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You can never blend in in Egypt. Egyptians wear normal clothes nowadays and no one wears the native clothing which is like long dress (except old people in small villages) and I am sure you do not mean the very old native clothing of Egypt or you would look like a Pharaoh which is not blending in :) and not to forget that you are Caucasian which is hard to ...


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From your description I can tell it is Feteer Meshaltet.


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After some trouble I managed to send someone in Egypt to the auto club and ask about how it's done. First time they told him that I have to get a CdP from Canada before I travel and this is the only way, but after the information I got from fretje here I asked my friend in Egypt to go again and explain the situation further. After telling them that there is ...


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I have done this last year (2010) with a friend of mine. We arrived at the Egyption border in Nuweiba (with the boat from Jordan) without a CdP. It's not that you travel through Egypt without a carnet. We had to buy a local one (which is only valid in Egypt itself) on the spot. Actually, we had to get it in town (Nuweiba). So it's a process of getting ...


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While I haven't been myself, I've done some research so figured I may as well share. For tours and excursions: The Siwa Guide - desert safaris, and they describe a sea of sand stretching as far as the eye can see. They have half day, full day and custom trips - which could include camel safaris, or camping under the stars. Abu-Zahra Bedouin Safaris - ...


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All of those places are touristy, and as such they're completely used to seeing tourists wearing all of the described clothing. One thing to note, however, is if you're taking the train down to Aswan/Luxor overnight, it can get rather chilly in the desert at which point you will most certainly want more than just t-shirts and shorts. In fact I had my ...


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Egypt, as like much of North Africa and parts of the Middle East, is volatile. The State Department of the US has a comprehensive website detailing the latest information on the country. It points out that while crime is relatively low, there has of course been several incidents of protests, riots and political upheaval over the past year. In the end, it ...


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Given that no one really came forward with an answer, I am going to answer my own question. I am writing this answer at the Star Alliance Business Class lounge at departures so this experience is fresh. My original questions Is it an issue that my transit time is longer than 12 hours? Can I still leave the airport? The transit time being longer than ...


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There is nothing much outside of the hotels, people tend to spend all of their time drinking and eating in the hotels. Therefore all inclusive deals are common and well worth considering. The hotel we stayed in charge well over £5 for a bottle of coke if you were not on the all inclusive deal! Sharm el Sheikh has nothing to offer apart from the weather, ...


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For practical purposes the answer is "Adaptors will be reasonably available AND importantly, European equipment will work properly on the provided Egyptian voltage and frequency". Also, Egypt notionally uses the "Europlug" (type C below) so many continental European appliances will plug in directly. You will also find the type F Schuko plug in use. So, in ...


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If you are a foreigner then it is ok, you can show them or hide them no one will actually care. It is not something common there for middle easterners to have but people do not judge foreigners for having or showing them. Regarding Egypt in particular, it is common for criminals and people who been prisoned to have them, so that will be the first ...


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Normally it is not required to have Visa tourist in advance for USA, Canada and most of Europe. But this is only for Tourist visa, any other visa (work, businesses, diplomatic, ...) should be arranged in advance. Also this is for normal passports, official or diplomatic passports need advance visa. Tourist visa can be stamped in all main airports for: UK ...


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Warning: Anectodal evidence... I just heard yesterday that it's an amzing time to visit Egypt right now while all the tourists are away. A young Australian couple passing through my hostel were there recently and reported only about three other people were at the pyramids while they were visiting! They felt very safe and highly recommended it. I was so ...


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This story about a man who visited Bir Tawil (and claimed it as the "Kingdom of North Sudan" so his 8-year-old girl could be a princess, but that's another story) says that permission for the Egyptian authorities was required: This research led Heaton to seek permission from Egyptian authorities to travel to the remote, unpopulated plot of sand, ...


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Ok, I was in Cairo in 2007. With the tensions some may have changed, but here are my suggestions: Alexandria - it's only a few hours away, and there are connections to get there (my tour company just offered a day trip before the tour started). It was fantastic and I'm so glad I got to it - the new Great Library is cool, lots of old monuments and ...


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For men, the only place you have to worry about what you are wearing is inside a mosque, other than that you can wear whatever you want to. This does not apply to women, though. However in January or February I think it is going to be a little cold for shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. In Aswan, Abo Simbel and Luxor it's only at night when it gets cold just ...


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I visited Egypt in August of this year, and although I didn't stay in Cairo (I stayed in Sharm El Sheikh), I never once felt threatened. I partook in many activities whilst there, visiting the Bedouin, travelling to the pyramids, and quad biking in the desert, with 2 children. While Sharm would tend to cater much more to the tourist, on a professional ...


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Buses run infrequently and are privatized so it's extremely difficult to document. Taking the subway to Giza and connecting by mini-bus is much more difficult then catching the No 355/357 behind the Egyptian Museum. It's an "unofficial" stop, costs two Egyptian pounds, is air conditioned and will take you right to the base of the pyramids. Things to ...


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Thai citizens need a visa before arrival to Egypt, that includes the special area of south Sinai. People who need visa in advance to enter Egypt are exempted from this facilitation. This is clearly stated in the official Egyptian Immigrations website, which is in Arabic only: •لا تسري التيسيرات الخاصة بالأجانب القادمين لزيارة المنطقة المحددة عبر منافذ ...


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According to Timatic and Egyptian Consulate in the UK there is no visa on arrival for Thai citizens at any location including South Sinai airport (which I am guessing refers to Sharm el-Sheikh). So even if the website you linked states otherwise you should consider Timatic as an authoritative source for the airline.


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You can try the Radioshack chain in Cairo, I found a good quality adapter there for a reasonable price after realising I had forgotten to pack one. There are several stores in central Cairo and the staff have a good level of English.


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The road down there from Aswan is considered high risk, and currently inaccessible to foreigners travelling in their own car. However, you can travel there in police-escorted bus convoys, OR rent a car with a driver from a local travel agency in Aswan, who is familiar with the roads and rules. There's at least one daily convoy a day, and takes three hours ...


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MSK Try asking the same line of questions over at www.expeditionportal.com. It is a large international group of adventure travelers using 4WD and adventure moto to explore the world. Sure enough someone there will know your solution!


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Well, it's not yet a full answer, but it's a start. The ferry leaves Mersin once a week. But... as I write this (October 16, 2012), after having spoken to Anrusstrans, the ferry has not run for the 'past month' and will not run for 'at least another month'. (I might have an opportunity to try them again in April 2013. Any updates in the meantime are most ...


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I did two days on a felluca (small sail boat) and I have some thoughts on this. I personally loved sleeping on deck, watching everything go by. But there were the big cruise ships as well. On the big boats - you have more height, you have working toilets, I presume good meals, great cabins and beds, and so on. But it'll be very touristy. On the small ...


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The absolute requirement for entering Germany/Italy is a Schengen visa, if you haven't it, you cannot enter Europe at all and the voyage is over. Given the current situation in Egypt you must be aware that you need to meet many requirements to get the visa. Let's assume you have the visa, what next ? The simple solution for driving in Germany is traveling ...


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I know it's a different period but some of the answers on a similar question are going to be relevant. I've re-read my answer there and feel it is just as suitable now as it was then. Therefore I'll quote: Egypt, as like much of North Africa and parts of the Middle East, is volatile. The State Department of the US has a comprehensive website ...


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There are 3 cell phone providers in Egypt: Vodafone Mobinil Etisalat Each one of them provide wireless data connection. There are two types: 1- USB modem, which is the easiest way: Vodafone USB modem Mobinil USB modem Etisalat USB modem Normally etisalat is the cheapest one. The problem with this USB modem, is that you have to buy the USB modem ...


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Yes it is possible. Entering "train from cairo to luxor" in Google found me this link (first) and this link (second). You can book online here. The link explicitly gives prices for foreigners.


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Museums: Cairo have a lot of museums, just to name a few. The Egyptian Museum is a MUST SEE. Khan Elkhalili: a major old market area. They sell a lot of antiques and souvenirs. Better to go at night. Pharaonic Village: a village, which simulate a lot of ancient Egyptian activities. Cairo Opera house: The Cairo opera house, with many nice shows. Al-Azhar ...



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