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Here are the cons you need to be aware of whilst on Holiday in Turkey, depending where you are in a sun and sea type resorts or bigger cities.

Colones sold as Mosquito Repelling

Especially in markets you will notice that lemony smelling stuff in bottles sold as a insect reppelling or after bite for itches, you must avoid thisstuff as you would avoid plake, this stuff is ordenery colone and instead of repelling the mozzies it will attract them. If you are looking for mosquito repelling stuff then best thing to do is visiting a pharmacy.

Fake Perfumes sold as Genuine

Stalls on the streets or in markets in particular are selling perfumes with almost in original looking packaging and do have usually exeptionaly verygood salesman behind the counter who is very good in making you believe that is genuine. Please bare in mind you will be paying for pure water or god knows whats in it.You would be better of purchasing your perfumes on duty free shops at the airport or visiting a proper perfume shop.


Especialy in Istanbul one needs to be extra cautious, a busy cosmopolitan city.

In the area of Sultanahmet, probably the central neighborhood of the tourists, there are crooks operating frequently. You would be approached by a ordenery, usually well dressed man, who will posess avarage good level of english. He will start to chat with you, he will sound and look absolute genuine and with a nice personality.

During the conversation he will mention a place where something nice going on or invite you to have a just one drink with him. This is where you should say no to his invitation and be firm, or say something that you are waiting for your friends and you can make a decision only by consulting them.His duty is to manage to take you eventually to a private club. In order to gain your trust he might take you to a place nearby in a public area where he will buy the drinks then he will offer you to take you to this very nice club.

Once you are in there , you will be greated and seated in most friendly way. A bottle of expensive drink will arrive, if you are a bloke women will be seated next to you, this women are part of the scam, every drink will be billed to you. Eventually you would like to leave, so the bill will arrive, your eyes will pop out of yor skull when you see the bill. This is the moment where everything turns nasty.

Very likely you will have an objection to the bill therefore you will be taken to the managers office to discuss and solve the matter. Once you are at the back , you will be forced to pay the bill no matter how big it is. If you do not have enough cash on you, then you will be taken to a Cash Machine nearby again by force. Dont think for a moment that you can get your way out of this. These are dangerous man, pay it and walk away.

If you are thinking of reporting to the police and maybe getting your money back with the help of police, then let us know the result so we can say hurray it works.

The other common serious crime to the tourist is the assults in Dolmushes operating to the rural parts of Istanbul by several man at the same time.

Imagine you are standing in a Dolmush in Istanbul, everything is fine, then few man getting in to the dolmush on one of the stops. They look around and pick you as you are the tourist, and they will squash you in front of people and pull your wallet and everything you got on you just as the dolmush stops.

It will happen very quick, if you fight back they will pull you out on the next stop and bit you up. Police did manage to crack down on these however still happening from time to time. Advice is dont go on rural areas without a tour guide.


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