Bahrain- a tiny country in the Arabia continent. It’s also the gateway to Saudi Arabia. Because Saudi Arabia don’t give out tourist visa to people and they won’t give out business visa easily. I have no choice but to hop on and off a plane for my travel through Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, etc.
Manama is the capital city of Bahrain and my first impression is-OMG, another Modern city??!!! Yes, it’s true, all the countries(except Yemen and Saudi Arabia) looks alike in Arabia and there’s nothing much to see. However,it’s still great to take a peak about this tiny country and get to know what’s going on over there.
I was lucky because I got to know a Traditional Muslim Taxi driver, which I hired him for 4 hours for 65 US dollars. He drove me all over Bahrain- yes, the whole bahrain in just ONE DAY!
We passed by the Camel Farm. The we headed to Formula One racetrack.
Then we headed to The King Fahd Causeway-a series of bridges and causeways connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. When I was in Morocco and West Africa, a region filled with Muslim. They told me if they want to go to Mecca, they need to spend thousands of dollars to get there because the tour fee is very expensive and it can only be arrange by the people in Saudi Arabia. However, the taxi driver told me if you want to go to Mecca, you only need US$300!! There’s daily tour from Manama,Bahrain to Mecca and it’s a 3 days trip. If you want to stay longer and go to other nearby city, it’s US $600 for 7 days!!! I was so glad to find out this information as I really want to go to Saudi Arabia later. This information are very useful to me:)
I went on top of the watch tower to check out the Saudi Arabia side. I hope I can have a chance to go there someday as I am really curious about this country.
Then we headed to the FORT and Castle Ruin.
On our way back, we passed by the university of Bahrain.
If you are a citizen of Bahrain, studying is free, housing is free, everything is FREE!!! Check out the government housing in Bahrain. Everyone can get a free house like this to start a family!!!
The taxi driver told me a lot of things about Bahrain and he dropped me off at muharraq- a neighborhood outside Manama and this is where all the OLD HOUSES from the ancient time located.
It is really true that traveling around Bahrain is HARD. Hotel is super expensive and the tourist attraction is so spread out. There’s NO public transportation and no tour. Even this so called tourist site are very poorly maintained!! There’s NO sign stating where you should looks for the old houses and the old houses are all cover up my new buildings. Cars can park anywhere near the preserved area and there’s no information booth what so ever! You just need to find your own way:)
In Arabia, you will find a lot of house with Wind Tower. It’s a design that helped to cool down the interior of the house. Great design as the temperature in Bahrain can get up to 60 Degree Celsius!!
Afterward, I took a taxi back to the capital-manama and called it a day for my short visit in Bahrain:)
If you are desperate to find a cheap way to go to Mecca, do consider entering it from Bahrain. that’s how I planed to do it and I will let you all know about this later:)