasta Updated Jul 16, 2010

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    Since Egypt is a Muslim culture, it's wise to dress appropriately in more traditional areas and mosques. Women should take care to cover their upper arms, cleavage, midriff and legs when visiting a mosque. A hair covering isn't necessary, however. Except for in tourist resorts, modesty is the best policy, or women may attract unwanted attention.

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    Going inside the pyramids

    by clueless83 Written Jun 13, 2010

    If you wish to go inside a pyramid, then our guide advised us to go into the second pyramid.

    For 100 L.E. you can go into the main pyramid.
    For 30 L.E. you can go into the second pyramid.

    We were told that there is little difference between the two.

    To be honest, going into the pyramid was a little disappointing - it wasn't like The Mummy film or the Tomb Raider games, but if you have a burning desire to venture into one anyway then it is better to have only spend 30 L.E. rather than 100.

    Also, if you are very large, have back/walking difficulty or are claustrophobic then you should give going inside the pyramid a miss.

    Fun Alternatives: To be honest, going inside the pyramids is more of a 'box ticked' kind of event than a 'must do'.

    Ancient pyramids
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    • Archeology
    • Architecture

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    Crossing the road

    by stevemt Written Apr 26, 2010

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    Crossing the road in Egypt can be a nightmare if you let it.

    Just looking at it, it looks a very hit or miss affair. But actually, if you step out and keep a steady pace the drivers will drive round you.

    If in doubt, get next to a local that is going to cross and cross with them.

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    Hieroglyphs: just turn a deaf ear

    by TheLongTone Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    The Rosetta Stone has a great deal to answer for.

    When Ancient Egypt was discovered by Europe one of the most exciting things for scholars was the huge amount of inscriptions: there's nothing a historian likes more than a contemporary written source.

    Hieroglyphs are not only visually intriguing but also form a most complicated writing system. It's contrived for purpose of monumental masonry , offering multiple ways of representing the same words and so allowing artistic latitude. While the majority of the hieroglyphs have a phonetic value some convey meaning in a more pictogram-like manner. It all offers a splendid puzzle, and in those far-away days before the Times published a crossword......

    Hence the traditional Egyptologists preoccupation with texts.

    The result....this is the TOURIST TRAP... is a tendency for guides to witter on about king-lists and the ridiculously complex theology of the people, with a bit of anecdotage thrown in without actually looking at things. This is particularly obvious in the Egyptian Museum. There are some stunningly beautiful things here, but most tour groups huddle round their guide as he or she spouts banalities in the little time left from shepherding duties and DON'T LOOK AT A THING. It's generally only kids who have the wit to hook off and actually examine the stuff.

    Which is, after all, what you have come all this way for. You can always read up on it afterwards.

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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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  • Phaoronic Village

    by eracki Written Jun 24, 2009

    As Cheesy as it sounds. It isn't half bad. It's like an assembly line where to get to experience Egypt of Old to Present Day, each era within 10 feet of each other. While I will admit it isn't the best way to experience Cairo or Egypt for that matter, you will get a lot of information and it's a good starting point to decide what you want to see while in the Country. There is a museum in the village with "mini" models of many of significants places around Cairo which also serve as a good Informational point to decide if you would like to visit the "actual" monument.

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    Souvenir shops instead of tourist sights…

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 19, 2007

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    I was traveling along Cairo by bus with a group of tourists. While making an excursion around Old Cairo as usual we were lack of time to see all its sights. After visiting the Hanging Church, St. George Church of the Greek Orthodox Convent, St Barbara Church, Church of St. George and Abu Serga I was looking forward to see the Church of the Holy Virgin, Ben Ezra Synagogue and the Coptic Museum. But I failed!

    Our guide carried us to the souvenir shop and gave free time for shopping. He said we had 15 minutes… But we spent there almost an hour! If I knew I would make my own excursion during this time. But I had to wait for other tourists who wanted to buy souvenirs instead of watching sights. That’s one of the main tourist trap while traveling with a group.

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    Perfume

    by black-saturn Written Sep 27, 2007

    Almost every visitor of Cairo will at some point be taken in by a perfume seller. They take you right into their homes, show you around, offer you a drink and a smoke. Then they get all their perfumes out and try to sell you them and they are not cheap. I ended up buying a bottle of perfume for my mum which i managed to haggle down to £20 for a 20ml bottle. It is quite good quality perfume though and lingers a long time on the skin.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't feel pressured into buying anything. If you want to buy perfume by all means buy but if you don't you can politely say no thanks and get up to leave. I also found that the chairs were slightly leaning back so it was difficult to make a stand without them knowing you were about to and coming up with another wonderful offer. You could try making out you are allergic to perfume.

    Fun Alternatives: If you are going to walk out without the help of a tour guide and someone asks you where you are going don't say you are looking for a shop or a bar. They will see it as an excuse to get you into their perfume shop and give you a little drink.

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    Meet and Greet at the airport..what a SCAM !!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated Mar 11, 2007

    Ok, your planning a trip to Egypt for the first time, every hotel web site offers a meet and greet service at the airport to help you get your luggage and get your visa for $20 US dollars.....and even people here on V.T suggest you pay for this service "it's so fast, no hassle, no problems" etc., WHAT A SCAM !!!!!! you pay for something you'll be able to do by yourself, there's is no nightmare in getting your VISA, no nightmare in getting your luggage...it's a plain SCAM !!!!!!

    When you get off your plane you walk past some Duty free stores, then as you come down a walkway you see at least 6 different banks, you buy your visa there which is 2 small stamps, then you get in a line for immagration you get your passport stamped walk thru and wait for your luggage while people come up to you wanting to take you to your hotel (just ignore them)

    I would suggest this for 2 types of people...1. If you are elderly in age and can't pick up your luggaue or can't stand for a long time...then this might be the only real excuse for using this service and 2. If you are extremely LAZY !!!! (then I think you come to the wrong part of the world)

    Don't fall for this service offered by your hotel or anyone prior to coming here.....It's A SCAM !!!

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  • Your name in hyerogliph

    by MariaK Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    In certain touristy places, you will find people selling you papyrus with your name in hieroglyph. I experienced this in the Cairo Tower cafe (this is where I fell in the trap - afterwards I saw the same souvenir in other places too).

    Of course it's not a real papyrus. And I am sure that the ancient Egyptians did not have names as "Maria". Click on the photo to see how I fell in the trap. And I don't even know where this thing is buried in my home now.

    It costs more than ten souvenirs in Khan-Al-Khalili bazaar (after bargaining that is).

    Unique Suggestions: Just give the money consciously and be happy about it, you spend a lot of money for other silly staff as well while in a trip, admit it.

    Fun Alternatives: Ten different souvenirs from Khan-Al-Khalili.

    Hatshepsut here I come:
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  • El-Fishawi Cafe (Khan el-Khalili)

    by MariaK Written Jul 27, 2006

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    Because of the nice comments I was reading about this place I tried to go there for more than 4 times. And I found a shop full of tourists drinking shisha in a narrow road in the Khan el-Khalili area, sitting on most uncomfortable wooden chairs. No local people except the waiters.

    Unique Suggestions: I would just pass from the outside, look at the place or take a pic and then move to the crossroad where another coffeeshop is waiting to serve you.

    Fun Alternatives: Naguib Mahfouz Coffeshop at the end of the same road. But this is another tip :)

    Not bad when empty.
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