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Hello everyone. Just got my e-visa and I'll be visiting Istanbul in the first week of September for one week. I have gone through the existing posts on Istanbul on these forums, but still had some questions that I would be grateful if anyone could answer!

1. Saunas other than Aquarius - Most people on the forum have mentioned Aquarius sauna, but none of the other reputedly gay saunas. Google and gay travel websites mention Firuzaga bath, Cihangir sauna and Yesilderik hamam too. Has anyone had an experience at any of these saunas and hammams, or any other hammams I've missed out? At the above saunas, is fun only to be had with patrons (like in saunas in the West), or are the masseurs up for extra services as well?

2. Tekyon club - All the gay websites say that this is a pretty popular club in Istanbul. However, the Google reviews are pretty mixed! Has anyone visited Tekyon? Are escorts also available here (a few of the Google reviews mention this)?

3. Massage places - This is probably my naivete, but I was expecting a lot of gay massage places like there is in other parts of Asia like Thailand or Singapore, but through a Google search I could hardly find anything. I found this masseur called Bora (https://malemasseuristanbul.weebly.com/), who has a few good reviews - does anyone have any experience with him? Apart from that, I've found these two massage listing websites - https://www.masor-turkiye.com/, and https://www.masajturkiye.com/. However, the descriptions indicate only a professional massage, with nothing sensual/erotic. Does anyone have experience hiring from either of these websites; are the masseurs willing to go beyond and offer extras? Are there any other masseurs/massage services in Istanbul that forum members can recommend - I was pretty surprised to hardly find anything!

4. Apps/websites - A few people on this forum have mentioned hiring escorts through Planet Romeo or Rentmen? Are they both equally popular and reliable, or is one better than the other? I checked out Istanbul listings on both websites, and they were pretty extensive, but reviews are few. Given some of the dangerous experiences guys have mentioned having through online hiring from Grindr (I don't use Grindr so won't be hiring from here) or to a lesser extent, Romeo (Hunqz) and Rentmen, I was wondering if either one was safer/more reliable? Some of the older reviews mention Hornet being popular; is that still the case or is it now not that popular?

5. Stray dogs - Have any of the forum members had any negative experiences with stray dogs - like attacking people, etc.? I know this point seems a bit unusual, but there has recently been a lot of controversy in Turkey over an app called Havrita which points out locations of supposed aggressive street dogs that have attacked people. On the other side, a lot of people are calling for it to be shut down because some people have apparently poisoned street dogs after learning their locations through the app.

Thank you all in advance. I will truly be grateful for any answers anyone shares. I will of course post a trip report of my experiences once I'm back, that I hope will be helpful for forum members visiting Istanbul in the near future. This forum has been extremely helpful to me so far!

 

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For me, Turks are very hard to deal with, which makes Turkey far less attractive for this sort of trips. If you speak the language it might be different but most guys will try to charge you more than what you pay in Europe, although it is far less expensive there. I believe that is because escort scene is scarce there. They will use fake photos, they will disappear in the middle, or they will try to rob you or try to charge you more once you meet. What is the worst is that most of them cannot deliver...They don't really understand what it takes to be an escort, they think it is an easy job or low hanging fruit if you are willing to do some anal (top). One time I got myself into a difficult situation: a well advertised escort on hunqz (he is probably still there) came to me and of course, I always explicitly ask if he can kiss with tongue and can get hard before meeting. He didn't wanna kiss after we met and said he had some teeth problems (a lie or at least he should have told me that when I explicitly asked about tongue kiss) and then he recorded me while I am giving a head to him. I confronted him, which he denied but i am 100% sure he recorded me. Unfortunately, you cannot get police involved in this sort of countries, so you are left with far less options. If you talk to expats who live in Turkey, you will realize how hard the boys there are. Anyway, for me it is too much hassle without much pleasant result so I don't really go to Turkey for this sort of things. Turkey itself is a nice country and people are usually friendly (except the taxi drivers but taxi drivers are bad everywhere). For Aquarius, most guys also cannot deliver in cabin, but to me, that is the best option you have if you decide to explore. Don't expect the quality of service you get in Barcelona or Brazil. I also got lucky with a lebanese boy twice and I found him on grindr. I paid but he was very easy to deal with and a good experience in bed, but that was long time ago. 

Regarding hammams, in the past I was able to explore these places but I hear there are very difficult these days because of Erdogan crackdown. I don't have a first hand experience, so maybe someone else can provide more updated info. 

Regarding massages, I always wondered why there are no massage places in turkey. They have hammams, and massage is popular everywhere in the world but I couldn't find any massage place in Istanbul. You don't see them on street either...If you happen to find good ones, do let us know. 

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Just an update from my recent trip there. My earlier sentiment is still the same: turkey is not the best place to hire. I visited aquarius sauna twice. The manager is just grumpy as usual, the boys try to charge 100euro in sauna although they are not that attractive. The price should be around 600tl (200 goes to the sauna) but again their attitude and inability to create a good experience make it not worthwhile. 

Also, with vpn grindr works fine, you can find many profiles there ranging from 50 to 200usd, where most would quote 100. It's fine as long as their pictures are accurate but that is not the case in turkey, which makes the meeting really awkward. I hired one from grindr but apparently he sent fake body and nude pictures (but the face was real, which is odd...) I couldn't get the connection, I think he was just a total bottom who said top because of the money and had a sloppy flat ass (although the picture was a big bubble butt) so our sex went nowhere. Still paid 100 to avoid any issues and uncomfortable confrontation but I am not excited about going there for hiring for sure. Anyway, the food was good and cheap so I wasn't too bad overall. 

I think turkey is a market for those who don't have access to European market. A lot of gulf men who cannot do things back home come here and spread their oil money and hire like no tomorrow, so that might be the reason why the market is so difficult. 

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56 minutes ago, speedoo1 said:

A 100 EUR/USD for a sex in Turkey? 🙄 No thanks. That is a lot given the weak currency; in Lira it would be a small fortune.

In Turkey, I only know Istanbul.  I love that city, the culture ... the food ... and there are so many handsome men.  Unfortunately, where I've stayed does not allow guests.  I've been there during Ramadan when many guys stick close to family, particularly during evenings when they break the fast.

If a primary purpose of a trip abroad is to have sex, Istanbul/Turkey would not be my choice.  Not if I'm traveling from the USA.  But, when I am there again and have accommodation where I can invite someone back ... paying 100 Euro to a guy who interests me would not upset me.  I'd do it - because my appetite isn't as voracious as many others who post here!. 

I loved riding the trams and street cars ... and brushing up against so many handsome men whose smiles almost melted me in their presence.  I've also spent some time in the Kurdish quarter of Istanbul ... and find the young men handsome.  Very.

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15 hours ago, Mavica said:

paying 100 Euro to a guy who interests me would not upset me.  I'd do it - because my appetite isn't as voracious as many others who post here!. 

haha by reporting my adventures here, maybe I am considered as voracious. then I should stop contributing. Anyway, 100eu or usd for a guy is a very good deal in my opinion but finding that person is difficult in turkey as you can see from my post, whereas in most european market, it is quite easy, no hussle, mostly accurate pictures, and easy to visit or invite etc...

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16 minutes ago, young11 said:

haha by reporting my adventures here, maybe I am considered as voracious. then I should stop contributing

the person you’re responding to has a pattern of contrarian posts because he’s looking for a reaction. sometimes subtle & sometimes overt
he doesn’t actually post any trip reports or travel anywhere. he was a member here some time ago, known for constant negativity.  Different name/same person. Just place on ignore.  
I only see him when someone quotes him in a post, or he dislikes my posts, which is the next thing he will do now. 

It’s a game & he desperately wants attention - you know what that means.

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4 hours ago, young11 said:

haha by reporting my adventures here, maybe I am considered as voracious. then I should stop contributing. Anyway, 100eu or usd for a guy is a very good deal in my opinion but finding that person is difficult in turkey as you can see from my post, whereas in most european market, it is quite easy, no hussle, mostly accurate pictures, and easy to visit or invite etc...

My "voracious"  comment wasn't specifically directed toward you, personally.  It was meant to reference the individuals on the various GG forums who refer to the many sexual encounters they have when they travel.  One poster talks about sucking-off 60 guys in 60 days.  Good for him.  That's someone with a "voracious" sexual appetite and maybe spends more money collectively than I will, as I define the term ... and there many who post here who fall into my defined category.  😆

On a two or three week trip (which is the length of a typical trip I take, because I'm still working in the USA (and have other tethering responsibilities) which has notoriously short vacation periods in comparison to many other countries), I'm completely satisfied if I have a couple of guys a week to have sex with.  

I've previously posted that I haven't tricked in Istanbul.  I'll be back there again in the future, for certain, and I'll work hard to acquire accommodation where I can host someone, or I'll find another venue for that purposes of sex.  I've traveled most/much of the Silk Road, and my interest in Istanbul/Turkey, Central Asia and China is related historical events and locations.  Istanbul, Bukara, Tashkent, Samarkand, Urumqi, Turfan, Lanzhou, Xi'an and Beijing:  I've visited each.

Maybe my experiences will turn-out to be the same as yours in Istanbul; maybe not.  It's not unusual for one person to experience the environment differently than the next person traveling afterwards, or beforehand.

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