was you could visit Turkey and become an instant millionaire!
Yes, it was confusing counting all those zeros to begin with, but the chance to show off a "Rolex" watch that cost you 15 million (about £6) and the thought of giving someone a two million tip was just irresistible.
Sadly (in some ways) the old currency was replaced in
2005 by the Yeni (or new) lira - essentially the old one (same colours for
the notes) with all the zeros taken off.
Before we had our own bank account in Turkey, we usually took sterling travellers cheques (there is a safe in the apartment), lots of £5 and £10 notes for negotiating in the markets and bazaar, and just enough Turkish currency (no more than £50) for emergencies just after arrival.
You can change travellers cheques (and especially sterling notes) almost anywhere in Turunç – travel agents, jewellers, shops and restaurants – usually at better rates than banks and certainly at better rates than in the UK . Watch out for exchange bureaux especially in Marmaris where seemingly attractive rates are often negated by fixed commission charges. There are two or three cash machines in Turunç and several in Marmaris and other larger towns but only use these in emergencies as you will get stung for transaction charges.
For more comprehensive information on the wonderful village of Turunç, please visit www.myturunc.com