Images of Jordan


I have just returned from Jordan, an Arab kingdom bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, and Israel and Palestine to the west. In the midst of surrounding turmoil, not surprisingly, people have the misconception that Jordan isn’t a safe country to travel to. Similar to my Iran travels last year, many friends were curious and have asked me, “Why, Jordan?”

Well, here’s something personal to share. The country Jordan was introduced to me 5 years ago by my ex-boyfriend who was living and working in Qatar, and Jordan was his frequent holiday destination at that time. He loved Jordan so much that he visited the country 3 times during his 4-year stint in the Gulf, and most of all he loved the 2,000km drive from Doha to Amman via Saudi. He spoke so much about Jordan that it got me intrigued, and of course, we had plans to travel there together but he was posted to Africa (the downside of working for an oil & gas company) and after some time, we parted for good.

However, I never forgot about Jordan. Images of Jordan that I saw from TV programs and travel articles remained in my mind. Since I enjoy reading about history, heritage and culture, I was drawn towards pictures of the well-preserved ancient ruins of Jerash, the vast and rocky desert of Wadi Rum, the Holy Land that is important for three major religions in the world (Christianity, Islam and Judaism), the contemporary art scene in the capital city Amman, and of course, Petra.

After travelling to Iran with my sister in 2015 which was my first venture into the Middle East, I became more confident. Coupled with multiple solo trips to India and South East Asia during these past 5 years, I felt ready to explore the Middle East again in 2016, and this time, I was determined to go to Jordan – solo.

I spent 9 days in Jordan, and here’s a snapshot of my adventure:

Explored art galleries in Amman

amman dar al anda

And the ancient ruins of Jerash

jerash oval plaza

Admired beautiful mosaics in Madaba

madaba st George church mosaic

Remembered biblical stories at Mount Nebo

madaba-day-trip-serpentine-cross

Inspired by Petra and gradually overcame my fear of heights

petra treasury in afternoon

Mesmerised by the wonders of nature in Wadi Rum

wadi rum images jordan

And of course, met lovely and friendly Jordanians!

kerak castle Jordanian students

The other question that I was often asked, “Is Jordan safe?” My response is a resounding YES!!

Despite the regional political chaos, Jordan is indeed safe and is working hard to put a positive image of their country forward. I’m not spinning a tourism board spiel but my own personal observations tell me that there is an air of tolerance in this country. In addition, as a solo female traveller, never once did I feel unsafe, threatened, hassled or unwelcomed in Jordan.

As you can surmise, my upcoming travel series will be about Jordan, therefore, look out for posts of my adventure in the coming weeks! 🙂

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  1. You’ve captured the Jordan as I imagine it would be ~ wonderful write up, and of course the picture just add to the beauty you’ve created with your words. I truly hope to see Jordan, and bummed that the one time I had the chance (during a visit to Egypt), I did not take it 🙂 Cheers and best to you Kat!

    1. I think I left my heart in Jordan, whatever that means, hahah! It’s such a beautiful country in terms of landscape and people..it certainly has a bright future ahead.

  2. I would look forward to your posts on Jordan! I have always been skeptical about setting foot in the Middle-east, partly because I have read in detail about their history & current climate and partly because of their attitude towards women. But, I like to gain new perspectives and experiences about those countries out there. Would love a post where you talk openly about their behavior and attitudes, since I do believe its exaggerated by the media.

    1. Don’t think I will be writing a post specifically about their behaviour and attitude because I was only there for a short while as a tourist. However, based on my general observations while I was there (and some readings), interaction between men and women in Jordan are open; literacy and education rate is high in Jordan (with education, you won’t find extremist views on certain issues). The issue about wearing a veil (or headscarf), in my opinion, is a Western problem. They have this fixation about whether a woman should wear a veil or not. There are no restrictions on attire especially for female travellers in Jordan, however, I still believe to err on the side of caution – as such, I don’t wear tank tops and shorts over there – it’s just out of respect for other people’s culture. Try not to let general misconception about Middle East stop you from visiting – you will be surprised that their lives are no different from ours. Having said that, the current political climate is not exactly safe to visit all countries in the M.E but I can assure you that Jordan is SAFE 🙂

      1. Thanks for the detailed response Kat! I do wish to visit some of the countries in ME, and experiences of travelers help. Lol, I don’t even care about attire, just was concerned about the general attitude of people “as written in millions of articles and books”. Anyways, glad to know reality is different.

  3. Jordan has always been on my list, thanks to the wonderful pictures of Petra! So inviting:) I am absolutely looking forward to read more of your Jordan posts. Great pics Kat:)

  4. Wow this is so awesome.. I am looking forward to details Kat. I have a seen a night image from petra with paper lamps all over ground. Did you get to see it? Not sure if that is a permanent setup.

    1. I went for Petra by Night and it’s beautiful with paper lamps all over the ground. They set it up only on Mon, Wed & Thurs. However, the experience was just so-so – maybe I had too high expectations as a result of seeing too many images of Petra by Night.

  5. Wow very interesting! Jordan is not somewhere I have thought of visiting but your photos showcase it as very beautiful. I look forward to hearing more! 😀

    1. As far as the historical sites are concerned, they had been there for centuries, I’m pretty sure they will be there for another century. Jordan is not experiencing instability like we see in neighbouring countries where unfortunately, their historical sites have been destroyed. Do get a chance to go to Jordan in the near future 🙂

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