Jordan Tourist Traps

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Jordan Tourist Traps

  • Petra by Night

    The opportunity to walk the Siq in almost darkness, to emerge onto a candlelit Treasury, in short to see Petra by night sounds like a must-see activity on any tour to Jordan, but the reality is a little different and not quite as romantic as you might expect. What was probably once a great idea when numbers were small is now little more than...

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  • Riding a horse in Petra

    Even if you are not Doctor Jones, riding a horse in Petra could be a great experience. You're not allowed to be alone, and a guide will drive the horse, walking with you.1st trap: price requested are in the range from 2 to 10 DI for the guide...2nd trap: Don't pay in advance There is a high risk you'll ride your horse alone, which could be nice if...

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  • Shop in small local markets

    ... and don't be afraid to bargain a little. There is no (with a small exception for Petra) tourism harrasment for souvenirs and other gifts. Peoples are honnest and don't expect a sigificant price cut (-5% -15% maximum, most of the time).but, some significant differences could be found: dead sea products are cheaper in Aqaba compared to what could...

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  • Don't buy souveniers in at the Sik in...

    Recently we visited the beautiful gorge of Petra with a tour group. Some of the group rode a horse drawn cart, but they were very dirty and it was dusty. Also those who rode them had to leave the ruins at an appointed time. Walking was better! We just took it slowly.I got ripped off big time on souvenirs I bought from the Bedouins who had shops...

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  • Aqaba, absolutely not worth going!

    Aqaba is the only Jordan city on the water, i.e. the Red Sea. Although known for its supposedly clear waters and thus wonderful snorkeling, we were highly disappointed by Aqaba. The beach is tiny, dirty, and mostly public, meaning women are not allowed to go swimming unless fully dressed. Furthermore, the water is filthy due to the big oil boats...

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  • Petrol stations

    Beware in Petra, Maan and other place in Jordan, Petrol station attendants are trying very hard to cheat the tourists.The master of that is the owner or attendant of Petra petrol station.They have several trick in their pocket and the most common is to simulate a break down of the petrol dispenser, start it again but at the end charging you an...

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  • Don't ride the animals in Petra

    At Petra's entrance and also later on you'll get various offers to ride the animals. There are camels, horses and donkeys.Don't accept the bedouin's offers. A ride is expensive and it is not worth to pay for. Apart from the costs it is a far better way to discover Petra while walking around the area. The animals causes a lot of dust and you won't...

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  • Was I Just Lucky?

    I am sure there are plenty of tourist traps as there are everywhere, but I have to say I wasnt a victim of any in Jordan! I assume I was lucky!

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  • Drivers

    As usual the Taxi "Cab" Driver is the ultimate master to cheat you!once he know you are a tourist or stranger! Show your knowledge of the direction you are going to!buy a map of the city and hold it in front of the driver's eyes to show you don't want him to cheat you! Bus is the best and cheapest way to move in Amman!but you have to be cool as...

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  • Seaside Frolics

    To avoid being hassled while cavorting at the seaside it is advisable to pay to use the facilities at one of the many large hotels along the Aqaaba foreshore. Actually its quite nice to laze under an umbrella, half naked and sipping ice cold 'Stella'. The problem is you'll still get unwanted attention. We had about four or five local men in their...

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  • Aqaba, Red Sea

    Stay away from the Red Sea resort of Aqaba in the south of Jordan... there are dirty (incredibly dirty) beaches, but this was not the worst part. Stationed in the harbour there are some rusty (oil?) ships... not a nice sight. The same sight is visible from Eilat in Israel, just opposite. It's really worth giving both places a miss, unless swimming...

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  • One of the most dangerous...

    One of the most dangerous things that you'll find in Petra is the child bearing half dinar rocks. They're such professionals at grabbing your heart and convincing you that you need to buy this particular rock instead of one that you could just pick up off of the ground. But,I figured that I was helping contribute to their economy...I call the...

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  • In Jordan I more than once got...

    In Jordan I more than once got the feeling that I was being taken for the stupid tourist with a lot of money. E.g.:- Paying about $4,- to get a 2 minute look in a mosk in Amman.- Paying $4,- for a sandwhich while on tour with a guide, and paying $ 0,20 for the same sandwhich while ordering for myself.- Paying $6,- for a beer at an 'authentic' nomad...

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  • Many of the rides in Petra...

    Many of the rides in Petra could be considered tourist traps. Negotiate. Negotiate. Negotiate. Resist the ride vendors that start hawking their rides soon after you pass the visitors entrance to Petra and before you enter the Siq.

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  • I spent a whole week ill in...

    I spent a whole week ill in Aquaba. Though the country's hygiene is in order, you can still get serious infections!

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  • Yes I suppose that it was a...

    Yes I suppose that it was a 'tourist trap' to pay the locals to cover you in mud from the Dead Sea... but it was also fun at the time and did give us some unusual holiday photos! Mind you it was a tough job getting rid of the mud afterwards. Be warned it gets everywhere!!

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  • You have to buy tickets for...

    You have to buy tickets for horses to go to the beginning of the Sik (gorge) at Petra, even if you do not intend using them. If you use them then a horse owner goes with you and you go at his pace and cannot stop for photos.... So we walked. You really need to walk through the sik at your own pace to get the feel of the area.

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