Cairo Tourist Traps

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  • 1. Camels

    don't ever pose in front of camels around the giza necropolis area as eventhough you are not riding them and you are just in front of them and taking pictures, the camel herders wil pester you, rather...

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  • 2. Papyrus

    I was on a visit to cairo (egypt) in the month of october 2012. I was residing in the hotel semiramish. One fine morning I walked few steps away from my hotel and a young guy aged around 18-20 yrs...

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  • 3. Hawkers and hassle

    Having just got back from 2 weeks in Egypt (Sharm, Cairo and Alexandria) and not normally a reviewer of my trips but thought it was really necessary to advise about the Giza Pyramids as it was by far...

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  • 4. Money/Prices

    Be careful when buying small stone carvings and papyrus. They will always tell you that those are authentic but most of the items they sell in cairo are fake ones. They are not real stones and...

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  • 5. Camera/Video Tax

    It is currently FORBIDDEN to take a camera inside the Egyptian Museum. You must leave your camera at a booth just inside the gate. This is at odds with some of the information posted here previously...

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  • 6. Transportation

    If you travel to Egypt without the aid of Tour group leaving the airport terminal you will be approached by cab drivers offering you a ride anywhere in Cairo. Cab Drivers inside the terminal assume...

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  • 7. Health

    As for staying healthy, don't drink the tap water in Cairo -- even at the best hotels. It's also a good idea to avoid raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit and street food. Finally, always have change on...

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  • 8. Baksheesh!

    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...

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  • 9. Burial Chamber? It's a Box!

    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...

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  • 10. Toilet Paper & One Pound Notes

    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...

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  • 11. Be careful about the Currency you accept

    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...

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  • 12. culture

    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,...

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  • 13. culture

    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,...

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  • 14. Going inside the pyramids

    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...

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  • 15. Crossing the road

    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...

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  • 16. Hieroglyphs: just turn a deaf ear

    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...

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  • 17. Phaoronic Village

    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...

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  • 18. Souvenir shops instead of tourist sights…

    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....

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  • 19. Perfume

    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...

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

    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...

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  • 21. Your name in hyerogliph

    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...

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  • 22. El-Fishawi Cafe (Khan el-Khalili)

    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...

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  • 23. When to give tips and when not to give tips

    Please... any tourist should know its a custom to give tips to the bell boy...or the one who carry your luggage at the airport..but somehow, some local guide...

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  • 24. Perfume Palace??

    We were taken on a tour by a guide to the Shahinaz Perfume Palace in Cairo. Given a demonstration of perfumes and how pure they were. -We were conned into...

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  • 25. I am sure that it was booked...

    Before leaving Saudi Arabia (our home for two years) to come and visit Egypt for the hoildays we made sure that we booked our accomodation before we left. We...

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