Booming hair transplant business
Turkey’s booming health tourism industry keeps hair transplant and cosmetic surgeons busy. The main reason behind why more people prefer Turkey for a hair transplant is the high quality and low cost. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery’s 2015 data provided by Anadolu Agency (AA), more than 15,000 people now flock to Turkey from all over the world for hair transplants – an industry that is now worth close to $250 million annually and part of a global hair transplant industry worth about $1 billion. Compared to the United States or the United Kingdom, where the cost runs as high as $25,000, hair transplant procedures costs about TL 5,000 ($1,900) in Turkey, which patients consider to be relatively low. Patients seeking a hair transplant mainly hail from Middle Eastern countries, as well as Germany, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Libya, and these patients are also potential tourists that stay in Turkey to vacation with their families while they recover. Similarly, patients from Gulf countries such as Qatar and Kuwait, where hair loss rates are high, usually prefer Turkey for hair transplant operations. Along with hair transplantation, cosmetic surgery, eye treatments and dietary treatments are other reasons why Arab tourists travel to Turkey.
Thermal springs well worth a visit
Turkey’s thermal springs, popular for their therapeutic qualities, draw hundreds of tourists each year from different parts of the world, notably from Scandinavia, the Arab world and East Asia. Yalova, Denizli, Bursa, Afyon, Sivas and İzmir are the top choices for thermal resorts. In the central Anatolian province of Sivas, a thermal spring that is home to a special kind of fish is believed to aid in the treatment of psoriasis. The spring’s fish are often called “physician fish” by the locals. Yalova’s hot springs are also good for rheumatic diseases and arthritis.
Expansive Turkish cuisine
Every Istanbul travel guide has a special section for the best restaurants, where kebab restaurants always take the lead. Finding a kebab restaurant is not a hard job as many appear on each and every corner in Turkey, but for those looking for the best kebab experience, then you should try some recommended places. Located in Beyoğlu, the Zübeyir Ocakbaşı serves very good kebabs and mezzes, and is generally packed with large groups. Dominated by an “ocakbaşı,” where the meat is grilled over hardwood coals, the grill house first serves mezzes on a large tray. At Zübeyir Ocakbaşı, we recommend you try their Adana kebab (spicy minced lamb), chicken wings and lamp chops. Our next restaurant recommendation is Mabeyin in Kısıklı, on Istanbul’s Asian side. Their varied menu features starters, Gaziantep specialties and 15 kebab choices including kuzu şiş, Ali Nazik, eggplant, Adana, Urfa, and döner kebabs. Additionally, Asuman Restaurant, which has been run by Iranian chef Celil Nazari for the last seven years in Istanbul’s Laleli district, is where home-sick Arab tourists can taste some traditional flavors.