As a visitor, you’ll deal primarily with two towns in the oasis. Medinat Al Fayoum, a city of half a million, is built along one of the largest canals and offers the usual Egyptian urban chaos. It’s the main transit hub and has all the services you might need, including hotels. The downtown area is along the Bahr Yusuf, the main canal through the oasis. The village of Tunis, an arts colony on the west edge of Al Fayoum, is the more typical place to spend the night – or on the nearby shores of Lake Qarun.