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Travel Guide for Turkey

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Turkey that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Turkey Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti (Republic of Turkey)

Capital: Ankara

Regime: Secular (Laik) capitalist republic since 1923.

Population: 71,553,551 in 2000

Polulation Density: 73 / km² (190 / sq mile)

Yearly income per capita : $3,500 says a webpage without giving a date.

Telephone Code: +90.

Time Zone: GMT + 02:00

Area: 814 578 sq km

Big Cities: Is ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Istanbul, the worlds pearl! You need at least a week or something to get an idea of this city. I say to get an idea because it is so big and full of historical places,palaces, mosques, churches,synagogues, museums, ruins, old mansions, authentic cafes, restaurants, modern shopping malls,Forts, castles, worldwide famous Grand Bazaar, Covered Bazaar...etc. The Bosphorous itself is a never ending blue legend!

Cappadocia,famous for the volcanic rock formations and fairy chimenies, is also ... more

Maps

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For Roads

http://www.focusmm.com/turk_map.htm

http://www.turkish-media.com/y_h/turk_map.htm

http://www.mailgazete.com/turkharita/turkiye.htm

For Railways

http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/genelbilgi/harita.htm

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Do yourself a favour and go beyond the western tour loop that is the main theme offered in Turkey. Head East to Adiyaman and Kahta and climb up Mt Nemrut. Also East lake Van, Mount Arrarat and also Trabzone and Samsun up on the Black Sea Coast.

Suggested Itineraries

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As long as your wallet or your visa can take you.... its a huge country with so much history and culture that changes region to region.... I am going back for my 3rd 3 month round and I am sure it wont be enough.

Transport

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To come to Turkey, There are some cheap flights from Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.. Pls check prices from www.corendon.com and www.germanwings.com with these airlines you can come to Istanbul, İzmir, Ankara, Antalya, Eskisehir *********************************************************** HITCHIKING in Turkey Hitchiking in Turkey is not so dangerous known as a common thought.In summer time especially you can hh to south so easily. And a tip: if u re in Istanbul, go to a ferryboats whic ... more

Accommodation

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You can get lovely clean single bed rooms for AUS$20 each for 2 people sharing inc breakfast. Yes and that means no sharing showers or anything!!!! WHAT THE HELL WAS I DOING IN SULTANAHMET ALL THAT TIME!!!!! ahhhhhhh Sultanahmet is a very popular area for tourists as there are the famous "The Blue Mosque" and "The Hagia Sophia" in that area and silk carpet shops and historical hotels as well. So as you appreciate, to spend a night might be a little expensive but you can always find a budget ... more

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Turkish cuisine is one of the richest of the world. Fusion of various cultures is also reflected in the food of the country. You can taste an extreme range of dishes which are mostly meat based. There are also very delicious vegetable based dishes of Aegean and Mediterranean food cultures. You can easily come across unique dishes from every region and even every single city. If you are not a vegeterian, don't leave the country without at least tasting the following: sish kebap, manti (Turkish ra ... more

Money and Costs

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Currency, Turk Lirasi(Turkish Lira) has many zeros in use but the currency changed on 1 Jan 2005.The new money is Yeni Turk Lirasi(New Turkish Lira) and 6 zeros is thrown out. The currency of YTL is about: $/YTL = 1,30, €/YTL = 1,80

Exchanging Money, There are many Change offices.You can also exchange money from Post offices and banks.

Credit Cards, Major credit cards (Visa,Mastercard) can be used in most of the shops in big cities. But ... more

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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Aussies just rock up at the airport but dont forget to pack the US$20 in ya wallet before the flight. And when you get off the plane dont go straight to the long lines of people.. keep walking past them to the zig zag line of people first and get the stamp BEFORE you line up. I found out the hard way since there are no signs nor anyone to tell you this. 1 1/2 hours later... *sigh* Americans have (I think) to pay US$100 since the US started charging Turks US$100 to visit America...

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Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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In Istanbul there heaps around Taxim (just look up!) and elsewhere I never had a problem finding one nearby but dont pay more than 1 500 000TL per hour which is likely in the Sultanahmet area. It can be more of a challenge in smaller places to find and naturally will be more but not alot. And beware.... check there speed..some are so slow you want to kill yourself just waiting for that 1 page to come up!

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

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Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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all i have are some of mine for now.. http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/electronica_monica/album?.dir=/Turkey+2003&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/electronica_monica

Activities and Sports

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Nightlife and Entertainment

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The night life of istanbul is mostly densed in taksim,ortakoy,kadikoy and bostanci.if you are from EU,USA or another country having likely economy like those above, night life will be very satisfying for you.Also there are low budget bars or cafes expecially in taksim.The price for a beer differs between 2-3$ and it is good! Just look at the cross streets and i guarantee you that you will find what you need.And i bet you nightlife in istanbul is great as barcelona and amsterdam(not like just red ... more

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Yes = Evet
No = Hayır
Thanks = Teşekkürler
Please = Lütfen
Cheers! = Şerefe!
How much does it cost? = Ne kadar tutuyor?
I don't understand = Anlamıyorum
Can you help me? = Yardım edebilir misiniz?
I'm lost = Kayboldum
The bill, please = Hesap, lütfen

Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Geography

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Health

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History

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Government and Politics

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Economy

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Shopping

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Official Country Website: http://www.tourismturkey.org/
information on Turkey: http://www.mymerhaba.com/en/main/index.asp Istanbul meet-up: The Istanbul Couch Surfing Group natural farm stays and ecology resources in Turkey : http://www.bugday.org/

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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