Syria Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Traps
    by Robin020
  • Tourist Traps
    by Robin020
  • Tourist Traps
    by Robin020

Syria Tourist Traps

  • Tartus - not a resort

    Tartus is described in guides as one of the most beautiful resorts in Syria. I'd love to see "other beautiful" resorts - Tartus is very dirty - even taking into account Syrian standards - and "old town" is... there is no old town! The only place - in fact, really worth-visiting - is Tortosa' Cathedral with interesting museum inside. But if you plan...

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  • Taxi

    We came across taxi drivers who did not speak or understand English. We stayed at a small hotel in Aleppo, and certainly drivers had no idea where it was. so, we asked our local friend to write our hotel's name and name of the area that hotel's is at in Arabic. That became really handy! If you are not staying at a major hotel in Aleppo, we highly...

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  • The Trap, you will miss

    This trap is located in small village close to Deir ez-Zor. We were visiting the castle Qala’at ar-Rahba few km far from the main road. Ali and Fouad took as by Fouad’s tuc-tuc to their head office by the main road. We had to drink tee and talk with our new friend for about one hour.This kind of trap you will find everywhere in Syria. For people...

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  • Apamea "antiquities"

    I don't know that I would call this a "tourist trap" - they're more of a pest really. Out they pop from behind the pillars - scruffy fellows who tell you they have something special they found in a "tom-be". With assurances that whatever it is -a marble Roman head, a few coins, a clay statue - is real (''I am Mussulman -I do not lie") they buzz...

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  • Arwad Island

    Arwad Island has the potential to be a real winner for the Syrian tourism industry, but someone needs to go round this place with a vacuum cleaner first! It looks very inviting from Tartus and from the boat, and even on entering the harbour, but away from the harbourfront, it gets quite disgusting. There are remains of the ancient city, but it is...

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  • Don't be fooled by

    Don't be fooled by the Taxi drivers, some of them have the little screen to show how much you have to pay in Syrian pounds, but some don't have, if you don't find the screen inside the cab you have to fix the price before getting in!

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  • Cheating

    Ticket point before entering and visit the site, be careful some times they could cheat you by giving a higher price, but in general fortunately they don't cheat!especially when you have a local person with you, and when you have ideas of the prices as well!

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  • Be careful of Cheating

    Ticket point before entering and visit the site, be careful some times they could cheat you by giving a higher price, but in general fortunately they don't cheat!especially when you have a local person with you, and when you have ideas of the prices as well!

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  • Read this!

    Don't expect to but a ticket of entrance of the same price like a Syrian tourist or Arabian tourist. I myself was happy several times to enter Petra and Baalbeck with the same price like for a Jordanian or Lebanese.But after all the difference is big for a comparing: Arabian enters paying 15 Syrian pound, and Foreigners pays 150 Syrian pound, hee...

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  • Bronzage

    Of course a Bronzing is the main target of coming to the Beach for most of the people!one thing you should know that Syrian sun is really aggressive! Please don't forget to bring creams and sun protecting milk cream with your sun oil! Also I would go to swim early in the morning or after 5.00 pm!the Sun will give you the Bronzing with no damage...

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  • Don't you!

    Don’t you never ever never accept to buy anything or ride anything or even to go in a micro buss tour before you negotiate the price with anyone!Sellers can really cheat you with the high prices as a tourist!So be careful and show a commercial knowledge and resistance with prices they offer you!

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  • Al-fawwar spring.

    Al-fawwar spring.This lies behind the convent at the bottom of Al-Fawwar valley. Water is said to gush out every few days and this explains the name of the spring "The Gusher". People in the old days believed in the sanctity of the spring on account of this.

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  • don´t take a tour in Palmyra,...

    don´t take a tour in Palmyra, you can see all that is in the Area on food, distances are short and the landscape is stuffed with things nice to look at

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  • I believe that aside from the...

    I believe that aside from the everpresent taxi-shark there are none. You shouldn´t expect the best deals on the main road in the Souqs in Damas or Aleppo, but aside from the places visited by tour-groups even bargaining for the typical tourist nick-nacks is a pretty easy and enjoyable affair.

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  • I saw no tourist traps in...

    I saw no tourist traps in Syria. People are usually so honest, they will hardly cheat on you and even if they overcharge you slightly because you can afford to pay more, it wont be much!The picture is from the courtyard of Omayad Mosque in Damascus

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