Istanbul Ili Warnings and Dangers

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Istanbul Ili Warnings and Dangers

  • warnings for women

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    While on my second trip in Istanbul I decided to go to the grand bazaar by myself, while I was shopping around, this guy ask me if I wanted to purchase leather bags and I said no, but he would not leave me so I gave in. He offered me Turkish Apple Tea and told me I did not need to buy anything. The next thing I know, I'm in this small room with him...

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  • unsafe areas

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    Sorry if I will be repetitive..other persons posted the same. The area of Istiklal caddesi at night can look so warmful , funny , democratic , westernalized but lots of traps for tourists exist. Avoid any contact with unknown men and women there.... They appear all of a sudden asking: _Do you need any help? -Where are you from? They want to...

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  • taxis

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    I will never be going back to Turkey on vacation. In fact I am typing this from my hotel room (marmara hotel), and I cannot wait until my flight in a few days to get out of here. Sure, the people there are very nice, probably living like all people around the world, but I do not recommend Istanbul for travelers and tourists. You will be scammed...

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  • pickpockets

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    I think this tip is applicable in all the major touristy areas, but especially in the Grand Bazaar. Do not ignore warnings! The risk is great. Luckily I read warnings before I ventured in the Bazaar, and sure enough I felt fingers reach in my back pocket for my wallet, to turn around and make direct eye contact with a Turkish Teenage Boy. Luckily I...

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  • shoe polishers

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    There are some shoe polisher crooks in town, especial around the Grand Bazar area. The trick is simple: -Shoe polishers will pass you in a quiet narrow street and "accidentally" drops a brush -Of course your are honest, pick up the brush and call the crook into his game -He seems to be thankful and looks to offer you a "free" shoe polish (no words...

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  • road traffic

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    The traffic in Istanbul is quite heavy. You would do well to avoid taxis and use the tramway or walk, especially in the Sultanahmet area. Not only are the places situation nearby, it is interesting to walk around. The places such as the Topkapi palace, Blue Mosque, Agia Sophia,Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar -- can all be covered by foot.

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  • water

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    One of my guidebooks stated that drinking water from the tap was not such a good idea, I still brushed my teeth with it but for drinking water we found a guy selling cold 1.5L bottles for 1tl (about 50 cents), for me it's not worth the risk of getting sick, certainly not with bottled water being so cheap. If you don't want to lug around a giant...

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  • Follow the crowd

    As it can be observed in every big city, there are also unsafe areas in istanbul. It is not possible to list them easily, but some general rules can be written. During the day, you are not likely to have any problem in any area. However during night, there is some risk in certain situations. Try to walk always in crowded, well illuminated streets....

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  • Young kids working as shoepolishers

    I really feel so upset whenever I see kids on Istanbul streets doing shoe polishing instead of going to school. Unfortunately, these kids are forced by their parents (!) to do so. It is a pity that there are so many people who abuse their children for some profit. The kids will try to polish your shoes even if you don't need to. Their parents (!)...

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  • Homeless people

    There are many homeless people living in the streets of Istanbul. Unfortunately a major part of them are youngsters who are addicted to some drugs and they beg money from passers by. For example, you are likely to see them on Istiklal street. As they may be under the influence of drugs, don't expect them to behave rationally. Try to avoid any...

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  • Will this traffic jam ever end?

    Around 2 million vehicles are in Istanbul traffic everyday. Of course, you expect to be caught in a traffic jam somewhere along the way. Recently, municipality is working on extending underground lines and improving mass transportation. Also there will be a tube connecting asian side to european side under Bosphorus. Perhaps in 5 years, there will...

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  • Pickpockets in Istanbul

    Pickpockets are quite common in Istanbul just like other big metropolises. Especially on crowded public transport vehicles, always keep your wallets and mobile phones secured. Don't keep valuable things in your backpacks. You may not feel if someone comes from behind and takes something from inside. Distribute your money in various places (various...

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  • Money exchange

    When you arrive in istanbul, try to avoid money exchange in the airport and in the hotels as they will apply lower rates. The best place to exchange money is the exchange offices you will see all around the city. Most of them will apply almost same rates so you can exchange money without any doubt. They don't charge any commission.

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  • Istanbul Taxis

    Istanbul is very crowded and this reflects on taxi numbers too. You will see a lot of taxis everywhere. As you will witness almost everywhere in the world, taxis tend to overcharge their customers either making tricks on taximeter or extending the route. I suggest you have a brief idea on taxi fares and distances before taking any taxi. There is...

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  • Caution on the Roadways

    When walking the streets in Istanbul (or anywhere in Turkey for that matter) know that if a car is driving...it expects a pedestrian to get off the road. Unlike Western culture, a road is for driving...not walking at a leisure pace. So if you're crossing the street get out of the way of any moving vehicle. You can easily cause an accident.Most Taxi...

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  • Taxi Drivers etc

    Be careful specially about taxi drivers. they even systems of cheating..:) for example on taxi meter you see that u r in charge for 20 lira, when 1 time taxi driver pushes a button or beep, price at once ll be 30- 40. and when you get on the car make sure that the driver turn the taxi meter on. if its possible find out how u r supposed to get the...

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  • Traffic jams and rude taxi dfrivers!

    The only tip i would give travelers to istanbul is to be careful of the taxi drivers and cars that can knock you down. It seems that they have no respect for pedestrians crossing the roads. The citizens i have met in turkey was at least knocked down once in istanbul because of no care drivers. The second tip is not to buy any perfumes etc on the...

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  • Over zealous shop keepers

    It will drive you crazy at first but, don't give up. Men outside their shops see a tourist a mile away. And everyone you pass will still keep talking even when they see you reject the previous hawker. Most tourists are not use to ignoring people so they talk when they are spoken to. Learn how to say no thank you in turkish. It will help...

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  • Be Weary of New 'Friends'

    In the Beyoglu area (or elsewhere) you will be approached by someone who speaks perfect english, and will be very natural towards you. They (1 or 2) will invite you for a coffee or wine and will insist on paying for it, as you are their 'guest'. Then they will suggest dinner, and will likewise pay for you claiming the same reason. Then comes the...

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  • Istanbul - Shower Water

    Remember not to put the shower water in your mouth! The first time I was in Istanbul I forgot to close my mouth in the shower and this caused me stomach/digestion problems. The second trip I put a note to remind me in the shower so when I got up sleepy I would not forget. The second and third trip I did not have any problems. You should definitely...

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  • Flashing Money-The Easy Way to be Robbed

    We were in taxi driven by a young guy. He pulled up in back of the hotel, which in retrospect should have set off some warnings. When he told us the fare, I pulled out a wad of lira and started counting out the amount, but with all the zeros, struggled a bit. The driver whipped the money out of my hand and started loudly counting out the fare, and...

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  • Be careful in ferries

    If you go to the basement floor of the ferry to have a good view from the board, take care at the central part (the part that passengers use to embark and disembark), as the protection barriers there are little. It's not a great fall into the water, but the many jelly fishes around could cause you a serious problem if you fall!!!

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  • Jelly Fish

    By the time I went there (spring) there were hundreds of jelly fish in the Bosphorus waters. I wouldn't swim much there, though maybe in summer they disappear...

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