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Lamu Old Town

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Address: Lamu Island, Kenya
Description: Distinctive architectural features in this old town center, such as...
Distinctive architectural features in this old town center, such as enclosed courtyards and intricately carved doorways, exhibit the confluence of Arabic, Indian and European cultures.
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A town worth the visit!

Wonderful town to wander. Despite tourism being a dominant trade, this place magically maintains "Old Town" qualities. The streets are narrow (watch out for donkeys!) and fun to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Wonderful town to wander. Despite tourism being a dominant trade, this place magically maintains "Old Town" qualities. The streets are narrow (watch out for donkeys!) and fun to explore. Fresh juice and delicious meals are available up and down the sea front. Beer is easier to find than many other reviews imply. Lots of tour activities, which leads to lots... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Lamu old town was great to explore, but definitely be firm with anyone who comes up to talk to you otherwise you will find yourself constantly being harassed for tours, etc. It would be worth it to arrange a professional guide for a tour through your hotel to get your bearings and be "taken" and have someone to fend off... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I guess I expected more from a UNESCO site but this is a poor region. It's definitely a step back in time to simpler life. Nearly every building is run down, though the architecture is unique. It helped to go with a local guide who could point out things and explain features. I felt at the end of the hour... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The doors on many buildings are magnificent! Beautiful, small port city on the Indian Ocean which has been used for filming locale for several movies. The people in this area are a blend of many generations of Africans and Middle Eastern. They are predominantly Muslim. We would take a dhow from Shella, about 2K south of Lamu, to go to... More 

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It is entering another time;no cars,narrow street and everyone says hello.This island is my happy place

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Dili, East Timor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Lamu is a really stunning example of a medieval Swahili port town that is a must to see if in Kenya. We booked a restored house to stay in which was fantastic and very good value. Wandering the narrow streets and enjoying the architecture is sublime. People are very friendly and hustlers very rare. Tourism has really dropped off due... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

But it has tons of character and if you know how to haggle you can get some good deals (the opposite is true too, you can get severely ripped off). The streets are narrow and often muddy with people, carts, and donkeys rushing past you. The shops come alive at night. You will most certainly make one or two local... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Beautiful,laid back,generally clean.You must visit,once the place is safe and free of Al Shabaab threat

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MSP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

if you want to stay away from Cars, fast life style. Lamu is the place to be. People, and almost everything is amazing. Slow and peaceful. Seafront restaurants offers some of the best foods, and benches to relax are almost everywhere. All i do is sit, and enjoy the breeze. I wanna visit again and again.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Exploring on your own can be fun, but we took a guide to show us before we independently explored - lots of little alley ways. (Always follow the water in the gulleys- it goes to the sea) We learnt alot about the history of the buildings and Lamu. Be careful of the donkey poo!!! Found lots of little hidden shops... More 

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Address: Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Lamu Island

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