Turkey Warnings and Dangers

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Turkey Warnings and Dangers

  • Women's Safety

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    To all travelers, you can never be too careful in big cities. I'm not singling out Istanbul as a crime ridden place but I have been traveling there back and forth there for nearly 10 years for work and leisure and for the first time last summer, I became a victim of robbery in the apartment I was staying in in what locals consider a safe area,...

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  • Taxis

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    I think tourist hot spots in Istanbul is where your are more than likely to come across a dishonest taxi driver as they will think tourists will carry a lot of cash. I went to Istanbul in November 2013 the biggining of. One day I wanted to go to the blue mosque the taxi I got in to go their was honest it came to just a little over 10 lira I only...

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  • Pickpockets

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    As a solo female traveller I've always felt very safe indeed in Istanbul and, although normal city commonsense is required, have also felt that the risk of pickpocketing and petty theft is likely to be lower than in many other European cities. But I would warn you about the area around Suleymaniye mosque. There is a Roma community on nearby waste...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Scams

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    we visited istanbul in march this year- beautiful country, awe inspiring architecture and a new culture.our tour guide took us to the first shop in the spice market-alladin and recommended it.we bought flower teas and turkish delight for which we paid four times the price and very average quality.my advice DO NOT FOLLOW recommendations from taxi...

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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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  • Taksim

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    I am staying at marmara hotel, Just connecting to taksim square, on the opposite side of the doner places, there is a street which starts with a place called "simit saray" and basically ends with a couple of hotels. It is not just this street, but all small streets around taksim square. You will be stopped by all people in front of their...

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  • Laleli

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    Parts of Istanbul is not belonging to heaven!! like other parts of the world ,there might be some areas that are not safe and dangerous. Laleli area as an example is not safe at all .I spent my first night there and it was horrible. After 9 pm it's a base of robbers,druggers,and prostitute. The receptionist in the hotel adviced me not to take...

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  • Ataturk Airport

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    Here's the situation that I'v heard of multiple times: As a tourist you don’t know the shortest way to your destination, so the taxi driver can easily make an extra tour around the block and spice up the bill. In case the tourist does know the way, he’ll come up with the excuse that there is a massive traffic jam on the usual route. Personally, I...

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  • Health & Safety

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    Please do not expect the same sort of health & safety precautions and regulations you may be used to at home. In Istanbul you need to take responsibility for your own health & safety. Expect potholes in pavements (and possibly large, gaping holes too). Watch your step. Sidewalk bollards may only be knee-height: watch out for them. Don't expect...

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  • Sultanahmet

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    PLEASE WARNING TO FOREIGN WOMEN VISITING ISTANBUL !!! (sorry for bad translation, I will appreciate if somebody correct it and translate to other languages) Western tourist women who will visit Istanbul should be careful when going to the restaurants area near Divanyolu street. This place is full of pimps and bon vivants who are always trying to...

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  • Shopping

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    Wish I had read the warning about Divas Jewelry before we went to Istanbul (Oct. - Nov. 2012). I purchased earrings there and have just returned home where I will confirm whether they are actually white gold. But the REAL problem is that my original purchase was charged correctly, then another charge of $689 was added to my credit card a week...

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  • Toilets - Restrooms

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    All mosques have toilets as well as washing facilities. In the visitor-popular areas of the old city, at least, mosque toilets are clearly-signed (usually with 'WC') and available for visitor use. There is usually an attendant collecting the small fee (mostly 1 TL). All the mosque toilets I used were western-style and very clean indeed (in common...

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  • Carpets

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    On my way back to my Hotel, I was stopped by a Carpet shop owner. As I had steered clear all holiday, I thought I would have a look, he seemed nice enough, no worries that you don't want to buy, LIE!!!!! Browsed around, then he said come and have a look at what some relative does, so I went, and then the HARD SELL BEGAN, Not carpets, but...

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  • Bazaars

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    Be aware that haggling down the price of any thing you buy,The seller,vendor mostly raise the price because the vendor knows very well the buyer will try to haggle it down. It is part of the culture,cloth,taking a taxi,souveniurs,even the hotel price...etc from 20% to 40% ,50%.Do your best ;) R

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  • Animals

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    It always breaks my heart to see stray animals wandering around cities, in Istanbul it seemed that the stray cats far outnumbered the stray dogs and they were everywhere. It did seem like people were feeding them, we saw a woman with cat food and water taking care of some near Topkapi and some of the restaurant owners threw scraps out for them. At...

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  • Queues

    Istanbul Warnings and Dangers

    The Aya Sofya is one of Istanbul's top attractions. The entrance is split into an entrance for organised tours and an entrance for occasional visitors. The organised tours have their own guides who know hot to get their groups inside quickly; the unguided lone visitors just have to queue up and buy a ticket first. When you arrive as a lone...

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  • Beware of Organized Day Trips/Tours

    You should be really careful when planning day trips, excursions, etc. in a tour group in Turkey (especially in the coastal towns). Many times when you purchase just a ferry ticket to certain destinations in Turkey, the seller will not tell you upfront that it is part of an organized tour and you will not be able to explore on your own. Even worse,...

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  • Visa Entry to Turkey

    Not sure where to post this but just found out that any visitors to Turkey now require an e-visa after April 2104.Instead of the pay £10 at entry that has been the norm until now.You have to apply on line fill in and pay on line.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice...Apologies if this has been posted and is general knowledge but as I am going to Turkey in...

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  • KUSADASI DISHONEST EPHESUS JEWELLERY...

    This storeis located at the end of the CRUISE PIER and is the 1st on the right side as you walk off your ship, any ship EPHESUS JEWELLERY .A beautiful store within and without BUT BEWARE, they lie and cheat you. They sell fake gems...I was on RSSC Mariner 23 APRIL 2013 bought what I was sold as EMERALDS and I know my gems, BUT on returning home the...

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  • Carry your hotel card with you

    Not many people in certain parts of Turkey speak English. The pronunciations of the names of the places sounds very different from the spellings. So it is better to carry your hotel card in case you want to ask for the way to get there!! This holds true for shops that you are interested in going to. In case you have their card, do carry it and ask...

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  • Crazy Drivers

    I had been warned by fellow friends and travellers who had been to Turkey and im glad we didnt hire a care for our two week stay here,which we usually do when we visit a new country.They are insane no respect for other drivers,even pedestians,swerving in and out of lanes mounting curbes at silly miles an hour and parking in the middle of the roads...

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  • Visa for Americans - you can be ripped...

    Be very careful about what you pay for a visa at the Turkish border. I have travelled many times in Turkey and each time you enter you have to buy a visa. Most visa agents are honest, but some will take advantage of the fluctuation in prices to overcharge a tourist. For example, in Nov 2004, the visa agent in Bodrum demanded $100. I had previously...

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  • Foreign women, expect to be hit on...

    I've never had as many men (seven) approach me with offers of sex in so short a time (three months)! I experienced repeated advances and stalking in Bakırköy and Taksim, and unwelcome kissing and touching in Sirkeci. You can be targeted even if you're fat and bald - as I was.

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  • Do not buy a carpet here

    Do NOT buy a carpet here!” ________________________________________________________Do not buy a carpet in Turkey and have it delivered to your country. My wife and I bought a carpet in Cappadocia and we rue the day. The carpet finally arrived but was visibly damaged in several places. The carpet factory is Anatolia Hali. The address is Goreme...

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  • BEWARE TAXI DRIVERS IN BELEK ANYALYA

    Belek Antalya is upscale tourist zone with some of the best hotels. Consequently best location for taxi drivers trying to hustle and rip off the tourists. They will give you wrong fixed tarif, they will turn on 'night rate ' during the middle of the day , they will not return your change back if you do not give them exact amount, and if you object...

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  • Warning when your airline's Turkish...

    This experience is in no way disrespecting THY or the Turkish people but just one horrible experience I've encountered. Maybe I was in Turkey in the wrong time.11/22/2009 (Sunday)My flight back to US was a disaster. I was in the airport 2 hours prior to my departure. I Was standing in line for 1.5 hours to check-in my luggage, when I finally...

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  • More accidents during Ramazan

    During Ramazan driving on Turkish roads can become hazardous, especially in more rural conservative areas, e.g. in in Central & Eastern Turkey.Be careful especially in traffic before sunset because believers have not been eating for hours and are pretty exhausted / unconcentrated. Additionally, most are in a rush to get home/in a restaurant for...

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  • Marmaris."sell roundtrip"

    I made a day excursion from Rhodes to Marmaris by boat.In Rhodes said me that the boat arrives at Marmaris at 10 'o clock in the morning and departures at 17 'o clock.From the port would transfer us buses from|to the city center(it was about 4 klm far) with a tourist guide and they would make us a small roundtrip before.It sounded very nice at that...

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  • Drinking

    This is always good to remind ourselves, especially those from central and northern Europe, Turkey has Mediterranean climate and it can be very hot, it is recommended drinking a lot, much more then we usually need in the north, and I do mean water and soft drinks ;-)*Feeling a slight headache might be a first sign of dehydration, stop all...

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  • No Swimming When Drunk

    I guess I could have long list of dangers here, from the traditional tourist point of view (which is in every country) to the complications it might be in Turkey regarding many issues such politics, religion, laws etc, so better just avoid such issues and don’t go swim in the sea when drunk.

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  • Sensitive conversation topics

    Turks are very friendly people and we had many great conversations with them during our stay in their country. However, be aware that there are certain topics where you have to be very careful. These are, in no particular order:1.) Islam. 98% of the Turks are muslims. Even if a Turk looks secular, they may be religious, and will not appreciate you...

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  • Hassling

    Hi Miriam,I can understand you very well as a local who is also subject to hassling. As far as I know it is common in all resorts touristic towns. But that is not all. I live in a nontouristic part of Istanbul, Kadiköy town, which is obviously one of the most modern parts of Istanbul and all Turkey. There is a cute street ful of local little...

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  • Not a Danger but a Warning!!

    This I must let you know if you don't already. It's about Bodrum airport, where you just get utterly ripped off. We all know at airports that food and drink is a bit more pricey, but this is ridiculous. I ordered after we had checked in our luggage, 2 cheese rolls and two coffees. I had two plates of chips shoved infront of me which I pointed out...

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  • Islamic influence

    Generally Istanbul is quite tolerant about women dressing especially in more touristic spots. You can dress normal as you feel - also sleevless shirt etc but it is better to have male friend beside you couse Turks can be prety annoying. At districts that are not so touristic I recommend you to be more covered (you dont need a scarf but cover your...

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  • Car Rental Scam - Beware of Lena!

    We hired a VW Jetta from Lena Car Rental in Selcuk, for a day trip. After a few hours, the car broke down, so we called the service hotline. We were told that a replacement was on its way and would be there in about an hour. Well, all that arrived after an hour was a tow truck - we called again and were now told that the tow truck would drop us and...

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  • Be on your normal gaurd

    Be on your normal gaurd in Turkey. In places that locals or guide books tell you are dangerous or are places where pick pockets roam either don't go, are take the necessary precautions. My only threatening experience was in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul when I felt a teenage boy put his fingers in my back pocket for my wallett, good thing I kept it...

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  • Taxi drivers

    Like everywhere else beware of the taxi driver On leaving Istanbul we got ataxi from Sultanahmet to Esenler otogar the driver quoted 40 ytl and after a very pleasent and imformative ride gave him 50 ytl the driver replied that i had,nt gave him enough and produceddifferent money from what i gave him saying i owed another 40 ytl During a heated...

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  • Neveshir Otogar

    When you get off the bus to connect with a smaller bus to Goreme, beware of guys speaking very good English and offering to take you over to the bus.They take you into their tour agency and try to flog you excursions!! When you insist on going to Gormeme, they will take you - in fact they took us right to our hotel - but save yourself the hassle...

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  • Taxi warnings

    Taxi drivers may use tricks to overcharge for a ride or even steal money. Especially if you going to airport or other trasportation terminal, so you don't have much time to agrue or to get police involved. The typical trick is - you hand money to a driver, he makes it look like he counts, then moment later he shows you "your" money where some bills...

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  • side roads

    Writing this from the center of Istanbul..best area. Don't go down side roads!!!My trip to a great town ruined. Took a short cut down a side road--passed a cafe and was rushed at by three guys who forced me through the door into what was obviouslya brothel. When I tried to leave---immediately---they started to push and shove and demanded money...

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  • Learn some basic phrases to get out of...

    situations! There's different ways of learning some helpful things, and I learnt what I know from a small phrasebook. Here's some useful phrases:Help!- Imdat! 'eem-dat' ( This one i picked up fast)Please Help Me!: Lütfen yardým edin 'loo(double 'o' is pronounced as 'u' as in 'blue')t-fen yar-duhm e-deen'Is there someone who speaks English?-...

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  • ...and the devil drinks raki

    Thirsty travellers seeking for that perfect Turkish 'spirit' should find them in raki - an indigenous booze made of aniseed-flavored grape brandy that comes in many brands and readily available from local liquor shops. But don't let raki's seductive "aniseed-flavored-grape-brandy" description fool you. It's a sinister drink with a powerful punch...

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  • Roads

    watch out for traffic cops if you hire a car. There are no road signs telling you the speed limit but you'll get stopped by the police and get fined about £50. You have a month to pay so don't cough up straight away.

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Comments (2)

  • taurean_traveller's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Not sure where to post this but just found out that any UK visitors to Turkey now require an e-visa after April 2104.
    Instead of the pay £10 at entry that has been the norm until now.You have to apply on line fill in and pay on line.
    gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice...
    Apologies if this has been posted and is general knowledge but as I am going to Turkey in September glad I found it

  • Jul 18, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Istambul, Bursa and Izmir are very safe cities, perhaps more than other western european cities of the same seize.
    Other parts I don´t know because I where only there

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