Egypt as a destination...?

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1. Posted by mim (Respected Member 1276 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Is it risky at the moment? I'm thinking about Dahab not Sharm???

I suppose it couldn't be worse than London that I visit regularly right?


2. Posted by EGYPTGUIDE (Inactive 8 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

the safe in Egypt like the safe in your country and life is continues
go ahead to virtual tourist .com to see the others visitors to sharm what they saying also in tripods
at all if you let fearing control you you will see nothing in your life also even with that you can not guaranty that you will be in safe even inside home
be relax and live

3. Posted by ToAfrica (Full Member 32 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I was in Egypt in late April and couldn't believe the level of security everywhere - at museums, historic sites, even on tourist busses and boats. Be sure to take a Nile cruise. You will never forget it.

4. Posted by rebecca-nz (Budding Member 5 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I have to agree with the others. My boyfriend and i backpacked around Egypt in February and were blown away by the amount of tourist police and security we saw, I never felt uncomfortable or anxious about a place/situation.
I guess it's hard to say how it is now after the recent bombings, but my guess would be that there will be EVEN MORE tourist police etc around.
It is undeniable that the recent attacks have been aimed at tourists but tourism is such an important money earner for Egypt I'd say the govt and security forces are working overtime to keep tourists safe.

it's a judgement call really, if these events had happened before our trip I'd also have questioned going. But at the same time I think the overall risk is pretty low and it's an amazing country to see!

i'd also like to add that as backpackers I'm pretty sure we recieved much more respect and better deals than the 'package deal holidayers'

if you'd like any tips feel free contact me :)

5. Posted by tvlnd (Budding Member 7 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I have just come back from Dahab a few days ago. Go by all means. It is one of my favorite places. Bombings are not likely there; the profile of the place is very different from Sharm, which is the obvious place for any bombings on the peninsula.
Although road checks were a bit more frequent than 2 years ago, when I last was there, they are not intrusive. They might not even wake you up...

6. Posted by yoonsta (First Time Poster 1 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I'm planning to backpack around Egypt in a month or so, it's encouraging to hear good reports from recent travellers.

I have a few questions -

1) I want to do a bit of diving whilst there but a friend who's coming doesn't dive and needs something to do whilst I'm underwater. What is the comparative feel of the Red Sea resorts eg Dahab v Sharm v Hurghada and if you had a week which you choose? I am leaning towards Dahab as I don't like overdeveloped resort towns but everywhere gets there in the end I suppose.

2) Can you recommend any reasonably priced accomodation in said areas (particularly Dahab)?

3) I hear lots of spruiking of a Nile Cruise being an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience, which always sets my 'tacky tourist trap' alert ringing. Does anyone know of a more independent way of doing this, or do you just accept that you have to share a boat with package tourists.

Love to hear your thoughts...

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Dahab definitely over sharm or hurghada, particularly if you like it less developed. Loads of cheap accomodation in Dahab, just check it out first to make sure there are no roaches etc.

Alternative to a nile cruise - get a few people together, hire a felucca!

8. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi yoonsta,
My wife and I spent about 5 days in Dahab back in 2003 and it was great. We did have 1 night in Hurghada on the way to the Sinai from Luxor, and didn't really like it.
Lots of tacky tourist shops (I did buy a cool t-shirt though!!!), lots of package holidaymakers (most seemed to be from Eastern Europe) and the beaches didn't look very nice. Some restaurants had their menus in Russian with English translations mentioning borscht and blinis. Globalisation gone mad, but you find it everwhere these days. Much prefer eating the local cuisine rather than Western when I'm overseas, but did have a very nice meal in a Chinese restaurant in Rome one time. What a hypocrite!!!
Took the ferry over the Red Sea to Sharm and jumped in a minivan with lots of other backpackers going to Dahab.
There were lots of cheap places to stay, so finding one when you get there should be no problem.
Your non-diving friend has a few options to do while you are off diving.
He/She could go snorkelling out at the Blue Hole. We did that and it was pretty good. The only bummer was the arrival of first-time snorkellers who would sit or even STAND on the edge of the reef to rearrange their mask. God that made me angry but what can you do?
On another day we went back to the Blue Hole and organised a camel trek to a Bedouin village up the coast.
Hadn't been on a camel since Marrakesh in 1975?, so my wife and I really enjoyed that.
Perhaps He/She could do the camel trek. Only lasts a few hours but camelling (is there such a word?) up the Sinai coast was such a buzz, especially as you can see the shores of Saudi Arabia in the distance.
The Bedouin village was right on the beach, they gave us a nice lunch, and you can snorkel there as well, although the Blue Hole was far better.
Nightime was pretty good in Dahab as well. Lots of beachfront restaurants where you lie on divans, have dinner and listen to Bob Marley. Almost everywhere I've been in the world, I have listened to Reggae on the beach or in an outdoor restaurant. Has become synonomous with HOLIDAY!!!
There was a bottle shop at the end of the beach where you could buy a bottle of wine to take to the restaurant.
He/She doesn't have to snorkel at the Blue Hole. They have divans on the rocky beach where you can just lie in the shade, eat Egyptian food, drink beer and watch camel herds go by.
Beats the Elle outa working!!!



9. Posted by (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Things are quite now in Sharm, and the life there became very normal


10. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I've just came back from my holidays in Sharm and I can say that everything is calm and safe there! Don't have any doubts to go!