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Stay Safe & Healthy In Luxor

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Luxor is considered Egypt’s “trouble capital” (and therefore a good candidate for the world). Please be warned that touts may make sight viewing quite irritating for those not on properly organized excursions. (Although they seldom go inside genuine temples.) Within temples, however, visitors must fight with official tour guides. The guides are genuine government employees, but they are also highly pushy in their attempts to “assist” you and then demand a gratuity. As a general rule, anybody who shows you anything for any length of time will expect a tip. It may be beneficial to provide a little gratuity in advance when requesting a “self tour.”

It is wise to pre-book accommodations to avoid dealing with touts at the stations.

Due to the fact that tourism is the primary source of revenue in Luxor, and has been for centuries, many individuals have developed an art form of scamming. Several of the book’s older techniques include the following:

  • The “I need a letter to be translated” enticement used to entice you into a store
  • The “I need a letter writing to a friend in your country” opening (they show you an address in your nation) is used to get you into a business once again.
  • The alabaster manufacturing plant. A considerable portion of alabaster is imported and is seldom produced on-site. Other stones, such as jade, are mostly imported from China and India.
  • “The temple is closed”- Before you go, double-check the hours of operation.
  • Papyrus Museum- This is just a papyrus store; some are excellent, while others sell cheap imitations.
  • Scarf seller – a person who sells just one scarf will try to conceal their hand motions while picking pocketing you. Two attempts were reported in two days.

Determine for yourself if anything is open or closed, and whether you are traveling in the correct direction or not. Consult a resident, not a taxi or caleche driver.

Women traveling alone in Luxor should use utmost care while looking for inexpensive accomodation. Numerous complaints of sexual assault have been made after women were served tainted drinks by hotel touts and personnel.

Luxor merchants are infamous for being pushy and manipulative. If you don’t want to be pushed into purchasing anything, it’s best to reject any effort at conversation by a local, regardless of how innocuous it may seem. The phrase “No Hassle” is often used at stores and markets to minimize unwanted attention. If you want to be courteous, you may also say “Laa Shukran,” which translates as “No Thanks” in Arabic. Being nice can make life simpler for you, since people will remember you if you are impolite and may annoy you more in the future. If troubles continue, use the statement “You’re a hustler!” to threaten the tourist police.

On the street, it may be simpler to simulate ignorance of English: “Non Speakee Engleezee” and/or “Non Parlee Arabee” seem to be the most reliable ways to demonstrate your disinterest in their offerings. This strategy, however, may backfire catastrophically, since the majority of Egyptians know many languages and will often claim to speak something esoteric like Azerbaijani or Ossetic when challenged. If you do speak a rare language, such as Persian, Albanian, or an Eastern European language, be careful to initiate communication with them in that language. If you don’t, try faking it in front of them. This is the quickest and simplest method of eliminating touts.

Depending on the image your profile provides, you may be requested to buy drugs or sex as soon as you left your hotel, sometimes within minutes. Bear in mind that government officials do not take prostitution or drug usage lightly. Gay visitors should use extra caution when approached by a sex worker. Egypt has a well-documented history of gay men being duped.

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