Sometimes visiting the big tourist attraction is worth it, no matter how cheesy or over the top it may be. After two weeks traveling in the Sahara Desert of Sudan, we were happy when the ferry docked in Aswan. The very first thing we bought were doritos and coke zero, hold your judgement until you spend two weeks in a very hot, very dry and very sandy country.
Besides the junk food, we also splashed out on some cliche tourist attractions in Aswan, like visiting the Temple of Isis at Philae at night. Say what you will about the ridiculous laser light show that night, but the experience was worth it just to see the ancient temple in the dark. The lighting was fantastic and I think we took several hundred photos that night alone.
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IF YOU GO: Most tourists don’t get to Southern Egypt, also called Upper Egypt, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. There are plenty of nile cruises between Luxor and Aswan, of varying levels of comfort, which make for a relaxing and scenic trip between the two. Otherwise you can take the train, although at the time of our visit it was rumored tourists were only being sold tickets on certain trains and for certain cars, limiting your travel options. Check out our Country Guide: Egypt for more advice and tips.