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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    When travelling in Cairo and the more cultured parts of Egypt it is important to have your wits about you. I would suggest that women never travel alone and travel between cities/districts on transport that has an armed guard. It has been known that passengers on night buses have been held at gunpoint. People will also ask to see your passport when travelling between cities.
    There are many beggars in Cairo, some of which have removed their own limbs to encourage donations, it is very sad but true unfortunately.
    People will expect you to haggle with them. If you pay what is being asked, you have definitely been done!
    The streets are lined with markets and bizarres, selling more or less anything you can think of. Market traders will pester you so much that you may become frustrated and annoyed. It is best to just ignore these people, rather than get stressed out. Its not worth the hassle!
    The pyramids at Giza are an essential expedition when in Egypt. They are quite spectacular. Do not believe pessimists who suggest that they are not as good as they expected. These people obviously do not appreciate their glory. Make sure that you have guided tours where possible to gain an in-depth appreciation of these magnificent structures. There is access into 2 of the pyramids for a small charge. It is very claustrophobic inside and is not suitable for asthmatics or people with back problems. There is not a great deal to see inside, no tombs or hieroglyphics, however it is a very humbling feeling to be inside such a structure, having known its history.
    The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is absolutely amazing. Take lots of time to have a good look round and if nothing else, pay the extra few pounds to see the 'Mummy Room'! The room contains several real mummies, preserved in glass cabinets. These remains are thousands of years old, some of which still have their hair, fingernails, and eyeballs.
    There are floors in the museum dedicated to Tutankhamun . Anyone expecting his mummy to be here will be disappointed as his remains are at the Valley Of The Kings, South West Egypt. However, there is an extensive collection of his jewellery, headdresses etc and the numerous sarcophagases/tombs he was buried in to keep his body protected.
    The Citadel is also a place to visit while in Eygpt. This is the most famous mosque in Islam as it contains the body of Mohammed the prophet. Visitors have to prepare themselves before entering the building. Shoes have to be removed and women need to cover any naked pieces of flesh with large sheet-like pieces of material. The building is made from alabaster which was taken from the Great Pyramid of Giza. The alabaster was used as a protective covering, yet was taken to build the mosque. The pyramid has a small tip of alabaster remaining, which looks like snow from a distance.
    The best piece of advice I can give is to have a tour guide wherever possible, and sample as much culture in this city as you can possibly digest. Tour guides provide masses of information and take you to places you could not possibly find if travelling on your own. Cairo is the 3rd most populated city in the world (18 million citizens) and definitely deserves to be explored in detail.
    Would I go back?????
    At the drop of a hat!!!!!
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    Food Restaurants, Nightlife, Transportation, What to Bring, Activities, Interacting with Locals, Hotels Accommodations,
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    Nightmare traffic. Leave plenty of time for journies.
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    When taking a train from Cairo to Giza (and perhaps for every train in the country and in the Middle East in general, not sure) watch for gender-segregated cars. I mistakenly jumped on a car filled with women and was told to get off and get into the male-only car right next to it. It would be very bad form to not follow the local rules, regardless of your feelings about them.
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    go on your own into the city. don't go with big busses !!
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    I have ever seen such a busy place i my life. Loved it.
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    Traffic, klaxons
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    hi i can help any one to know about my country and i also can be a nice friend
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    When buying or paying for something be very cautious. People will try to flece you out of your money. Don't be roped into following someone or buying something you dont need. Just remember the magic word, "no".
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    Cairo, Cairo & Surrounding Region, Egypt
    The best thing I did in Egypt was to hire a taxi driver for the day. Outside just about ever hotel you will find a number of taxies waiting to take tourists from one place to another. Find one you like to look of (vehicle not too new, not too dented; driver not too young, communicates reasonably) and arrange to meet them outside your hotel early the next day.

    We did Giza and Djoser and everything in between in one day because we had transport with knowledge of the areawho was prepared to wait for us to explore the complexes.

    Our driver was also invaluable in picking lunch (small town in the middle of nowhere, he picked up the tab and shared his lunch with us) and helping us bargain for things we wanted and brush off the persistent advances of those selling stuff we had no interest in. He was also a great help in looking after stuff we did not want to have to carry down into the pyramids with us.
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