Now, be careful of many taxi drivers as it's likely they'll overcharge you for your journey for being a tourist.. although even by overcharging you it's unlikely to be an extortionate amount unlike the taxi drivers in prague...
Unique Suggestions: learn some arabic first... or say service and your destination before getting in
Fun Alternatives: walk... I love doing this in lebanon because you end up seeing things that many people never see.
take a tour... using wild discovery or Nakhal you can take tours to all the major places that are too far to walk to. The tours never cost very much and you will almost always get a guide who knows everything about the place.
solidere streets are the most crowded places ever in Lebanon..they are nice for sure and full of new cafes and stuff, but still, it is just so so so crowded, this is the begining of one of the streets, in the next picture you will see a different look of it.
I guess everyone knows its motto: "Love All, Serve All" - and, if I may add, "Stay Home". It's located in Ein El Mreisseh, inside the Bayview Hotel, along the Corniche. But if you need the Hard Rock Cafe during your travels there's something wrong with you
Unique Suggestions: Buy the T-shirt! I hope you haven't gone there for the food!
Fun Alternatives: If you've never seen a hard rock cafe I guess it's ok to go there - otherwise just head for any bars downtown: they are so much better.
Outside the entrance of the acropolis you can see this lone camel... tied to the fence and ready to be ridden by tourist... where to remains a bit of a mistery, as camels are not allowed inside the temples complex.
Fun Alternatives: I'm afraid there's no alternative... nowhere you could ride the camel except around town... with cars and all. I really suggest you don't take that sad ride
It could be that you choused the touristy group trip in many different cities in Lebanon!
This could cause one problem; you have to obey the graphic of the whole Bus.
In some restaurants waiters could really serve you really slow and delay your order, don’t be afraid please to be strict in a gentle way to ask for a very fast service, to avoid such a problem as to be the last one to start eating and the Bus with the rest of the group is ready to go as everybody finished!
And they will wait for sure but the entire group will hate you and blame you, and you don’t wan this especially when it is not your fault.
Ok in Tripoli the tourist trap you can face in the season of the discounts that many shops and Magazines are keeping the same high prices.
No discount indeed is done even though they are putting on the word “Discount”!
The reason is unknown for me or for Lebanese themselves, but one thing I’m sure that knowing the Prices in the no discount period and comparing it with what they call a discount is a real Bull ***.
It may well be the symbol of Lebanon, but a trip to the Cedars, just to watch the trees or to go skiing, is a waste of time. The trees are beautiful, but they are not many, so don't expect a forest full of cedar trees.
If you are used to ski in Europe or North America, you'd better leave your skis at home. But if you're into a picturesque and somewhat charming skiing experience have a few rides down the slopes.
Beware of the power cuts, you won't get any money back. It's fairly expensive to stay at the Cedars for the budget traveller, around USD50 for a double with bad heating.
Unique Suggestions: Stay close to the skiing slopes if you want to go skiing. Taxis are scare sometimes. Go there during the season, it's a bit of a drag in the slow season.
Fun Alternatives: Make a daytrip from Tripoli.
HA HA HA HA IT'S A VERY FUNNY STORY I HEARD HERE!
Well one rich tourist from Saudi wanted once to have fun a massage then good sweet love hot night in an amusement place!
he paid money to have a massage first and then to invite the massage lady to continue!
heh what're you know!
he entered and saw a man instead of the lady!
well the poor tourist couldn't claim after that!
But I guess he didn't repeat it in his life!
Its so beautiful but people talk about how did they lost more than4000$ without feeling how they did lost!
Unique Suggestions: Please don't get so enthusiastic with all those games and offers you will find!
Let your wise judgment to let you know when to stop!
The forte of Moussa is a nice place to visit. It was built by someone called Moussa who was a failure at school and a day dreamer...well dreams did actualize for him in building a magnificent forte but don't expect lots more inside...
Ok here a tip...Evrywhere in lebanon you can deal the prices even in hotels and restaurents make shure that you dont get bussted because your a tourist and becarfull somtime you have to tip the guide or some people to make them do their jobs right...
I have been to most countries in Europe, and some others including Turkey, Morocco and Israel. Most of them are teeming with tourist-traps, but Lebanon is a welcome exception to this pattern. Lebanon is the most under-rated spot I have ever visited. I truly love it. Sorry, I cant be more helpful.
'Bassara Berrajeh' is the usual call u hear when u see an apparently healthy woman, carying a child and looking like a gypsy. What she is offering you is a 'reading': do u want to know ur future? will u be successful? etc...
The genuine price will probably rise at the end of that reading, and if u refuse to pay, she'll make a scene, supported by friends and family that seam to appear from nowhere. These in Lebanon are known as the Nawar, or arab nomads, althought their spoken basic language is not arabic.
Pigeon Rocks is a genuine tourist trap. The usual Coca Cola and Fujifilm signs and overpriced drinks and food at the cafés.
Unique Suggestions: Dip your toes in the Mediterrean.
Taxis: make sure that the meter is on (or at least there is one in the car) or make sure to ask in advance about the fare.
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