Sources for further reseach
Cacahuate 04:54, 2 December 2006 (EST)
Exchange rates reference
--DenisYurkin 00:28, 27 March 2007 (EDT)
Is the abbreviation for the Egyptian Pound EGP or LE? LE is used in the exchange-rate table, but EGP is in the text. 126.96.36.199 23:30, 28 December 2006 (EST)
return trip to Luxor
A return trip to Luxor -- from where? From Cairo? From some European city? --DenisYurkin 17:18, 20 March 2007 (EDT)
personal experience with taxi
Moving from article text; to be rewritten back to the article according to MoS. --DenisYurkin 04:10, 10 July 2007 (EDT)
We visited Egypt in February 2007. HOWEVER; many taxis are still dirty, as are some drivers. They will quote you one price and then raise it at the end of the trip. Some drive as if they have a death wish. [RJM105]It's a good idea to ask the police at your hotel to get a taxi for you; it's often one that they know.
There should be a dedicated exclusive paragraph on bargaining/haggling !! There should be a brief guide on how to outmanuovre egyptian street-vendors, shopkeepers, on-site tourist-guides, etc etc. I spent a couple of months in Egypt recently, and i especially recall one so-called 'bedouin'(?) guy with a donkey at Saqqara who was obstinately nagging me to ride his donkey and take a picture with their kind of clothes on me, ENTIRELY FREE !!! I kept refusing consistently and smilingly, but relented when he almost started dragging me. He lifted me on the back of the donkey before I could realize and told my companion to take a picture. I immediately got down and started to walk away. Now the guy blocks me again and asks USD $ 100.00 for the opportunity to take picture on the back of his donkey :-), which was supposed to be FREE :-)) After a few minutes of adamant argument, I gave him Egyptian L.E. 01.00 and finally walked away . The crux of the matter is, this guy climbed down to Eg LE 01.00, 600th of the price he asked, ie. from USD 100.00 which he demanded for the opportunity to take a photo !! He probably thought after a hard bargain I may give him at least USD $ 50.00 or something and walk away with a feeling of false victory :-)) :-))
The moral of this is, these guys can and will ask for outrageous prices. Be sure about that. So don't be shy and be absolutely outrageous yourself when bargaining. Buy the way, haggling is part and pacel of the culture here. One seems to need this skill most in Khan-e Khalil.
Similar things happened to me everywhere in Egypt, from Alexandria to Abu Simbel, from Bahariya to Sharm al Sheikh.
There are 24 natural reserves in Egypt:
The common advice is for foreign women to cover up, with long sleeves, etc., as if that will ward off unwanted attention. When I packed to come to Egypt, I had that in mind and packed all long sleeve tops. But, at the last minute tossed a t-shirt into my luggage, and was sure glad I did and regretted packing just one t-shirt.
My experience is that as a foreign woman, you will get plenty of attention regardless of what you wear, and will be subjected to verbal/sexual harassment even if you try to cover up. Even Egyptian women, including those that wear the full hijab, regularly experience sexual harassment. With that being the case, at least in downtown Cairo, Zamalek, Ma'adi and other such areas during the hot summer months, it really didn't make a difference if I wore a t-shirt (or other nice, but short sleeve top) or long sleeves. You still want to dress nice though, but a nice short sleeve top is okay for foreign women. When with a group of foreigners, I would be even more comfortable with a short-sleeve top, since a group of foreigners will get attention no matter what. And, when going to the Giza Pyramids, sleeveless tops and shorts were fine for both women and men, and it the summer, the temperatures can be brutal around the Pyramids. Aude 23:36, 7 January 2009 (EST)
Average Temperatures and Daylight
It would be interesting to see what the average temperatures are if vauge they may give an idea of what months to travel and what months not to. Also ideas of sunrise/sunset including ref to Daylight saving observations?
FYI, Sinai is spelled "Sanai" on the map.Zepppep 16:31, 6 October 2010 (EDT)
Int. Student Identiy Card (ISIC)
So this card and its teacher counterpart (that I legitimately own) provide 50% discounts to essentially all tourist sites in Egypt. That seems like a very large point for people to know, however - where in the article (if anywhere) should it be? In the Buy section, or Sights, etc.?
Bbb0777 08:21, 19 March 2011 (EDT)
OK I added an info box, but it's the first time I've done so and it's a bit rubbish, so if anyone would like to improve upon it... Bbb0777 00:18, 21 March 2011 (EDT)
The travel warning box that has appeared in this article today seems very preachy and too extreme to me. The same box has been pasted into several Egyptian city articles as well. Would be good to get some opinions on this.--Burmesedays 10:48, 13 July 2011 (EDT)
Given this most recent outbreak of violence, I've put the warning boxes back up. The situation is looking pretty bad and I'm seeing travel alerts from a lot of governments again (like the aforementioned UK Foreign Office). PerryPlanet Talk 19:08, 21 November 2011 (EST)
-Time to put it back up. I was there today (December 16th), and violent clashes have broken out again. -People are dead (December 16th).