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Temple of Philae - Sound and light show.

I had heard that the Sound and Light show at the Philae Temple was nothing less than garbage, and they were right! However, I still believe that you should attend the show to simply see this Temple at night, lit up in all its glory.

The sound show is very boring indeed but the light show is certainly entertaining and your attention is drawn to different aspects of the temple that light up in some fantastic colours.

The bus collects you from your hotel and takes you out of town to a dock area. A boat will then whisk you around the island to where you are met with a spectacular view of the illuminated Philae Temple, built for the cult God Isis.

The sound and light show then begins with the “Gods” speaking to each other about this beautiful Temple and why it was built to honor Isis…Blah, Blah and Blah! You are invited by the gods to enter the Temple and you are then led around by the voices of the gods and the lights pointing the way by illuminating the path in front of you.

The west bank.

Want to get a look at the real life of an Egyptian? Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Aswan. Want to get away from the constant hawkers that are attempting to sell you their wares or take you for a ride in their buggy, camel, horse, taxi or just about anything else that moves? Then catch a ferry to the west bank!

Day to day life can be very harsh for a local here. Tending to their half dozen goats or their two cows and a donkey in their run down basic houses, these local people go about their daily tasks without as much as a whimper.

The only fences for the livestock are the river on one side or the never ending desert on the other.

You can not get this experience tucked up in the air-conditioned room of your flash hotel!

The Nubian Museum

The Nubian Museum, although small, is very fascinating. Some say it is the most important museum in all of Egypt! The Nubian people lost almost their entire land when the High Dam was built and these people were relocated.

Outlining the culture of the Nubian people, and their complex culture, this museum was built to thank the Nubians for “giving up their land” for the greater good of Egypt. The museum can be covered in one or two hours at a leisurely pace.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Departure point for Abu Simbel.
  • Cons:Hot......Very, Very, Very HOT!
  • In a nutshell:A spectacular and beautiful part of Egypt.
  • Last visit to Aswan: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    Glad you managed to see so much- and some that we never managed to see.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    You had a great time here! Good photo's, thought the reliefs & carvings looked in good condition. Like you, I hunt out places like the "west bank" too, these places are really interesting!

  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2009 at 4:42 AM

    Hi, Enjoyed your account of the Philae sound/light show. This and other southern Egypt places are on my wish list. Thanks for the tips, Mike

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2009 at 3:46 AM

    I should be visiting Aswan in June so I'll check out your tips before I go. Interesting tip about the tombs of the nobles.


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