Jordan is the first Arabic country I’ve ever set foot on, not counting the multitudes of transits in Dubai Airport I’ve done in the past. I was quite excited yet nervous to be exploring a territory that is completely new to me!
I went on a week-long trip to Jordan as a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board. I’m happy to share that my time in Jordan was absolutely amazing. It was everything I hoped it would be – I was able to try food I have never heard of, checked off two items from my travel bucket list, learned plenty about Bedouin culture and gained insights on Arabic culture firsthand from locals.
I visited quite a few of places during the trip – Amman, As-Salt, The Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum. On this post, I will break up the highlight photos by places to illustrate the sights I see in each place. Don’t worry, this is just the tip of the iceberg! More detailed posts are definitely coming from Jordan… especially the glorious food.
And as usual (because I know someone will ask this question :D) All photos are taken with iPhone, unless noted otherwise.
1. Amman, the Capital of Jordan
Amman was my touch point in Jordan, making it my first foray into the Arab region. The city played an important role in shaping my perception of the Arabic culture. I have to admit, I knew very little about the middle east before this trip let alone the history of each country in the region. I was pleasantly surprised to learn just how rich the history of Jordan is. I never expected to see Roman structures in the middle of Amman!
2. As-Salt, an Ancient City
As-Salt is an ancient city just an hour away from Amman. It used to be the regional capital during the days of the Ottoman Empire, serving as the trading hub. Nowadays, you can enjoy visiting the traditional souks (market) for some food, shopping, and handicrafts. It’s very doable to make this a day trip from Jordan.
3. The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is also only an hour drive from Amman, though on opposite directions from As-Salt. I stayed at the Kempinski Ishtar for one night. Not only was it a beautiful resort to stay in, but I also got to check off one of my bucket list: Floating on the Dead Sea!
4. Dana Nature Reserve
We stayed overnight in the middle of nature in Rumana Camp in Dana Nature Reserve on the mountains. Both the nature reserve and the drive up there was absolutely beautiful.
5. Petra, The Rose City
Petra has become the ultimate symbol of Jordan, and it’s really no surprise why – everything there was just so majestic. I checked off my second Jordan bucket list here, which is to see The Treasury. I recommend spending two days here because the place is massive and there are so much to see!
6. Wadi Rum, the desert wilderness
A desert filled with sandstones that are taller than some of the skyscrapers in Singapore. Due to the extreme terrain that makes it look extraterrestrial, it was chosen to be the set for movies like The Martian. We stayed overnight at Wadi Rum in a Bedouin camp.
What’s the food like in Jordan?
I have an entire post dedicated to food in Jordan – read it here!
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Until next time 🙂