Travel to Oman – Episode 542

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Travel to Oman - What to do, see and eat in this middle eastern country

Hear about travel to the Sultanate of Oman as the Amateur Traveler talks to Claire Robinson from about her trip to this middle eastern country.

Claire says “I am really happy that Lonely Planet has decided that it will be on their list of top countries to visit in 2017. It’s number 8. They decided to explain why they put it on the list with all the luxury hotels coming in and a big theme park. I am a bit disappointed by that. Happy they are on the map. So I am really glad I get to share with you the real beauty of Oman.”

“It’s a very good mix of culture, history, nature. It’s very authentic, especially compared to its neighboring countries. They have been really good at keeping a lot of the land wild. The capital city has no tall towers. It’s very respectful of the environment. You have a lot of contrast in the country. You have those white colors against the bare grey mountains. You have the empty wadis with the green of the palm trees. You have the orange sand dunes in the desert. Also, it has all this history.”

Claire takes us on a virtual tour which starts us in the capital of Muscat with sites like the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Royal Opera House as well as the fish market.

We talk about the UNESCO World Heritage sites: Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman, Archaeological Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn, Bahla Fort, and the Land of Frankincense. Claire particularly enjoyed the old forts of Oman, including the Bahla Fort. She also talks about exploring some of the wadis like Wadi Bani Khalid as well as camping on the beaches and in the desert.

She ventured into the interior to old cities like Nizwa at the base of the Western Hajar Mountains. Standing at the top of the tower at the Nizwa fort, with the green of the trees and the white of the houses, surrounded by the barren mountains was the spot Claire found most beautiful.

Hear about this country where Claire found a special peace.

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Show Notes

Zig Zag On Earth
Oman Tourism
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Royal Opera House Muscat
Muscat Fish Market
Land of Frankincense
Al Qurum Beach
Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve
Bimmah Sinkhole
Wadi Shab
Wadi Bani Khalid
Wahiba Sands
Bahla Fort
Jebel Akhdar
Jebel Shams
Al Ayn & Bat
Birkat Al Mawz
Musandam Peninsula
Videos of Oman
Places to visit in Oman


From Gillian:

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

5 Responses to “Travel to Oman – Episode 542”



Another great episode – I’ve been thinking about Oman for awhile, but your guest discussed a number of things I wasn’t aware of that make a trip there even more enticing. Now I need to get my husband to listen to this! Thanks.



Good luck with that Cindy πŸ™‚



Very very timely publishing of the Oman podcast. It was published the eve of my one week trip to Oman. The podcast was very useful as it gave me new ideas and I spent the eve adjusting my itinerary. I am writing this at the Muscat airport on my way back home. The trip was wonderful but too short to see everything I wanted to see. Great podcast and it was also useful in past as when I went to New Zealand North island and got very good tips. Thanks.



Oman is very small country, yet there is many places you can enjoy there.
I have been there and visited Wadi Bani Khalid, Wadi Shab, and Nakhal
But the best place there was Salalah and of course the Canyons.



Oman is such a nice place to visit. One of the most beautiful and attractive destination is Khasab city. Khasab Capital of Musandam peninsula. Khasab attracts thousands of visitors from UAE every year. There are many activities for tourist one of them is dhow cruise trip into glittering fjords of Musandam.

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