I had this problem when I was in Greece, with a lot of men staring at me and flirting with me. (It happends to a lot of tourist women.) However, I personally found it to be a lot worse in Turkey. Before arriving here, all the girls with me on this school trip were told specifically NOT to wear any tank tops, belly tops, or anything that showed any skin. A lot of the men here tend to be VERY forward. I can see why tank tops were not allowed. My friends and I couldn't even walk two feet without a man pulling us by the wrists to come into the store or by whistling, making sexual remarks or touching our arms and shoulders. One man tried to kiss my friend, and asked her to marry him. You don't need to necessarily be rude to these men. Most of them just know you are a tourist and want your attention. Others just want you to spend money in their store. If you're not interested, just simply looking straight forward and saying "NO thank you" without looking back is fine. If you smile or laugh to be polite, they may take it as a friendly gesture and suspect that you're interested in their store, or them.
At most of the hotels and restaurants there is a service charged in the bill about 10%. But usually you have to give extra tip, especially if you re satisfied with the service. This is also could be happen with the taxi drivers, it is acceptable to give tip, of course if you re happy with your travel.
If you are traveling from the u.k. you will need to perchase a traveling visa. When you arrive in Turkey you will be asked to hand over a £10 pound note and then your passport will be stamped, every person traveling in to Turkey will be asked to do this
Turkey has two types of toilets, first is the clozet or alafranga thats the one we are all used to. second is the alaturka, which is a porcelain rectangle with two oblong foot-places and a sunken hole in the middle, i do not have to tell you what thats for hahahaha. on the more conventional bog there is a copper tube snakeing up the back and right to where it is needed and this is to wash your arse, sorry backside hahahaha. Toilet paper in Turkey is considered a luxery item so if you want to avoid using your fingers bring your own bog paper. Also the paper goes in the bin provided and not down the toilet. If you are desperate and need to use a public sh#t house, sorry toilet, then try to use the pay toilets, there is a small charge of around (us$0.25) so its better than shi##ing yourself hahahaha.
Drink bottled spring water and not tap water, tap water in Turkey is chlorinated and will give you the Turkey trotts (sh#ts) are not used to it, tastes awfull as well. A roadside cesme (fountain or spring) may say the word icilmez which means not to be drunk or icilebilir which means it can be drunk but i would avoid this unless you know for certain where the sorce of the spring originates from. Please check the bottles have not had the seal broken, if it has then leave well alone, chances are they have been filled with tap water.
When it comes to renting a moterbike or motor scooter for the day then think again. It is dangerous, none or hardly any wear crash helmets, and turkey has one of the worst fatality records on the roads in europe, so best leave well alone and use the fantastic public transport that Turkey has to offer
Turkish drivers are not exactly known for being very freindly on the roads and in Kusadasi there is no exeption to this, basically they are crazy. Im not sure but i think Turkey has one of the worst traffic accident records on file and i can understand why. Designated road crossing areas are non existant and where they are meant to be you can hardly see them coz ther warn out. Nobody in Kusadasi takes any notice of give way signs or traffic lights so when you cross the road look left, right, about 50 times then run like hell Hahaha.
Be carefull on the street as in some areas you will be aproached and asked if you would like to purchase hashish.
More often that not these guys work in tandem with the cops (who wear suits like race car driver and hold automatic rifles).
The story goes. You buy the drugs the seller then goes to the cop who arrests you and bobs your uncle. Midnight Express all over again.
Also do not try and take photographs of the cops on bar street. They do not take kindly to this.
Beer is cheap and tasty but you shouldn't drink at noon else you'll look like this dog.
So the warning is:
Don't drink at noon!
In the heat of the noon all animals lay down and sleep.
There are 5 different 'Benny's Shop' stores in Kusadashi (also called 'Benny's Leather') they each sell leather goods for both men and women. They are NOTABLE SCAMMERS, who will sell tourists defective and fake products for extortionate prices. They are also responsible for currency scams which are done by quoting prices in Turkish Lira then charging customers in Euro's (products that the buyer think cost $300 USD actually will cost them more than $1,000 for example). PLEASE BE CAREFUL, DO NOT BUY ANY PRODUCTS FROM THESE GUYS. The sales person called 'Adam' is a known scammer and thief, who has been responsible for multiple frauds. The police have been repeatedly notified in the past year but so far have not shut them down as yet. BE CAREFUL AND DON'T PURCHASE ANY LEATHER IN KUSADASI. The business's contact details are also fake and do not work.
One thing to remember when you have a night out in bar street Kusadasi DO NOT MAKE AN ARSE OF YOURSELF LIKE ME hahahahaha
kusadasi was an up and coming resort when we were there - I wonder how much of this visible land is now built upon. This pic was taken from the rooftop of our hotel.