• Kimmy Pang

Istanbul, Turkey

Explore. Dream. Discover.

There's not a place in the world that someone can tell you about and you'll be able to appreciate fully. You have to be there to live in the experience - the culture, the food and the people. I had to see it for myself, the unspoken beauty of Istanbul, and that's where the adventure begun.

Watch our full experience of Istanbul below:

Kudos to Jae for putting so much effort into making our travel vlog. It's his first time editing clips and I'm extremely proud of how it turned out! Let me know what you think!

**Scroll down to read about my favourite parts of the trip**

Highlights of Istanbul, Turkey:

The Grand Bazaar

The world's largest and oldest covered bazaar

There's plenty to see and buy in the grand bazaar. It ranges from textiles, carpets and antiques to herbs and loose tea leaves. The colourful mess that comes with this roofed market makes it an experience you'll never forget; on top of the haggling and banter with merchants, of course. Wandering along the narrow lanes is a journey itself, to fully appreciate the charm of this city-within-a-city.

The Blue Mosque

Popularly known for its blue tiles which adorns the interior walls, the Blue Mosque is definitely one for the books. It's no surprise that this is one of the Ottoman's most magnificent mosques in Turkey.

If you get the chance, I'd highly recommend entering the mosque to fully appreciate its beauty. Head coverings and long skirts are provided at the entrance (free of charge), but I brought my own just in case!

Hagia Sophia

The Historic Heart of Old Istanbul

Hagia Sophia isn't too far off from the Blue Mosque. Before you head there, take a stroll through Sultanahmet Square, the old historic quarter of the city.

The whole scene was just magical. The golden sunlight hitting the buildings, smell of roasted chestnuts and sweet corn in the air and the place just buzzing with people from around the world.

Ortaköy Mosque

Built right on the waterfront, Ortaköy mosque has one of the most picturesque settings with the Bosphorus bridge in the background.

Make sure you also make a visit to:

  • Dolmabahçe Palace

  • Tonkapi Palace

  • Basilica Cistern

  • Galata Tower

  • Taksim Square

And if you have the time, take a cruise along the Bosphorus strait between Europe and Asia.

I hope this travel post has inspired you to go out and find your next adventure. There's so much to see and experience in this lifetime, so step out of your comfort zone and explore!

*All photos and videos were taken using the Canon EOS m50

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