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Hello all

I have question concerning the road condition from Atyrau to Astana.

I am traveling from EU to Central Asia and planning to drive through Atyrau to Astana. Anyone can help me to let me know the road condition?

I have previously traveled from Almaty to Petropavlovsk 4 years ago and the road was good. So, is the road from Atyrau to Astana as good as Almaty to Petropavlovsk?

Thanks

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Caspian sea

Dear fellow travellers, I'm going to Kazakhstan this summer and I want to know where is good to go along the coast of the Caspian Sea? Any recommendations?

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Hello. Given the distances in Kazakstan do you save a considerable amount of money taking a train vs a plane on routes such ad Shyment Astana? Are trains comfortable and good way to meet locals? Also has anyone been to any national parks in the country which they really enjoyed and if so can they be visited for reasonable prices? Thx. Decided last minute to add Kazakstan

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Has anyone applied for a Mongolian visa in Almaty recently? How long does it take? Was the process easy? Any details I should know?
Many thanks in advance

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After Aktobe's events.

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Ile-Alatau NP

Did several day-trip hikes from Almaty given the easy access to the mountains by public transport. See this for day hiking ideas, but ignore their trail descriptions as they contain errors:

http://caravanistan.com/travel/kazakhstan/almaty/hiking/

It would be even nicer to venture further into the chain, but didn't know how to do this without the help of tour operators.

Hike 1:
Medeu to Butakovka
Easy, but hiking low altitudes (up to 2000m) in Central Asia's summer makes it pretty hard. On a…

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Astana Art Festival take place around 6th July when Kazakhstan celebrates Astana Day. Everything on display was free of charge, but the thing I like the most is the free intro into KZ culture with traditional singers, dancers, musicians etc all performing for in and around that big yurt between the state energy company building and the futuristic Norman Foster conical creation.

Kazakhstan National Museum is the must see in Astana.

The above is an extract from my travel journals.

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I've just arrived in Almaty (UK passport) today 6 June. Does that mean I can leave on 21 June with no problem? Or should I leave by 20 June (20 June is my 15th day in Kaz)?

It would suit me much better to leave on the 21st, but don't want a problem if they count things the other way.

Thanks.

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Hi friends.
I'm looking for some advices regarding the roads and accommodation to travel between Karkara, Kolsay Lakes, Charyn Canyon to Almaty. I'm not going to have a tent.
Best regards from Slovenia. Robin

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Hi all,

Anybody has any updated information on Tian Shan Astronomical Tian Shan Astronomical Observatory ?

Is it closed? I read from https://en.tengrinews.kz/science/Kazakhstan-steps-up-space-research-254980/ that it is closed to visitors?

I am hoping to visit Big Almaty lake and spend the night at the Observatory.

Thanks for any advice!