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We were two girls, 27, blonde, Canadian. We had men really agressively persuing us. EVERYONE wants to chat. They would ask to even walk with us down the stree. We had tons of free drinks, but all these "free" things come with a assumption that you "owe" them. The one tour guide we had was all over my friend the moment I left her for a trip to the lou and kissed her even. Totally inappropriate, but she didn't freak out because he was our ride home, had just bought us 3 drinks each and had taken us to a special place, outside of our tour. The one guy who was all over me was married. Just not good situations.
We found all the Turkish men we met were total braggers as well. They were probably all lying we figured since it was just obnoxious. One guy had a fortune of over $600,000, the other didn't work, just spent money and drove around Ferrari's, the other was a "doctor" in Belgium and his family had a huge fortune. Honestly, just take what you hear with a grain of salt (for non-english - be weary).
By the last day, we were so happy to go home just not to be bothered anymore.
Updated Jun 5, 2007
We had the uncomfortable experience of our masseur being a bit too free with his hands and after doing some research have found this is a common problem when men are massaging women and even men to men. It was recommended that in future we use the turkish massage place near the bus station in Bodrum where it is same sex massage and loads of people about. I read a review on another site which suggested that these men are often encouraged by some women and assume that all European women are the same way. It has definitely put me off especially having been there on our honeymoon and have that happen.
Written Oct 31, 2006
One of the best views of Bodrum and Gumbet can be found on the hill by the ruined windmills. Unfortunately, the area is occupied by a number of drunks after dark and our rep recommended we not go up there after dark. He did drive us up to see the view at night which was amazing. We walked up during the day and it was sad to see the graffiti on the windmills and the horriffic amount of broken glass and other unmentionable objects.
Written Oct 31, 2006
if you are afraid of dogs then you should be aware that you can see a dog in every corner... they are not mostly dangerous though... if you are not on your motorbike... put on thick boots while driving on motorbike...
Written Aug 7, 2005
Being a woman visiting Turkey can be really hard sometimes. This is not a danger tip, but I was anoyed by the fact that the Turks were always staring at me although I was never walking down the streets alone! Even if you're with your boyfriend, they still stare! At times I was really feeling uncomfortable, so girls be careful!
Written Aug 28, 2004
It seemed like every tourist shop and every restaurant in Bodrum and Gumbet thought the best way to get business was to hassle passers by and browsers.
Don't know what I mean?
Imagine this - you're hungry so you want to walk down a street with ten restaurants, hoping to read the menus and pick one to eat in. Now imagine every single restaurant has someone standing outside who wants to know where you're from to draw you into conversation, who talks through the entire menu without being invited, who won't let you browse in peace, who tries to extract promises that you'll go into their restaurant, who tries to bribe you with free wine and sometimes even tries to lead you by the arm into the restaurant. Now imagine it's not just ten restaurants but practically every single one in the whole of Bodrum / Gumbet and that they serve nearly identical cheap tourist fare.
The same goes for shops. Forget casual browsing or window shopping. Walk into a shop and you will be pounced on and not given a moments peace.
And if you're a unaccompanied female, woe betide you. My girlfriend was literally groped and harangued by shop keepers trying to get a sale and possibly a date too when shopping on her own.
Frankly it's sickening and it ruined the whole holiday. Do not go to Bodrum or Gumbet if you want to have a relaxing time. By the end of it you will be crossing the street to avoid touts.
Written Jul 28, 2003
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