Egypt

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    Jun 14, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    Okay, I posted this on Travel but didn't get any feedback. I'm thinking that there must be gay guys who have traveled in Egypt. Thanks.


    I'm thinking of going to Egypt for about ten days in September. This will be my first trip there. I will be traveling solo and will probably use hostels, as much for the company as the savings. I don't have a lot of time for this first visit, but would like to see Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has been there. Thanks!
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    I went to Egypt for 10 days in 2007 with my SO. We traveled with an organized group including a four-night cruise on the Nile. The cities we visited were Cairo, Abu Simbel, Aswan, Luxor and Sharm el Sheik. We did not go to Alexandria in part because there was some political unrest going on in that area at the time.

    Of the cities we visited, Aswan was my favorite. It and Luxor were the only places we really walked around at all without the group. I would not have felt safe doing so in Cairo. And that is unusual for me... my dad and I went to Iceland and drove all over the country by ourselves despite not knowing the language. Everywhere else we went, we had a guide and a driver and walked only from the bus or van to the venue and back again.

    As far as I know there is no gay scene in Cairo. Homosexuality is illegal and there was an incident a few years back where a number of gay men were arrested at a party on a boat in Cairo. I believe all the incidents mentioned involved locals but -- accordingly -- there is not really much in the way of a scene. You can dig around on http://www.globalgayz.com/country/Egypt/EGY to get an idea what life is like for gay men in Egypt.

    That said, I found this page (http://www.globalgaylodging.com/africa/gay-egypt-lodgings-directory.html) which has two cheap and ostensibly gay-friendly lodging places in Cairo. I doubt you would find any such thing in the other towns. Luxor and Aswan are pretty small. However even good hotels are cheap by our standards (I don't think anyplace we stayed was more than $100 a night). Hope that helps and if you have specific questions let me know.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jun 14, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    I don't have anything from experience to add beyond nerdy 'book smarts'... but I am also planning to go to Egypt sometime next year. Any experiences would be greatly appreciated! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Thaer

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    Jun 14, 2010 8:42 PM GMT

    Hope that you enjoy your trip ... In Cairo, if you enjoy traditional and old culture then you will enjoy khan al khalili market try to go there after 1:00 am you will love having sheesha (wastepipe ) at 3:00 am in the heart of old Cairo , you can visit Mohamed ali citadel, alazhar park and ride a faloka in the heart of the Nile , on the other side of the Nile you can visit the pyramids and sphinx, ask if it’s aloud to go inside the pyramids . you can always arrange a horse riding in the desert surrounding the pyramids and of course you have to ride the camel ( I mean it’s must, it’s a terrifying yet beautiful experience) . if you are into more modern shopping then either you can visit Heliopolis open streets( specially in corba ) or one of the malls ( specially city ctars) in Nasr city. There lot of things, I can give better suggestions if you can just describe what are the things that you generally enjoy, do you love beaches or crowded areas, modern or old , shopping or having traditional meals, do you want to visit the Christian or the Islamic Cairo or both , I don’t know Luxor it’s an open museum everything around you is part of the ancient city Alexandria is similar to Cairo with more pronounced Christian heritage, if you can try to go to hurghada even if it’s for one day you will enjoy diving there, generally the night life in Cairo has nothing to do with bars or night clubs both or mainly found inside hotels . are going at early September or at the end , most of the Arab tourists will leave Egypt specially Cairo and Alexandria after 16th . so if you can give me further details I will try my best to give you the best info I have . I wish I could take you around but unfortunately I will leave Egypt early this year by the 10th of August , anyway hotels are pretty cheap in Egypt even the five starts hotels , taxi are the worst and if you want to buy anything try to ask any of your Egyptians friends to help you will have a better deal.


    Khan alkalli
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    cairo citadel
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    Jun 29, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    Thanks, Gents. And apologies for not getting back here earlier. This is valuable advice and I do appreciate it!