Egypt Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd
  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd
  • Tourist Traps
    by machomikemd

Egypt Tourist Traps

  • Papyrus

    Hurghada Tourist Traps

    Buying Papyrus by Saladinos Description: When going to most touristic sites you will be followed and surrounded by lots of men offering you to buy their original papyrus papers. It is not an original papyrus they are liers. At Least Do This: If he is offering you a papyrus as an original one tell him No this is not Original and that you are the...

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  • Camels

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    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 aggressively to pay them for the picture! they will ask 40 LE (about 5 US Dollars) as payment, even though they are not the ones who took the shot...

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  • Weather in Alexandria

    Alexandria Tourist Traps

    the trap would be the timing of the visit ...don't try to visit ALEXNDRIA in summer..it's very busy and i mean it..moreover the mentality of the egyptian that visit alexnadria to spend the summer vacation is very low.

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  • scams

    Luxor Tourist Traps

    In our way back from the Valley of Kings, we stopped in a stone factory with some appealing statues in its front, where we bought a wonderful head in lapis-lazuli (not cheap). As a reward, the owner offered my kids two neckless of small beads, also in lapis-lazuli - he said and... it seemed. They had it on when diving in the pool, back to the...

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  • Hawkers and hassle

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    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 the most stressful day of our trip and almost not worth the hassle, and we spent a total of 6 days in the Cairo area. I had read about and felt clued...

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  • taxis and transport

    Alexandria Tourist Traps

    Taxi is the prime means of transport. These are atleast 15 years old cars for which I cant recognize the make honestly. English is very alien to everyone in Egypt. Best is to ask the hotel price of trip to any place by taxi. Only pay that much if you are predeciding the fare with the driver. Another trick is to just sit in the taxi and speak your...

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  • Papyrus

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    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 came to me and started greeting me. Welcome to Cairo my brother etc. He was able to speak english and told me that he is a history art student. I asked...

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  • old city ruins- Roman Theatre

    Alexandria Tourist Traps

    Over 30 years of excavation have uncovered many Roman remains including this well-preserved theatre with galleries, sections of mosaic-flooring, and marble seats for up to 800 spectators. In Ptolemaic times, this area was the Park of Pan and a pleasure garden. The theater at one point may had been roofed over to serve as an Odeon for musical...

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  • Money/Prices

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    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 definitely not real papyrus..so try to pay the price for a replica.

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  • Camera/Video Tax

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    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 so I can only assume that the rules have changed at some stage. Photography in the garden area where there are some exhibits is not a problem.

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  • Transportation

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    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 you will just want any cab due to the fact that you are tired after your long flight, and you just want to get to your hotel room. Egypt can be just as...

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  • Health

    Cairo Tourist Traps

    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 hand. Baksheesh is the word for tipping -- and it is a way of life there. Expect to tip toilet attendants 1 L.E or, possibly, be denied use of the...

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  • Beware of Ask-Aladdin Egypt Tour...

    BEWARE this tour operator! My wife and I just returned from a trip to Egypt using Ask-Aladdin, and we feel scammed. The tour guides and other personnel were great because their pay depends on tips paid by travelers for good service. However, the owner made arrangements that were not what we asked for and paid for, and showed utter contempt for his...

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  • Luxor Karnak Temple 'guide'

    The bedouin looking fellow who leads tourists into a corner through a door for great photo ops and a betrothal ceremony but insists you haven't tipped him when you have and asks all the party for tips! Give him a good tip? Don't be lead away from the main route

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  • exagerate warning

    Yes, it is true that they all ask for baksheesh(tips) for their little service. But then you have to understand their culture. Even the well-to-do egyptians give baksheesh to their own people. Most of the poor bear poverty with good grace, while hoping for "God-give" rewards. So what is so wrong to give 1usd or 1eur to these poor people who have to...

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  • Bakhsheesh

    Wherever you go in Egypt you will find people asking for bakhsheesh , either openly or discretely by using the phrase 'eeya khidma? ' or 'haga taani?". Tipping is a way of life to the Egyptians; the rich give to the poor . It is a way of making sure that everyone gets a share. The majority of Egyptians are very poor indeed by western standards and...

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  • Beware of those "helpful" Egyptians!

    Everywhere, from the pyramids to the museum to anywhere in the street, there are people that offer their services - at a fee as you will learn later - of course.Beware of the camel riders at the pyramids who want you to pose with them and their camels for photos - they don't accept small change for the favor.Shake off the so-called guide at the...

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  • Perfume Oils - the real thing or not?

    There are thousands of selelrs of 'perfume oils'. Some are genuine, others not. How to decide? Difficult! Let your nose and common sense be your guide!

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  • The Factory Stores

    Alas, the day is not over before a visit to the "Perfume Factory" where as expected everything is hugely overpriced. This is at the urging of our guide who I’m sure is hopeful we will buy so he can get some commission!...There are also the Carpet Factory School , etc etcIt is wise to resist the urge to buy as these are truly tourist dollar grabs ....

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  • Ignore them!

    Alright, just coming into the airport, you'll probably have problems. If you tip, only give 2LE AT MOST. On my most recent trip, I had a guy ask for 20 USD from me; not only did he forfeit his tip, I told him if he pulled anything, I'd tell the police. All this because he moved 1 bag of mine 5 feet... Anyways, he got freaked out, figured I was...

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  • Alexandra

    Nothing much to offer here in Alexandra except the state Library.We were tricked to spend our money here by (Gate 1 ) thinking it could be a fantasticplace to visit but gosh, it really is a waste of money !

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  • River Nile Trap

    As I'd said previously on my hotel ratings. becareful which river nile cruise you undertaking, better to bring you own bedsheets if at all possible, coz there may be bugs in the mattresses and bedsheets. Attached are pictures to show, you can't see any bugs but it has bitten me all over and the sheets were so yellow, old & filty !Another...

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  • Al-Khalil Bazaar-Don't buy any jewellery...

    Don't be taken by the merchants at Al-Khalil Bazaar. It's a good place to shop for a souvenir but don't buy the jewellery. They overcharge you for FAKE jewellery. Luckily my wife and I were not taken because my wife knows her jewellery. To tell if its real gold or silver first check for a stamp on it telling you how many carats it is. Second rub...

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  • Urfi Marriges

    Dear, don't worry about anything this document was only written between both of you so he can travel within the Egyptian soil without been interugated by local authorities and to safe gaurd himself (sorry to say so) well as always said life is a school so don't look behind, just remember the nice days and places you have visited in Egypt. The paper...

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  • The whole Kairo seems to be a tourist...

    It seems where ever you are in Kairo, especially near the pyramids, everybody wants to make money out of you. An invitation for tea, with the casual conversation and friendship-offers and "true interest" in you changes after a while in offers of Camel trips and exclusive visits to the pyramids. It is done out of friendship, of course, and if you...

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  • Egypt - Let Me Take You to The Papyrus...

    If you travel in Egypt and have any sort of guide, bus driver, taxi driver etc. there is no doubt that you will be offered the opportunity to visit a or "the" papyrus museum. These "museums" are located all over tourist areas in Egypt and are designed to sell you papyrus art. When you enter the museum you will be offered tea and a demonstration...

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  • Surviving in Egypt

    THE PEOPLE & THE SHOPPING:The people are very friendly but will drive you mad to buy things. The touting is everywhere even at the smallest temples, but you can get some good bargains. At all times SMILE, and be FRIENDLY even when you feel harassed. HUMOUR goes a long way, as does being DIRECT. eg. look at a scarf, ask the price in Egyptian pounds....

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  • Ancient Egyptians

    Egypt is a big tourist trap. Once you enter the country, be prepared to meet the worst kind of people on earth, they will all try to be nice and ask for money afterwards. It's a third world country where you spend as if you are in a developed country. Not worth the time and money. There are two types of modern Egyptians, the ones you can see in...

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  • Papyrus Museums and the comissions they...

    Every tour in Egypt has a visit to a Papyrus (or perfume) Museum/factory . Be aware, that at least 50% of the price you pay goes in comission to the guide or driver that took you there. That's on top of the whip round that the tour may have donated because the guide is such a nice guy and so informative. On you own. Get your driver to drop you...

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  • tips from a rep

    Hi i was in Egypt in 1998, along time ago i know, i went on a weeks cruise & a week in a hotel in luxor.I went with a friend but the thing is she was the same age asone of my daughters she was 27 & i was 50,I do mean friend.But not once did we have a problem. naturally we had seprate beds.we had more problems with some of the men,not all, i think...

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  • Haggling & Shopping with Egypt Merchants...

    Most Egypt Merchants are honest but there are many out there that are not. Haggling needs practice, my recommendation is to start with 20% to 30% of what the vendors asked for. Then haggle with them. If they asked you how many you buy, its a good indication you are offering a good price for him already. Insist with your price and leave the store...

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  • The Papyrus

    Reading and hearing the papyrus history will encourage you to buy one in Egypt. Dont be cheated. The papyrus offered by the street vendors usually the fake ones, made from the banana leaves. Get the original one from the papyrus institute; they use to demonstrate the papyrus making process to the visitors. The oil painted papyrus will be more...

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  • The Shopping Tour

    Shopping tour will be an extra tour by your guide to his suggested stores. Apparently the guide will get extra commission by doing so. This kind of tour used to be in Giza and Memphis area, Cairo City Tour, Aswan, and Luxor. Yes it is true that you will get the qualified things in Giza shops and they are inspected by the ministries. Nevertheless,...

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  • Egypt Toilets - from public to private

    Most toilets from airport to private facilities or historical tourist site have people guarding the entry for money. There is a sign in the airport saying NO TIPPING IN BATHROOM but somehow you will find them asking you for it. Don't give them money and prepare yourself with tissue paper all the time. Those tricky ones took the rolls of tissue out...

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  • Vendors

    Vendors in Egypt always charge foreigners double to triple the price of what local pays. Try to check out how much local people pay and you follow to pay with exact change in your hand. Some may argue but try insist your price. Also, prepare a cheat sheet of arabic numbers to match what the price wrote over there.

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  • watch your self

    Every thing in Egypt is a tourist trap, that is how they make their living, so be careful, simple things like them asking you if you want to have a photo with them, it seam’s innocent enough, so you have your photo taken with them, then they ask you to pay them and when you refuse they start a big brawl.Also don't get on a camel around the pyramids...

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  • the pyramids

    all egyptians around the pyramids are a real rippoff , especially ones with camels and horses , don't take a ride with them , even if your tour co. suggested so , the worst tour co. i ever seen in the world is GTC , stay away of them , unprofessional .

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  • Think you've seen it all?!

    My wife and I just left egypt. REMEMBER THIS IF YOU REMEMBER ANYTHING: all of the Papyrus is printed by a MACHINE! The only part of the tourist papyrus that is not printed, is the signature that is sometimes done in house. We went to Khan a Khalili and the lies and junk were everywhere. It was overwhelming. WE met an egyptian friend that told us...

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  • Pyramids in Giza - don't get scammed

    If you ever come to Cairo as naive as me, do not arrange yourself a trip to pyramids with a hotel on your first day! at that time you still don't know the prices around, have no idea how to deal with Egyptians. They will rip you off from A to Z. My driver gave impression of being very helpfull, but all he did was taking us to different stores where...

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  • Giza Pyramids- The Rip Off Pyramids!

    In movies, in history books, in ads, in the beautiful pictures of your friends (If they only took the Pyramids or the Sphinx), the Pyramids of Giza really appears like a fascinating and peaceful place. In reality however, it really is beautiful...BUT it's FAR from peaceful!It's CHAOTIC!!!The hassles and rip-offs here are good enough to drive the...

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  • Famous Tombs of Luxor-Is the Treasure...

    Ah...the famous tombs of Luxor! If you didn't take your history for granted, this is the famous cemetery where all the Pharaohs (including the females) were buried with lots and lots of BEAUTIFUL TREASURE! (Worth more than a million beautiful dollars!!!) And this is no 'Fantasy' or made-up joke if you're an Archeologist! Impossible or not, when the...

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  • Aggressive Vendors in Egypt

    I just returned from a guided tour of Egypt. The tour was fabulous. But I've never run into so many aggressive, pushy, in-your-face vendors. They'll come right up to you with offers without giving you a chance to look around and browse. That often deterred people from shopping who might be interested in something. In one case, I walked into a stall...

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  • Feluccas, Are These Romantic Beauties...

    Ah...the feluccas! Egypt won't be complete without it! (Especially Aswan!) These romantic beauties that sail the entire Nile River up to Aswan are makes Egypt more exotic! Who wouldn't be enticed to ride on them?Honestly, I wouldn't want to ride it- like the gondolas of Venice, I find it pretty boring and pricey. Don't get me wrong, some PEOPLE...

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  • Night and Sounds- Boring and are they...

    All the night and sounds in Egypt are done very well: Excellent (and serious) voice acting, killer sound effects and spectacular lighting effects but honestly, it’s amazing in the intro but later on, it gets draggy and boring! No kidding! In the sound and light show in the Karnak in Luxor, I saw 15 people snoring (Not only kids but adults too!) and...

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  • The Papyrus Museum in Cairo

    On our tour in Cairo, a man brought us to the Papyrus museum, they told us it would be nice and its worth it, so we agreed to to there. The Papyrus museum is a small atore that of a boutique . They show you how they make Papyrus and whats it made from. You'll see different Papyrus around the room and that's it!Once your done, they will tell you to...

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