I really don't understand why more people don't visit the souk. When I was there on three different days I saw one western couple and and a tour group in varies Calesh never venturing out.
OK so you get a little hassle but never unpleasant or persistent. I think a lot depends on your attitude to be honest, if you're prepared to laugh and joke, sit, talk and drink tea you will have the best time, I guarantee it.
As for bargaining I have one simple rule, I pay what I think something is worth that way the shop keeper is generally happy as am I.
Be sensible and watch your handbag, I carried mine across my body as I did with my camera but I also do that in London and trust me in my opinion Luxor is far safer.
Make an afternoon of it, have lunch, sit and people watch and engage with the locals.
Note.........I visited on my own and am a blonde female.
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