Oman is not only a captivating country to experience for couples and families, but solo adventurers too. If you are planning such an independent holiday here, the below insights will be useful.
First off, Oman is one of the safest places in the world to visit with little crime, while being free from terrorism as well. Another important aspect is that the locals are known for their friendliness and willingness to help which makes a big difference when travelling to a foreign country. While you can experience genuine Omani hospitality, you should exercise general caution, as you would in any destination.
Each city and town provide something different to experience so plan your itinerary and accommodation accordingly. The capital, Muscat, is a popular choice and is where you will find the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Mutrah Souq. If it’s coastal bliss you are after, then base yourself at a Salalah Beach resort where you can have plenty of fun in the sun, sand, and surf; ideal properties include Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara which is also near the Al Baleed Archaeological Park and Museum of the Land of Frankincense. For a change of scenery, you can head to the enchanting Green Mountain known as Al Jabal Al Akhdar, while the deserts of Dhofar are perfect for some luxury mobile camping.
Within key cities, you can make use of public transport including buses, while taxis and car rental options are available too. Some resorts will also organise excursions which will add to the convenience factor. If you are travelling alone, you can also consider hiring the services of private guides or tour groups; though this may be relatively costly, you will have transport taken care of, get useful recommendations with local insights and enjoy information on the attractions visited.
Keep in mind that Oman is a conservative Muslim country so when in public, one must dress modestly out of respect for the local culture. One should cover bare shoulders, the midriff, and legs when in public areas or visiting religious sites; additionally, it’s advisable for women to carry a scarf or shawl to cover their hair when heading to a mosque. Also, bring comfy shoes, a sunhat or cap and a good pair of sunnies.