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Things to do in Egypt

Updated on May 7, 2013

Egypt Tourist Attractions

Try as you might - you cannot think of Egypt without thinking history. So much of Egypt is tied up in its history, that is virtually impossible to separate out the history from the tourism.

Almost all of the tourism places in Egypt are of historical value and interest. This lens is an attempt to find some fun and interesting things to do and places to see, despite the last 5000 years of history.

There are 5 regions covered.

Sinai Peninsula

Northern Coast including the Nile Delta

The Western Desert

Upper Egypt and the Nile River

The Red Sea Coast

These hieroglyphics are the most well known historical "icon" identifying Egypt. If someone were to look at this alphabet and then be asked - What country does this come from? The immediate answer would be Egypt.

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Map of Egypt

Map of Egypt
Map of Egypt

Source - Book - Frommers Egypt 2010 - Published by Wiley Books

Sinai Peninsula - Sinai Grand Casino, Sharm el Sheikh

Sinai Grand Casino
Sinai Grand Casino

Sinai Grand Casino, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

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North Coast - Alexandria Lighthouse

Alexandria Lighthouse
Alexandria Lighthouse

Replica of the Ancient Alexandria Lighthouse on Pharos Island

Western Desert

The Ruins of Shali at Siwa Oasis
The Ruins of Shali at Siwa Oasis

Siwa Oasis, Egypt

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Upper Egypt

Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Upper Egypt
Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Upper Egypt

Image source - Wikimedia Commons

Red Sea Coast - Underwater Diving

Diving in the Red Sea
Diving in the Red Sea

Image Source - Egypt Diving

How to Cope with Pushy Street Vendors

6 Ways to Deal With Pushy Street Vendors.

1. Walk with a purpose Walk as if you know where you are going - do not stop to look around and dont look as if you are lost. That makes you a prime target to be hassled and harrassed. If necessary, walk down the middle of the road in any bazaar, stay away from the stalls.

2. Wear sunglasses. Eye contact is essential for vendors to make a sale so if you wear sunglasses - they cant make eye contact. If you have blonde hair, it also helps to wear a hat - egyptian vendors tend to make a lot of noise about blonde hair. Women should also dress modestly and cover up arms and legs.

3. Don't engage. Learn these arabic phrases - La (NO) and La Shukran (no thank you). But even saying these, still does not always stop the harassment. Sometimes it is better to say nothing at all and push on through and DONT make eye contact with any vendors.

4. Don't take anything and Keep your hands in your pockets You dont want vendors to slip things into your pockets and then accuse you of being a thief and forcing to pay for something you didn't want.

5. Don't involve your tour guides There is quite a lot of "bad blood" between the tour guides and the vendors, especially when the tour guides do whatever they can to keep the vendors away from the tourists. So it is better if you try and handle things on your own.

6. Reward those who respect your wishes. Purchase from those vendors who do not harrass you. Vendors at the Temple of Philae in Aswan seem to have received this message loud and clear. They allow tourists to browse and they dont hassle or harass the tourists. Thus the tourists are free to buy or not - and they usually tend to buy more when they do buy.

Source - Frommers Egyptian Guide - October 2011

Your turn to sound off, have you been to Egypt? - Do you want to visit Egypt?

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      Hajer 3 years ago from Tunisia

      Nice hub, Egypt is full of beautiful places to visit :)

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      The Hatter 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Egypt is great, the people are very friendly in the resorts. Pyramids are fantastic.

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      spelaspela 5 years ago

      I would like to see Egypt, nice lens:)

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      Fairies_of_the_mist 6 years ago

      I think Egypt would be amazing to see but I believe that it is not very clean. But this is what travel is about, seeing things and ways to live that are different and the sights would be well worth it. My sister went and she loved the sights. I would love to go but have booked it 3 times now and 3 times not made it for different reasons. I love your lens Thanks

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      titanslayer 6 years ago

      Egypt has a really cool history and mythology, I don't know much about it in modern times though.