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Nothing wrong with Turkey, we have been there several times. Spectacular scenery, plenty of history, good food and guaranteed sunshine. In terms of safety and security parts of London are a lot worse. As for the people, same as anywhere, show a bit of respect for local customs and learn how to say “please”, “thank you” and “hello” in the local lingo and you’ll be OK.

Back on topic, in terms of currency, in the tourist areas, Euros are preferred. In the sticks, its lira. As a rule, you can get a better rate by exchanging your sterling once you get thee. Avoid the rip off Gatwick bureau de change at all costs.

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Originally posted by reel1

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once you stepped out it was a bit hairy.

Hot and cheap are just a couple of the reasons that people choose Turkey.
A few more reasons are, Turkey has a fantastic history with many archaelogical sites and museums, fantastic beaches, great countryside as well as coast, gorgeous food and the kindness and hospitality of the Turkish people puts the Brits to shame.
It also has some very good carp fishing if you know where to look.

Sorry for the delay in responding as I’ve not looked on the forum for a few days, on arrival at a five star resort we decided to get something to eat with our three old little girl quite late at night, two of the waiters started arguing and this resulted in a full on fight in the dining area, one of the waiters got the better of the other. The waiter that took a short but pretty good beating got a knife and tried stabbing the other waiter, others jumped in and stopped him including tourist.

Part way through the holiday I had a walk out to get some money from a cash machine, middle of the day broad day light, a car with three Turks in pulled up and they attempted to rob me, they failed and I got back onto the complex ok.

During a day excursion some friends of our the women of the couple was held in a shop, they shut the doors and refused to let her out until she bought something , the door of the shop was forced open and following a big argument they let her go, not before asking to fight her husband.

This is just a few things that happened in two weeks. Most people who recommend Turkey are not well travelled and therefore have nothing to compare it too. For me it wouldn’t bother me if I never saw the place again.

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Originally posted by griff06

ree1 i totally agree with your statement,lovely country,steeped in history,we found the local people always had a smile for you and all the time in the world for you,i don’t see how anybody can give a place a negative comment that has not been,don’t knock it till you have tried it springs to mind.My Sister was going to Turkey for about 11 years never missed,she love the Country and the people.cheers.

So basically your sisters been to the same place for the last 11 years so it must be good!! As she actually been anywhere else to compare it too??

I worked with a women that had been going to Turkey for the last X years and recommended it, once I came home I realised she’d never really travelled anywhere and to her Turkey was great.

I don’t consider myself to be that well travelled compared to most of my family, but generally we have two or three holidays a year and have been to nearly all the Greek Islands, Most places in Europe, Spain, Italy, Germany, etc also Cyprus, Caribbean Islands, travelled around America, Mexico etc etc not been to Australia yet but will go at some point as my brother lives there.

All what I’m saying is its a big wide world out there and there are certainly much nicer places than Turkey.

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Been to Turkey twice,first time was a very cheap last minute deal, we paid next to nothing so didn’t expect much and to be honest didn’t get much. Rooms were quite dirty as was the pool area and the food was dire. The plus side was it was wall to wall sunshine and the drinks were ok.

Becareful in the towns as the locals can get a little aggressive trying to sell you things. Don’t let them put things in your hands like knock off perfumes etc. My wife and i got dragged into a jewellery shop and whilst 2 guys tried to sell me a watch others tried to get my wife to buy a ring, we told them no but they were saying that my wife had tried the ring on so had to buy it. I took the ring off her finger, gave it back to them and then two guys stood in front of the door stopping us from leaving. Now i am 6ft 3″ and 18 stone so i moved these ‘gentlemen’ out of the way and we left. We then spent the rest of the time in the resort as my wife refused to go out again.

So, we decided to give Turkey another go a couple of years ago. We booked 5 star, nice place, the works as i always think you get what you pay for. At best it was 3 star to be honest, if i hadn’t paid a lot of money for the holiday then it would have been fine, the rooms were ‘ok’, the food was ‘ok’ the pool was ‘ok’ it was just ok, just not worth the money. The town was a little friendlier than the last one we went to but again they do not leave you alone. You can’t enjoy a meal/coffee etc without getting pestered.

My advice go to Greece! If you want cheap then they can cater for this, the rooms will be basic but very clean and the food in Greece is fantastic. For cheap go to Zante/Corfu/Crete/Kos obviously avoid the party places (unless you are under 30) as some of the other resorts on these islands are beautiful and the beaches are fantastic. Go self catering, food and drink is very reasonable and there are always plenty of places to eat. The Greek people, on the whole, are lovely, you can go round markets/shops without a single person hassling you, it so more relaxed.

If you want something a little more up market then try somewhere like Kefalonia or Cyprus, some of the 5 star hotels on these islands are some of the best accommodation i have ever stayed in. The food is out of this world as are the beaches. Also if you like your history and things to go and see and do, Greece is one of the most historical places you can go to. Most of the islands do an excursion to mainland Greece where you can go and see the main sites.(Don’t book through your tour operator book with one of the places you find in town as it will be half the price for the same trip)

That said i am off to Menorca for the first time this year lol

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