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About Lebanon

Lebanon budget travel offers the chance to explore a country with a diverse and fascinating culture, beautiful scenery, outstanding beaches and a host of attractions in the exotic Middle East.

Lebanon Budget Travel

Below is a list of Lebanon's top destinations, click on the link to view all details and tours.

Beirut

Fast Facts

Currency
Lebanese lira (LL)

Dialing Code
961

AIDS

Being a largely Islamic country, Lebanon HIV/AIDS is not hugely endemic; however there is a small risk. To ensure that you stay safe from sexually transmitted diseases on your Lebanese safari, follow basic precautions and avoid unprotected sex at all costs.

Airports

The primary airport in Lebanon is: • Beirut International Airport (BEY)

Conservation

Lebanon conservation plays a key role in preserving the wide range of species that are endangered, threatened or nearly extinct. With social and human issues causing a negative impact on the country's environment, conservation efforts have become even more important during the instability and turmoil that faces the country.

Culture

Lebanon culture includes the following aspects: • Food and drink plays a key role in Lebanese family and culture • Nightlife and entertainment is a popular culture, especially amongst the younger generations • Music and film are also prevalent across the country • Traditional folklore and history is still present across Lebanon • Modern culture is common in the cities and amongst wealthier groups

Customs

Lebanon customs allowances include the following import items: • 800 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 1000g of tobacco • 2l of champagne, whisky or cognac or a maximum of 4l of other alcoholic beverages • 1l of eau de cologne and 100g of perfume • personal belongings not exceeding L2,000,000 prescribed dosages for medicine

Health

Lebanon health info for travellers includes the following: • The most common health risk is travellers tummy from rich foods or tap water • Health facilities are advanced in the major cities, but not in rural areas • Pack a basic first aid kit with medication for upset stomachs, nausea and other minor ailments • Check with your doctor about any health risks or disease outbreaks that may have occurred recently before leaving for your Lebanon safari

Innoculations

Lebanon inoculations include the following: • Diphtheria • Hepatitis A & B • Tetanus • Yellow fever • Rabies

Languages

Lebanon languages include the following: • Arabic (standard and North Levantine) • English • French • Armenian • Kurdish

Malaria

While malaria in Lebanon is not a risk, there may be a malaria risk within Asia in general. Travellers who are visiting malaria-risk countries before or after travelling to Lebanon should consider malaria medication.

Money

Lebanon money and banking info is as follows: • The currency is the Lebanese pound (LBP) • Most establishments accept payment in US dollars but may return change in Lebanese pounds • Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops • Traveller's cheques are not accepted and cannot be exchanged even in banks • Cash machines are found in most supermarkets, banks and other commercial buildings

People

Lebanon people include: • Sunni Arabs • Shiite Arabs • Armenians • Greeks

Phrase

Lebanon local phrases include the following: • Hello: Marhaba • Good morning: S-bahh Al-khair • Good evening: Masa Al-khair • Please: Men-fadllaak (m) • Please: Men-fadllake (f) • How much: Gha-daish?

Plants

Lebanon plants range from edible crop plants such as fig, olive, fruit and grapes to a huge range of pine trees. Forests comprise of most of the country, with interrupted woodlands making up three quarters of the country's landscapes. Forest types range from oak forests to juniper forests, pine forests and evergreen Cypress forests.

Population

A 2009 estimate puts the population in Lebanon at 4,224,000 people.

Religion

Lebanon religion includes the following: • Shia Islam 30% • Sunni Islam 25% • Maronite Catholic 23% • Greek orthodox and Greek Catholic 12% • Druze & Alwites 5% • Armenian Catholic/Orthodox & Other Christians 4% • Others/Agnostics/Atheists 1%

Safety Tips

Lebanon safety tips include the following: • The conflict in Israel could have impact in certain areas, especially as there is much unrest across Lebanon as a result of this conflict • Avoid large crowds and demonstrations that may become violent • There is a relative risk of terrorism against westerners - keep to your tour group, and do not consider solo travel in Lebanon, especially if crossing near Isreal • Generally, the country is safe for travel however, with a low crime rate and only petty crime in the towns and cities • Look out for scams run by private taxis that target visitors - do not be fooled by anything that seems suspicious

Transport

Lebanon local transport includes the following options: • Bus • Taxi • Car

Travel Books

Lebanon recommended travel books include the following: • Globetrotter Lebanon Travel Pack by Hugh Taylor and Moira McCrossan • Spirit of the Phoenix: Beirut and the Story of Lebanon by Tim Llewellyn • Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon by Lara Dunston and Terry Carter • The Hills of Adonis: A Journey in Lebanon by Colin Thubron • A Key to the Lebanon by Salah Stetie

Visa Requirements

Lebanon visa information is as follows: • All visitors to Lebanon require a visa • A valid passport of six months minimum is required • No visitors who have Israeli stamps are permitted into the country • Single entry visas of up to one month are free • The maximum stay in Lebanon on a tourist visa is 90 days

What To Buy

What to buy for holidays in Lebanon: • Extra batteries for your camera • A water bottle or bottled water • Phrase and guide books • A good pair of sunglasses for summer • Basic first aid kit containing painkillers, nausea, and diarrhea tablets

What To Pack

What to pack for your safari in Lebanon: • Sunscreen and a sunhat • Comfortable walking shoes • Smart wear for evenings • Additional batteries and memory cards for your camera • Basic first aid kit • Local phrase book

When To Go

When to go to Lebanon: • Spring has warm days with cool evenings, and is the ideal time to visit Lebanon • In Autumn, the days start to shorten and cool down, with increased rain • Summer is warm throughout the country, and is perfect for beach holidays • Winter is cold and wet, with occasional snow, but is a very popular with tourists due to the skiing season

 

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