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Feb 7, 2016 - And so to Bedouin

It seems only polite to look in on the locals while travelling and in the case of 15,000 square kilometres of sand, this means the Bedouin. If this was the Wild West of course, there would be a row of horses tethered to a rail outside, but here we had instead to make do with an untidy row of miserable looking camels all wishing they were somewhere else. After customary removal of footwear we attempted to decorously lower ourselves into an uncomfortable cross-legged position opposite our garoulous hostess to take coffee and dates. A...

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May 3, 2012 - Sur

Wiki Info Sur 5-3 Omani people laugh and joke alot, very different from the people we've met in other countries so far. Our taxi driver last night was even Omani, not some expat like we've come to expect in most of these rich Arab countries. After the 5 hour bus ride (now 1:00pm) to Sur we walked across the street to the Sur Hotel and after some negotiating (went to 2 others) we took a 3 bed room for $24 rial ($62 US). Then he helped us find a tour which was a last minute organized one just for us by Shatee al-Raha Travel & Tourism...

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Apr 12, 2012 - Sur, Oman

Sur is considered one of the famous cities in the Persian Gulf in building wooden ships known as dhow. Its historical location gives it the hand to monitor the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean. Many ships have been built in this city, like the sambuk and ghanjah style dhow boats. They formerly went as far as China, India, Zanzibar, Iraq and many other countries. These vessels were also used in pearl fishing. Today the city has retained its reputation as a major dhow-building town, the very same vessels that were used for trade two...

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Aug 2, 2006 - Surfing in Sur (not really, I'd get arrested if I undressed in public!)

Greetings flock, Somehow I managed to drag myself away from fish markets and Iraqi family's and colourful, frankensense-scented ports and trundled down to the coastal town of Sur about 350km south east of Muscat. The trusty stead that brought me here was possibly the most uncomfortable bus to ever put ten tyres onto tarmac (even the wooden planks on 3rd class Indian trains were more bum-friendly), so my bottom and I have decided to expend a little more cash on the journey back to Muscat, as neither of us are keen for gangrene to bespoke the...

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Apr 5, 2005 - Wadi Shab

Muscat is amazing, but natural wonders are Oman's best tourist asset. Itching to put our Honda CRV to good use, Monique and I set out for Wadi Shab, an oasis widely considered to be one of the country's top beauty spots. The journey to Wadi Shab ran along the coastal road to Sur, a largely unpaved track through desert and mountain wilderness. If we got lost in urban Muscat, imagine our apprehension when navigating the largely unmarked country roads. As evidence, I submit the directions to Wadi Shab from our guidebook: "The five-hour drive...

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Feb 9, 2005 - Muscat to Sur

See it soon... the old rough-and-ready coast road to Sur, almost at the south-eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, is disappearing. Already long stretches have been replaced by smooth tarmac and there's lots of construction underway. Meanwhile the villages and towns along the often dramatic coast are still quiet little backwaters. So quiet that we began to think we were going to miss lunch, until we stumbled upon a restaurant in Tiwi with some of the best food we've had in Oman. Our empty stomachs were rapidly filled with rice, fish,...

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