January 24, 2020 100

First Impressions of Istanbul, Turkey

First Impressions of Istanbul, Turkey


so first impressions do you want to come
to Istanbul well if you want somewhere which is rich and exotic and has a lot
of character a lot of history a lot of mosques then yes. Shopping – there’s lots
of shopping as well. I don’t like shopping but there’s lots of markets and
bazaars and things if you like that kind of thing. If you want experience
somewhere like nowhere else in the world come to Istanbul I think it’s fair to
say there’s nowhere quite like it it really is where East meets West it’s
where Asia meets Europe it’s got a mixture of everything. Turkish people, the
taxi drivers might try and get some money off you but generally like in my
experience I’ve seen some really friendly people I’ve been invited for
breakfast I’ve been welcomed by everybody I’ve met and I’ve had a really
good experience of Turkish people. Lots of Arab tourists here not so
many Western tourists as such but I think the numbers are gradually coming
back up again after the decline in the last few years Turkey is a poor country, Istanbul is a relatively poor city you’re not going to
get the same level of service and comfort as you might get from wherever
you’re from but I’ll tell you what, it has a very exotic and quite mysterious
feel to it even just driving from the airport and you see the mosques like
along the roadside all lit up it’s so colourful the lights at night are
beautiful there’s a lot of character I don’t think there’s anywhere in the
world quite like Istanbul I arrived in Turkey just over 24 hours
ago I’ve been here for one day I’ve had one day out in Istanbul. It’s a huge city
and I just want to share with you guys my first impressions of Turkey, of
Istanbul and just talk a bit about what I’ve seen so I flew into Sabiha gökçen Airport
from Prague – just where I happened to be last and… flight was fine it was a couple of
hours. The airport when you first get there seems quite nice seems quite
modern – that is until you try and look for Wi-Fi, now what’s the first thing you
do when you arrive to new country you look for an uber you need you look
for a way to get to your hotel right? so there I am I’m looking for the Wi-Fi so
I can call an uber or in this case a bi-Taksi we’ll come to that later and there
was no Wi-Fi. No airport Wifi… okay fair enough no airport wi… fine I’ll find a Starbucks
yep – I go to Starbucks: ‘hello can I have your Wi-Fi code?’ no Wi-Fi there’s no
Wi-Fi in Starbucks? If there any Airport Wi-Fi no there’s no Airport Wi-Fi
there’s no Starbucks Wi-Fi Oh Burger King they’ll have some I can’t see a
network maybe it’s called something funny no Wi-Fi anyway you get the idea
there’s no Wi-Fi in this whole airport Sabiha gökçen Airport so if you are
travelling to that Airport just bear that in mind. I got lucky I asked a guy
who worked in the Vodafone store he was selling SIM cards and he was kind enough
to log me onto his his work network there so that was fine for me the airport’s a bit tired… It’s okay, it does the job it looks okay apart
from the fact that you’ve got these like big mahogany leather armchairs in Burger
King which you can’t even get a person through let alone a person with luggage –
anyway that’s a different story a couple of stray dogs but no big deal in terms of getting from the airport to
your hotel you can just go out and get a driver and pay in cash or whatever you
do read about some horror stories on the internet about being scammed and I know
it does happen like it does happen in Turkey and just when you walk out that
Airport door I’ve walked out of arrivals in front of the airport and I don’t know
did I get approached, did I get harassed did I get asked I mean a combination of
all of them people are: ‘taxi taxi’ and I’ve been to poor countries I’ve been to
places like India and I’ve been to Sri Lanka been all over the Middle East and
get that in some parts of the world you get like: ‘taxi taxi yeah where you going’, you get a bit, kind of ‘pounced on’ but anyway it definitely happened here now taxis from the airport this is my
experience I walked out of the arrivals gate, right in front of the airport
and of course there’s lots of taxis there’s not just taxis but there’s
people who represent taxis and who like hook you up for some kind of cut
presumably and it’s a bit chaotic if you can use a bi-taxi I would definitely
suggest just to do that. A bitaxi is like the Turkish equivalent of uber. Uber is
very frowned upon in Turkey they don’t like it there’s been all sorts of big
arguments about that – uber drivers being threatened and nasty stuff happening so
I downloaded bitaxi before I got there and I called a bitaxi. I’m glad I did
because when I walked out of the arrivals door some guy come up to me:
‘taxi taxi’ I went no I’m okay thank you ‘taxi taxi’, in my face
‘taxi where are you going where you going’ I’m okay thanks I’ve got a car – ‘where are
you going!?’ no no I I don’t need to tell you where
I’m going I have a car it’s coming, don’t worry about it – ‘but where are you going?’ I
put my headphones on and turn around, said no thanks walk away, he comes behind me
touches me: ‘where are you going you want taxi?’ no no no I don’t want a taxi I’ve got
one it’s coming it’s coming so use bitaksi my bitaxi driver arrived in five
minutes he took me right (from) the airport really friendly guy first good experience but
we’ll come back to bitaksi later hotel is good nice room about £20
quid $30 dollars a night and yeah it’s fine it’s slightly outside of town but
does the job. Good breakfast included in that very nice. So yeah back to my hotel
my hotel is actually 10 miles out of town so public transport was going to be
something which I needed of course you’re looking an hour on a bus or
on the metro or like a 40-minute taxi or you can walk it about three hour walk so
well that I do I walked it I actually wanted to explore the local area first
now when I first arrived in a new place I don’t like to just work my way through
Google’s top ten sightseeing spots and just see things that you can just see on
the Internet I kind of like to just walk I like to explore the local area,
experience it just watch people watch how things are happening, watch the cars
watch the way they’re driving look at buildings look at animals there’s stray
dogs there’re stray cats there’s birds there’s all these sorts of things going on… a load of stray dogs just started chasing a taxi. I’m looking out now
and I can see like four big dogs they’re big they look at first I thought they
were polar bears but no they’re dogs and they just chased a taxi I think
they like the yellow ones so yeah I did walk ten miles across Istanbul I walked
all the way from my hotel out in the east on the Asian side right down through
this neighbourhood here and then towards my ultimate destination was the Sultan
Ahmed mosque [AQA the blue mosque] that is where I want to get to it’s a
long way but I’ll find it my original plan was to walk up and go
to the nearest metro station when I arrived at the metro station it was
closed it looked like this there was no way I was getting in I made my
way to a mall and the guy was friendly enough to actually… he could’t speak
English the English level is very low by the way that’s another thing English
levels are low don’t expect to be able to converse in English with with most
people. If you can find someone who speaks good English they’re the
exception rather than the rule anyway he actually allowed me to hotspot
from his phone so I tethered to him he phoned his brother who spoke better
English and we kind of had a chat which was a really nice gesture I
thought to share that with me so anyway I tapped up the ten mile walk and I
started walking the first thing that struck me about Turkey was that it’s in
this interesting in-between stage between kind of under developed and
developed like you’ve got these spots where you’ve got like an Ikea and a mall
and a shopping centre and like Starbucks and then like you walk for five minutes
out of town and then you’ve got streets and roads and very minimal basic housing
accommodation which you get in a lot of places but there really are the extremes
quite clear here and you can see that people here are living quite poorly
which really makes you feel quite grateful for the things we take for
granted in the UK or well where I’m from anyway the UK on my route there were so many police
I’m talking armed police heavily armed police with Uzis, pistols, guns, bats,
everything like on every corner I would walk – I guess I was walking for ten miles
but every couple of minutes I would see like these stations of police with like
guards, shields I’d see kind of like these tanks. I actually took this picture
of this vehicle as I thought it looked awesome
but like kind of scary as well. It kind of struck me as something a little bit
worrying that they would need that on the streets but anyway it looked pretty cool
I took the picture, kept walking next thing I know, shouting… the cop wants
me back he comes over he says ‘ why are you taking a picture of the vehicle’… and
actually to be honest he was alright like that could have that could have ended
really badly he could have taken my phone and could have deleted all my
pictures from that day which was a lot you wouldn’t have seen any of these
videos you’ve seen so far and that would have really really sucked but anyway he
was okay he didn’t speak English I didn’t speak Turkish we kind of smiled
like… I think he could see that I was like a well-intended… I’m not like I’m
not here to cause any trouble and I kept going. As I got closer towards the water
the scenery changed I came up this big high top with an amazing view and I
could see the water. I changed some money I got on the ferry because I knew I had to
cross the water to get onto what is known as the European side of Istanbul
and that was where the mosque was so I hopped on the ferry and I’ll tell you what
the ferry was amazing I bought a Istanbul card which is six or seven lira
so that’s like one US dollar and then the actual journey was three lira like 50
cents or 30p so to cross the channel…(Bosporus ) is it a channel? Probably… it’s really really
pretty, it’s an amazing thing to do and I highly recommend it because the views
are stunning as soon as I stepped off that ferry on
the European side of Istanbul I felt like I was in a very very different part
the world… of the city… not because I was in Europe and not Asia, nothing like that
but just just the feel of the place it was full of tourists. As you’ve seen from
my pictures before walking through the city I didn’t see any tourists. There
were all of a sudden there were people who were there visiting from all over
the world. Lots of Arabs, Indians as well not many people who seemed like they
were European – there aren’t many english-speaking tourists but all of a
sudden when you get off that ferry there are people who… they’re on holiday,
they’re taking selfies and they’re doing like normal holiday things which
immediately made me feel a little bit more normal in that I was there as a
tourist I was taking pictures and videos so I didn’t stand out quite so much something I found quite interesting is
for me it was quite warm it’s like 20-something degrees but people were
wrapped up they were in coats jumpers like it as if it was like the middle of
winter or something I was there in a t-shirt yes I just walked 10 miles
but I didn’t feel like it was that cold to dress up quite so much… coming back to my hotel
from the downtown area I decided to get a bitaxi it would
have been an hour and a half on the bus and the tram and the bus and then a walk
so I just wanted to get home quickly do some editing and get a taxi. My bitaxi
driver on the way back yesterday last evening was really not that good he took
about four or five wrong turns which turned my half an hour drive into an
hour drive and of course doubled the price as well it’s not so much about the
money because it was like ten pounds instead of five pounds but it was the
fact that, like he knew where he was going and I just felt a bit cheated
really so just be a bit more careful it’s still better to go bitaxi than
to flag someone because you have a lot more control and then I think they’re
less likely to take you for a ride literally take you for a ride and scam
you if you’re on bitaxi because then you do have that option of leaving
feedback you know who they are it’s all within a like a regulated system so I do
recommend bitaxi but don’t be surprised if they do even within that
app try and you know get a bit of extra money and a bit of extra time from you to say thank you in (Turkish) you can say:
teşekkür ederim which is similar to Arabic: sha ka ra, those same three root
letters – ta sha ka I think is also thank you in Persian too so it’s very
similar and edirem is… I always think of it it’s like ‘dirham’ but…
I think I’m saying it right means I give so when you say teşekkür ederim
it means I give you thanks… thank you if you’re from Istanbul if
you’re from Turkey do say hi down below in the comments I like to know where my
audience are from. I know I have some Turkish viewers so introduce yourself
say hi… if you do have a question or comment about this video about Istanbul
about Turkey leave it below I do read the comments if you have a question,
someone from Turkey might even answer it you never know
thanks for coming this is my channel more videos there and there and I hope
to see you back on my channel Arabic Mike very soon bye bye

100 Replies to “First Impressions of Istanbul, Turkey”

  • Yunus Emre Aktuylu says:

    Hi Mike I'm from Turkey. I've been watching your videos for a long time and love it very much.I hope you come again soon Turkey☺😉🙄

  • Berkay Erdoğan says:

    Hi mike, i am a turkish person
    living in Sweden,(btw i like and enjoy your videos and content) i felt like you introuduced istanbul maybe a bit wrong because the perfection and the whole thing it shows to the visitors in Istanbul.

  • Muhammed Ismail Altun says:

    I'm from turkey too I want to add some information some of the arabs are not tourists they're local like me

  • Huanita Melissa Tezcan says:

    Welcome to Turkey Mike! ^.^

  • MickeyCeltic says:

    I hope to visit Constantinople one day.

  • Zeynep Özetci says:

    Hey as somebody living in Istanbul also learning English and arabic, maybe we could meet up somewhere ?

  • RIYAAD ALLY MOHAMED says:

    Merhaba nesilin

    You have no idea how much ottoman richness and historical culture bondings turkish people have , the prophet Mohamed S.A.W body armour during war times is in topkapi , then u get beautiful izmir , cappadocia stone city, antalya and my oh my Konya home of the sufism

    Where do you think the brand hacir bekir was born 😉 , inshallah I will visit istanbul my very first trip

  • Lilas Saleh says:

    Arabic subtitles were added 👍😄

  • Nuh Al sharqi says:

    The economy of Turkey is defined as an emerging market economy by the IMF.[32] Turkey is among the world's developed countries according to the CIA World Factbook.[33] Turkey is also defined by economists and political scientists as one of the world's newly industrialized countries. Turkey has the world's 17th-largest nominal GDP,[1][34] and 13th-largest GDP by PPP.[1] The country is among the world's leading producers of agricultural products; textiles; motor vehicles, transportation equipment; construction materials; consumer electronics and home appliances.
    Wiki

  • Vlkn Grt says:

    I borned and lived in İstanbul. I visited a lot of cities in the world. İstanbul is very different.
    Yes a lot of dogs, cats. Cats hunts mice and there is not much mice in İstanbul. Dogs are good friends. All people are not rich. There are a lot of poor people. All people are rich in all world, istanbul is exception:)

  • Coaster says:

    First Prague and now Istanbul. You're literally traveling my bucket list. jealous lol

  • bilgen aygin says:

    i like to advice you make some research before you make your videos becouse you are given wrong information about turkey you saying that its poor country and some other things i m also sorry for you becouse you got scam on taxi but i dont think its that bad as you sad i live in london for more than 20 years and you can see poor people even in london if you like i can give you adress for where homeless people is in uk but that doesnt mean england is poor country is it . also we do get scamed from taxi and cabs in london sometimes what we going to do about that.. anyways i have almost enjoyed watching your video.

  • Yemenite Knight says:

    They polar bear dogs are Turkic breeds that you’re talking about 😂 they’re beautiful

  • Erinda Yulia Hertanti says:

    Hi Mike! I love your videos. Greeting from Indonesia 🙂

  • A Random Aviator says:

    The new Istanbul airport is opening soon, it will be the one of the best airports ever

  • CRAZY TV GAMING says:

    Turks aren't Arabs

  • Stimulated Stats says:

    Dislaykı basın şu kendini çok beğenmiş arkadaşın vidyosuna lütfen !

  • CryberShot says:

    Prim yapma AMK (Dont be make Clickbait)

  • gamze ugur says:

    Hi Mike!!! I have just seen this video!!! I ve made a comment to your other video today!! Thank you !! But as a person living in Istanbul for almost forty years I definetly recommend you to visit Istanbul again!! I know your time was limited but there are so many beautiful things that you can do. Also about the taxi scam.. it also happened to me too. Actually I was speaking English with an İtalian friend in the taxi and I wasnt very careful about the route. Unfortunately I had to pay more. Also when you said Turkey is a poor country.. Some people were offended but I was surprised a little bit. I think it depends where you live and what your economic and social situation is. But to be realistic we are not a rich country unfortunately. Anyways I know you have good intentions when making these videos.😊 Waiting for the New episodes in Istanbul!!✌️

  • ahmed AZ says:

    I am fond of your videos so much.
    I think that there are many mutual words between Arabic and Turkish but different accent.

  • Berkay Tuğrel says:

    Well, you walked the shitest places in Turkey. You shall go to Besiktas or Kadikoy

  • Zehra Yavaş says:

    "Ederim" has nothing to do with "dirham". Ederim derived from "etmek". Etmek is verb in Turkish

  • Muhd Zaid says:

    Istanbul not poor, more lively compare arab country. Turkey had good transportation, beautifull country.

  • ghazy dicky says:

    you’ve been to worse places 😛

  • fakir düşmüş asilzâde says:

    If u are arap dont come Turkey !! I hate ur muslim traditional and you. We are central asia and never be a Arab !!!

  • Naila Rose says:

    love your channel interesting content! Greetings from Paris France.

  • Masha Er says:

    Hey Mike. You should check out places like Nişantaşi or Bebek to compare what you've seen to how rich this city can look like. Or deep streets of Balat and Karakoy to see how poor it can actually be. Still, though, it is as you've described.

  • Jonny Southard says:

    I like the theme you've got going of first impressions in 24 hours. Gives me a great idea of what it's like to visit. Keep it up 🙂

  • cloud burst says:

    Tbh tourists from europe or like from more western countries prefer Turkey mostly in summer time I think because of their holiday periods like in the winter Euopean countries have holidays but for Christmas and they prefer to spend it with their family in the homes 🙂 and another point is that you can see many Arabs since Turkey is mostly Muslim country and it is much more easier to find halal food and kind of stuff.

  • Ayşe Demir says:

    the vehicle standing in front of the Erdogan's house for protection

  • Naughty Aj says:

    I like the old Istanbul. Unfortunately Istanbul is turning into a concrete jungle. 🙁

  • justingt3rs says:

    Hey mike, your channel is really cool and original. All the best !

  • Traveller Yildirim says:

    Arabic Mike … in Arabic countrys is Police +Taxis+ Airports a nightmare 😉 everybody want money and try to take your Money but when somebody ask wich religion they have they are very good muslims :))) … I was in Tunisia, Marocco, Egypt, it Istanbul is like Paradise , but you know it already I think …and in this Countrys the Streetdogs and Cats are nearly died because nobody givce some food or care about the animals in Turkey they live mostly with Care and many people give attention of they and Goverment to 😉 thats the big different !

  • chavez says:

    Going to spend 2 months in Turkey this summer! This video is not changing my perspective by even 1%. I know for a fact Turks are one of the best people in the world!

  • Donald Trump says:

    come visit india you will learn everything

  • Amran Na'avi says:

    when was the last time you visited the UK? because Istanbul looks way better! you obviously haven't seen the horrible parts of London and the rest of the country.

  • çohkomikhahaha says:

    Hg kanka

  • ahmed_x7 says:

    مشكلة حقين التاكسي 😂

  • AL B says:

    اسطنبول بها معالم سياحية جميلة اتمنى انها كانت زيارة ممتعة لك
    لماذا لم تدخل الى داخل المسجد الازرق انه من اجمل المساجد كنت انتظر ذلك بشدة 🙁
    في بداية الربيع في ساحة المسجد يزرعون ازهار الليلك الجميلة على شكل سجادة كبيرة جدا ابحث عن الصور في الانترنت ذلك المكان مذهل

  • Maxiture says:

    are going to visit syria ?

    probably not…

  • Kinza Khan says:

    Hi there love this video from u.k going next month hopefully your video definitely inspired me thanks 👍

  • Sayko Sayko says:

    Its a fact that turkey will soon (because of slut erdoğan) collapse bitches

  • Nav Rhy says:

    Turkey is a “relatively” poor country compared to the UK or US. Honestly I’ve seen more scammers in Prague and New York than in Istanbul.

  • Ammar Badawy says:

    Hello mike , I'm an Egyptian living in Turkey , and I'm a big fan .

  • del rey says:

    Turkey is a secular state. You can be muslim, christian or ateist like me. You can be gay, trans. These are legal. We’re not Arabic. I don’t want em in Turkey. But they are coming.

  • Ahmed says:

    I visited Turkey, visited both Istanbul & Antalya.

    As a young man I definitely enjoyed Antalya more which was sea-based and had more sport activities & such. Istanbul was a great cosmopolitan city as well – definitely better than New York for example in my opinion.

    What I disliked mainly was some of its people, they are very rude & unwelcoming. Obviously not all of them but some of them. They also speak nothing but Turkish! I mean how are you gonna base your economy on tourism if your people speak nothing but Turkish!

    Anyways overall it was a good trip – the people need to smile a bit more & stop being so racist/nationalist.

  • T K says:

    Also, that travel card you purchased was 1 pound (1.3 USD), not 1 dollar. Currently 1 dollar = 5.2 TL and 1 sterling = 6.7 (and wasn't higher when you were there either)

  • DMB Y says:

    Mike no disrespect, but it looks like you did not have a well-thought travel plan.
    The video lacks of objectivity; and it has typical orientalist biases, and generalizations based on few observations.

    If I stayed at an average hotel in East or North London; walked to downtown from my hotel and filmed all the low quality buildings; did a very poor research about the city before I arrived; based 20% of my impressions of London on the state of Heathrow; had no idea about how to go to Buckingham Palace or British Museum; would my observations about London and the UK be healthy? Not at all. Yet, this is exactly what you did in your trip to Istanbul.

    The neighborhood you stayed in didn't exist at all 30 years ago. It was an industrial region in the outskirts of the city. Based on your observations of a below average neighborhood, and your travel from Airport to hotel, you call the whole country poor. To be able to make a sound assessment of the wealth and the riches of Istanbul, you have to see the coastline from Besiktas to Sariyer on the European side, and from Uskudar to Anadolukavagi on the Anatolian side; and you have to spend some time in Kadikoy and Nisantasi.

    I lived in Istanbul for 8 years. To be able to appreciate and enjoy this old capital city, you need at least a month. You have to learn a bit about its pagan, Greek, Ottoman, and Turkish history. You have to do a bit of research about the eating habits of people, must-see places, must-eat restaurants…
    More than that to be able to understand a city, you have to spend some time, and meet with local people, see their daily lives, habits, their relationship with each other. For example, in the video you looked quite tense and a bit scared. In contrast, people in Turkey are usually very easy-going and much more relaxed than the people in the West. We don't like to make detailed plans, because deviations from plans create stress and disappointment. We tend to prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario. There are many little business owners, who socialize with their friends and neighbor business owners. Sometimes, they close their store at 2 or 3 pm just to spend some time with their family or friends. For most Turks, life is not a business enterprise, and not everything is measured in money. On material basis most European countries are richer than Turkey, but not so much. Money is not the main determinant of the quality of life. Turks attach very high importance to their family ties, relatives, friends, and neighbors. Compared to the West, the likelihood of being homeless and sleeping in the streets is very low, because families and friends take care of each other. The sad truth is as we get rich, we are becoming more materialistic, more ego-centric, and these old values and ties are dying and disappearing.

    I hope people who want to visit Turkey won't change their plans based on your observations and generalizations you made within a day or so.

    If you intend to visit Istanbul again, the best time is the 5-month period from May to September, especially late May and early June.

    All the best.

  • songül karaman says:

    can't believe you thought that Turkey is as poor a country as india

  • Champion Gundyr says:

    Stray dogs in airports?! Wtf lol

  • Mike Still says:

    CAIRO [First Impressions] ▶ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY17tlQRkDM

    PRAGUE [First Impressions] ▶ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LaQUO_KWcQ

    DOHA [First Impressions] ▶ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLUHQZOoK_4

  • Holly Molly says:

    Poor country?? Omg ım quıte offended

  • Ena Rania says:

    I visited Turkey 3 months ago and i have to say the airport is quiet bad and the taxi drivers are big scammers but the public transportations are good that's why you shouldn't get a taxi because there's no need to also cats and dogs are everywhere but i liked that since i love them

  • Даулет Карамышев says:

    Turkey is poor country??? come on

  • قسوم says:

    🇸🇭❤🇹🇷

  • Sevdenur Kaya says:

    I'm sorry for your first impression wasn't great. I hope you visit again and let your prejudices be destroyed. For example, instead of spending time in very poor places, you can visit places you will enjoy.

  • Evren Akşan says:

    man there is a sabiha gokcen wifi app that you can download easily from the appstore. If you flow into Sabiha Gökçen airport again, make sure to download it. I've felt sorry for you :/

  • orçun says:

    HI
    most of touristic places is in europe side of istanbul.

    new airport of istanbul is building now. it will be biggest in europe.

    taxis are problem even for turks. sadly goverment ignores problem for political reasons.

    istanbul is constantly changing and getting bigger. that is why poor and rich people live so close together.

    also most of syrian refugees is living in istanbul. that changed city a lot.

    at last usa tries to hurt turkish economy that is why we become more poor in last 5 years.
    i'm not blaming usa only for bad economy but usa did really bad stuff to turkey in last 5 years

  • Valve_ Highlights says:

    Come on mike. I am Norwegian, but turkey is not considered a poor country. With a gdp per capita(measuring with ppp, which id What matters) of 26.000, and proejcted to be the 5th biggest economy by 2030. I am assuming you mean Russia is poor as well by that standard.

  • ENES verdil says:

    Türkçe yap şu dili arapça nedir kardeşim

  • Poseidon See says:

    As a person seen london i can say that when we compare two cities we can see the big difference but i can totally say that too as ive also seen most known and eminent cities of europe istanbul is a good one among them. In night entertainment aspect shopping eating everyyy fucking aspect you can see differenc

  • Compassion says:

    Hi Mike. A very good and a sincere video of your impressions. We are travelling from India this year in May and have Greece +Turkey on our list. It's our first trip to Europe but we are in a dilemma whether the current geopolitical situation in Turkey is conducive for travel or not? Could you give your advice regarding that? Our second option is Switzerland + Italy as France too is boiling with a lot of civil unrest.
    Thank you
    Alaap

  • Mars Arcturu says:

    1:43 please can you remove the music or set the background sound off ? The adhan(الاذان) is calling in the background for Muslims to go to pray and its a sacred/holy thing for us as Muslims you can't put music with it ^^

  • Lola Gordoba says:

    انا سوري في اسطنبول كنت اتمنى لقاءك ومساعدتك على التنقل بشكل أفضل في اسطنبول تحياتي إليك

  • Cevahir Can says:

    We are happy for your visit to Turkey Mike. And sorry for taxi drivers but they are almost same in every country. Turkish people is known by their hospitality against their guests and specially tourists. Not only İstanbul I recommend you the anatolian part of the country, too. And of course Turkey is not a poor country. Turkish State helps his citizens if they are in need. You cant see homeless people as you see in the US and UK.

  • honeyluv says:

    I know you're not going to agree with me, but the first and the name that should be official, is Constantinople.

  • Bilal Taha Yalçın says:

    Unfourtunately there are many enemys as visiten in Turkey to Turkey, so I advice you not to care them too much. We are a bit different from another countries as a personality and it is difficult to get used to that. But I strongly believe that it is same for everywhere. Our people, especially teenagers, love Europe and the US too much, and they love it without knowledge maybe they don't like it if they see but, anyway it's a bit strange. I like your videos about British English because Britain is the homeland of English and I'd like to speak in British accent and you're helping me, thanks about it. Sorry for my bad English by the way, see you in Istanbul 😉

  • Yousef.M Maleki says:

    Can you go to iran

  • Elijah Mikaelson says:

    7:02 that's the Fatah mousqe it's really popular around Istanbul

  • Faris Al-Otaibi says:

    I'm saudi and I live in Turkey for studying , I like Turkey and I have many Turkish friends as well. But to be honest, unfortunately I have faced many racist sitiuations , also when my family came to visit Turkey many people tried to rip them off, I know some turkish and I heared many people saying bad things about me and my family since they think I can't understand them. Anyway not all poeple are bad ofcourse but there are a lot

  • I honestly dont Know says:

    I love how he thought its okay to even compare istanbul to india or pakistan because his stingy ass bought a cheap ass hotel in one of the shittiest districts of istanbul and he walked around there. He didnt even see the whole istanbul, there is many other districts as big and even bigger than the one he stayed at in istanbul. Im disappointed to see how low his expectations were and how prejudiced he was about everything.

  • Ayah Deeb says:

    Why are you too critical?

  • Obaida A says:

    Yeah everywhere is poor compared to GCC I think! GCC citizens to be specific!

  • Hakkı AYDIN says:

    i see nothing but prejudice in this video, im sorry. tell me if im wrong but i felt as if you dont like turkey so that made this video.

  • RecentMonster9 says:

    Merhaba selamalikum ben Türkçe yaşiyorum ama ben İngiltere yaşadım ama şimdi Türkiye geldim güle güle

  • Aaron Westwood says:

    1:00 sorry but this is not true

  • learn english says:

    It is so hilarious when the taxi driver came up to him and said :taxi taxi taxi in his face.hhhhhh so funny

  • Zaynab S says:

    Visited Istanbul last year for the first time and i absolutely loved everything about it!

  • ş. akseki says:

    I know understand you're not the Arab, but how can you speak so well as if arab ?

  • Mehmet GÖNCÜ says:

    It’s not possible that you cannot find WiFi, there is free wife each sturbuck in Turkey. It’s not necessary. Probably you couldn’t ask correct person.

  • golden house says:

    you call us "poor" but you don't have your own mobile internet? okay..

  • Eymen U says:

    Hi Mike Im a Manc living in İstanbul

  • Axenzaya # says:

    10:49 ಥ‿ಥ

  • salam alaykum says:

    Brother you was in the wrong parts Istanbul is very modern and you didn't no your way around that's not a good review since you didn't really go all over Istanbul

  • mohamed Elsaeed says:

    I am agree with you about the language but everything get better by time like now in the new airport there are wifi and they can speak English.

    If you want you can text me next time and i will help you to know more place and more things that you miss it in Istanbul because Istanbul is really big city .

  • Kazakh-Kossack says:

    Istanbul is one of my favorite Arab cities 🙂

  • yara taha says:

    I don't think you did Istanbul quiet justice…

    the city is more clean and modern than you made it seem, and im not just saying that because im turkish because im not. I just go there quiet often so i know it well and think its a beautiful, clean, cultural and also modern city.

  • Sama Shamsi basha says:

    To be honest every country has it’s ups and downs . And the places you choose are the old poor places. If you want to visit Turkey you should visit both the old places like the Asian side and the more modern places like the European side. Plus: Istanbul has THE LARGEST/BIGGEST AIRPORT IN THE WORLD!!! One more thing , ( some ) taxi drivers always ask for more money from tourists especially if the tourists don’t understand Turkish .

  • ÖMER FARUK TOKER says:

    Hello i am from Turkey and currently in Istanbul, please next time inform me i can help you in the town and maybe we can go any other cities in Turkey btw i can speak Arabic, too which is like you so we can practise Arabic😅

    مع السلامة اخي 🤗🤗🤗

  • Tarık Yaman says:

    You don't even know where do the quality places take part while going Istanbul LMAO. What I see from this video is that you only spent time in dreadful places of İstanbul where an modern turkish people would like to go never. Of course you say it is a poor city rofl. dude actually i got some bad news for you; the truth is you never been in REAL Istanbul 😉

  • Sinan Ergin says:

    It doesn't really look like a poor country, I would rather say somewhere in between, like a second world country not 3 not 1 but 2

  • Ben Benim says:

    Those big dogs you thought polar bears are the Turkish Kangal probably lol

  • Mr. D says:

    The airport has wifi brother

  • Odysseus says:

    Taxi drivers in istanbul kind of thieves.

  • Odysseus says:

    We don't want no more Arab tourists. My city was beautiful once upon a time with European tourist whose attracted with cultural things to visit, now everywhere full of Arabs who has 4 wives and 20 children. Like a herd of human beings. They interests only shopping malls whereas they have bigger ones in their own country. So ridiculous!

  • AO NC says:

    hi from istanbul

  • Muhammet KARAMAN says:

    Get yourself out of turkey but you are quite right about taxi drivers. rather than this, turkey is not a poor country.

  • İrem Üstün says:

    Hello Mike that's so sweet to come turkey but I want to tell you that Turkish language is not connected with Arab language they are coming quite different language families there are some similar words but it is only about geographical place of turkey btw if any Turkish mother was saw you while on your trip she would probably say that wear your jacket 🙂

  • Dilek Özgün says:

    THIS IS AN OLD VIDEO, GUYS. And usually false, for now

  • Zehra says:

    You found your hotel in a pretty bad location and sad to say it is a complete waste of time to walk there to main place

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