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Things to do in Egypt
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.
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
Source - Book - Frommers Egypt 2010 - Published by Wiley Books
Travel Books on Egypt
Sinai Peninsula - Sinai Grand Casino, Sharm el Sheikh
Sinai Grand Casino, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
Other things to see and do in the Sinai
North Coast - Alexandria Lighthouse
Replica of the Ancient Alexandria Lighthouse on Pharos Island
Siwa Oasis, Egypt
Saudi Aramco World Magazine - September/October 1988
Interesting Egypt History Books
Image source - Wikimedia Commons
Red Sea Coast - Underwater Diving
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.