Boat trips from your touroperator
Don't take it.
They say you have a guide speaking your language, but there is not much said on a lazy boat trip...
We paid €30 the bus drove around the corner, and we had to step into one of the boats we could book ourselves for €20.
We didn't need the dutch speaking guide...
Fun Alternatives: Ask prices and book a boattrip yourself. Touroperators warn that they can take you to a commercial centre or so, but it's to book with themselves.
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
Cheap meals that ain`t
YOU WILL SEE SIGNS FOR "FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST FOR 99PENCE" THESE ARE TRUE BUT A GLASS OF ORANGE OR CUP OF COFFEE WILL COST AS MUCH AS 2 QUID. LOOK FOR ONES THAT INCLUDE TEA OR COFFEE. FOR ABOUT 1.50 TO2.
Unique Suggestions: DRINK BEER WITH MEALS ITS REALLY CHEAP A BOTTLE OF EFES LAGER IS ABOUT 50 P
Fun Alternatives: SHOP AROUND FOR BOAT TRIPS, YOU CAN WANDER ALONG THE MARINA , CHOOSE A BOAT THAT LOOKS COMFY. GO ABOARD ASK WHEN IT SAILS AND PAY IT THEN.. YOU WILL GET A FREE DRINK FOR ASKING. THE OWNERS LOVE TO SHOW OFF
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
- Family Travel
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.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
The concrete buildings...
Unfortunately once you discover the city, you realise this is far from behind this nice little resort you could have thought! This is indeed a huge machine to make money out of mass tourism. If you need a proof of that, the city only lives during the summer months, it is completely deserted during winter!!
- plenty of awful concrete buildings (that made me think to the North sea in Belgium!)
- overcrowded beaches
- the bazar for tourists where you will be sold some overpricy stuff you don't really need thinking you made a good deal
- the seaside restaurants where hustlers will try to grab you inside with a free drink or an apparently interesting discount. At the end you'll pay twice the normal price!
- street of nightclubs (could have indeed be funny but we were scared by our restaurant experience)
Some people seems to like a lot this atmosphere since it is so crowded. Or maybe they are simply trapped by some tour operators. I'm wondering!! Personally, I think Turkey has much more to offer than that...
- Sailing and Boating
Payment with Credit Cards
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...
- Budget Travel
avoid the grapeman!
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.
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
- Historical Travel
Dalyan Day Trip
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.
Shoping in marmaris!
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!
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.
Tourist, not Turkish, Bath
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).
- Theme Park Trips
The bazaar is quite famous, and is regarded as one of the highlights of Marmaris. Perhaps that's more a reflection on the kind of people who come here, rather than the Turks themselves. Maybe the impression they have is that all tourists want to do is go shopping for fake Gucci handbags at 4 pounds a time.
As you can see from the photo, the bazaar is nothing like the kind of thing you'd find in, say, Morocco. I wouldn't even go so far as to call it a bazaar. It's basically a covered arcade full of stores selling total crap. If you don't want fake designer gear, leather jackets or carpets, you'll find little here to interest you. And the merchants just won't leave you alone.
Unique Suggestions: Don't make eye contact with anyone. Pretend you don't speak English. Ignore them.
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