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  • Added on: July 12th, 2010
I am about to leave for a motorbike jouney and I am plannig to get to Eastern Turkey.

I have searched the forum for some time but I was surprised not to find anything about this region. Lots of post about the costal part of the country but little about East.

Why is that?

Will it be OK for "1 man, 1 bike" to be there?
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  • Added on: July 12th, 2010
motorbikedreams wrote:Why is that?
The posts here reflect normal travel patterns, where the vast majority of visitor to Turkey - including myself - follow a circuit around the western half of the country. I have great intentions of returning to see the less traveled part of the country.

Will it be OK for "1 man, 1 bike" to be there?
While the eastern part of the country has a reputation as an edgier destination, many people do visit without any problems. Ani and Kars are mostly little visited because they're remote, while Van and other parts of the southeast can be a bit dangerous when trouble between the Kurdish and Turkish populations flares up. I doubt you will have any problems in your travels there, but keep tabs on current events and so on. PKK activity tends to target people (rarely tourists) in other parts of the country, but if they do go on a bombing spree, the military crackdown in Kurdistan might be something you want to avoid.

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  • Added on: July 12th, 2010
I have a friend (female, though very Jewish looking) who traveled in those parts. The only problems she really encountered was unwanted advances from men. But that's pretty much a given anyways.

She took public transport the entire time, met some really great people, and absolutely loved the scenery and ruins.

Your "1 man, 1 bike" should be fine.

Enjoy!
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Someone has told me that the only problem in that part of the country are the dogs. They are chasing the motorbikers. Any one knows if this is true?
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  • Added on: July 15th, 2010
i befriended an american woman travelign by herself through eastern turkey and into iraqi-kurdistan. she didn't have any trouble with anything, except when some official saw that she had a kurdish scarf (which she got rid of later on).

here is her blog: http://milena123.livejournal.com/

jsut scroll down to the bottom, where her turkey/iraq entries are.

do you have plans on visiting nemrut dagi? everyone i met in turkey that had been to the eastern part LOVED it there.
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  • Added on: July 22nd, 2010
xoom wrote:do you have plans on visiting nemrut dagi? everyone i met in turkey that had been to the eastern part LOVED it there.


Yes! It is on my list as well. For that part of the country I have Ishak Pasa, Nemrut Dagi,Ani and Sumela Monastery on the north east.

Just need to sort out my paper work and I am gone... I hate waiting ;-)
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  • Added on: July 28th, 2010
I spent a month in Turkey last summer, mainly in the east, and I was pleasantly surprised by the great sights and the friendly people I encountered everywhere. I will definitely go back.

That said, many places you may feel a bit lost. There aren't many other travelers around, and there's not much English spoken. Not to worry, though. People are patient and eager to understand what you want, so you'll figure things out.

Transportation is easy. Buses from everywhere to everywhere, except sometimes you'll have to spend the night between one bus and the next. Accommodation is also easy, except sometimes the standards may not be quite what you would prefer. On the other hand, it's generally cheap, so you get what you pay for.

The climate may be a challenge. During the winter it gets really, really cold, particularly in the mountains, but also elsewhere. During the summer it gets really, really hot, particularly down by the border to Iraq/Syria. Late spring or early autumn are good times to visit.

My top four experiences are 1. Nemruth Dagi, 2. Diyarbakir, 3. Georgian Valleys (between Kars/Erzurum), 4. Kars/Ani. Make sure you stop in Göreme/Cappadocia on your way to or from eastern Turkey.

I made a photojournal from my trip, see it at
http://www.pvv.org/~bct/ataturk/

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  • Added on: October 4th, 2011
So, motorbikedreams, did you end up going? I'm living in Istanbul at the moment and I'd love to take a trip out east one of these days. I'd be interested to hear your impressions of your trip :)
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