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Lonely Planet Turkey (Country Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Country Guide
  • Paperback: 724 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 11 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174104927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741049275
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cuniyet L. Vold on July 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Okay first off, this reviewer is turkish and has been all over turkey for years from small towns to big cities. I stayed in dumps and magnificent 5 star hotels. This book is great for a portable reference (compared to what else is out there) I would also recommend rough guide's Turkey. Furthermore, I hear many people ranting on here about how the book doesn't rate this or is not located where it is. I'm going to be honest check the internet before you go. In Turkey if a website is not offered for a hotel over 80% of the time they are going to be "shady" as far as the people who are there and business, not all turks are friendly. As far as how they rate towns like Kusadasi and Bodrum, people need to understand every town or city has a rundown (ghetto) neighborhood. I've been to places like Kusadasi and find it very nice, but also on that aspect very touristy. Also, some cities exist just for tourism (no real turks live there) such as a city like Kas. Don't believe me then visit and see the ridiculous prices for restaurants and crappy souvenirs. If you want real Turkey this book will help you find it, but expect a few inaccuracies just because its written by a team of "westerners" who can't figure out which way is which in Turkey, direction wise. Most likely for the reasons of having pensions listed in the book with a map and location but not located where they are once you get where this book tells you.
So TRAVELERS understand ONE THING!!! Turkey is NOT England or USA Turkey is not far from a Third world country, a second world country possibly. You will find frequent power outages, inadequate roads, transportation is great in Turkey, but understand that staying at a pension in Turkey is not like staying in a pension in America or a hostel in Germany.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Applefritter Party on August 31, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like my kindle a lot - i do, but a warning to travelers - unless you plan on reading this book cover to cover and committing every detail to photographic memory, do not put it on an e-reader. I thought it would be so great to liberate myself from carrying a phone book sized anchor with me.. but boy, was i wrong. It's almost impossible to find anything in it. For example - if you want to know when the Istanbul Modern closes, like i did today, i had to do a time consuming search with let me to various schedules for travelers spending one, two, three days in the city.. then i went to the Istanbul section and clicked through about 50 clicks until i finally got to the museum's introduction .. it was so frustrating. Also, forget the maps - the Kindle renders them in to gray blobs that have no use other than inspiring more clicking. Alas, its better to carry the real thing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ф УИ on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book contains little updated information and much of the information contained is out of date. Buy the 10th edition used and save a bunch. I just got back from a two week trip to Turkey, and while the LP Turkey is in general a good guidebook, the 11th edition seems no better than the 10th. Part of this might be due to a lack of serious editing; for instance at the top of page 96, it should reference the map on page 114-115, which it does not (wrong pages).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ilhan Can Ozen on July 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Much of the information provided regarding the East gives one the impression that the authors did not actually visit the places they wrote about. For example, my traveling partner and I took the advice of the guidebook and took a tour of Mt. Nemrut with Harran-Nemrut tours based out of Urfa. The guidebook stressed that this tour company was run by someone who spoke fluent English and ran things efficiently. Instead, we were outfitted with an insufferable guide who forced my traveling partner to translate for the entire day. In addition, the guidebook is riddled with Turkish spelling errors (in case this matters to you) and contains multiple wrong telephone numbers for hotels. I recommend the Rough Guide to Turkey as a superior source of historical information and traveling tips. Once we stopped using Lonely Planet and just used the Rough Guide, we had much better luck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William P. Dwyer on February 2, 2011
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We traveled all around Western Turkey for 17 days in June/July 2010. This book was invaluable. We visited Istanbul, Selcuk, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Afrodisias, Fethiye, Karakoy, Oludeniz, Antalya, Termessos, Goreme, and Ilhara... to name a few. Everything we needed was in the book. There was some really great advice on structuring itineraries, and good advice on what to see and what to avoid. For example, there is a sprawling tourist-trap of a town called Hironsu which is near Oludeniz, and even though there are dozens of tourist hotels & restaurants there, this book does not describe any of it. Good move, LP, you saved some folks from spending some totally mediocre time in a totally mediocre place.

We don't rely much on restaurant recommendations, preferring to just wing it on the spur of the moment, but we absolutely loved the hotels we stayed at. In fact the Lonely Planet top pick for hotel in Goreme was my favorite hotel I have ever stayed at, anywhere, ever... and believe me that is saying a lot. Not the most expensive, not the most luxurious, but definitely the most charming, fun, unique, friendly, beautiful... you get the idea. Kelebek Hotel, Goreme.

Anyway in all our 17 days I do not recall ever being disappointed by the LP book. There are a lot of people who complain about things being out of date, and I wonder if these are the kind of people who get upset when the guidebook says a price was $40 in 2008 and then they show up in 2010 and the price is $47. Any seasoned traveller understands that travel involves uncertainty. It's possible there were things out of date in the book but honestly I just don't recall it ever being a problem.
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