Grand Sagcanlar Hotel

Mermerciler cad 25, Yenikapi, Istanbul, 34130, Turkey
Sagcanlar Hotel
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Forum Posts

Sim Card

by Wardatul

Hi, I would in in Istanbul next week on thursday to be exact for a conference. I am wondering will Turkish phone sim cards be easily accessible at the airport and how much would they cost?

Thanks in advance

Re: Sim Card

by whiteritter

Yes,they sell simcards in Airport.I saw Turkcell operator was selling.The cost was $20-30.All staff was speaking English. Cheers!

Re: Sim Card

by king_tedy

Of course u can buy from airport and everywhere in city. A airport you can have more expensive, i advice you buy it at centrium. it is like 25tl.

Have good time in Istanbul

Re: Sim Card

by fouads


try buy the sim card from the city and try have Avea company cause they give you good service with little cheap also they didn,t block your mobile before 1 week cause you need to reg. it .
try ask for the 300 min free offer it cost about 13$
and you can add on it 7$ so they can reduce your international call price .

have good time
best wishes

Re: Sim Card

by turquoise4

All of the above posts regarding the cost of a Turkish SIM card is correct. However they forgot the mention one small detail ! your phone will be cut off as early as within 48 hours after the first usage of Turkish SIM unless you register your phone. If you are there only for a couple of days I suggest you keep using your own SIM.

Re: Sim Card

by whiteritter

So,in this case would you please explain what registration they demand.Just your passport details or something special? What is the problem to register straight away?

Re: Sim Card

by fouads


I mention that they will block the mobile after 1 week , i used my phone for 9 days without any problem ,but it,s good if you want stay more than this reg. your mobile from the first day you arrive cause it take about 3-5 days as i read . hopr this be helpfull

best wishes

Travel Tips for Istanbul

How big is Istanbul

by traveloturc

Many VT members are asking if they can walk in the city etc etc
I just want to give you some figures about istanbul
Istanbul is a city which the area of the municipalities ( except the rural area) is 5700km2
which this area is bigger than 32 countries of the world
Now lets compare the population According to official 2000 years statistics the population of istanbul is 10 million which you can extrapolate this figure up to 14-16 million in 2010
which only the population of Istanbul is bigger than 133 countries of the world
I think that now you have an idea how big it is and whats the population

Nargile part 1

by maykal

As visitors to my other pages on the Middle East may already know, I am rather partial to a nargile from time to time! For those not in the know, what is nargile? Well, maybe you know it as chicha, ma'ada or hubble-bubble, or maybe just plain old water pipe, nargile is one of those unusual-looking things you see men (and in many places, women) puffing huge clouds of smoke from.

A few myths...Nargile uses cannabis: It does NOT! Nargile, in proper hands, is prepared using either plain tobacco (known as sade in Turkish) or tobacco which has been soaked in fruit flavoured water.

Nargile is not addictive: Umm, have to disagree. If there is nicotine, there will be addiction. Some say that because the water acts as a filter, the smoke is purer and less harmful. I've also heard that the fruit-flavoured tobaccos are less harmful and less addictive than the plain tobacco, which may well be true. However, if you indulge in an occasional apple or mint nargile during your holiday, you won't suddenly become a chain smoker.

You should always inhale the smoke: Again, can inhale it if you like, but non-smokers can just breathe the smoke into their mouth and blow it straight out again without letting the smoke enter the'll still be able to taste the flavour and enjoy the smell.

Nargile is for old men: Yes, it is for old men, but also for old women, young men, young women and anyone else in between! It has become quite trendy in recent years, and you'll find cafes all over Istanbul where locals and tourists of all shapes and sizes puff happily away on a nargile, pleasant smelling smoke filling the air to the sound of bubbling water.

How does a nargile work? I'm no scientist, but I'll attempt an explanation. The clay top contains the tobacco, which is covered with tinfoil. Charcoal is burned on top, sending smoke down into the glass container at the bottom. When you suck on the pipe, the smoke bubbles through the water before reaching your mouth.


Besiktas - Inonu Stadium

by kop-queen

I must give a mention to the wonderful support the Besiktas fans gave their team during Liverpool's Champions League Group match. The stadium rocked all night. Sadly as with most clubs there are a small minority who spoil the reputation so well earned by the vast majority. As with all European trips we take spare scarves and badges to swap.

Bosphorus sunset

by Tijavi

You don't need to book an expensive cruise to enjoy one of Istanbul's most romantic spectacle - the Bosphorus sunset. Around sunset, take one of the dozens of ferries to the Asian side (Uskudar and Kadikoy) from Eminonu or Karakoy on the European side and enjoy the Bosphorus sunset unfold before you - from pale orange, turning darker into flaming red, before darkness finally envelopes the horizon. Perhaps the most strategic location to watch and photograph the sunset would be from the back of the ferry boat where you have an unimpeded view of the Sultanahmet skyline.

Perhaps the only drawback of taking the local ferry is the presence of friendly kids who want their pictures taken, too, competing for the limited amount of time you have to capture the fleeting moments of Istanbul's romantic sunset.

Wear some warm clothes if it's around autumn and winter - the sea breeze could get chilly.

Enjoy the photos!


by balhannah about DOLMABAHCE PALACE

In Dolmabahce Palace, you are not allowed to take photos inside the building. On exiting, they do have a gift shop that sells postcards, dvds and other little nick nacks to do with the Palace. I bought a few items, so that I could have some memory of the beautiful Palace interior.


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