Printable travel guide for Libya
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Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Libya that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
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Basic Facts

Official Country Name:Great Libyan Socialist People's Arab Jamahiriya.
Capital:Tripoli.
Population:5,765,563.
Telephone Code:+218.Area: 1,759,540 sq km.
Language(s):Arabic is the main language, although English and Italian are pretty common in the bigger cities.
Ethnic Groups: Arabs and Berbers., also a lot of tunisian, egyptians, algerians, maltese, and greek.
Highest Mountain.
President/Head of State:Mohammer Al-gadaffi.
Government: ??.
Jamahiriya Currency: Dinar.
Exchange Rate: US$1= 1.4 Dinars(august 2005).
Health Risks:There is probably less dangerous diseases in libya than most countries in the world.
Country Name in other languages:Libya.
Electricity: Very Cheap, almost borders on free if paid at all
Petrol:about 7 US cents/liter
More information is available from the CIA world Fact book

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Libya has the finest weather in middle east where is the temperature is nt too hot either cold and u can enjoy your time in the sea swimming" playing at the beach specially the beach is long upto 2000 Killometres.in addition u can visit old buldings which-old since morethan hundred of years {some more than 1000 year }& u can shopping in local supermarket where u can detect how good & friendly people u visited in fact there is much more i can tell about libya & u wont believe it till u see yourself .. .. .

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

Currency: the Libyan Dinar, Exchanging Money: this can be done at all banks and some hotels, however you will get better deals changing ur money at jewlery shops, however this is illegal, and the savings may or may not be the trouble, Credit Cards: at the moment there is limited credit card acceptance or even travelers cheques. The Corinthia Babb hotel in tripoli accepts credit cards, howevr this a 5 star luxury hotel, Tipping, Bargaining: yeh u can bargain and barter in the old market, but this is not tunisia or morocco, Costs: For ur basic foods, in my opinion Libya is probably one of the cheapest countries in the world. 10 baguettes will cost u around 15 US cents, a shwarma or kebab will cost u about 80 US cents, a Beer, well that will cost u a few days in jail, ha ha. im pretty funny aint I. surely u must know that libya is an alcohol free society, however there is plenty of home brewed alcohol, however it can and probably will make u sick...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Almost everyone except Tunisians & Egyptians need a visa.
Libyan consulates issue visas are only after an invitation letter by a Libyan company (business or tourism company) has been issued.
Note you will also need a notarized translation of your passport, which has to be attached to the latter, usually in form of a stamp which is then filled out by a translator.
You can also get issued the visa at the airport in Tripoli, but in this case your guide will have to meet you there and have pre-arranged all the paperwork.

Borders and Customs

Libya has five borders with" Egypt' Algeria'chat'Sudan and Tunisia

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone. I met someone who was from Germany he is call Johannes he is good man i liked him soo much & it was first time that i meet some one from HC & i hope it wont be the last !! ..

Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas... Forget about it, there is no bars, alcohol, or discos. there is lots of coffe shops where u can smoke tobacco, but thats about it. Libya is not a place to go for night life, its a place to go for the history and the culture and the lack of tourists

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

The tonque-language of libyan people is an Arabic Language and as u can see clearly in the map libya stands to the coast whichlong to about 2000Killo metre.

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

all libya people have just one religion which is the only one which valid for all people Islamic Religion !!

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

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External Links

Official Country Website:
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Offtopic Messages

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