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Egypt Warnings and Dangers

  • Women

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    I love the people in Egypt ,of course I go there not for tourism but to see the dog kennels as I am a hobby breeder and they have some of the best of my breed . Other than the occasional misunderstandings between me and some people (kindness shown from a women is flirting there ) I had no travel problems , of course I did not take Taxi or bus as I...

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  • Taxis Fares

    Hurghada Warnings and Dangers

    Taxi drivers will always try to over charge you and rip you off. Never get in an orange cab without correct change as they will pull a fast one on you. You give them a 100LE they will say no that's a 10LE. You look down and IT IS a 10LE!! very fast rip off! Also you may agree 10 pounds on a taxi and when you reach your destination they will say...

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  • Traffic&driving in Alexandria

    Alexandria Warnings and Dangers

    Corniche road is dangerious. USE THE TUNNELS!!! During the summer months there are at least 3-4 people hit and kill on this road every week j-walking. You're dead body is only worth 200LE, because that is the MAX fine a driver has to pay on the Corniche road if they hit and kill you..... USE THE TUNNELS!!!!!

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  • Harrassment

    Luxor Warnings and Dangers

    My partner and I were in Luxor for 4 nights (March 2015) in order to take a break from Sharm El Sheikh and get to visit some of the ancient sites in this part of Egypt. We arrived late at night and stayed at the Hilton Hotel with a room overlooking the river Nile. We had left the following day free as we wanted to visit the city and explore & shop....

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  • Hawkers and hassle

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    being the number one tourist destination of egypt, the Giza Necropolis, where the Great Pyramids are located, has lots of mini stalls, hawkers, touts asking for alms and selling items and other unscrupolous elements like the pick pockets, photo scammers and the like. since having permanent shopping stalls are not allowed in the Complex, the sellers...

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  • Diarrhea

    Hurghada Warnings and Dangers

    If you have a sensitive stomach, be sure that you'll catch diarrhea. You are most likely to suffer, but you can buy a local medicine called ENTOCID 1, in any pharmacy. There are some bacteria that we are not used to in Europe, and although not dangerous, they can cause you unpleasant stomach urges, 80% of the people we traveled with had that...

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  • Theft and scams

    Luxor Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful how you handle horse carriage rides in and around Luxor. Sometimes the driver may stop at a gift shop to get you to buy souvenirs along the way. (This scam has been planned and well thought out!). Sometimes the driver will stop and pick-up the "Real Owner" of the horse and carriage. The "Real Owner" will then bump-up the price of your...

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  • Airport and Luggage

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    Copy of e-mail I sent directly to the airport management on May 26. Until today no respond. Based on the reviews bellow I know now that I will not get answer. The airport management must know what’s going on and most likely are part of the ongoing extortions. Dear HR representative. I tried several time to send you my complaint bellow via your...

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  • Sun Dangers

    Hurghada Warnings and Dangers

    The sun in Hurgada is very hot,, make sure your protected from the sun stroke. A friend of mine got a sun stroke after getting a sun tan at the beach. We found a Japanese drink "POCARI SWEAT" sold at hypermarkets "Spinney's" there, after he took it his temperature started going down to normal it saved his life. If you drink it regularly it keeps...

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  • The Climate

    Luxor Warnings and Dangers

    We hadn't anticipated just how hot the sun woulld get in Luxor and although we took two full bottles of factor 50 sun block we soon ran out. I went to a local chemist and bought some Nivea factor 60 and it was quite expensive. We all applied it and then we all burned for the first time on the holiday. I'm not suggesting for a minute that it wasn't...

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  • Traffic

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic is really a mess in Cairo and it is like this from sunrise till after sunset. I had no idea that 23 milions of people lived in Cairo during the day, but you really notice each of them when you breath. The first morning I opened the window in my room to change air, gave a breath and decided it was better to leave it closed.Most taxi drivers...

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  • Water

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    It is always safer to buy bottled water than to attempt to drink from the tap. The water is frequently over chlorinated, or smells of sewage. Likewise avoid the river. If taking a trip on a felucca or sailing boat, don't dangle your hand in the water no matter how tempting it may be. The Nile is dirty.

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  • Climate

    Cairo Warnings and Dangers

    If you are visiting in the winter, don't just take shorts and T shirts - it can be quite chilly in Cairo in the early mornings and evenings, and you will certainly need to visit the Pyramids early if you want to try to get a ticket to go inside one of them. I had a light jacket when I visited and was still quite cold - heaven knows how the people...

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  • Long time waiting

    The Nile cruise is a very relaxing trip, with the monuments appearing from time to time, in a fluent rhythm that brakes monotony. However, the crossing of Esna sluice is very boring - at least it was, for us. We arrived in the morning, and had to wait until past midnight. We couldn't leave the boat (security reasons, I suppose) and time passed...

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  • Nighttrain from Cairo for a woman...

    Hi, my experience travelling alone for first time for a woman in Egypt is not easy. Try to avoid the night train from Cairo to Aswan or Luxor, I was a nightmare for me. The place is terrible dirty. There are no way to close the door of the cabine from outside and if you have the very bad luck to have to go to the horrible bathroom..you have to let...

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  • Tour Bus Accident Kills 9 Tourist on...

    Grand Circle Travel books tours on a regular basis to Egypt. Amongst the sites they promote a trip to see the Temples of Abus Simbel. Despite the fact that there have been over a dozen fatal accident involving Tourbuses since d2006, they curiously fail to inform their clients of flying to Aswan, Cairo, Temple Of Abu Simbel, or Luxor is an option....

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  • Tour Bus Accident Kills 9 Tourist on...

    Grand Circle Travel books Tours on a regular basis to Egypt. Amongst the sites they promote a trip to see the Temples Of Abu Simbel. Despite the fact that there have been over 12 acccidents involving Tour buses since 2006, they curiously fail to inform their clients that of flying to Aswan, Cairo, Temple of Abu Simbel, or Luxor is an option....

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  • Bathrooms: Clean/not clean...it really...

    I found this website that rates restrooms in various countries. I am including the Egyptian link. Actually, believe it or not, this could be a helpful bit of info. Seniors, travellers with disabilities and parents with children often need to know about access and I bet it is difficult to find this kind of information.There is a section to add your...

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  • Thieves not related to Robinhood!!!

    From my personal travel experience... 1) Never leave your personal belongings unattended even if you are travelling in a private coach provided by your travel agent!!! Thievery is common in Cairo.2) Don't go out at night alone without a male companion. 3) Don't flash those pearly whites at men unless you want to be bothered.4) Expect nothing.5)...

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  • Sharks In Shame El Shake

    The waters off Shame El Shake in December were full of shark and they were attacking the tourist. The beaches were closed during our stay. We were told by several locals that it had become a new practice for religious people to take there boats out and perform religious ceremonies of Slaughtering their goats.l they then throw them in the waters....

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  • Sharks In Shame El Shake

    The waters off Shame El Shake in December were full of shark and they were attacking the tourist. The beaches were closed during our stay. We were told by several locals that it had become a new practice for religious people to take there boats out and perform religious ceremonies of Slaughtering their goats.l they then throw them in the waters....

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  • Cab Driver

    If you are the least bit squeamish when driving, it may be difficult to ride in a cab in a lot of parts of Egypt. I can't say that the cab drivers are bad, because they aren't, they are just the most aggressive drivers I've ever been in a vehicle with. Because the traffic is so bad in many places, cab drivers must drive aggressively otherwise you...

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  • Baksheesh (Tipping)

    Baksheesh at the Pyramids is the worst. They wanted Baksheesh for any and everything. Baksheesh is less in the Sinai. Should you tip, take into account the cost of living in Egypt, not the cost of living back home. Remember the average income in Egypt is 350 Egyptian pounds a month, about $65 USD or 45 Euros. This comes out to about $3.25 USD a day...

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  • Sheesa Bars / Bedwin Bars!!!! Beware !!!

    The Sheesa bars or bedwin bars along the main strip of Naama Bay Please be VERY VERY careful as they rip you off. I sat down with my wife and had a water pipe and two beers and it cost 250 LE thats almost £30 !!!! We found the Underground Bar which is near the Tavern Bar in Naama bay where you can sit outside and have a waterpipe for 15 LE !! and...

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  • Be careful of Oil, Perfume store Siwa

    This is to warn everyone about a store for oils and perfumes called Siwa in Cairo, Egypt--they are a big store and obviously give a hefty commission to travel agents and tour operators, which is why they all take you to that shop. Our travel guide also took us there on our visit a few months ago. And although I hate to say this, every time I look...

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  • SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR

    1) TICKET SCAMSWhen we went to the Giza pyramids, we took the Metro / subway to El Giza stop, and then got off there to take a 10 minute cab ride to the actual pyramids themselves. The taxi cab driver tried to sell us a " tour " for 50 Egyptian pounds. When we said " no " and emphasised that we were ONLY interested in him driving us from Point A to...

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  • ACT LIKE A " LOCAL " WHEN IT COMES TO...

    Egyptians ( especially in Cairo, Giza and Luxor - high tourist areas ) will always try to get money from you, to the point that you will start to feel like a walking wallet. Additionally, you will also see how most of them tend to view tourists as " rich and stupid " ( one of them tried to sell a copper coffee tin can, with a badly made, thinned...

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  • KNOW YOUR PRICES & ARABIC NUMBERS WELL!

    It pays to know the prices of BASIC items that are NECESSARY in Egypt. Why? Simply because if you are a foreigners, most places ( especially in big tourist areas like Luxor, Giza and Cairo ), Egyptians will always try to take more money from you by quoting " foreigner prices " for their goods and services.1) DRINKS ( which you will be needing A LOT...

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  • ATM's

    Banks ATMS etc.We are always very careful which ATM’s we use when traveling. A couple of people in our group were out of cash so our driver stopped in front of this Bank. It didn’t pass our scrutiny with its broken windows and soaped up doors. We thought it was better to pay a couple of dollars more to exchange money on the Cruise ship!!

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  • Security is tight

    This is not a problem, but an FYI. We were amazed at the tight security everywhere. It's not a joke and the Egyptians take it seriously. Therefore, relax, you'll be scanned thoroughly and oftenat every location. There are armed military and police on every street corner, on buses, walls, etc.We never felt in danger, but realize that security is no...

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  • Don't drink the tap water!!!

    Don't drink the tap water!!! Water from the Nile river is said to bring people who drink it back to the Nile river!!! I did have some of it on a couple of days and there was nothing wrong with it!!! I mainly stuck to bottled water which was not very expensive if you bought it from a supermarket but if you buy it from the coach driver or from...

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  • Habibitours in Cairo, Egypt - CAUTION!

    Habibitours did not pay all booked nights at hotels and I had to pay myself the room again! What happened? I’ve booked a tour with program across Egypt with accommodation for 10 nights, transfers, visits and so on. Because I wanted to use some add-ons (for example flights instead of night trains Cairo/Aswan and Luxor/Cairo) I contacted them about...

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  • Easy does it

    I don't know how many posts I've seen proposing ridiculously crammed itinerararies for Egypt. Cairo, a Nile cuise in a felucca, a camel expedition to the desert, Mount Sinai, we've got four days and were wondering about snorkelling.Cool your jets! In less than a week you've barely time to do a bare minimum if it's to be enjoyable. A brief look at...

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  • con men & el alamein hidden dangers

    1/ when in cairo & strolling around taking in the site's if approached by someone who inquiries about your holiday & how you find cairo . he will say a your from ireland (ie only ) and say he has been there and that his sister or maybe daughter has a wedding 2morrow or the day after that &then invite u 2 it. then he will say come to my place or...

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  • HAwkers!!!! attack

    lol as if the husslers on the street arent innoying enough constantly in your face to buy things- dont think that if you are on the nile you are safe.. they came out of no where started throwing things on our boat trying to get us to buy things- although it was entertaining, you cant escape!

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  • Flu Season! here, in beautiful Egypt.

    Heres a bit of light reading on a certain health issue, within wonderful Egypt currently.If your planing to travel. i suggest you look through the material on the links provided below you will need to click on the middle east section then Egypt for the country specific information. It would be advisable to research all the specific countrys you...

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  • Air Quality in Cairo

    The air quality in downtown Cairo is pretty bad affecting visibility. The main causes of this are the 2 million cars on the road serving Cairo's massive population. The layout of the city with its tall buildings and narrow streets - combined with a lack of rain - results in a bowl effect making the problem worse. According to the WHO the air...

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  • No cameras in the Egyptian Museum

    Cameras are not allowed inside the Egyptian Museum. If you have your camera with you, you need to leave it at a kiosk in the museum's garden. Someone told me that this was to protect the items from the effects of flash photography. All bags are x-rayed on entrance to the museum. If they spot a camera in the bag they will search it. The person in...

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  • Cairo Traffic

    Yes it really is as bad as people say it is. Indeed crossing the roads in Cairo is one of my favourite travel memories. A hint given to me by a couple of people was to follow next to a local person crossing the road. That hint was definately heeded for the first couple of days. BTW you know you've been in Cairo too long when locals follow you when...

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  • Heat

    I was travelling in Egypt in November / December when the temperature is meant to be more bearable. However, even at this time of year I was struggling. I tended to get up early and do a bit of sightseeing, come back to my accomodation in the middle of the day for a siesta and then go out again in the evening. Headgear and lots of water are highly...

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  • the weather

    Egypt is thought to be a hot country, which it is, but between November and March the weather can be cold enough to need a coat and sweaters. Inside the buildings can be freezing as many apartments have ceramic tiled floors, so unless there are carpets, the inside may be colder than out. Air conditioners may have a heating element, or oil filled...

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  • Pedestrian crossings - beware

    The traffic in Cairo is horrendous and the drivers are worse. Pedestrians are not considered important at all. If there are pedestrian crossings marked on the road, they might as well not exist. NOBODY WILL STOP.In my early days I stood for half an hour trying to cross a main road. I know others who gave up and took a taxi to get them there.Now I...

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  • Food Hygiene

    On my first day in Cairo I was walking around the markets and was quite shocked by the standards of hygiene regarding meat in butcher shops. Almost every piece of meat that I saw in every butcher shop was surrounded by hundreds of flys. It was enough to make me vegetarian for the duration of my stay in Egypt.

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  • Scam Number 2 - Dealing with taxi...

    This tip is not just limited to Egypt but pretty much every country in the world. I needed to get a taxi from a bus station in Cairo to my hotel. I find that the best way to deal with taxi drivers is to tell them that you need to hire a driver - him - for a day long trip the next day (which I did). I'll take down his name and number and tell him...

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  • Scams

    Never in my life have I encountered so many people trying to scam me for money as in Egypt. The scamming, lying, cheating and aggressiveness is everywhere. Most of the time, I felt like the average Egyptian that I encountered considered me nothing but a dollar sign to exploit. This is bad because I am sure that the vast majority of Egyptians are...

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