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The countries covered by this FAQ are: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Please read this thread first if this is your first visit to the Middle East. There is some travel information about the [Middle East in Lonely Planet's Destination|http://www.lonely... more »
This is a continuation of the previous Syria sticky thread.
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Crossing Syria from Jordan to Turkey: 20 & 21 Dec 2011 from poster bcfarley, post #272 in the previous thread (much appreciated btw), is the most recent on the ground report I noticed so for anyone not wishing to read through all the other posts...
This is an information thread on the ongoing situation in Syria as it affects travel to Syria, not a chat or political argument thread so please don't let this thread go the way of the previous.
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Several Thorn Tree members have had trouble in the past securing a visa to travel to Iran.
Our expert on Iran Andrew Burke has written an article with the most up to date information on how to get a visa to travel to Iran, please check it out before posting a question on Thorn Tree:
How to get an Iranian visa
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I am a 19 year old girl from the US and I really want to make it to Petra. I am planning on spending a few days in Eilat, Israel to do some diving and relax a bit at the end of August. Can anyone give me some advice on the best way to make the trip to Petra from Eilat and how many days you think is good to spend there? I am incredibly flexible at this point but was thinking three nights four days (two travel/ relaxing, two at petra). At this point I am travelling alone (travel buddies welcome). Is this route safe, is it alright if I do go by myself? Are there any special considerations that I should be aware of because I am a women? And what is the cheapest way to do all this? I dont want to take a taxi to petra from the border, but dont know where to find a bus from Aqaba. I also dont speak arabic...
Thank you all for your help!
Iran 1 - Korea 0
Brazil, we are coming!
Rays of hope rise for Iran following surprise winning of the new president leads to another surprise winning of Iran football team in South Korea!
Iran wins South Korea in Korea!
It seems God is having a glance at us.
May God bless all.
Congratulations to all Iranian and Iran lovers.
Hi all. I wish to cycle from Iran to India starting March 2014. How do Iranians feel about cyclists? Are there settlements all along the south coast that have fresh water?
Any advice would be most welcome!
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I will be arriving in Israel on the 21st for 10 days. I am curious if anyone can give me advice on the best phone plan to use. I have an unlocked iPhone 4, so I am looking for a service where I can just plug in a sim card. Data is very important to me so I would want something with at least 1-2 GBs.
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks.
I spent ten days traveling about Israel and Palestine, mainly by bus: many thanks to those who gave me good advice beforehand. I'd like to add some of my own.
Travel by bus isn't so simple. Bus stops may bear the route numbers of the buses which stop there, but there's seldom a timetable, and never a map. At larger bus stations (e.g. Afula), one can ask the staff, and they'll know which bus gets you to your destination, at what time, and from which stand: otherwise, it's all a great secret. Likewise sheruts: they bear a route number, but no other indication of where they're going.
Make sure you stand in the correct bus shelter for the route you want, or the bus for which you've waited may sweep straight past you. Israeli and Palestinian companies appear to run parallel networks in places, but not exactly the same routes. Fame and fortune await whoever can come up with a reliabl... more »
I am going to Beirut next week and was wondering whether anyone had an idea where to (possibly) take a/some cooking classes? I would love to learn how to do some of the dishes :P
Also; if anyone has another idea of something fun and nice to do, please throw it in :)
Thanks a lot!
Ive looked at a couple of major car rental sites and didnt see this option.
any car companies allow this pick up/drop off at different locations?
I probably only have time to visit one of these castles.
From the pictures, Kerak seems amazing, but I have heard the less travelled Shobak has better views and feels more authentic.
I just wanted to check whether anyone whose been to Wadi Rum has heard of a camp called Zawaideh desert camp.
I found a few reviews online but still would prefer actual feedback from travellers who have been there.
Would you recommend it, based on your experience?
Thanks in advance,
I have started planning my first trip to Iran and am considering whether to go up north to Tabriz, Urumieh Lake and Kandovan, or to drop it for the sake of the region south of Yazd (Bam).
Is there any alternative accommodation in Kandovan save the wonderful (but expensive) Laleh Rock Hotel? Not a trace of Kandovan recommendations on this forum, and even fewer results to my internet search. The LP book states prices of approx. $ 340-440 for Laleh, which is prohibitive, and the only alternative would be unfurnished rooms where I would have to carry my sleeping bag. As that is not an option on this trip, I wonder whether I stand a chance at Kandovan at all. I dislike being shuttled on day trips, so I would prefer to stay the night.
Finally, how does Kandovan compare to Cappadoccia with respect to the sights and transport?
I appreciate help on this, thank you. more »
I'll be spending a few days in either Eilat or Aqaba (haven't decided which to stay at yet) and am looking to do a diving/snorkeling trip while there, maybe including swimming with dolphins. Can anyone recommend a good one that's good value? and is it better to do that in Eilat or Aqaba?
I live in Jizan, Saudi Arabia, and want to know how to obtain an India visa before Ramadan. Does anyone have any advice or recommendations for agents or brokers? I am a British passport holder and want a one month tourist visa.
somebody could tell what time the borders between Oman and UAE in Tibat and Wajajah close?
Another question is if the border in Hafit (near Al-Ain) is open now? And Khatmat Malahah?
I would like to start in Greece for a few weeks, fly to Istanbul then explore Turkey for a few weeks, fly to Beirut and only explore that city, unless there are other safe regions to go, then fly to Amman, see a little of Jordan, then take the bus to the border and get another bus into Jerusalem.
I'm a 38 year old male traveling alone, mostly for adventure and photography. I travel pretty light and like to meet people. I have traveled in some dangerous areas and it hasn't bothered me before. I hope to not have any troubles, but I'm curious about Beirut right now and the influx of Syrians and how chaotic the refugee situation is. I like to photograph and document changes happening in countries and I sympathize with that greatly. I'm not sure if any of these places are particularly dangerous for American outsiders.
Anyhow, are there any problems you foresee with this trip? more »
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