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Cheap long-term horse rental

hey, i am planning on making a trip to Kazakhstan in a week or so, and planning to hire a horse and explore the east [Altai], have tried looking up horse rental prices but only really getting daily rates. i read somewhere that you can get a horse for 1000tenge or sometimes for free from small village, but still unsure whether thats for a day of a week, and whether that is true or not. can i rent a horse and go solo in the mountains or is that impossible? im super tight on money but i really…

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National Bank Locations

Does anyone know the location(s) of the National Bank in Astana, where I can get paper currency notes for a collection? I'm trying to get brand new, unculirculated bank notes (one each) of the current issue for the collection. I'd also like to get the previous issue of the notes if possible. I tried for notes in Almaty, but could only get two.

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Almaty Airport

Is there a bus from Almaty's airport to town, especially as far as the Dostyk Plaza area? How late does it run?

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Russian Volga Region - Oral - Aktobe - Lisakovsk - Astana - Bayanaul - Pavlodar Trip Report

Trip Report (recently completed) from my 2010 trip from Dagestan to Altai.

Starting in the wilderness of northern Dagestan, I drive north into Kalmykia with its striking Buddhist, Mongolian culture. Then to the cosmopolitan town of Astrakhan and further up the Volga to Volgograd (Stalingrad) and the monument complex of Mamayev Kurgan, a breathtaking piece of Soviet cult-architecture.

Onwards, north to Saratov / Engels and across into Kazakhstan and a very flat steppe journey passing Oral, Akto

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Car rental - drive from Almaty to Bishkek and back

Are there car rentals available where one could drive yourself from Almaty to Bishkek and back? Some kind of dual license plate rental car?

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Independence Day in Kazakhstan

It's the night before Independence Day here in Almaty, and I haven't been able to find any information on the festivities - if there will be any, that is: the receptionist at the hostel where I'm staying knows nothing about any planned celebrations. Does anybody else have any information?

Thanks.

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Teachimg ESL in Kazakstan

Hi . Anyone here doing this . I was offered a job in Almaty , Can I break even after the salary and visa fees ?

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Shymkent: Info about New Museum

I've been told a new museum (history museum? maybe replacing current Regional Museum) is set to open in Shymkent, maybe today, but I haven't been able to confirm that or its whereabouts. Anybody know?

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Shymkent - urgent request for info

Anyone know the transportation possibilities and costs from the Uzbekistan border (near Tashkent) to Shymkent?
Also appreciate currency exchange information (rates for dollars, recommended bank or street exchange, etc?)
(Forgive me if this info is already posted; I didn't see anything current and I'm in need pretty quickly.)
Anything else anyone wants to add about the place will also be appreciated. Thanks.

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Kazakhstan in Winter

Currently working in Bishkek and need to do a border run and fly back in. Almaty obviously cheapest but as I have 2 week off for Xmas was thinking of making a trip out of it.

My thought was to jump the train from Bishkek deep into Kazakhstan, maybe up to near the Aral sea. Then make my way back to Almaty over 10days - 2 weeks.

I'm curious about the weather. All my Kyrgyz colleagues tell me nothing but horror stories and greatly advise me against going. But realistically how bad is it?…