Sharm el-Sheikh Travel Tips
Be aware of the following points:-
When you want a taxi, it would be better to ask the reception of your hotel to bring you a one because they have a certain taxis assigned or others they know well or contact your transfer agent.
When you want to tour a site be yourself, collect information to be aware of this site, how much you will pay for the tickets and what’s included with the tickets.
If you are going to dine out, you have to ask for where is the health and recommended restaurants are, don’t care much about the prices there it is still cheaper than prices in your own country.
Be ready for the culture shock ;o) many travelers are shocked and amazed when they do the first visit to Egypt and found it not like any others countries they have visited before.
Please respect the faith of the country you are going to visit, as Egypt a Muslim country you can find many things that you take as normal such as revealing clothing, fond or kiss your partner in public, Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt, etc. so don’t be teasing and try to be more conservative in attitude in Egypt.
If you go on tour alone or in a couple without a travel agent or a guide so please let your hotel know your plans before you go on, because if you get lost, Hotel will be able to search for you. Also write your hotel contact in a note and take it with you in case you forget the way.
Don’t drink from the water tap, only you can use it for a shower, wash and for teeth cleaning. Bottle of water is plentiful and cheap.
Take care of traffic in Egypt especially in Cairo, which is really crowded there, in Egypt they drive on the right.
For any special tour which will use train or plane, please try to make your booking in advanced to can get the availability and the good price.
Ask your travel agent or your hotel reception for any advice or help, they will advise for the safe and the best way.
There are the benefits of being part of the group for tours or excursions, first that you will have an Egyptologist guide or a tour guide who will give you the right information and help in problems and the good price than you make the tour in a private way.
Also getting less hassle if there are many traders, they will not approach a group than they can approach you alone.
It’s good to drink plenty of water, especially outside because it’s easy to get dehydrated if you don’t drink enough, the weather here little hot.
Please learn the word “La Shukran” it is mean “No thank you” and do not be afraid to tell it to anyone try to sell anything to you and do not use word “Emshi” (as many of guide books advises) because it can take as an insult word, and do not get abusive from sellers they just try to feed their families.
You will see tourist police everywhere so do not let anyone being too pushy you, just let one of them know.
Some sites when you are entering it, you may be checked for your personal belongings before entry, it is annoying sorry for that, but it is for your safety, and take care of places not allow photo or video to be used.
Keep little medical things with you as diarrhea tablets, antiseptic cream, safety pins, sun cream and headache tablets in a small kit with you.
While you bargain in the shopping, keep your credit cards and currency out of the sight, it’s easy to haggle the price if you show up that you have only a few Egyptian pounds.
The open toe shoes and high heels not advisable while you are visiting the various sites, just keep sensible or sports footwear.
Be aware of your flash photography, you may found this signs there ‘No Flash Photography’ because it can cause some damage for any of the ancient paintwork there.
if you will travelling early before hotel breakfast hours, ask your hotel to prepare your breakfast box instead of your missing breakfast to take it with you, and if you will come back late after 22:00 pm tell your hotel to prepare you a late dinner instead of your missing dinner.
If you visiting will be inside the monument like one of the pyramids, you have to wear a trousers (jeans). You may have to crawl through a narrow passage sometimes.
if you are in a multi-stops tour holiday, and you will return back to your first hotel before departure, you can leave some of your unneeded luggage better than carry it too much in your itinerary, most of hotel are offering this service for free or in a low-cost fee.
Do not buy anything from traders around the pyramids, their items are very expensive while you can buy the same thing from shops places like khan El-Khalili cheaper and in a good quality, and you can return it if you found something wrong with it, but with traders you cannot found him in the area easily, just ask your agent guide before buy things in this area.
In Egypt, there are little differences, like that don’t think that five stars hotel not only the best but there many of three hotels also offering the same facilities as the international hotels and a lot of friendlier way too.
Things in Egypt are cheaper than many tourist destinations. Also, entry fees for monuments sites are cheaper than many around the world. Believe that nowadays you can start plan your travel to Sharm El Sheikh or any other place in Egypt with accommodation for only 500$ and sometimes less.
Advice: never deal with a taxi to tour a site, it’s the job of the travel agent, what do you expect to pay at the end to a local taxi?
Please take a photocopy from your passport and keep it in your home in the hotel, because lost your passport in Egypt is a really bad thing.
This tips to help make your holiday as enjoyable as possible. so not let this tips put you off going to Sharm El Sheikh, it just compiled from questions that travelers to Sharm El-Sheikh regularly ask, so enjoy your holiday and remember we are here to serve you anytime.