Reggae star Sean Paul was amazed when fellow tourists branded him "disrespectful" when he lit up a cannabis joint on top of one of Egypt's pyramids.

The GIMME DA LIGHT vocalist wanted to enhance the mystical experience atop one of the seven wonders of the world, but other visitors thought it was poor taste to smoke marijuana on top of the ancient tomb.

Paul countered, "Some people thought it was disrespectful - I thought it was quite energising."

The singer was lucky he didn't get caught with the herb - people caught using or trafficking drugs in Egypt face severe fines and jail time, with some cases resulting in the death penalty.