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The Rough Guide to Turkey, 5th edition Paperback – 26 Jun 2003
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This fully revised and thoroughly updated fifth edition of "The Rough Guide to Turkey" provides an insider's handbook to the country. A full colour section introduces Turkey's highlights, from the markets of Istanbul to the rock churches of Cappadocia. There are informed accounts of the country's wide-ranging sights and incisive reviews of the best places to eat, sleep and drink in every price range. Throughout the guide there is practical advice on everything from bazaar shopping to chartering a yacht. The authors also provide expert background on Turkish history, literature, music and film.
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with a book this size obviously it is pretty comprehensive, and the fact that the condensed history of turkey weighs in at nearly a hundred pages you are getting a lot (perhaps too much) guidebook, in all honesty i wouldnt mind losing all the contexts section at the back increasing the language guide which is tiny, and getting a much smaller book a a result..
The reccomendations for where to eat are a little hit and miss, so best approached with a large pinch of salt, it is possible to find some gems which would have remained hidden, but theres quite a few lumps of coal as well.
a big plus is the excellent coverage of diving, with the highlights of diving in each area contained in a boxout, very very useful.
a worthy guidebook, although a bit to weighty, reasonably objective and comprehensive.
Prices were generally doubled those quoted; restaurants have packed up & closed; hotels that might have been OK are now run down.
I'm normally a fan of Rough Guides but I think they should get this edition updated if it's to be useful.
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- Everything is written as if you have your own car. Lip service is paid to public/alternative forms of transport, but rarely is any useful information given.
- The author(s) must have had their own car, or relied heavily on taxis, because walking even a kilometer seems anathemic: the book frequently suggests that you bargain hard for a taxi if arriving someplace at odd hours, despite the fact that the city center and hotels area kilometer or less away. This pattern is repeated with sites as well: the author's favorite phrase must be: "really only practiable if you have your own transport..." Even a moderately fit person could get to many places that were described this way, even if you only walk 1km/hour.
- Consistent with the above, the author obviously zipped around on a $100+/day budget, because the budget accomidation options are poorly researched, often placed wrong on maps, or absent entirely.
- No sense of the relative merit of sites is given. If you want to wander aimlessly, and, in my opinion, waste your time, this book is fine. However, Turkey is large enough that even with plenty of time one can only hope to cover a fraction of the worthwhile places to visit: hence, we need some indication of the better places to spend our time.
- The overall tone of the book is seems to be geared towards a vacationer who wants to mix a little history with beach and booze. It seemed that the most important thing to note about a town was: where can you find liquor? What's the hip place? I would have liked to see more along the lines of interesting places to eat: for example, "this popular pastanesi is Antakya is visited for its..."
- Lack of a map for towns that many travelers will need to visit. Fortunately, many tourist office will have a town plan, assuming you can catch them during business hours. But no map for Gaziantep?? Give me a break. (The town is a transport hub, and worth visiting anyway for the stunning -- newly unearthed -- mosaics in the museum; far better than the renowned ones in Antakya.)
These are the big problems, the other minor inaccuracies and inconsistencies were so frequent that I became accustomed to them. At least now I know what to expect from Rough Guides!