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Even though I had read here that Iraq IS NOT a cheap destination when it comes to accommodation and other stuff I decided to venture mysefl with a set budget. WRONG DECISION!
I dont know if I was unlucky, or it was just a bad day to travel (friday), or what happened! But I was unable to find a hotel to stay!
There are probably 30 or more hotels around the citadel and the garage. I went to all of them just to find the same answer: NO! They dont seem to like solo travellers like me or something since their answer was all the time: NOT FOR ONE!
There were only two hotels where I could fınd a place, for 100 USD!!
So, can anyone tell me if this was normal? Or what happened? :(
I arrived in Erbil on December 20th and will be here for three weeks until January 11th, working for a Kurdish news agency. I understand this question has been asked countless times but do I need to go to the Directorate of Residence to get an extension? Can I feign not noticing the visa stamp and exit the country without problems? If I should get a proper extension, where is the directorate of residence?! (their website just lists their address as, "kurdistan, erbil". not helpful...)
On a separate note - any fun things to do around here? :) I work 6 days a week and get home only after 5pm, and the most I've done has been walking along Iskan street (I live right by it). Anything else worth checking out?
Thanks in advance!
Hi Thorn Tree,
Next year I will be traveling near Kurdistan and I am debating whether I should make a short trip there...
I meet many people telling me they want to go to Iraqi Kurdistan but know little about it. Guide books and websites go into little detail about tourist sites and I am wondering whether the desire of the people wanting to go to Iraq is just to say "yay, I've been to Iraq... look at me I'm a Lad!". I'm sure Kurdistan is a friendly and safe place, but in terms of tourist sites to keep you occupied, is there actually much to do??
On a separate note, I have a Hong Kong and Brit passport. I would use my Brit passport to get into Kurdistan (knowing I could get a visa free period of 10 days), but would the Israeli stamp cause any problems??
Even if the israeli stamp causes no problem at all I would prefer to use my HK passport. The reason is because I am using ... more »
Two quick questions:
- Where is the main bazaar in Erbil? I know it is near the Citadel, but where exactly?
- Where is the "military bazaar" in Erbil? (the place to buy body armour, boots, etc)
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Can anyone advise on any cheap accommodation in some of the key towns in Iraq Kurdistan? I am not going to say my 'cheap' budget is say $30 a night or whatever, but any advise on 'reasonably' priced hotels etc would be greatly appreciated.
I am planning to visit from Turkey, in June 2012, staying for 7 days or so. Erbil and Sulaymaniyah are on the list...
would like to travel independently to Iraq next spring-all thoughts and ideas welcome.what is the feeling towards brits?
Do I need a visa to enter the Iraqi Kurdistan from Turkey?
Can I apply for a visa at the border of Kurdistan and Turkey?
How long can I stay in the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan?
Is there a direct bus from Doyarbakir to Erbil?
The Wikitravel website states that could be certain bus companies and they charge between 70-80TL for this journey. I tried to use the Best Van Turizm and Cizre Nuh Websites, but there is no option to choose this particular journey
But other wesbites state that you need to take a bus to the border and then uses taxis. But since I will be travelling around 22/December and with the cold weather - there may not be many people to share a taxi with. So i thought using a direct bus would be the best and cheapest option.
I would like to find out if there is such a direct bus, and if possible what is the cost and timings?
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I read a BBC article on Iraqi tourism and how before the invasion it had a tourism industry similar to Jordan with many Europeans and North Americans flying over to see fortresses, ruins and mosques, and that the Iraqi government is now consulting on tourism making a comeback in the future
do you predict it will ever be a tourist destination again if so how long??? or would you think that its too late to be a tourist destination as a lot of has been destroyed anyway???
I hope you're all fine and enjoying your travels!
Having read a lot about the history and culture of Iraq and looking at pictures of the country, I can't help but being very fascinated by the idea of visiting it myself one day.
Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala and Basra seem to be mesmerizing places with loads of history and apart from that, from what I've heard, Iraqi people in general are supposed to belong to the friendliest anywhere.
I know, this topic involves a lot of guessing, but when do you think traveling independently through Iraq will become possible again?
By large, the situation seems to slowly become calmer with news of bombings and suicide attacks getting fewer and fewer. Furthermore, Baghdad and Basra have been added as destinations by several major airlines.
Do you expect traveling Iraq to become possible sometime throughout the coming ye... more »
Planning to go to Mosul, is it safe to do so and are there certain areas I should avoid?
following the advise of someone in the forum of going to Amadiya from Dohuk I came to Dohuk yesterday night.
I would ask: how can I get to Amadiya to Dohuk?
and how much it will cost me?
how many hours is Amadiy from Dohuk ?
Is the bordercrossing near Iranian Piranshanr the only bordercrossing from Iran-Iraqi Kurdistan or is there a crossing more South?
Does anyone know if the bordercrossings operate 24/7?
I have a CUP (China Union Pay) ATM card(I have also visa but is a debit card with not so much money on it).
From here http://cn.unionpay.com/front.do (section find "ATM") I can see that there are few ATMs in Arbil that accept Union Pay card.
and these ATM in Erbil are:
5. Iraq CSC 60 street , Erbil (where in 60 street?? maybe Central Bank of Kurdistan??)
6. Iraq CSC 60 street (where in 60 street??)
7. Iraq CSC Erbil (where in Erbil???)
8. Iraq CSC Erbil, Ankawa – Hadyab area – Mar Gergis Street
So I have few questions
1.Do you know where these places above could be exactly ?
2.The Central Bank of Kurdistan in 60 Meter St in Erbil has ATMs for withdraw money ?
3.The ATM in Mar Gergis Street of which bank is ? Which bank is in Mar Gergis street in Ainkawa ?
thanks! :) more »
I would like to ask to someone that stayed there if is possible to withdraw money and if there are ATM in Dohuk. And if there are ATM, where exactly in Dohuk ?
I have a foreign visa card and a chinese union pay card.
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