Flight Aswan to Amman via Cairo


How risky will it be to book an air ticket going from Aswan to Amman, via Cairo? There is only one flight for each leg on my desired date and the layover in Cairo is 1 hr 30 min. Is this doable? Or risky? Would we have to clear immigration in Cairo? Change terminals in Cairo? Or should we go back to Airo and spend the night before flying to Amman the next day?

We are US cItizens.

Thank you!

Getting from Krabi airport to Koh Lanta


Can anyone help, i dont know what to do? What is the best and cheapest way to travel from Krabi airport to Koh Lanta?

I have read a few reviews and got some prices for a speed boat transfer or a mini van transfer from the airport but these seem to cost approx £100+, i read that you can get a taxi into krabi town then find somewhere there to get a van to the ferry, then ferry over? Is this simple? is it easy to find the place in Krabi town? is this much more cost efficient and a bit more of an adventure? or positively scary and time consuming?

Help?? first time in Thailand, confused.com


Take a ‘leap of faith’ and check out Egypt

Have just returned from a 17 Day Egypt in Death private tour with Bunnik Tours. To all the ‘nay Sayers’ worried about whether Egypt is safe – take the leap of faith like we did, and do it now while tourists numbers are still down. We literally had the place to ourselves, however that will probably all change once word starts getting out that Egypt is just as safe to visit as other tourist destinations e.g. London, Paris. Tourist numbers are slowly on the rise.

Guess what – we even took our school-aged children with us to Egypt!

If you are interested in going to Egypt but still a bit nervous and don’t like being part of a group, no problem – do a ‘private tour’. We were very happy with Bunnik Tours – had to keep pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming. From the moment we touched down at Cairo airport, to the accommodation and tour guides, until the time we had to say goodbye, we were made to feel like royalty. How many tour companies have a representative greet you on arrival to assist you with their country’s Customs/Immigration Control processes? Everyday was a new experience, offering opportunities to enrich the soul and immerse ourselves in the thousands of years of Egyptian history, creating wonderful memories that will last forever.

What made the tour really come to life for us, was our two guides – but not just ‘any old tour guide’ – these guides were highly qualified Egyptologists. To them, being a tour guide was not just a job, it was a calling – this was evident in the way both spoke so passionately about Egypt and their willingness to share their knowledge about their country’s history.

The only blemish, on otherwise a perfect holiday was, as others have been mentioned in the Forums, the harassment by street vendors, some of whom are extremely aggressive and intimidating. We had to report the conduct of one vendor to the Tourist Police at Edfu. While we don’t condone their behaviour, we do understand they need to make a living. However, these vendors need to ‘respect the boundaries’ or risk alienating, and subsequently losing, the tourist dollars they so desperately seek.

That said, please take a ‘leap of faith’ and check out Egypt – you will not be disappointed!

Best route for Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam?

Hey guys. I’m planning a trip to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam from Australia, around December and January 2018-2019 with my partner. We’re both 21 and have travelled around Europe but haven’t yet explored any of Asia.

I’m just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what the cheapest/most efficient route would be to visit all of these countries in a very short period of time?

I’ve looked into flights from Adelaide Australia where I’m from and see Singapore is where the majority of flights lay over and was thinking of flying to Singapore as my starting point, but I’m not sure wether to go in the following order or not:

Singapore (5 Days)> Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Halong Bay, (6 Days) > Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (3 days in PP and 4 days in SR) > Thailand:

Phuket, Koh Phanang, James Bond Islands (8 days)

We might spend longer in each place depending on flight/train prices on certain days but that is our rough idea of where we want to visit in the short frame of time we have available.

If anyone has visited these countries and has any suggestions on what order to visit them, or how long to stay in each place I’d be overly thankful for the advice 🙂

Also, if anyone can suggest the best overnight boat to see Halong Bay on for around $250 for the both of us) that’d be amazing as there are so many options online it’s hard to know what ones are actually worth booking.

Thanks guys, appreciate your comments in advance.

Regards, Nikita.

Addo: Where to camp in tent/rooftop tents

Hi everyone!

Planning a trip in May 2018, but I’m having a lot of trouble figuring out which accomodation sites inside Addo park allow for camping in your own tents? 4 adults in 2 roof top tents (1 4×4 hilux) and a ground tent. Probably prefer to be away from the main area.

Any information and suggestions welcome.


Our trip: Dec. 26, 2017–Jan. 20, 2018. Days 22-25

This is our last day in Aswan. We are glad we chose the hotel car ($30) instead of a (possibly cheaper) taxi: the hotel sends a man with you, he fends off the porters, pushes your trolleys, checks you in and walks you right up to the second security check–very nice, I must say. Even though we are flying business class the suitcases take 1h45 mns to arrive (watch out if you have a connecting flight!). Horrendous traffic jam to reach the Novotel in central Cairo. We are given room 7001–to be avoided, we’ll have to change the following day because of the horrible smell coming from the bathroom–6001 will be marginally better. We spend the whole afternoon at the Egyptian museum enthralled by so much beauty (though I still put Old Kingdom statuary above everything else I realize I have been underestimating and overlooking the artistic importance of the Amarna revolution and art). Somewhat exhausted we have a late tea with El Abd pastries and an early bed because we are going to the Pyramids on the following day ($50).

The trip to the Pyramid goes on for ever because of the heavy traffic and because our driver–against our very strict instructions–takes us to a “guide”–a papyrus shop in actual fact. The ghastly creature who tries to lure us into the shop is met with a locked car door and a very irate couple. The detour allows us to discover how horrible are the new buildings in Ghize–unfinished, dusty, dirty, dark structures thrown haphazardly together and gradually encircling the pyramids–a vision of hell. The pyramid area is very crowded, chaotic, with thousands of plastic bags blown about by the fierce wind–how very sad. We walk around a bit with a very heavy heart because of this wanton destruction but find solace inside the Khufu bark building. Just looking at this immensely moving relic dating back to around 2566 BC is enough to forget the stupidity of our times. Back at the hotel, after a very frank discussion (to use diplomatic language) with the tour company we book a visit of Islamic Cairo for our last day at a reduced price.

We do not wish to see the Citadel again (the Mehemet Ali is not even worth a peep) but we visit Sultan Hassan again and after the proper donation for the mosque a very kind, very sweet cleric opens a number of doors which had remained closed to us on our last visit–this contemporary of the later cathedrals (XIVth C) has the same “élan mystique” as Chartres or Amiens and it is just as full of the Presence. We then go to the Ibn Tulun mosque (IXth C) which is very different but also gorgeous. Once again the proper donation opens doors and we spend so much time there that we only have time for one mosque more (Amr Ibn el As) which is the earliest mosque in Cairo but heavily restored. We were alone in Ibn Tulun but now we are in the middle of a crowd of men and women, young and old. Just marvellous–no aggressivity towards us, very noticeable Westerners, smiles and hellos from everybody–quite the perfect finish to our perfect trip in this the loveliest of countries.

Our flight on the morrow is at 7:15 A.M. which means leaving the hotel at 4:30 A.M.. Very little traffic but quite a traffic jam at the security gate to the airport so plan carefully. Three successive security checks so once again plan carefully. Back to France on a dark, cold, miserable day remembering the clear skies and smiling faces of Egypt.

Thank you all of you who read this account and wrote such nice things about it. I only hope it will be of some use to some of you. We shall go back next year but will avoid Cairo which we find overwhelming (but not in a good way). Cheers and thanks. FW