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Jordan Travel Guide

There’s rarely a traveller that leaves Jordan unimpressed by its sights or unmoved by its people’s virtues. Best-known for its centrepiece, the archaeological site of Petra, this Middle Eastern nation is breathtaking in both its golden desert attractions, epic experiences and open hospitality, so much so it often draws visitors back. This is Jordan, and it welcomes you with open arms.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    March to May

    Wildflower season is also Jordan’s high season during the spring months when the days are pleasant, averaging in 20°C, and the nights are cool. The country is covered with wildflowers as well as travellers – so expect higher rates and thick crowds at top attractions. However, desert explorations are best during this time. If you’re hoping to avoid the heavy traffic but still enjoy the nice weather, beat the crowds in early March when rains are less frequent. Avoid January and February as the weather is wet and cold. The autumn months of September, October and November are excellent for diving in Aqaba so prices in the city are high.

  2. Low Season

    June to August

    Avoid the summer season at all cost. Well, that is unless you can tolerate the sweltering heat. June through August finds Jordan in extreme temperatures that can rise over 40°C, which might overwhelm most travellers. If you’re seeking budget rates, it’s the best time to score bargains. It’s also a great time for celebrating local culture and stargazing, with the Jerash Festival taking place in July and the sky over the desert is at some of its darkest in August. However, many businesses are closed for the season so plan accordingly if you’re visiting during this time.

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FAQs about Jordan

  • Do you tip in Jordan?

    Yes, you should tip for services provided by hotel porters, restaurant staff and general service providers. A tip of 10% is standard in almost all circumstances. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection, particularly WiFi, is readily available in most hotels, cafes and restaurants. In addition, 4G phones are available to rent.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Technically the tap water is safe to drink. However, most people recommend buying bottled water or boiling the tap water before drinking.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Credit cards are widely used. However, it’s advisable to carry cash as not everyone, especially local vendors, accept credit cards.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Along with common public holidays like New Year's Day, Labour Day and Christmas, Muslim holidays such as Eid al-Adha, Ras Assanah Al Hijri (Islamic New Year) and Isra Wal Mi-'raj are celebrated. Jordan also celebrates Independence Day (May 25) and King Abdullah's Accession to the Throne (June 9).
  • What are the toilets like?

    Western-style toilets are widely available in hotels and some restaurants but many of the public toilets are of the squat variety. Typically, they use water for cleaning so toilet paper isn’t always readily available in toilets. Dispose of your soiled toilet paper in the bin provided.
  • Is it a safe place for women to solo travel?

    Jordan has an intrinsically respectful culture and a better attitude towards women compared to other parts of the world. Women have travelled solo around Jordan without encountering any aggressive behaviour or harassment. Still, be prepared to politely fend off flirting and proposals of marriage.
  • Is there a dress code for tourists visiting Jordan?

    Though Jordan is a fairly liberal country, showing too much skin is still unseemly and might cause offence especially outside the big cities. Amman is slightly more open to sleeveless and shorter garb yet smaller cities and towns are not. To be safe, pack loose pants, longer skirts and sleeved tops.
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