"There is so much to do and see..." Egypt Local Custom Tip by LatrinaLoo

Egypt Local Customs: 225 reviews and 149 photos

There is so much to do and see in Egypt, that it is truly an experience that will engage your five senses. It is dusty, dirty, exotic, enchanting, magical, strange, mystifying....
It is a developing country, so be advised that you may not find every little thing to your liking, there is nothing like seeing a Toyota truck heaped with the carcasses of beef on their way to market, or seeing a caleche driver (horse & buggy) snap the hind flanks of his poor horse with a leather crop... Somethings are just different than you'll find in developed nations, but if you are capable of traveling with an open mind, a pleasant and patient attitude in the face of adversity and delays, venture forth - its wonderful!

Tips in Egypt are called 'baksheesh.' It seems everyone has their hand out, but the good news is that they don't require exhorbitant amounts, usually just a pound or two for some small service they perform. Larger services require larger tips, of course.

Bargaining - can be quite an 'interesting' experience - and a avid past time for most Egytpians. After 8 trips to Egypt, I have my preferred method in place. I try to ask them what they want for an item. If they give me a price - and if the object is something that I really want, I'll cut their asking price by 2/3rds, then haggle until the item is about 1/3 the original asking price. However, be advised that it is very bad manners to go through the bidding price, have the merchant meet your price, then refuse to buy it. Don't seriously negotiate unless you plan to buy. Also, bargaining is acceptable on the street, but not in some of the well established stores. You just have to use your judgement - or ask.

Make an effort to learn a few phrases before you get there - they will go a long way in opening doors and receiving smiles. I suggest:
Shokrun - which means 'thank you'
Inshallah! - 'God willing'
El Hamdulala - 'thanks to God!'
Sabah el Nour - 'Morning of beauty' (a morning greeting and good response to 'Sabah el Hher')
Ma'asalama - 'good bye'

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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