Jordan is a versatile country with different landscapes and weather conditions. There are a number of things to look out for when you go there. Furthermore, there are also some things that will surprise you. Here are 7 things you didn’t know about Jordan.
7 Things You Didn’t Know About Jordan
There is not yet a country in the world where we as tourists are so welcomingly received. Mexico came close but in Jordan everyone is really friendly and welcoming. Even the police on the side of the road speak to you kindly and during one of the many checks on the road, as a tourist you can just drive on after a chat. The residents there are also helpful. In many restaurants or businesses you will also be offered something for free. For example, we went to eat a cake at a local bakery in Madaba and got another one for free and they went to buy us special water because they saw that we were also thirsty. Besides the delicious cakes, the population is also warm.
You may not expect it, but Jordan is a hugely expensive country. Their currency, the Jordanian Dinar, is higher than the Euro and you can see that. The prices at the restaurant and in the shops are slightly higher than we are used to in Belgium and the Netherlands. Entrance tickets for attractions are also on the high side. It is a prosperous country in the Middle East. The prices for petrol are not as high as ours. And that has everything to do with neighbouring countries like Saudi Arabia producing oil that makes imports cheaper. So for a cheap trip you definitely shouldn’t go to Jordan. As of course you can save a lot on overnight stays.
3 Roadtrip country
You may not have known it yet, but Jordan is ideal for a road trip. More than its neighbours in the Middle East, Jordan is fully equipped to make beautiful road trips. From desert to sea to mountains, there are so many different landscapes to observe. Make sure you have enough fuel because petrol stations are only every few kilometres. You don’t just find restaurants on the side of the road either. You can usually only find it in cities.
4 English language
Since tourism is not yet fully open, you would think that most inhabitants speak poor English. However, that is not the case at all. Most of the inhabitants are perfectly bilingual (Arabic and English) and sometimes they also speak French and a little German. Especially in tourist areas like near Petra. We even encountered two inhabitants who spoke a mouth of Dutch. Jordanians really do their best to approach you as best they can. So you shouldn’t be afraid to be unintelligible. Even if you run into someone who can’t speak English, they’ll still help you whenever possible.
5 Short flight
Jordan is in Asia but that doesn’t automatically mean you have to fly far. From Belgium you are after about five hours of flying in the capital Amman. Not much longer then than to, say, Egypt. But the country has so much more to offer! It is therefore worth while to choose this destination.
6 Luxury hotels
What we didn’t expect from Jordan in advance is the huge range of luxury hotels. We have stayed there in the most beautiful hotels we have ever stayed in. Our favorites? UFO Luxotel in Wadi Rum and Ma’In Resort & Spa at the Falls of Ma’In. These two hotels are an experience in themselves. The locations are magnificent and they are both also very stylishly decorated. The Jordanian style is gaudy with gold details and prints, but always classy and comfortable. So you certainly don’t have to sacrifice comfort. The electrical connection is also as in Belgium and the Netherlands. So you don’t have to bring a special world plug if you’re staying in hotels or hostels.
7 Fauna and flora
Another thing you wouldn’t expect from a country with a huge stretch of desert is an extensive fauna and flora. Jordan is a small country but with a huge variety of trees, plants, flowers and also animals. We have experienced mammals and birds in particular. Near the waterfalls and hot springs in Ma’In it is a beautiful scene to see a flock of birds flying off and on. That together with a radiant sun make this image a paradise sight. In addition, you will find a lot of fresh fruit, including pomegranates and figs.