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Top 10 Istanbul by Melissa Shales

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Money

1. Currency

The Turkish lira comes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TL notes and 1 TL coins. One TL is split into 100 kuruş, which come in 5, 10, 25 and 50 kuruş coins. You are allowed to bring unlimited foreign currency and up to US$5,000-worth of TL into Turkey, but you’ll probably get a better exchange rate if you wait until you are in Turkey to exchange your money.

2. Small Change

Make sure that you have plenty of small-denomination notes and coins with you at all times, as few traders seem to have any and many will assume that you don’t actually want any change from a larger note. Cab drivers may compound this by sleight of hand (for further details see Unscrupulous Cab Drivers).

3. Using Foreign Currency

Most souvenir shops are happy to ...

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