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1. Posted by lisak (Budding Member, 6 posts) 3 Sep '06 06:54

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HI there.. I am currently on a holiday in Greece. We have an excursion planned to Turkey, in Ephesus, Kusadasi, and Istanbul in a week 09/11/2006 however we are very concerned about the recent bombings, and the threats that tourists are not welcome in Turkey. For those of you who are familar with Turkey and its political situation, how do you feel about travelling to both of these places right now? We are really torn because of course we want to be safe, but do not want to put ourselves in obvious danger.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We were very much looking forward to Turkey, but want to make sure that a trip is safe at this time.

Cheers!
Lisa

2. Posted by ysndemirer (Budding Member, 4 posts) 3 Sep '06 07:19

We see too many bombs arround the world, terrorism attacks to all people and wants to afraid them. I live in Antalya Turkiye
There are lots of tourists here it is safetier before bomb explosion now and all Turkey safety.

3. Posted by tankut (Budding Member, 10 posts) 3 Sep '06 08:08

The political situation is stable, and safety measures have been tightened immensely (in a way you as a tourist would probably not notice them and spoil your holiday). The trip is safe, but it's your call.. This time of the year it's lovely there though (I don't like July and August in Kusadasi, way too hot for me).

4. Posted by jasminasab (Budding Member, 41 posts) 3 Sep '06 11:44

Hello there!

I've been to Istanbul a month or so ago and I didn't feel any threat at all. As for the other locations you mentioned, my belief is that it's probably safer there right now than it was just before the attacks.

I guess nobody can guarantee you that nothing will happen. That's life, everything is unpredictable.

5. Posted by propertrvl (Budding Member, 16 posts) 3 Sep '06 13:57

Hi LisaK,
Bombings were unfortunate but generally speaking things are stable. One reminder; "tourists are welcomed, not as you write on the post. Attacks are not aiming tourists at all its to create discomfort.

Its your choice but NYC or Paris or London are not safer than istanbul...
Have Fun

Murat

6. Posted by inthemerde (Budding Member, 26 posts) 3 Sep '06 14:29

''..tourists are not welcome in Turkey''

Wow! That's something new. Never heard that one before...

Don't worry mate!, it's safe. In those regions there are hundreds of thousands of tourists taking their vacations right now...

7. Posted by jza80 (Full Member, 54 posts) 4 Sep '06 09:35

Hi there,

The only threat you'll receive as a tourist are carpet salesmen. They'll drag you in for apple tea and go through their sales routine with you. Aside from people trying to sell you things, there's nothing to be afraid of.

Terrorist attacks can happen anywhere in the world. Turkey is a relatively safe place. You have nothing to worry about.

Ephesus is definitely not a place where you'd expect bombs blowing up. The people that I've met throughout my travels in Turkey were friendly and loves tourists.

Feel free to roam around.

The chances of being hit by a car anywhere in the world is higher than getting bombed in Turkey!

Have fun!

8. Posted by kennypomak (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 5 Sep '06 03:35

Hi Lisa
U can be sure there is nothing that can spoil ur holiday. Go and see the worlds best places. I did and will be there next mounth too. There are terrorists everywhere but u ll be safe in Turkey

9. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 5 Sep '06 13:33

I was in Istanbul during one of the bomb attacks. I was told the bombs were a warning to a newly appointed high official within the law enforcement authorities. I never felt threatened at all.

Bombs are the voices of the weak, the voice nobody hears or listens to unless they make a spectacle. It is one of the reasons relatively small bombs went off in major tourist cities, were they would be noticed by foreigners and foreign journalists. A lot of people got hurt including foreigners. But then there was a big accident near Van when an Iranian Volvo bus coming from Tabriz hit a truck and almost all people on the bus, including some tourists, died. There were more deaths during this crash than through the bomb in Istanbul. In both cases people were so unfortunate to be at the wrong place in the wrong time. Yet what made the news? Yeah, the bomb.

In other words, the threat is blown out of scale.

Unlike in other countries, the large majority of Turks do not support this people. In Egypt however the country felt like a powder keg, with the army and the police protecting the tourists ready to light the fuse. It was scary to consider that the security there might be truly neccessary to my safety. The more I saw, the less impressed was I with the Egyptian government.But that is another story.

10. Posted by Schatzie (Budding Member, 7 posts) 5 Sep '06 19:57

I was in Istanbul for one week in July and I had an amazing time. It felt a lot safer than what we had been warned by Turks themselves and other foreigners. We kept our hands in our pockets and a good eye and ear at all times and avoided being out very late in the dark in areas we were unsure of. We stayed in Sultahnamet which is pretty safe so it was always good to go on an adventure during the day and then come to a safe place as night time set in.

Turkey is a fabulous country. Stay alert, ignore the people hassling you and just dont accept anything without looking at pricetags first.

Be safe and enjoy turkey!