I stayed in marmaris in july 2010.when i stayed there in may we took a boat trip me and my mum and i met a guy called ken who works on aqua life boat he came across very charming and was eager to have my phone number.I spent 4 days with him before i returned to england.When we went to a bar he would never buy you a drink always expected you to pay.however i let this pass and i returned to marmaris in july and met up with him again as i really liked him but little did i know i was being conned and deceived.He would say buy me a drink buy me food he would never spend a penny himself i was fazed by his charm.We went out as a four me him my mum and the captain of the boat they ordered beer ,spirts the bill shot up to 150 lira they never offered to pay anything they ran off and left my mum to pay the bill.when i went to the toilet ken stole all my money out of my purse about 160 lira.I am positive about this as i never spent a penny.I rang him the next day but he never answerd.The captain at the time tried to get my mum bag by saying leave your bag here as she was going to the toilet.We were scamed by them they have done this before.dont be fooled by the good looking men in turkey most of them are fake they only want you for your money to send back to their family or they want your body or both,ken slava fooled me he is a fake a fraud and he will treat you badly.
Unique Suggestions: They will try to con you add liras on your bill if you have had a few to drink tell you you are beautifull just to get your money out of you these men only want to make money nothing more they will lie to you rip you off.A tourist said to the shop owner how much do you want he didnt understand turkish lira he took all his money be careful
Fun Alternatives: if you drink alcohol be careful they could spike your drink
Pay attention to the programs of the 7 days Blue Cruise Marmaris-Fethiye-Marmaris because they are not frequently accomplished. Our captain apparently did not speak English, so our program was changed without possibility of complains and we came back from Gocek Gulf to Kardirga Bay, at the entrance of Marmaris Gulf, on Thursday morning, one day before the previewed. That means that we missed one day and one night in the wonderful Gocek Gulf and that we were just 4.5 days outside Marmaris area,
I made a formal complain to the travel agency BODTUR and they informed me that that the probem was a storm forecast. It was August, the weather and the sea were perfect, so I asked them the weather forecast for those days: there were “dangerous” 3-5 miles winds (light breeze, Beaufort 2 in 12) on the way!. The coast is wonderful, but the cruises on this route are often disappointing, so take special care!
Unique Suggestions: I advice you to have a copy of the program at the moment of the briefing, made in Marmaris marina on Sunday morning, just before the departure of the boats, and to ask a signature of the employee of the enterprise that organizes the cruise (in my case ROTAS YATCHING).
Fun Alternatives: It is preferable to go to Fethiye by bus, then to visit Dalyan by yourself or with a day tour (do not forget the impressive Kaunos ruins that I could not visit) and to make a much cheaper 3 days/2 nights Twelve Islands Blue Cruise in Gocek Gulf.
Don't book any day trips via your hotel reps, they charge more in most cases. Go into the village of Sarigerme and use one of the many tour companies. They're very friendly, and the one we went with was priced very well, and we booked with a young German-Turk man (I can't remember the price or his name :O ).
Included in the price is a buffet lunch, a trip to the Dalyan Mud Baths, a long ride up the Dalyan river and a trip to a nice Dalyan Beach.
Be very careful when paying for things... they have no set price for hardly anything & its different for everyone! so if it sounds expensive walk away then they call you back and half the price most of the time... they try and get alot more but shop around and you'l see what i mean! you should be paying roughly 5-20 pound on the fake bags, sunglasses etc.. dont be tricked!
Unique Suggestions: shop around!
If you've never visited Marmaris here's a friendly tip. If you go to the beach and use the sun loungers you may come across a man selling grapes. He will try and give you a couple to taste this is not a free sample you are expected to buy them he will try and force a punnet on every member of your party. If you don't give correct money he will give you what he owes you in grapes and away he goes like lightening. It isn't very expensive but that isn't the point!
By law he is not supposed to be selling on the beach anyway.
At the airport most prices are quoted in Euros and duty free goods are more expensive than in Western Europe so don't get fooled. Also the prices for buying snacks and drinks at the gate when waiting for your flight (small kiosks) are absolutely ridiculous. Here everything is 5-10 times the price everywhere else in Turkey. A lady in front of me paid 90 Turkish Lira (that's 60 US Dollars!!) for 3 ice creams, one coke and one chocolate!! Myself I paid, silly enough, 8 dollars for one small chocolate bar and one coke.
Unique Suggestions: Rather spend your money in Turkey and not at the airport.
The phrase people use about packing them in like sardines seems to be very true the nearer you get to the marina area of Marmaris
Fun Alternatives: Go farther along the coast where its quieter
This photo shows the town beach near the marina and as you can see they pack the sunbeds so close together that you have a job just to get to the sea to swimm, so you can emagin how busy this part of the beach gets. Its so much better to hop on a dolmus and travel a few miles up the coastline to Icmeler or Turunc where its far less hectic
Unique Suggestions: Why can't they take a few sunbeds off the beach so you can have just a little space to yourself
Marmaris does have its fare share of beggers and its hard to tell which ones are genuine and which ones are professionals. They seem to come out of the woodwork when night falls. Most will ask you to buy a rose or lucky charm this makes me laugh, if there lucky charms why are they poor Ha Ha Ha. Some will even pretend to be blind. So the best thing to do is be polite and say no.
This trip reminded me of a timeshare type thing with professional hard sell salesmen thrown in. It was ment to be an organized excursion to visit the local vilages and view the local customs. This was supposed to include luxury coach travel and lunch. the coach turned out to be a mini bus with no air con and with the temp 40 Degrees plus this was not fun. We went to one village which was basically dead, deserted, call it what you want, there was'nt sod all there, then it was lunch, this was typically turkish Ha Ha Ha Ha (i think not) that turned out to be chicken and chips at a petrol service station. Next it was a 2 hour journey on that bone shaker they call a coach to a carpet factory, where the whole purpose of the trip came to light. The salesmen lay in wait like spiders on a web and they wanted our money. One bloke begged me for 2 hours to buy a ?1.000 carpet saying it would be shipped over to me after my holiday Ha Ha Ha No bloody chance matey. Alright they were good quality carpets but this was ment to be a day out not a gloryifyed sales pitch. I just wonder how many actually recieve there carpets.
Fun Alternatives: DON'T GO
It's not a trap actually but not so oftenly when you like to pay the bill with credit card for shopping or meal, can be asked commission for more about 5% which can be explained because of the Bank commissions (But this is not the case.. All about Taxes). Its even better to ask before or even better if you can pay cash mostly.
Unique Suggestions: Ask if the price may same if you pay with the credit card. Or just pay it cash. which they will be more satisfied...
when going to a bar,pay after every round as they sometimes add a few lira on your bill then share out as tips at end of night.if at your hotel and a diveing team offer you a demo in hotel pool,they will then expect you to pay for a full days diveing,costing from 30 lira up to 80 lira.if you are going out early evening and you are getting hassled by bars andrestraunts,tell them you are going home that night,it usually worked for us.
Unique Suggestions: you run the gauntlet of getting hassled day and night,but if you find somewhere you like to eat and drink,stick to that.
Fun Alternatives: an alternative is to stay in your hotel if they have entertainment,unlike club sediz.
A visit to Hamam (traditional turkish bath) is a good way to relax when you're in Turkey. But what they're selling here is "fast bath" (as in "fast food":) variety.
First they put you in the sauna for around 10 minutes (the dors remains unlocked you can run out before that if you think it's to hot:). Then you go to the bath where you can shower with cold water, then sit (or lay) on the hot stone in the center of the bath, then cold water, etc. and repeat to routine for some 20 minutes. The most interesting part here is that bath has the dome over it ans is very acoustic, so you can take the opportunity to shout or try to sing.
Finally the turkish guys enter to do the "soap massage" which consists of very short hand massage, then continuing with the sacks filled with soap foam. They're done in 5 minutes which event isn't a warm-up and has nothing to do with the real massage.
The standard combo (sauna, math and soap massage) is around 10-15 EUR (depending on how much the travel agent charge you), and the extra pack (yacuzi, face and oil massage) is around 20 EUR. For drinks they charge 3 M liras (around 1.75 EUR).
Be very careful!!!!! Never turn to those offering excursions or tours in the streets for a cheaper price. Better pay twice more expensive to your guide and be safe.
Unique Suggestions: You can easily avoid it if you don't listen to anyone!
There's nothing interesting here!
The best market we ever seen in Turkey was of Milas. This market in Mügla is typical, but doesn't have anything to offer to the tourists. No interesting clothes,... only fresh vegetables,fruit,herbs,local clothes,some western clothes (but not worth),and also tupperware, toys,....
You should only shop in Marmaris shopping centre of other streets if you want nice products.
Unique Suggestions: Touroperator said it was nice 'typical authentic' but we are used to greater markets in Turkey, so tourist trap.
Fun Alternatives: Marmis shopping centre