Petite (5ft), Asian female traveling solo for the first time. I'm thinking of visiting Istanbul and nearby areas in mid Sep. Is it safe?
I've been to Istanbul a few years ago and am thinking my first solo trip I should go to a place I'm a little familiar with. Sort of a do-over, didn't do much first time round because we were so unused to the cold weather. Would appreciate any advice on places to go/ avoid. Already been to major tourist sites in Sultanahmet and also a side trip to Ephesus.
There are so many places to see in Istanbul.
But first, Istanbul is a safe place. Yet of course as in every big and popular city, you should be careful since there are some places that cannot be safe for a person. This is the same in NY, London, Tokyo etc. The same goes for Istanbul.
Here are my suggestions:
Take the boat trip on the Bosphorus. You will see many historical places and also it is relaxing. Take care against the wind on the boat.
You already have seen Sultanahmet etc.
You can see Taksim Beyoglu Istiklal Caddesi, the old tunnel, Galata Tower, Eminonu Kapali Carsi, Mısır Çarşısı, Ortakoy, Yerebatan Sarnıcı, Aya İrini, Topkapi Museum, Pierre Loti, Dikilitaş, Çemberlitaş, Rumeli Hisarı, Yıldız Sarayı & Parki, Kiz Kulesi (Anatolian Side).
You can also see the Prince Islands and have a phaeton trip in Buyukada (biggest Island).
Sile, Agva are some places where you can have see view, fish food, and natural sightseeings.
Other than places in Istanbul, you can have a trip to Pamukkale (in Denizli city), and Cappadocia/Urgup.
Here is a list of feautred destinations:
You can write for detailed information..
Have a nice trip... over 5 years ago
Hey Tufriel. I like giving topics to my trips. It make them more meaningful, also covers my destinations in a scope of manner. I learned it from my architect friend. In case of an architect, they have topics like conquering building parts. Such as doors, public spaces, primary schools.
By this way, they can locate places on map easily. and sugestions can be more helpful.
Do you have topic(s)? about 5 years ago
Istanbul is safe for female travelers. Of course you have to take the standard precautions of not accepting invitations from strangers, however polite and charming. Apart from the obligatory Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia, I would definitely recommend the Bosphorus cruise, street life on Istiklal Caddesi and a trip to the Asian part of Uskudar for a look at Istanbul's more conservative. Have fun in this great city and it's wonderful people. almost 5 years ago
Turkey is my favourite country - don't miss out on Cappadocia when you visit!
Above tips are great, but also make sure you dress conservatively - ie cover your knees, maybe even your elbows, and don't wear anything too tight (and carry a scarf to cover your head when you go into a mosque). You'll blend in better and show respect for Turkish culture.
When walking alone, you may get local men making comments about you, whistles, etc (a derogatory term is "Natasha", slang for a prostitute). Comments will be minimized by dressing conservatively. Just walk with confidence and ignore them.
On inter-city buses (the best way to travel), seating is often rearranged to make sure that men and women who don't know each other don't sit next to each other. People will direct you to the right seat, even if they don't speak English.
But Turks are also chivalrous -- men will often offer you a seat on a busy tram, and make way for you to skip the line in a bank!
Enjoy your trip :-) almost 5 years ago