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Tips For Planning a Trip to Jordan...


Where to shop...

Buy your Dead Sea soaps and skin treatments at a department store in Amman, they are a fraction of the cost at the tourist sites. Try Cosmo, you'll find everything in their basement department.
Pat, Calgary, Canada


There are lots of interesting Jordanian crafts to buy and if you look around in the local markets you will find them much less in cost than in the souvenir shops. If you want to buy cosmetic Dead Sea body or face mud, I suggest going into the local pharmacy, especially in Petra and you will find the price substantially less. Other lovely things include hand embroidered ladies galabeyas. Definition of galabeyas according to Wikipedia 'is a traditionalArab garment native to the Persian Gulf region worn by women as a casual dress or as evening wear depending on the amount of work, complication of design and beadwork. It dates back to the earliest days of civilization in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf'.
Noreen, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Olives are grown in northern Jordan and areas like Ajloun are known for their olive oil products. I bought handmade olive oil soaps scented with geranium, cinnamon, mint, rosemary, and chamomile grown right in the garden of the soap factory. I recommend buying products from the Jordan River Foundation and Wild Jordan because they support the local economy and are made naturally. All of the women in my family loved the soaps and I do too! It makes your skin incredibly soft and is a close as I can get to a Turkish bath outside of Jordan. Also, I bought a bottle of olive oil for my apartment while I there, and it was so good that I had to bring some back with me. It's extremely flavorful and smooth. I got mine from a regular grocery store such as Safeway.
Brianne, Houston, USA


We found most of our souvenirs downtown, in the shops along the street. This is the best place for bargaining so don't be shy! Most of my friends bought kofias (red and white scarves men wear around their heads), scarves, pillow cases, embroidered blouses, bellydancing outfits or spices. Some of the guys bought hookahs. One of my friends bought a beautiful prayer rug. I thought that this was an especially interesting souvenir because religion is very much a part of everyday life in Jordan and prayer rugs are very sentimental to most people.
Brianne, Houston, USA


In Roman times, Jerash was a market town. Today I think the best scarves and jewelry are at Jerash artist's market at Jerash. For jewellry see Mustfa in the Jerash Artist's market. Tell him Sherry from Vancouver sent you.
Sherry, Vancouver, Canada


Jordan has a good market for silver and gold jewelry and you will see a lot of natural stone necklaces that are gorgeous. If looking for one really nice souvenir, I would recommend buying an antique silver and natural stone necklace! The price is determined by weight and you can bargain it down some, but they are certainly beautiful pieces of art.


Also, if you enjoy Arab music then you can buy CDs from vendors for about USD $1.50. Take note that they do not always load automatically into iTunes or something similar and you have to manually add most of the information.
Brianne, Houston, USA



Jordanian men will test you...

I was rather stunned at how many men hit on me while traveling through Jordan. From Amman, Jerash and even in Petra, many of the men I met (guides, business associates, bus drivers, room service waiters, waiters) from age 22 to 62 made some sort of pass at me. Foreign women are quite exotic to them and unfortunately some foreign women take them up on these clumsy passes and so they persist. It can be really annoying but I finally got the point. I would just laugh at them and make a joke. I tried not to take it personally. I truly think most of the men are harmless and it's sort of a numbers game to them.

However I had a guide in Petra who owned his own business and came to my hotel one night and told me he wanted to take me out to see Petra in the moonlight (it was a full moon). I knew him through business and thought it was a nice gesture. He drove me way out into the desert and when we got out of the car to look back at the city, he tried to kiss me. It scared me to death. I was out in the middle of nowhere with this kid. I told him he was scaring me, it was not professional, and to take me right back to the hotel. He did and later apologized. So I recommend that female travelers have a game plan on how to say no politely to all invitations. The best approach is to tell them you have a husband or a boyfriend. And, please just don't go into the desert on a moonlit night even if you know the man.
(Submitted by an anonymous businesswoman)

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