Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 - Jordan Summary

Duration: 12 days (May 9, 2018 - May 22, 2018), the duration count is based on the time spent in Jordan, excluding travel time.

Highlights

Petra by Night
Petra from Al-Khubtha Trail
Petra from Wadi al-Farasah Trail
Petra, I think this would be expected. Petra is as nice and stunning as expected from the pictures. As usual, seeing it in person is so much better than seeing it in photos. There are a lot of people that appear there in the morning, but go back in the afternoon/evening for a relatively quiet viewing. Make sure to check out Petra By Night first if you are able to do so. It is expensive, but I feel that it is worth it.

Aqaba
Aqaba
Aqaba
Aqaba, I didn't actually expect to enjoy snorkeling. It was my first time, I am not a great swimming, I ended up drinking quite a bit of water, but overall, great experience. You can rent you equipment on site if you drive, or just take a tour and the driving part is included. Outside of snorkeling, I'm not really sure what else is there (because it was 43 degrees when we went, we stayed inside during the day for the most part).

Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum, I didn't know what to expect here. Honestly, I thought it would be a bit boring of an experience since I would just be looking at sand all day long. But, it ended up being quite interesting. You won't like all the sites, and it is a bit slow and relaxing, but it was a good experience. I think 1 day is more than enough, I'm not sure what you see if you go longer/further, but 1 full day had enough highlights for me.

Dead Sea
Dead Sea
Dead Sea, a great place to just relax and enjoy the day. Make sure to just spend the extra on a resort so that you can do this at your leisure.


Jerash, if you are interested in Roman ruins, this is a must if you have only one to visit while you are at/near Amman.

Royal Automobile Museum
Royal Automobile Museum
Royal Automobile Museum, even if you aren't into cars/bikes, this is a place to visit!

Lowlights

Nothing was really disappointing on this trip. The only suggestion that I would make based on my personal experience and our itinerary, is that I would remove Amman completely. The only thing that I thought was interesting during our time there was Jeresh. I can see why people would like some of the other spots, but I would've been fine without seeing them.

Food Suggestions

Beit Albarakah
Only restaurant that we really liked was in Petra which was the Beit Albarakah. Make sure to give it a try when you go to Petra.

Tips

Driving, if you are driving here, there are some oddities that I didn't expect while driving here and it might be a bit daunting for some.

While driving, the main rule to obey is the speed limit. Make sure you pay attention to this, because it seemed to be the only issue that the police act on. We saw people standing out of their window/sunroof and this wasn't a problem!

There are speed bumps where you least expect it. I believe that there are signs for where these speed bumps exist, however, they are random, and everywhere. This includes them appearing even on highways where you are going at 100-110 km/h!

As well, the lanes on the roads don't have meaning here. What I mean by this is that they are just guides, but nobody seems to obey them when rush hours occurs. So in a 3 lane road, you may end up having 5 cars lined up side by side!

Final Thoughts

Great country to visit. No issues and no need to worry about the issues in neighbouring countries (at least when we went in 2018).