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You can visit many places in Jordan is Amman, Aqaba and the Dead Sea and the internal pressure to go to Mount Nebo and Ma'in, Jerash, Wadi Rum and ... Welcome.Comment.4 months ago. Report
- Wadi MusaPetra, Jordanrecommended Wadi MusaIn their haste to reach the main Petra historical site, many visitors overlook this important landmark in the nearby town of Wadi Musa. Legend has it that Moses struck this rock in order to get water ... read morefor his followers.
- Mujib ChaletsJordanrecommended Mujib ChaletsWhen it comes to finding somewhere to stay on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea there are really only two choices: a bunch of broadly identical five star resorts all clustered together in one place ... read moreor here. The chalets are attached to the Al Mujib Nature Reserve - established just a couple of years ago - and are run by the the Jordanian Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). Facilities are basic: there's basically a bed and a refrigerator; bathroom facilities are shared. But what you come here for is the landscape and the kind of peace and solitude which the resorts cannot provide. All of the chalets have breathtaking views out over the sea and a beautiful stretch of coastline. Chalets cost from around JOD 70 (USD 98 / EUR 74) per night. There's a basic restaurant on site for evening meals and breakfast, but you're better off doing a supermarket run in Amman and bringing your own. Direct access to the sea is via a staircase and there's a shower for washing off all of that salt after a float in the sea.
- Amman Beach ClubHighway 65recommended Amman Beach ClubIf you're seeking that 'I want to float in the Dead Sea' moment and not staying in one of the waterfront hotels, this is the most credible alternative. At the time of writing, as a foreigner you'll be ... read morecharged JOD 15 for entry (it's cheaper if you're a Jordanian national) and towels and a locker are a modest JOD 1.5 more. Sure there are places further along the coast where you can access the sea for nothing, but you won't be able to wash the salt off in a shower straight afterwards. The beach is nothing remarkable - it's quite rocky, so some waterproof shoes are recommended; in any event these are good too for once you're in the sea as some salt formations can cut your feet to shreds. The facilities are basic but satisfactory. I wouldn't bank on spending more than 3-4 hours here, but at least you'll get the experience you seek for alot less than the JOD 40+ nearby hotels want for a daypass. There are a couple of freshwater pools too and a set menu lunch is available for around JOD 12. If you get a taxi here from downtown Amman (about 40 minutes' drive) don't pay more than JOD 30-40 for the round-trip, including keeping the driver waiting while you're there.
recommended AmmanAny first time visitor to Amman may be forgiven for thinking that the place is just one huge, unplanned sprawl. While that may be true, the city is an interesting metaphor for the confidence sweeping ... read moreArab nations, though in this case the American influence is strong to see. Much like Beirut now and Cairo in the 1960s, Amman is a fascinating, cosmpolitan city representing not just the crossroads of various Arab cultures, but also touch points with the west. My broad characterisation of the place is not dissimilar to parts of Germany or Switzerland: one the one hand embracing the global village, on the other, quite conservative and rightly holding on to its own traditions and identity. For all of those reasons, I love the place.
- Reem Al-BalwadiTlaa al-Ali Jubilee Gardensrecommended Reem Al-BalwadiFrom the moment you step over the threshold of this veritable palace of dining, you know you're in for something special. You're greeted in the lobby area by a host who shakes your hand and then takes ... read moreyou through into the main dining hall. Seating is at Arabic low tables in the main hall or, during warmer months, outside in Bedouin tents. Service is like a slickly-oiled machine and many high end restaurants in London and New York could learn a trick or two about how to keep such a vast space functioning so well. As for the menu, it's mainly quality Jordanian and Lebanese specialities, plus plenty of delicious mezzes and kebabs. Shisha pipes are in plentiful supply and if you're not a fan of smoking, you may prefer to dine elsewhere. 10/10 for atmosphere, service and food. Reservations recommended.
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Hey there! I'm a big fan of Troy's recommendations in every country: http://www.gogobot.com/user/troy_4/passport/jordan (He's steered me right in Turkey and India). Hope that's helpful!
- The Colonnaded StreetPetra Ruins
- West AmmanMazen Al Ajlouni, Amman, Jordan
- The Royal TombsPetra Ruins
- Al NaiAl Qasr Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, Shmeisani
- Fakhr el DinAmman, Jordan
- PetraPetra 71875 Jordan
- Roman TheaterAmman, Jordan
- Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & SpaDead Sea Road, Sweimah 11190, Jordan
- DeadSeaJordan Vally, Amman, Jordan
- Mövenpick Resort & Residences AqabaKing Hussein Street, Aqaba, Jordan
- Beit ZamanPO Box 122, Petra / Wadi Musa, Jordan
- Mt. NeboJordan
- Cantaloupe Gastro PubP.O.Box 141048, Amman, Jordan
- AjlounAjloun, Jordan
- JarashJarash, Jordan
- Imperial Palace Hotel Amman4th Circle, Zahran Str., 11183, Jordan