Some questions on Amman and Petra. December 2012.
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Aug 31, 2013 9:26 PM Last Post By: Naazim
Nov 26, 2012 8:02 AM
I am new to this forum, so i feel i should introduce myself and to ask a few questions about my upcoming short break to Amman on Sunday 2nd December to the 6th December.
Basically i have grown a little obsession with the Middle East over the last couple of years. Have been to Israel maybe 8 times in 18 months..seen most of it and also been to the Jordan River and the Dead Sea etc etc. Next year will be a big travelling year for me Morocco, Turkey, Budapest, Istanbul, Madrid, India and Pakistan to name a few will be seen.
But its the upcoming Jordan trip i need help with. I apologise if you have heard this a million times but i feel since the recent troubles last week in Israel will this have any adverse negative effects on Jordan at all? I fully intend to see Petra but im fully aware the days are short now too so ideally i will arrange something. Due to some of my friends scaremongering me I thought about changing my passport (as it runs out in 6 months anyway), just for peace of mind, but at a cost of £130 i decided against it.
So basically the questions:
1. Will having 8 Israeli stamps cause any problems with the locals or airport officials?
2. It wont be very hot in December, but are shorts and tee shirts not advisable if it does get warm?
3. Is taking pictures of religious (or anything else) forbidden?
4. Recommendations on a nice hostel in Amman?
5. Is it worth me staying 1 night in Petra? If yes then recommend me a nice hostel there.
6. I wont be drinking but some nice food places in Amman and Petra appreciated.
7. Is tipping customary for food and taxis? (i looked at wiki travel but no mention).
Thanks for any help given and apologies for the essay
Nov 26, 2012 11:14 AM
11. Will having 8 Israeli stamps cause any problems with the locals or airport officials? NO
2. It wont be very hot in December, but are shorts and tee shirts not advisable if it does get warm? OK in tourist areas but not in Downtown Amman or religious places of worship
3. Is taking pictures of religious (or anything else) forbidden? Nothing forbidden but if you take photos of people ask first..
4. Recommendations on a nice hostel in Amman? Arab Tower, Jordan Tower, Farah,
5. Is it worth me staying 1 night in Petra? If yes then recommend me a nice hostel there. Cleopetra
6. I wont be drinking but some nice food places in Amman and Petra appreciated. Jerusalem restaurant, Hashem,
Afra, Imsiat Amman, Jafra Cafe - all these places are in Downtown Amman near the historic places
7. Is tipping customary for food and taxis? (i looked at wiki travel but no mention). Not really but everyone appreciates the odd tip in the service industry, Jordan is no exception but not mandatory,, 500 fils / 1 jd is good
Nov 26, 2012 12:26 PM
22. it won't be very hot...
That's an understatement. Night temperatures in some places might be close to freezing. It's definitely not T-shirt season any more. It has been very cold and rainy in the Middle East the last week or two. Of course, by the time you arrive the weather could change and become unusually mild, but just be prepared when you pack your clothes.
On the plus side, this winter dusk will come soon, but not as early as last year. Jordan was dragged into a different time zone a month ago. You'll have an extra hour in Petra in the afternoon, and everywhere else of course.
Tipping (100% to 200% of the fare) is common in taxis. The drivers call it "ohhh mista meter broken".
Nov 26, 2012 4:36 PM
Nov 28, 2012 5:59 AM
4Wow thanks everyone, very helpful indeed.
Ok so i booked up Pasha Hotel in Amman for 4 nights. They are very reasonably priced AND they do some nice day trips. The Petra trip they provide but is it wise to get an early taxi to try and cram as much into my day as possible?
Nov 28, 2012 6:07 AM
5Sorry one more thing,
From Amman Airport is it hard to get to The Pasha Hotel? I will be landing around 8pm and i really could do without getting confused with buses etc.
I know the hotel do a 'meet and greet' service but is this really worth it? Thanks
Nov 28, 2012 9:00 AM
6Thankyou marcopoloo you have been very helpful.
Great, i will follow your advice. Oh and great video, i have been looking forward to seeing Jordan for a very very long time.
I hope to meet and make friends with the locals and soak up all the fantastic culture whilst im there. Sunday cannot come soon enough.
Nov 28, 2012 9:33 AM
7Dolby we look forward to meeting you.
you will have great time in Jordan
Dec 8, 2012 9:09 PM
8Bret.It was our pleasure meeting you.I trust you have had great time in Jordan.
Thanks for the review on booking.com
Aug 31, 2013 9:26 PM
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