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Exclamation Travelling during Ramadan !!!

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Help please !!! here i am organising my trip, which takes me through Turkey / Syria and the highlight is Jordan ... arriving in Turkey mid September - Syria end of Spetember ...

Will Ramadan have an impact on this - boarders - sight seeing - eating - accomodation !!!

Many thanks Matt

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One thread to get you started

You may or may not have coem across this thread that I started a while back

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...hlight=ramadam
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No probs but...

Basically there is no problem with traveling during Ramadan. Hungry people tend to be less enthousiastic, and smokers can be itchy.

Last year I was in Iran during Ramadan, and e.g. the theehouses in Esfahan where closed (the one under the bridge was open at night, bur really cold). On the positive side, we crossed the Iran/Turkey border the after the Ramadan ended. There where maybe three other persons crossing that day, which made for a very easy crossing, and what an amazing sight was Tabris in the morning with the streets full of praying people ... .

I've ended up three or four times in a muslim country during Ramadan, which is enought to find out I prefer traveling outside Ramadan.
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no problem for Turkiye... they will respect you if you also respect them.
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I travelled through Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Egypt during Ramadan in 2006 and had absolutely no problems. People were a bit jumpy during the first few days (mainly smokers whose tempers were short) but other than that it was fine. I made a point of trying to respect their beliefs and not eat or drink infront of people where possible (the last thing I would want when I was hungry was some crazy tourist on a motorbike stuffing his face infront of me). Where I needed to drink or eat and people were around I would simply ask if they were ok with it. They always said yes, and seemed happy that I had the respect to ask them.

The ferry from Jordan to Egypt was NUTS due to lots of people coming back from Mecca. Trouble free, and a fantastic experience, but very busy.
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