When I first got invited by my partner to go to Jordan, I was so excited. Even though I had no idea where it is and what the culture was like there, I was up for World traveling! Why not?! After I accepted the invitation, I mapped where Jordan is. Holy shit! Its in the Middle East! Did you know that? Since I dont know anything about the Middle East, I googled the culture and what I should prepared for as a tourist. Ready or not, I was off. My trip from LAX to Amman, Jordan was over 18 hours long. I thought I was never going to make it, but I did!
Jordan is a very traditional and conservative Country or what you and I known as “old school”. It is nice to experience traditional culture, something that was opposite of modern American culture and what we are missing. It was nice to see kids playing outside, traditional wedding ceremony, historical sites thats full of history, farm stands on the side of the streets…
If you ever plan on visiting Jordan, as for women, I highly recommend that you brings jeans and lose t-shirt. Jordan is dominated by Muslims with very small population of Christian. Because majority of the population is Muslims, I recommend women tourist avoid wearing shorts, short skirts, tights, tank top, anything that reveal too much skin. This will draw attention to yourself and come off as revealing. Because Jordan is in the desert, it is hot and sunny during the summer time so I recommend that you bring sun protection and stay hydrated!
I recommend visiting the following sites:
This is a complete and well preserved city of the Roman Empire. It is often called the Pompeii of the East. You will see the original temples, theater, plazas, paths and streets… remaining of the city wall.
Its very well worthy of taking the tour inside and see it! Do be careful of the local kids trying to sell you post cards.
Local flea market. You will find variety of handcrafts, jewelry and traditional clothing’s. Its a good place to get some local gifts for family and friends. Remember to bargain!
The area is beautiful. Check out some of the near by bar and cafe. From some of the cafe/bar’s top floor, you can get a great city view!
It is absolutely beautiful, stunning and amazing there!
Make sure you at least take a camel and a donkey ride 😉 I personally recommend taking the camel at the middle and then the donkey to the top and walk to the “end of the World”. If you are interested, you can have tea with the locals at the top of Petra. When you are ready, walk down to the gate. It will take about ~2-3 hrs to walk all the way down. if you get tired, you can take the horse back to the gate.
If you do take a camel or donkey, be sure to bargain!
Tips: wear comfortable shoes, long pants is highly recommended because its very dusty and a lot of insect. Flash light, in case you don’t make it back before dark. Make sure you stay hydrated as it does get hot. Water is available to purchase throughout the hike.
The locals will tell you that if you ever go to the Dead Sea, you must go to a hotel one as it is more private and cleaner. Due to my timeline, we decided to give the public area a try. If you ask the locals about the public beach, they will tell you its dirty, you will find mostly Muslim there… Lucky for me, there weren’t many people around and there were other tourist there too. The beach was pretty clean and not crowded at all. Not a lot of Muslim around so I was able to wear my bikini.
Going into the Dead Sea is a once in a life time experience. You will float and never sink. You can’t swim in the sea due to heavy salt. Its fun to float around and let the wave push you 🙂 However, it is HOT! Very HOT.
tips: use sunscreen! Mud is available for purchase. Be sure not to open you eyes if you wanna dive in for whatever reason. The sea is extremely salty it will burn your eyes!
If you go to Petra, Wadi Rum is not far away. Take an extra day and go to Wadi Rum! I highly recommend that you stay over night at Wadi rum after Petra as its a interesting experience to stay in the middle of the desert. You do have the option of sleeping in a tent or in a concrete room. If you aren’t insect friendly, I recommend the concrete room.
The next day, I recommend that you either do ATV or truck tour the desert. You will see a lot of amazing scenery that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. It was truly an amazing experience
tips: Sunscreen, go pro
There is not much night life options in Jordan since muslims are very conservative. You will find some roof top bars that require reservation. Most cafe and restaurant do not serve alcohol. You will have to go to specific bars/cafe to get alcoholic drinks.
For night life, local people usually go to a cafe and smoke hookah. One of my favorite place is called book@cafe. The first floor is a book store, the second floor is a cafe. You can smoke hookah, have a drink and grab food at the same time!
Jordanian foods consist of pita bread, hummus, pickles, cheese, kebab… Alot of Jordanian food contains alot of herbs and if you dont like their herbs no need to worry! There are plenty of Italian restaurants around! The meat that you eat in Jordan are Halal and it taste different from what you are use to in the U.S.. Jordanians eat a lot of lamb, if you love lamb meat, this is the Country for it ! If you are vegetarian or vegan, you are all set. There are plenty of options for you! Falafel, hummus, tabouleh…