We don’t know the rules: We don’t know how, when or if they’ll be nude, and we don’t know the proper procedure. So, what can you learn from my initial visit to a Turkish hamam?
Turkish baths (Hamams) are a wonderful and exciting part of Turkish culture. They provide a great opportunity to relax, socialize, and to try a very different approach to the spa and sauna experience. However, they’re also pretty daunting for foreigners. This video shares my (less than ideal, but no less hilariously awkward) introduction to the Turkish Bath experience in the Turkish city of Antalya in a hamam building that dates back more than 600 years. To spice things up a bit – I’ve also heard various rumors (after the fact) that this hamam in particular is extremely gay-friendly (i’m straight). Probably for the best I didn’t know that before hand, given how uncomfortable I was to begin with but a great added nugget of context for the story.
It is worth noting that I’ve since learned that many tourist-centered baths will actually provide you with your own underwear-like swimsuit if you request it.
This video is part of my travel adventure story series where I recount some of my most memorable, exciting, and at times awkward travel experiences. Join me as I take a stroll down memory lane and re-visit Turkey in today’s episode.
Special thanks to Tim Genford ( for handling the camera work.
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