Bahrain Tourist Traps

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Bahrain Tourist Traps

  • Seef Mall & Shopping

    Bahrain Tourist Traps

    Again - another hint for tourists - rather than a trap. Go to the tourist office/ handicraft shop located at 'bab al bahrain' (translation: gateway to bahrain) and ask for tourist information. I went this morning and came out with 8 useful pamphlets, a decent tourist map and a lovely hard back book about Bahrain. I suggest you take this as your...

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  • Tree of life

    Bahrain Tourist Traps

    One of the most known touristic places in Bahrain is the Tree of Life. It´s said to be that it could have been the place where the Garden Eden had been. It´s nothing more than one of the bigger trees (it´s not the only one!) in the semi dessert. The place is like most of the places dirty and ... just a tree! When you drive there with your own car...

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  • Taxis

    Bahrain Tourist Traps

    those taxi drivers are terrible. last week my car broke down and i had to use the taxis. the drivers do not want to use the meters - even when i threatened to get out of the taxi he couldn't find his meter. please don't accept this - leave the taxi - it really is a problem here. i wouldn't mind so much if the taxis were in working order, but they...

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  • what used to be the pearl diving museum

    what used to be, and is still being described in tourist brouchure and the bahrain website as the pearl diving museum no longer exists. the building is located in the suq, opposite the HSBC building and has been closed for renovation. when it does re-open it will be a court house (which was its orginal purpose). the pearl diving antiquities have...

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  • Be Ware!

    those taxi drivers are terrible. last week my car broke down and i had to use the taxis. the drivers do not want to use the meters - even when i threatened to get out of the taxi he couldn't find his meter. please don't accept this - leave the taxi - it really is a problem here. i wouldn't mind so much if the taxis were in working order, but they...

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  • Cab crooks

    One of my worst memories of Bahrain and a disgrace to the overall fraud-free country: TAXI FRAUD! I stayed quite long in Bahrain and had to use taxis on a regular basis. See below what's important:It is mandantory for official taxis (orange-white / orange-gold colour) in Bahrain to use their meters and fixed fares.However, most drivers first try to...

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  • Tree Of Life - Garden Eden?

    One of the most known touristic places in Bahrain is the Tree of Life. It´s said to be that it could have been the place where the Garden Eden had been.It´s nothing more than one of the bigger trees (it´s not the only one!) in the semi dessert. The place is like most of the places dirty and ... just a tree! When you drive there with your own car...

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  • Not really a trap, but the...

    Not really a trap, but the Tree of Life is pretty disappointing. It's supposed to be this great mystery of how this one tree can grow in the desert off by itself. Maybe the green golf course half a mile away takes away some of the mystique...

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  • Again - another hint for...

    Again - another hint for tourists - rather than a trap. Go to the tourist office/ handicraft shop located at 'bab al bahrain' (translation: gateway to bahrain) and ask for tourist information. I went this morning and came out with 8 useful pamphlets, a decent tourist map and a lovely hard back book about Bahrain. I suggest you take this as your...

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  • The gold suq - but it's...

    The gold suq - but it's wonderful. There's two places to go: in the suq itself and at city centre hotel.

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  • I spent some time alone in...

    I spent some time alone in Manama and found it very pleasant. The souk traders will of course try to sell you fluffy camels and plastic mosque clocks but are easily put off. The huge malls are expensive and not that different from UK and I avoided them, preferring to get to grips with the real Bahrain.

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  • The Asian population in...

    The Asian population in Bahrain and in the entire Arabian Gulf region is very high, so make sure to not get mixed up between the native Bahrainis and Indians for instance. It won’t be good to leave a country without knowing how the locals look like! Usually, but not necessary, Bahrainis would be wearing the traditional thoab and gitra as seen in...

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  • You'll see in most publicized...

    You'll see in most publicized tourist attraction: The Tree of Life. After being 3 years in Bahrain, I thought I should pay the old tree a visit, as it's not polite to live so long in a country without seeing its marks. We drove in the sun till the road went out of asphalt but still determined to see the monumental tree. Finally we glimpsed at the...

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  • This is not a trap that I...

    This is not a trap that I would like to talk about here. Bahrain is called the country of safety and you may not find any negatives. It is just to watch your step when you visit the old castles. I've been taken by the old carvings in the walls and was about to fall down because some of the ceilings are not renovated yet. The picture shows inside...

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  • The Souq is arranged on a...

    The Souq is arranged on a principle that may seem strange to a westerner used to the competitive placingof an outlet. In the Gulf, if you want to buy hardware, you go to the hardware sectin of the market, or if youwant to buy materials, there are fifteen materials shops placed conveniently alongside one another.Let's face it, this must keep prices...

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  • the seef mall is as expensive...

    the seef mall is as expensive as any shopping mall in uk or Us. don't even think about it. The Meridien Beach Resort hotel is over priced there are 3 sewerage outlets into the sea where everyone swims, even though it is the only beach for westerners in bahrain.

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