"Ehlan wa Sehlen fii Souriya!" Syria by maykal
Syria Travel Guide: 3,975 reviews and 10,300 photos
During nine months spent studying in Damascus, I managed to visit nearly every corner of Syria - some places really worth visiting, others not so much...It is a fascinating country, but one that is well on the way to being discovered by tourists. Still, it is fairly easy to escape the crowds, and even in the tourist hotspots of Palmyra and Bosra, the crowds are nothing compared to European attractions. Many travellers set aside a week to "do" Syria, sticking to a general route between Turkey and Jordan...they end up seeing little of the country, which is a shame as Syria has a lot to offer.
There used to be many travelogues on this page...they have now been moved to their proper homes on their own separate pages, and I am trying to rearrange them all...please take a look, but be warned that some are in the process of being updated ;@P
Damascus has its own page, and there you'll also find some general comments relevant to the whole of Syria....click on the link below:
==><a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.133814/1589/?s=B">TO DAMASCUS!</a><==
Aleppo (Halab) also has a small page, although I have to confess to never falling in love with that city...maybe I was biased towards Damascus, maybe I didn't spend long enough there, maybe the weather was just too bad...whatever the reason, it is nothing personal against that city, and hopefully I can revisit it one day to change my opinions!
If you're interested in learning Arabic, please see my <a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.133814/7/?s=Q">Middle East</a> page for details.
For those with weak hearts, bladders and stomachs, I do offer an alternative journey, to the website of the <a href="http://www.syriatourism.org/">Syrian Ministry of Tourism</a>, a carefree world where crime doesn't happen, and beggars are air-brushed out...political oppression? What's that?!
When I mention going to Syria, there are usually some comments about safety, especially because of recent events in the Middle East and the world. Well, Syria is a safe country to travel in...compared with Europe or the Americas, there is very little crime (it does exist, but not noticeably so) and people are generally very welcoming to foreigners taking an interest in their country. There have been a few demonstrations against Israel and America, but these have happened in London too! Stay away from them, and nothing will happen to you.... Syria, and the whole Middle East in general, has suffered a drop in tourism since September 11th, and judging by the number of questions about safety on discussion boards such a VT and LPTT, there seem to be many people unsure about visiting. Well, friends there at the moment tell me all is well, that it is pretty much as calm as it was before, and that they don't feel threatened at all. So, put any doubts to the back of your mind and don't cancel a trip for fear of terrorism.
Maybe you'd like to read more of my comments on Syria? Try this link to my <a href="http://www.epinions.com/content_43533176452">epinions review of Syria</a>.
This was one of my first attempts at writing a VT page...it is also my largest. Unfortunately, since the new VT came into being last year, I have not had time to rearrange it, so of course the layout is a bit haphazard nowadays. The photos in the travelogues are all out of order, and need to be sorted out...I am moving them to other pages, but it is painfully slow ;@P One day it will be done...bukra inshallah...
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Written Sep 4, 2002
Written Sep 1, 2002
Palmyra in black and white
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