There are a few differences in the way you shop in Luxor - and the prices are great! We've put together a few sample prices at the end of the page..
In tourist areas, almost everything, is open to negotiation. Some visitors love to bargain - others hate it. There are tips for both kinds of visitor here, so keep reading!
People who have just had enough of bargaining for the time being often head for the fixed-price government-run shops. These display the prices - and those prices are both fair and non-negotiable. Don't try to bargain in a fixed-price shop! There aren't many of them, but for many visitors they can provide a welcome break - Mohamed can tell you how to find them. Our own 'Traditional Egypt' visitors have another benefit too: in our street - which is not really touristy at all - shop keepers will probably tell you the same prices as the locals would pay.
Luxor Market Day: Tuesday mornings, very early (well underway by 6am), at the West Bank ferry landing.
Many people say that Luxor is 'the hassle capital of the world'. Certainly, tipping ("Baksheesh!") is part of the culture, between Egyptians (of every status) and between Egyptians and tourists. But tipping in Egypt differs markedly in from tipping in the UK. Tips are paid instead of wages, not as pleasant extra.
Please try not to get upset by the constant demands for 'baksheesh'. Don't be pressured into giving money away for no service - but do try to remember that even the locals pay 'baksheesh' - discreetly - to each other as a normal part of life.
A constant flow of £E1 notes (about 10p GBP) is absolutely essential! Keep a separate wallet handy for this purpose alone, along with sweets and biros for children. Larger tips will also be appropriate at times.
You will have no hassle at all from the shopkeepers in Ramla. If you find the constant hassle in touristy areas is getting difficult to bear - just say "la shok-ra!" (No, thank-you) very firmly whenever necessary - followed up by "La - ah!" (I said NO!) if necessary. Try to deal with hassle in a very firm but good humoured way. The locals expect many rebuffs, and will not usually be unpleasant to you.
If you can find something that a local person can do for you - perhaps provide breakfast, do some shopping, do your laundry etc. you will probably find the cost is insignificant to you, but provides valued income to a family.
1. Enjoy it! Take the opportunity for a pleasant encounter with a local. You have to accept that any stallholder you buy from will inflate the price to pay their 'commission' - but if you wait for a 'friend' who speaks your language well enough to answer your questions, they could add a lot of fun to your day.
2. Just refuse politely. Occasionally it may be necessary to turn around to face the 'friend' and say calmly and politely (but very clearly) "I want you to go away". That's OK - don't be afraid to do it.
3. Take our guide, Mohammed, shopping with you (tipping him appropriately for his time). You may feel more comfortable with someone you have got to know!
It's just so much fun being in the souk! Whether you're just looking, or bargaining with the best of them - please give it a go, there's nothing else quite like it!
|Water - small bottle||1.50|
|Bus ticket in Luxor centre||0.25|
|Snack from street vendor,|
eg. fuul or ta'amiyya
|Imported beer (small bottle)||10|
|Cheap restaurant meal||12 - 25|
|Expensive restaurant meal||12 - 25|
|40 - 50|
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