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Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt

Any tips for travelling through this region? Dangers and pitfalls?
15 years ago, September 21st 2005 No: 1 Msg: #2680  
Hi guys. I am about to travel through this region starting 1st November and was wondering if it is dangerous at the moment. I have been reading the Australian Advice Bureau site and it doesn't sound too safe to be travelling through the region still. I will be joining a tour group but as things are the markets and places where large groups of tourists will be visiting are/have been prime targets.

What do you all think. Has anyone travelled through these parts recently? Any hints/tips would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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15 years ago, October 26th 2005 No: 2 Msg: #2977  
B Posts: 2
mate you'll be fine.

Went through there last year and no problems at all.
Ok the eygptians are a pain in the arse sometimes but the rest are fine.Syria was excellent,no hassles whatsoever.

Go with the flow and you'll be alright. Reply to this

15 years ago, November 2nd 2005 No: 3 Msg: #3060  
B Posts: 2
I would not even give the warnings a second glance. I was in Turkey, Egypt and Syria a while back, you are safer there than in Australia. In Turkey, several locals made comments that I was 'by myself.' Maybe that was not such a good idea, try to find a buddy for busy areas (1 budy, not a whole tour group). Other than that, enjoy yourself and try not to let the stupid travel warnings get to you. I like to think of them as airfare reducers. Reply to this

15 years ago, April 2nd 2006 No: 4 Msg: #4858  
N Posts: 3
hi, im planning for a short trip in Eastern Turkey-İran-Armenia, do you have any info about the border between these countries? İs it possible to hitchike in this area... what s your recommendation for a student traveller about it? I have a very short time for this trip and want to see a lot😊 Reply to this

15 years ago, April 3rd 2006 No: 5 Msg: #4863  
B Posts: 2
Hey Can,

Last I checked, the border between Armenia and Turkey was closed. If you are going to be travelling on a Turkish passport, consider skipping Armenia and going to Azarbajian instead. I don't know of any problems between either country and Iran. Check out the lonely planet notes for the border of each country. This is under the world guide section of the website. www.lonelyplanet.com Reply to this

15 years ago, April 3rd 2006 No: 6 Msg: #4877  
N Posts: 3
i ll consider this, thank you a lot. Reply to this

14 years ago, April 14th 2007 No: 7 Msg: #12876  
Hello Danny
Jordan, Syria very safe destenations and be sure you will have a great time
meanwheal people there very kind and friendly I been travilling all over the world nothing like our Region
Wish you a great trip for more info please feel free 2 contact me at any time Reply to this

14 years ago, April 15th 2007 No: 8 Msg: #12937  
N Posts: 12
I went through Eygpt a few months after the bombings in Dahab, and through Jordan/Syria/Turkey while there was unrest with the Israel/Lebannon conflict. Overall I felt safer there than in "western" countries (and I'm female!). Everyone we met were happy to have us there (you'll get invited for chai all the time). I'd recommend the region to anyone; the countries are amazing and people lovely. There is a certain amount of risk everywhere nowadays (i.e. even in London), don't let it stop you from getting involved.

You can register your travel plans with your embassy prior to departing (I did). Reply to this

13 years ago, June 20th 2007 No: 9 Msg: #15452  
N Posts: 6
Yeah Can, Crowman is right...

Turkey and Armenia are not good friends...Turkey and Azerbaijan are.... Reply to this

13 years ago, July 16th 2007 No: 10 Msg: #16482  
Hi All,

A couple of years back I went to Turkey, I didn't found anything dangerous there. Its a nice place to be.
Last year i went to Olu-Deniz. Its basically a beach village resort surrounded by hills and located in the Fethiya town of Turkey . The place on can see the best secluded clear water long beaches are found on Olu-Deniz. Blue lagoon is visited by tourists at Olu-Deniz for its vast biological underwater park. Blue lagoon is selected as a National Park for its varied rare natural resources. Wishing a Happy and Safe Journey

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13 years ago, July 31st 2007 No: 11 Msg: #17128  
N Posts: 3
Though I have never been to Syria, I have traveled extensively in Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt and have never had any problems whatsoever. There wasn't a situation where I really felt threatened. The most dangerous area in the region is Israel by far, and even there the only advice I would give is to avoid the hot spots (the West Bank, etc...). Reply to this

13 years ago, August 25th 2007 No: 12 Msg: #18448  
It's been a while since I've been to Turkey (one of my favourite countries) but if you are an Aussie, the people will really warm to you. This is an affinity built on the battlefields of Gallipoli and both Turks and Kurds would indicate to me that "we are brothers". Haven't been to Syria so cannot comment, but Jordan is fabulous - some of the bedouin are really friendly. I was there only a few months before the 2003 Iraq war and there was a lot of sabre rattling at the time. However, the only tension I noticed was people's concern about tourism if the war started - tourists were very warmly welcomed. Egypt has a multitiude of pros and minimal cons - if you can get past the people trying to sell you something, you will find some lovely people there.

Overall, the Middle East is a sensational place to travel. Just remember three things: first, be assertive if the situation calls for it - this is essential for Egypt and parts of Turkey - in Egypt "la shukran" (No, thank you) was my most spoken phrase at times, especially when surrounded by prefume, felucca and souvenir hawkers. Second, if you believe it to be safe, take up the offers of chai (or dinner) in someone's home - the hospitality is just fantastic - I want invited to the tent of a bedouin in Jordan to celebrate Ramadan with his family - it was a highlight. Third, haggle on everything!

Though I am sure that some of the travel advice is warranted, overall I view them as an overly cautious approach to the world. I felt safer in the Middle East compared to most other destinations I have visited.
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13 years ago, September 9th 2007 No: 13 Msg: #19161  
N Posts: 5
I'm travelling to the area around the same time. Plans are to visit egypt, jordan (petra) and if possible jerusalem. Will be going in the last week of november to early december. If the dates are kinda similar, let me know if you'd like to meet up there. might be easier to arrange for transport within the area, hear the buses are not too great. Reply to this

12 years ago, July 23rd 2008 No: 14 Msg: #42800  
Heya did the same trip last yr but reverse order about the same time of year, had no problems, getting the visa for Syria at the border was ok but im a kiwi so have no Syrian embassy in nz.

The one thing that caught me out was how cold Northern Syria and Turkey were, take warm cloths or buy them and chuck them as you hit Jordan were it was warm.
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11 years ago, July 28th 2009 No: 15 Msg: #81169  
N Posts: 1
hello all my husband is eygptain and we are traveling home next year. iam already shopping for light losse fitting clothes. donot wear shorts and tank tops. just pack some light weight clothing and scarf to cover your hair you wont be bothered by anyone they will see it as sign of respect to the culture and the county. Reply to this

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