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1. Posted by frombeyond (Budding Member, 10 posts) 5 May '04 12:44

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Hi

I am planning a trip to Egypt in August this year.
I would appreciate answers to the following questions :-

Which are the "must see" places ?
I speak fluent english. Is there a language problem while in Egypt ?
Which is the best place to Scuba Diving in Egypt at cheap rates ?

Any other advise is welcome.

Cheers

2. Posted by kooki (Budding Member, 2 posts) 5 May '04 15:31

hi,
1st of all august is a good time to come to egypt so thats a good choise for a begening, and most of the people here in egypt can speak english so u don't worry about that point, about the must see places that depend how much time r u going to spend here in egypt.
In cairo
u must go to the piramids and the sphinks (thats A B C;) )
and u have the Egyptian musieum where u can stay there for 2 days and still didn't see it all

Alexandria
normal city by the sea u can't have scuba diving there or lets say u won't like it because the water is not that pure and u won't see anything exciting

Luxor & Aswan

if u r really intersted in Egypt history well thats where u must go, u can find there plety of temples and sphinks and u will enjoy it more if u r on a cruse in the nile

as for scuba diving and water sport
there is no place like Dahab and Sharm El Sheikh
by the red sea thats where u can have reall fun,
there is also hurgada it's a bite cheaper but not the same
i hope i got all ur questions
have a nice trip
urs
kareem

3. Posted by kerrychall (Budding Member, 7 posts) 6 May '04 00:00

All the tourist places are popular because they are worth seeing. Allow at least two sessions in the Cairo museum, which is jammed with amazing stuff (including the King Tut treasures, unless they are on tour). Trying to do an entire day there will wear you out.

Yes, Pyramids (not just the three major ones, either), Sphinx, are musts.

Now for something really important: be sure to visit Dahab, a small seaside town on the Red Sea in the Sinai. It is heavenly, with cafes along the Red Sea where you can loll around and eat great things and talk with other travellers or locals. You can scuba here, even do your PADI certification if you have a week to spare. From Dahab, DO NOT MISS (sorry about the shouting) The Blue Hole for snorkeling. To get there you catch a pickup truck in town (cheap) and go out into the desert then along the coast. It is a circular reef jammed with fish, and is like swimming in a tropical fish tank. If you can get out over the part where the waves come in without getting cut, you may see large turtles underwater along the outside of the reef.

You can also go from there to Mount Sinai, and climb it. The customary thing is to taxi out there around 11:30 or midnight, and climb slowly up to arrive at the top with a couple of hours to relax before the sunrise. There will be oodles of others up there, but it's quite an experience. You can hire blankets on the way up to keep you warm while you take a little kip and wait for the sun.

Enjoy! Kerry

4. Posted by EC (Budding Member, 3 posts) 1 Jun '04 19:21

I've been to Egypt twice.--- November '03 and February '04.
It's quite labor-taking to visit the inside of the Pyramid.
My feet kept shivering so badly.....
Egypt in August is too hot. Take good care of yourself, and prevent youurself from sun stroke!!

I love Aswan more than Cairo. People there are more friendly than in Cairo. Enjoy the sunset in the Philae Temple, and you can't go to Egypt without visiting Abu Simbel Temple!! That's so...so amazingly impressive !!

Good luck on your trip!!

B.Regards,
EC

5. Posted by siso010 (Budding Member, 9 posts) 15 Jun '04 05:57

dont miss alexandria

6. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru, 5924 posts) 15 Jun '04 06:51

I'm heading to Egypt in Oct / Nov .... Can anyone tell me what it is like for female travellers .....

7. Posted by exiled84 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 4 Sep '06 02:40

Hi Rraven me and my partner are also going in the Oct/Nov period!!!
From what we can piece together from friends that have been to egypt before its apparently reccommended that females don't travel around by themselves. One of our friends got into a few hairy situations as a single female.
Dress code is one of the major things they stressed. As Ramadan is being celebrated in October we've been advised to make sure we have long pants, maybe long sleeve but at least "non-revealing" tops.
I hope this helps you a little!!!

Dane & Kate

8. Posted by sen28 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 16 Oct '06 10:16

Can anyone tell me what it is like for female travellers .....[/quote]

I set off for a 6 week trip around Egypt, in 2002, with a girl-friend....( I am myself a woman) amd I haven't not find it easy at all, being just girls...in Egypt.... Nobody warned us...everybody said it was ok, but actually nobody knew what it was like with no male at all just girls.... I can tell u a lot about it, It would be very long though... So I'll just give you a few things here which might make it a bit easier...and if you haven't left yet and you still require information on the issue, let me know...via this forum and I'll tell u more.
For now a few advices to make it a bit easier:
-Wear a wedding ring (or simili) and make sure that your hand with the ring is visible ( you can take it off in the sinai which is no problem for women alone)
-Cover your shoulders and legs and tie your hair back, but don't cover your hair because I've noticed they tend to find that ridiculous when done by a foreigner...
It's a bit tricky to find the right attitude...

Don't be frightened though... there is nothing dangerous... it can just get very unpleasant (You will feel very unwanted at times or wanted a bit too much at others...) and mentally exhausting. Try to do some bits of your trip with other travellers (with at least one male in the group) you meet on the way... It will relieve you a bit... (and the escape option is the red sea - a lot of tourists, so locals are use to lone women)
Despite everything, I loved it there...and now that I know what it is like, I would not mind returning there, even on my own... First time was tricky because I was not prepared.