"Helpful or fishing you in?" Egypt Tourist Trap Tip by FireMike
Egypt Tourist Traps: 219 reviews and 112 photos
Almost any time you are walking down a street people will come up to you asking if you need a place to stay, need a restaurant , need a ride or just to invite you into their place of business. These people are all open and you know they are just trying to get you business, say no if you don't want to, no problem.
The sneaky ones are the ones who siddle up to you when you are walking and just start some small talk with you. Eventually the make you felel comfortable with you and next thing you know you are stopping in to visit their uncle. Who just happens to run a papyrus shop, alabaster shop or cafe.
For example we were on our way to the Egyptian Museum of Cairo when this character started talking to us. He even went so far as to say that he was a doctor that worked at the museum on his lunch break. He started talking about all this histrorical stuff about Egypt then said the museum was closed for the next hour or so. So why don't we check out this essence/perfume shop to see how they make it.
Well all he did was force on us all these scents and we actuallly bought some just to get out of there. Later that day after the musuem (which was never closed) we saw him walking beside a girl give her the same story.
Unique Suggestions: The next day we were headed to the minibus circle to get a ride to Giza to see the pyramids. Once again a guy started talkiing to us all friendly like and helping us find the right bus. He said he was going to work in Giza himself at a real estate company or something and he looked the part, pretty welll dressed and everything. But as we are riding in the minibus he starts talking about essence and how they make it from papyrus.
Well here we go again. This time we knew what was up and we actually played along. Getting some tea from our host before turning down any offers to buy some essence.
Fun Alternatives: Besides not talking to anyone at all, it will be pretty hard to avoid this behaviour %100. It is sad that it happens so much that you become fed up and can't tell if someone is ever being genuinely nice and trying to help you because you become suspicious of everyone.
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