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Money & costs


In general it’s easiest to change cash (including Uzbek sum and Tajiksomani) at the various moneychangers’ kiosks, a collection of which can be found east of the Jayma Bazaar. Shop around and check your change.

Demir Kyrgyz Bank (5 65 55; Kurmanjan Datka 180A; 8.45am-noon & 1-3.30pm Mon-Thu, until 1.30pm Fri) It changes travellers cheques and gives Visa cash advances.

Kazkommerts Bank (Zaina Betinova; 9am-1pm & 2-6pm Mon-Fri) Next door to Taj Mahal Hotel, it has an ATM and cashes travellers cheques for a 3% commission.