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    Road Safety

    by antistar Updated Mar 6, 2014

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    This is a real danger in Jordan. They are pretty crazy drivers. I saw at least one crashed car on the roads nearly every day. Some of the scariest things on the roads are the overladen trucks, many with barely anything, and sometimes nothing, tying down the goods on the back. This is worrying enough when the goods are just fruit, but when they are great slabs of sandstone rock, this is really disconcerting.

    Rock lorry, Iraq Highway, Jordan

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    Health

    by antistar Updated Mar 6, 2014

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    The water is apparently safe to drink, but probably not worth risking it. I've heard that while safe most of the time, it occasionally gets some nasty bug in the system and there's usually no prior warning. Sensitive stomachs might want to be careful of eating street food. I caught a brief case of the runs after a falafel in Kerak. Generally the food is so well cooked as to not be a problem, but the salad can always be a risk.

    There's no malaria in Jordan, and you are only advised to get the same immunisation boosters you'd expect to have for living at home.

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    Lunch troubles

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    Traveling in Jordan it's easy, but lunchtime may depend on the journey, so be prepared to start eating from one to six in the afternoon, as we did in our visit to Wadi Rum.

    Furthermore, road restaurants are scarce and not easy to find in most places, and being out, one precaution is absolute: WATER. But if you are in an organized tour, the guide will be aware of it and will help you.

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    Long travel to the castles of the desert

    by solopes Updated Sep 7, 2012

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    The full day trip "Castles of the desert" it's an easy trip (if you travel with conditioned air, as you surely do) but not particularly interesting.

    You may count on long hours crossing an ugly desert, to see some buildings that are only a little bit more than inexpressive ruins. The exception is Qasr Amrah, a really beautiful building from the 8th century that was not exactly a castle, but a public bath.

    The paintings in the walls and roofs are magnificent, and well preserved.
    Being only 40 km from Amman, you may consider an exclusive visit, saving you time and kilometres.

    Qsar Amrah - Jordan Jordan Jordan Jordan
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    Dress code

    by Ronza Written Jun 30, 2011

    I don't know if this applicable in all regions and I also don't know if this is applicable to non Arabic ladies too (I have the Middle Eastern look). But when we visited Aqaba city center my outfit wasn’t very suitable for the locals and we had to leave very early coz this was really annoying (everybody looking at me). I was wearing a Bermuda short.

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    SUNBLOCK

    by Ronza Written Jun 30, 2011

    Do NOT forget your sunscreen and do NOT miss any uncovered spot. The sun might burn you in minutes and you definitely know how painful that could be. If you don’t know, send me an e-mail and I will describe it for you

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  • jordan is a ripoff

    by leodrole Written Feb 1, 2010

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    The price for admission at Petra is through the roof and going up again. the two of us went for the weekend from israel via eilat to renew our visa and to see petra. although jordan is relaxed and hospitable, it is very expensive. on fridays, no buses, so you must hire private taxi. then, petra admission has cancelled student prices and made guide fees mandatory. for two, that meant it came to 64 dinars, or 80 dollars. we said sorry, we could simply not afford it. and the price is going up to 60 dinars per person at the end of the summer. This is not a cheap country for backpackers anymore. ridiculous to charge for services we dont want and ostensibly to provide services that arent there. insult to injury, the allenby/king hussein border from amman to jerusalem closes at noon on weekends, and you have to pay a taxi 40 dinars to take you way up north to the sheikh hussein/bet shemesh crossing, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere israel. and if you dont spend enough time in jordan, they fine you with a high exit tax. we arent going back. avoid jordan. spend your money in egypt and syria.

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    Mud-Men of the Dead Sea

    by kucha Written Nov 19, 2009

    Careful at the Dead Sea!! Mud-men will approach you and ask to spread warm Dead Sea mud all over your body in exchange for a small tip. If you fall for this, make sure no "friends" with cameras are nearby!

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    Smoking everywhere

    by vinc_bilb Updated Jul 15, 2009

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    Jordan law regarding smoking in the public areas does not exist or is not applied. People are smoking, a lot, and everywhere. If you are allergic or sensitive to the smoke, this could be a nightmare or a bad experience

    Even in the holds of the bus during a break

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    Safety

    by PierreZA Written May 23, 2009

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    I never felt unsafe in Jordan.

    The streets of Downtown Amman are very crowded and busy, but I never had any problems. The people of Jordan are very friendly and helpful.

    If you go to the Dead Sea, Mt Nebo and the Baptism Site, carry your passport with you as there are a few check-points (there are some areas which are military zones).

    Street Market, Amman

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  • Aqaba: no warnings needed

    by whiskeycreekwilly Written Dec 22, 2008

    None! Not only does the city of Aqaba feel incredibly safe, but theft is just not an issue. We went diving & left out wallets, keys, passports, etc. on the seat in the van which was unlocked with the doors open. Where else can you do that? As usual expect taxi drivers to try to overcharge you.

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    Waste everywhere

    by vinc_bilb Updated Nov 10, 2008

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    The collection and the waste treatment seems to be unknown in Jordan. It's not a judgement, is a fact: full of empty bottles, old tyres and plastic bags and other human wastes. This affects most of the country, cities, beaches and desert included.

    My suggestion: for this topic only, don't act as the locals

    The other side of Wadirum Public beach, red sea
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    Water: the critical resource

    by vinc_bilb Written Nov 10, 2008

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    The water is a vital and critical resource, so, saving it is a hughe constraint, with consequences for the not warned tourist daily life:

    - No cork in bathtubs
    - the toilet paper is not supposed to be put itself into toilet but into a dedicated basket, in order to minimize the usage of the water.
    - A small shower head is often an alternative to the flush system

    Playing with water is not recommended
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    Repect the king and the royal family.

    by vinc_bilb Written Nov 10, 2008

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    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional monarchy . The monarch is the head of state. Behind this official statement, a lack of respect regarding the King or the royal family is considered as a rude insult and disrespectful.

    The attachment of the Jordanians to the King is real and does not limit itself to the omnipresent official portraits. Photos from King Abdullah II or from his father King Hussein are everywhere in private arrays (shops, houses,...).
    It's a common sense but, whatether is your political sensibility, Jordan is a kingdom and the respect to the king is the default rule to be applied here

    The Kings
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  • WARNING! MADABA HANDICRAFT CENTER "BAIT & SWITCH"

    by Gaylaa Written Oct 31, 2007

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    The MADABA HANDICRAFT CENTER is a huge souvenir shop near Madaba on the road to Mt. Nebo. They demonstrate how mosaics are made, have an enormous variety of mosaics and souvenirs and a large staff which is overly-attentive. They are, unfortunately, mentioned in the book "Jordan Jubilee".

    I purchased an expensive (350 JD) hand-painted ostrich egg in this shop on Oct. 14, 2007. They packaged the egg and taped the box while I was paying for it. When I opened the box a week later, I discovered that they had switched the egg I paid for, for a less-expensive egg. I contacted the manager of the shop and he offered to exchange the egg if I returned it - of course, I had already left Jordan, which, I'm sure is exactly what he had counted on - or sell me the egg I had already purchased for "half price". He also didn't seem the least bit shocked about the "bait & switch" with the egg and never apologized. He acted as though this was a regular part of their business practice.

    I did some investigation and discovered that I am not the first victim of this shop's "bait & switch" practice. Another couple purchased a mosaic table for more than $2,000 and when it was delivered, they discovered that the table shipped to them was not the one they paid for, but a less expensive one. They had difficulty getting their money back and incurred additional expenses just trying to return the table. Please see their letter at: http://www.aramcoexpats.com/Articles/Pipeline/Opinions-And-Editorials/1461.aspx

    PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS SHOP! I am reporting them to the Board of Tourism and Madaba Chamber of Commerce because they are committing fraud on tourists. If you are going on a tour, please notify your tour agent of the Madaba Handicraft Center's practice of fraud. Also, please warn anyone who might be traveling to Madaba or Mt. Nebo not to go to this shop.

    I would like to add that we met many wonderful people on our trip to Jordan. The kindness and generosity of those people more than makes up for the dishonesty of this one merchant.

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