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hi am planning on going to Egypt Cairo in June or July. As the exchange rate has double does that mean my hotel will be cheaper? Or because of prices going up will it even out. And in this circu… Read More
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
hi am planning on going to Egypt Cairo in June or July.

As the exchange rate has double does that mean my hotel will be cheaper? Or because of prices going up will it even out.

And in this circumstance is it better to book the hotel when I get there?

It's my first time organising a holiday so if you have any tips would be great with regards to hotel sites, keeping valuables etc.

Thanks.
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
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#1
One tip. Dont go.
#2
Seriously though, what is the foreign office advice right now?

Cairo is a sh.. hole. The pyramids always surronded by scaffolding. Constantly pestered by locals trying to con you. And almost everyone gets ill out there.

Not to mention the heightened terrorist alerts...
#3
Cairo is a great city with tons to do and friendly locals. I found not a lot of english spoken but was able to get by. July is v hot, better checking on tripadvisor than here for tips
#4
There has been terrorist attacks in Egypt for over 50 years however more so since the 80's.
Ive been twice over 10 years and within a few weeks of each travel a terrorist attack had occurred at a place I had been to. However this would not put me off going in the past but given the current situation I would think carefully before going now.
If you want to see good ruins then Karnak and Luxor are the ones to head for.
The Sinai is a no go zone these days, shame as it was a great place to chill but as for Cairo, Its a huge let down and Id give it a miss in the current climate.
#5
When I went you could only go out through the day the hotel was beautiful but when you are stuck in it every night we felt it was like being in prison
#6
You were not looking for advice whether to go or not , you have already (I presume) weighed the risks and decided to go . Hotel will be cheap , as many rooms will be unfilled and unused by major tour operators . Without having specific knowledge (as I would not consider going ) I would suggest booking in advance via Expedia, Travel Republic , Booking .com etc , then at least you can see the hotel (and recent reviews) before you book .
#7
I havent really decided 100% whether to go or not.

It's not about the attacks I'm fussed about,

But it seems like due to all the stuff going on it's not really an environment to go on holiday to.

The first choice was turkey and that was written off due to the environment there.
I think I will give it a miss for Egypt as well.

Will have a look at some other destinations.
#8
Prague was the backup plan - am going to look into that.
#9
Yep, you can now get 22 Egyptian Pounds for 1 English Pound as against 12 to the pound in September.

Egypt devalued their currency by nearly 50% at the end of September 2016.
#10
Dumbstruck
Yep, you can now get 22 Egyptian Pounds for 1 English Pound as against 12 to the pound in September.
Egypt devalued their currency by nearly 50% at the end of September 2016.

Yeah I was quite surprised when I saw that something to do with the peg to the dollar being taken off.
#11
Spr1nger
Cairo is a great city with tons to do and friendly locals. I found not a lot of english spoken but was able to get by. July is v hot, better checking on tripadvisor than here for tips


Why not here, rather than tripadvisor? Id like to think everyone here replying has been, so able to give a honest response? Not many friendly locals in my experience.
#12
I'm going to Turkey
#13
I love the Czech Republic, I've been many times and cannot recommend it highly enough.
#14
Hi, in the past I've been to Egypt 4 or 5 times and had great holidays, but Cairo is one of the few places I wouldn't go back to. The pyramids are just a few miles away at Giza, but once you've seen them and the Egyptian Museum you're just stuck in Cairo. It's huge, constantly noisy, you wouldn't want to drive and it has very few endearing features. You are hassled all the time and if your family includes blondes or, even worse, blonde teenage girls they would have a nightmare of a time.

Edited By: booky on Feb 12, 2017 07:03
#15
hasnainthehotdeal
I havent really decided 100% whether to go or not.

It's not about the attacks I'm fussed about,

But it seems like due to all the stuff going on it's not really an environment to go on holiday to.

The first choice was turkey and that was written off due to the environment there.
I think I will give it a miss for Egypt as well.

Will have a look at some other destinations.



I'm going to Egypt on 23rd Feb. I got an ultra all inclusive 5* hotel in Makhadi pay with flights and transfers plus upgrades in the hotel for £800 for 2 of us so £400 each. I am a gay woman, Egypt is a Muslim country despite their applying LGBT laws I still want to visit this beautiful place. We will spend our days snorkelling and swimming and will not leave the resort except for one trip to giftun island. We are taking £50 each spending money, this is about 1000 Egyptian pounds as we will want for nothing. Terrorism is a real threat however their security forces are aware of this threat and have stepped up their security. Look at Paris and Berlin, they didn't know they were going to be attacked, terrorism can happen anywhere at any time so don't let that be a deciding factor for you. Be aware though that the FCO have banned any british flights to Sharm so you will fly to Hurghada.
#16
sophieb1986
hasnainthehotdeal
I havent really decided 100% whether to go or not.
It's not about the attacks I'm fussed about,
But it seems like due to all the stuff going on it's not really an environment to go on holiday to.
The first choice was turkey and that was written off due to the environment there.
I think I will give it a miss for Egypt as well.
Will have a look at some other destinations.
I'm going to Egypt on 23rd Feb. I got an ultra all inclusive 5* hotel in Makhadi pay with flights and transfers plus upgrades in the hotel for £800 for 2 of us so £400 each. I am a gay woman, Egypt is a Muslim country despite their applying LGBT laws I still want to visit this beautiful place. We will spend our days snorkelling and swimming and will not leave the resort except for one trip to giftun island. We are taking £50 each spending money, this is about 1000 Egyptian pounds as we will want for nothing. Terrorism is a real threat however their security forces are aware of this threat and have stepped up their security. Look at Paris and Berlin, they didn't know they were going to be attacked, terrorism can happen anywhere at any time so don't let that be a deciding factor for you. Be aware though that the FCO have banned any british flights to Sharm so you will fly to Hurghada.

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