Cappadocia, Turkey - Real Fairy Tale World
This city is one of my must visit places on my bucket list. Another thing that I must not miss is going up on this city's hot air balloon to see the unique and welcoming landscape.
Now, the fashion of traveling to Turkey is coming back. So, I decided to review my trip today in this city in winter. In winter, you can see the whole city covered in snow. Actually, I have always wanted to write a review but never finished it. Before I came to Cappadocia, I went to Istanbul which I will write a review about next.
The period of the trip was during December last year. I think that the city during December is absolutely stunning and charming so you should visit during this period if you are interesting.
We chose to travel by Turkish airlines from Istanbul to Nevsehir. The round ticket costs TRY 401.96 (including 15 Kg baggage weight).
Then, we took the hotel shuttle bus that came to pick us up at the airport.
SIM: You can buy the SIM card at the airport. I used Vodafone.
Money: I exchanged my money after making a reservation with Super Rich (Green)
Place to go:
If you visit this city, you can't miss the hot air balloon ride. We made a reservation and bought a program with the hotel. We went on a hot air balloon owned by the Butterfly company. You can also make your own reservation. They will come pick you up around 05.30 AM to take you on the balloon. The price is around 130 Euros or 5000-6000 baht. The price depends on the number of people on the balloon. The experience during the ride was amazing and unreal. Everything was like a dream. It was awesome! I felt free. The view was beautiful and unique and you can see hundreds of other hot air balloons flying in the sky. I wasn't afraid at all. We were in the sky for around an hour. When we came down, we celebrated by opening champagne bottles and they also gave us a certificate!
Other than hot air balloons, this city has many tourist attractions to offer. The most popular ones are included in the Green tour which is a one day trip tour. The tour will take us far away from the city. The first place they took us to was the Goreme Panorama View which is a view point from which you can see everything. The next destination was the Derinkuyu Underground City or the Underground City. You have to walk a lot here. Then, we went to the Selime Rock Monastery which was beautiful and I liked it very much. It gave me a feeling like I was in outer space and has a Star Wars feel to it. After that, we went out to eat (the meal is already included in the tour package).
Then, we went to Ihlara Valley which is a valley or a very large canyon where you can go trekking for around an hour but it was not tiring at all because you will be excited and amazed by the view around you during your journey.
The last destination was the Pegion valley . We got to admire the beautiful view and also the view of the nearby Uchisar Castle .
- IKMAN Hediyelik - a carpet shop where everyone visits to take photos or buy a nice carpet. I recommend you to bargain a lot because I bought mine for more than half the original price. After buying your carpets, you can take photos as much as you want. If you want to take photos without buying but you will have to pay a fee.
วันสุดท้ายก่อนกลับเราจ้าง Taxi พาไปยังสถานที่ต่างๆ ที่เราอยากไป ซึ่งได้แก่
Pasabagi เป็นอีกหนึ่งจุดไฮไลท์ที่นักท่องเที่ยวจะมาถ่ายภาพกับแท่งหินสารพัดแบบ อีกทั้งยังมีม้า และ อูฐให้ขี้อีกด้วย ขี้อูฐราคาประมาณ 200 บาท
The last day before leaving, we hired a taxi to take us to places that we wanted to go to. We went to the Pasabagi which is one of the highlights of this city that tourists often visit. There are also horses and camels to ride. The rides costs around 200 baht.
หลังจากนั้นก็ไป Love Valley
where the view is amazing and unique. You can still see the hot air balloons in the sky.
The next destination is Devrent Valley also known as Imagination Valley. There are rocks shaped like camels here and the other rocks have weird shapes that you can use your imagination to guess what they look like!
There are many other tourist attractions to visit for those who have a lot of time. You can look up other tour packages in the city.
Where to stay:
Most accommodations are caves. It is very cool! We stayed for 3 days and two nights.
Sultan Cave Suites - This hotel has an amazing view that you can't miss! It is a hotel that is often visited by bloggers and tourists because in the morning you can see hundreds of hot air balloons. The hotel also has props for the tourists to take photos with.
However, since we went on the hot air balloon on the morning of our stay, we didn't get to take photos of the sky. So if you are planning to stay at this hotel, I recommend that you stay for at least 2 nights or choose a day that you won't go on the hot air balloon so you can take photos with the hot air balloons in the sky.
The price depends on the period of your stay. We booked through booking.com for 3700 baht.
Breakfast is also included! There is a variety of things to choose from.
Sultan Cave Suites
50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
+90 384 271 30 23
Local Cave House Hotel
This hotel is very cheap and very good. The view is good too. Everyone stays at this hotel because the view is quite unique and the owner is very kind.
Can you believe that the price is less than 1000 baht! We booked for only 980 baht. So cheap and worth it! The room is also very nice. On the second night, the owner was kind enough to upgrade our room to a bigger one! Amazing!
The food might not have a variety of things like the last hotel we talked about but well worth the price!
🚗 🚗 Local Cave House Hotel
gaferli mahallesi cevizler sokak no : 11, 50180 Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
+90 384 271 21 71
Where to eat:
- Kebapzade Restaurant - the hotel recommended this restaurant. They offer local food and it was delicious!
- Sedef Restaurant - this restaurant opened in 1989 and their specialty is the Testi Kebap (kind of like pot chicken) the waiters will use a knife to tap on the pot and open it for you. The taste was good and if you are tired of local food there is also some pasta offered.
- Goreme seten Restaurant - this restaurant is in the Sultan Cave Suites hotel. It was tasty and the portion is very large. The restaurant is nicely decorated and very romantic. I really recommend this place!
- Coffeedocia - for those who are tired of local food, this place offers fusion food - Italian food like spagetti!
Then we went back to Istanbul and visited some places and traveled back to Thailand
We will end the review with cute cats in Cappadocia. They are furry and cute but there aren't as many of them like in Istanbul.
This trip was very amazing, unique and amazing. If you have Cappadocia on your bucket list, don't wait! In winter, the city is even more interesting and charming but don't forget to check the weather and spare some time to visit the places in this city!
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