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I will be in Beirut from the 12th to 14th December for a weekend break. Can anyone recommend any good yet affordable hostels (or other accommodation) in Beirut during this time?
Also, I will be coming from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, so I am keen to go to some good restaurants (especially Lebanese restaurants) and experience a good night out. Can anyone suggest or recommend good restaurants, bars or clubs?
Thank you for your time and assistance.
I was just planning my trip to Lebanon next week and had a couple of questions. Thanks to everyone for your help with my previous questions.
I was wondering whether Baalbek and the road to Baalbek were reasonably safe at the moment? I was planning to do a day trip there.
Also, in terms of itinerary, if I had to choose between Byblos and Sidon, I was wondering which place people might recommend? I don't have time to see both of them unfortunately. I appreciate that they're quite different.
Finally, I understand that ATMs that accept 'Western' bank cards (I'm from UK) are quite widespread, but just wanted to check?
THanks for your help everyone!
Hi my friend was interested in traveling with me to Lebanon this summer however even though she has an American passport it states on it that she was born in Israel. ( no israeli stamps just birth city Israel)
Does anyone know if they would allow her into Lebanon or deny her entry?
I'm looking forward to my trip to Lebanon in a couple of weeks & just had a couple of questions.
It looks like it's going to be quite warm by the coast even in December. I was just wondering what to pack etc. Am I going to offend people (in a largely muslim country) if I wear shorts, or does it have to be long trousers? Sorry to ask a strange question! Obviously, I know that I would have to wear long trousers if visiting a mosque.
Also, I was wondering if any one had any recommendations for hotels in Beirut. I will probably try to stay near the airport on the first night (as I will be arriving at 2 in the morning) and then stay somewhere in the centre of Beirut the following night.
I am planning a trip to Lebanon in mid December. I only have about 8 or 9 days unfortunately (bloody work commitments !)
I was wondering about an itinerary, bearing in mind the security situation and the weather in December.
It sounds like it may be best to avoid Tripoli at the moment, for security reasons?
Possible places that sound interesting to visit include Sidon, Byblos, Tyre or Baalbek (I appreciate won't have time to visit them all in 9 days and it's no fun rushing from place to place). Lebanon seems quite mountainous and I was wondering whether the road to Baalbek would be passable in December?
Are Sidon or Tyre reasonably secure? I try to take the FCO (UK foreign office) website with a pinch of salt as they are usually over-cautious, but I saw on that site reference to a few incidents (bombblasts etc) recently in Sidon and, as for Tyre, the travel advice alway... more »
I am looking for a shop selling travel gear in or near Beirut. Like backpacks, hiking boots etc.
Do you know any?
I've posted several questions about Ashura in Lebanon and the city of Nabatieh / Nabatiyeh in the past weeks, but didn't get any answers. I'll be arriving a week from now and I guess I'll figure it all out on the ground (though answers are still more than welcome).
Here's a new question though:
I'll be arriving at Beirut Airport early in the morning and plan to be in Nabatieh before nightfall that same day. What's the easiest / cheapest / fastest way to get there? Any buses / service taxis that will take me directly from the airport to Nabatieh? Or should I go to a bus / taxi station in Beirut first? Any direct connections, or head for Sidon / Tyre first and change?
Any comments are appreciated. Also, a hotel recommendation would be nice.
Guido (The Netherlands)
ps: if interested in travel photography, including images from last year's Ashura Da... more »
does anybody know where to rent a motorbike in Beirut? I did' t find anything online..
Thanks a lot!
Hi. I'm planning a trip to Lebanon in spring. I'm a budget traveler and while I plan to stay at Saifi Urban Gardens while in Beirut, I don't really know where to stay in the other cities I may visit. I don't take Wikitravel info for granted as I have no idea when it was written or if prices increased since then.
I'd love if someone could help me out with recommending the cheapest accommodation options and prices in the following cities:
Any cheap accommodation info for these places is greatly appreciated :)
Does anyone know a decent (or any) hotel / hostel / guesthouse in Nabatiyeh (also spelled as Nabatieh, Nabatiye) in south Lebanon?
Anything from 'basic' to 'mid-range' will do ($60 max). A simple table and a chair in my room would be nice. Wifi access would be totally awesome. Central location is preferred. I'll be staying for 4-7 days in November, during Ashura.
I've posted several other questions on this forum recently, which still remain open to answering:
The lack of answers seems to suggest that I'm about to travel 'off the beaten track', which of course is awesome.
Guido, The Netherlands more »
I´m interested to travel in Lebanon with my wife & two children during this coming December.
According to pictures of Lebanon I have seen, it is very beautiful during that season, especially the north of the country.
I want to visit Beirut and the Chouf region, and I´m very interested in visiting the northern region including Zahle, Baalbek, and the Christian villages at the region of Deir El Ahmar & Bcharre.
Has anybody visited the area of Baalbek, Deir El-Ahmar &, bcharre recently and can tell me if the situation safe at the region? Are there tourists visiting the area? Are there tourists due to visit during Christmas?
Are the roads at this region usually open during the winter season?
Anyway I would be glad if I will be able to contact a tourist guide who will accompany us. Can anybody recommend us of tourist guides at the region of Bcharre & Deir... more »
I've posted a question on this forum about 2 months ago, but nobody answered it, so I'm back.
I'll be in Lebanon this November to cover the Day of Ashura as a photographer. I'd like to go to a place where I can witness Ashura in its full intensity. Google told me I should go to the south (which makes sense, since Ashura is predominantly commemorated by shiite muslims), in particular the town of Nabatiyeh / Nabatieh / Nabatiye.
So, what I'd like to know:
- What's the current security situation in Nabatiyeh?
- What do you expect the situation to be like on Ashura?
- I've witnessed Ashura last year in Iran and things get emotional. Any recommendations on how to behave (especially as a photographer)?
- Any practical advice: (cheap) hotels / hostels / guesthouses in Nabatiyeh, how to get there from Beirut?
I am by no means an expert, but I expect sunni-shia tensio... more »
My wife and I are enthusiastic about ancient churches and monasteries. We think of traveling to northern Lebanon to Bcharre & Deir El Ahmar and visiting the ancient churches & monasteries at the region during this coming December.
I would like to forward some questions to the form:
1. In general, is it a good time for traveling to the area considering the security situation with Syria? Does the situation have an effect on the region?
2. Is it possible and recommended to go to the region considering the weather?
3. What are the recommended popular attractions in the region we can visit? Or stay? Is it
possible to stay at one of the monasteries in the region?
4. Are there any options for guided walks? What do they offer? Who can I contact with? Are there touring companies which arrange tours to the area?
5. Are there any exciting historic recommended churc... more »
My friend and I are going to be in Lebanon in the last week of October. We will be staying in Beirut and plan to do day trips to other parts. We were hoping to get to Baalbek and Tripoli and stay the night but have seen the FCO advice saying not to go, Can anyone advise? Also how easy is to get a car for the day at a reasonable rate or are we better trying to get public transport...(wanting to go to Sidon, Tyre, Byblos, Beittidine) Can't seem to get much info from the hotel we are staying at about sharing cars with other travellers. And what is the taxi situation from Beirut airport , I keep reading it's better to get hotel to organise one.
Thanks for any help.
I am an graduate exchange student living in Beirut until february. I will be leaving the country for at short time around Christmas.
I recently got rejected getting a student visa, as I my enrollment letter from my university wasn't stamped at the danish Embassy. However the Danish embassy refuses to stamp the document, leaving me without the possibility of getting the student visa.
I have heard it is possible to get a three month extension to your tourist visa (I am a Danish citizen). Is this information correct? Do I need to go to the airport or to General Security to get it?
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