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1. Posted by AainaalyaA (Full Member 30 posts) 13y

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Hi,

I will be travelling to Turkey sometime mid year 2003, or thereabouts, and would like to know what I'd have to know about Turkiye. I have no clues about this country, nor what they language they speak. And how the Lira or whatever monetary system they use. I'm so ignorant where Turkiye is concerned. I should be in Istanbul sometime august-sept. and would appreciate some knowledge of it.. like where's the best cheapest place to be in, where to go, what to speak (do they speak english or french or neither)... what are they like..etc

Would appreciate some facts and advice, as I will be going there as a student.

Thank you in advance,

AA

2. Posted by gianni (Inactive 9 posts) 13y

hi this is john from Turkey
ok here we go
we speak turkish here but you can find a lot of ppl who also can speak english,
german, italian ,greek and french but mostly english
i think Turkey can not be considered as middle eastern
cuz as you know west border of the country is belong to europe and the east to asia,
eastsouth close to middle east and the westnorth to russia
so there are a lot of different kind of ppl in the country
currency is a bit complicated i'll tell ya later :P
if you would like to get more info about Turkey and Istanbul
send me a message

[ Edit: sorry, no emails in the forum please. ]

3. Posted by Pattysue (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y

Hi Gianni,

I will be going to turkey in september -whereabouts are you in turkey? I am hoping to meet some locals in Istanbul.

Regards Pattysue(canada)

4. Posted by Barney (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y

Hi Im new to this site but I have been to turkey and the place is fabulous, people are as firendly as can be and there is allot to see, if I have any advice it would be to grab yourself a lonely planet, learn the basics of the language because it's a whole lot more fun even when your just making an attempt at the language. Dont put to much effort into finding accomadation because its real easy to get around once your their, and if nothing else then head around the west coast and check out the amazing scenery. Goreme in capadocia is also a great place to check out!

Im Jelous as hell Turkey is one of my favourite places on earth
How long are you going for, 3 - 4 weeks is a good amount of time to have a real good look around.

Well trodden(New Zealand)

5. Posted by Barney (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y

Sorry I shoulld have said south coast there not east coast ;)

6. Posted by Pattysue (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y

Hi Weltroden,

I am going to turkey for 3 weeks. Have you been to fethiye?

7. Posted by Barney (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y

Yes I have been to Fethiye, I travelled to Turkey from Rhodes Island and that was one of my first destinations, from there you can go to Turtle Beach, Visit the Tombs, Mud Baths, canyon and take a ten Islands Boat cruise it's a great place, I ended up taking a four day Gullet trip that dropped me off down the coast where I made my way to Olympos then inland to Capadocia. From there I headed back to Istanbul then Gallipoli then back down too Ephesus and then I flew to Egypt from Istanbul. All in 3 weeks!

There were a couple other stops I didnt mention but 3 weeks will get you a long way, you can take night busses through allot of it which saves time and money, and its a great way to see as much as you can.

That was pretty much the tourist route and you meet loads of people along the way who are doing exactly the same thing, we wound up travelling with about 12 other people.

Heres a link to a couple of my pics
http://www.geocities.com/greevus/turkey.htm

If theres anything your not sure about fire away.

Weltroden

8. Posted by uncas (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Anybody who is travelling to Istanbul. Please check this out for nightlife, restaurants and entertainment in Istanbul
It is a good site

http://www.i-gunler.com/en/

-uncas

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

I love Istanbul, a fascinating city, just wandering around the side-streets and bazaars is a pleasure, but some things I enjoyed were:

-Looking around the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia
-Taking a boat trip on the Bosphorus
-Topkapi Palace (and the harem)

: Plus alot of the food was great, which was a pleasant surprise.

10. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member 57 posts) 11y

Merhaba! (Hello)
I've been living in southern Turkey since last summer. If anyone wants any info, let me know. If I don't have the info-I can find people who do. As stated above, Istanbul, Cappadocia and the western coast are the big hits.

If you're planning on visiting, only spend 2-3 days in Istanbul, and then travel south to Izmir, Bodrum, or Marmaris. Cappadocia is awesome if you have the time to get there. There is too much info to impart my fellow travellers, so please just contact me if you have any questions.

Gorusuruz! (see you later)