Asia - Central Asia
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Welcome to the Thorn Tree's Central Asia branch.
We hope you find plenty of useful information about travelling to Central Asia here. It is highly recommended that new users check out the Central Asia FAQ thread before posting a new thread as you may find many of the answers you seek there. It also contains helpful information about how to search the forum, advice for how to post your questions, and obsolete information was deleted as recently as July 2008! If you are a returning user or know the 'stans like the back of your hand, please help us keep the FAQ thread up-to-date by adding important information which is absent, or pointing out information which is no longer being represented accurately.
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The countries covered by this FAQ are: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
It also de facto covers Xinjiang (China), Pakistan (being that it is a 'stan), and Northern Iran which are historically and technically part of Central Asia. In addition there are often questions asked here about Mongolia and Russia and occasionally the three Caucasus countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
For Pakistan consider cross posting on the Indian subcontinent branch; for Xinjiang (China) and Mongolia, the North East Asia branch; for Iran, the Middle East branch; and for the others, the Eastern Europe & the Caucasus branch.
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1. Do your homework
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Since the demise of the old security thread, and the number of frequently asked I thought it might be a good idea to start a new 'Afghan FAQ' thread attempting to cover the most frequently asked questions and provide up to date information in one thread on not only security, but the most frequently asked questions about flights, travelling the Khyber pass and the classic 'is it safe?', since so many gems of information get lost in individual threads.
Hopefully everyone here, both our regulars and recently present tourists and workers will contribute here with areas they know best, experience, and handy tips and we'll try compile a great resource on the amazing country that is Afghanistan.
Can we try and keep politics and personal issues out of this thread too, as much as possible.
Intro: Afghanistan is Awesome. There, you heard it here first folks. It is a truly amazing desti... more »
Being in Khorog I was wondering if it is possible to go for one day to afganistan and coming back in the evening just to say I was in afganistan,
It is easier to cross for the day in ishkashim
Where can I get the visa for afganistan. possiblr to get it on the spot in khorog
thx for answer
I will fly into Tashkent on a Saturday morning in July, arriving around 10am. My departing flight is about 17 hours later at around 3am. That pretty much gives me a whole day and an evening to spend there. What is there to see and do in Tashkent on a Saturday? I will be coming from a lengthy stay in Bukhara and will be going for a lengthy stay in Istanbul, so I do not really need to visit any more mosques or historic sites, unless there is something there that is truly unique.
I am open to just about any suggestion. Heck, I wouldn't mind sitting around a swimming pool enjoying cool drinks if there is anywhere to do so.
How long does it take to get from the airport into town? Might it be worth it to simply hire a car and driver for the day in order to enjoy my time without melting in a pool of sweat? And if so, how much should that cost?
How early should I be at the airport fo... more »
Coming from Murgab and wanting to go to Kashgar my question is whether i have to go to Osh first or if it is possible to make the connection in Sari tash on the condition that driver will wait for me in sari tash
how long does it take from osh/saritash to Kashgar
possible to do it in one day
thx for answer
is it possible do the trip duschanbe to khorog in one long day with private car during summer.
Anyagency to recommend to organise the trip duschanbe to osh via khorog, ischkashim and Murgab
thx for answer
When I was in Tajikistan I met a mountain guide named Bakir, I think that he was from Murghab. Could anyone provide me with his e-mail, as I lost it and I promised to him to send him some photos ?
Thank you very much and all the best,
Apologies if this sounds like a silly question, but I acquired my LP Central Asia second-hand and half the chapter for Kyrgyzstan was ripped out!
I'm currently travelling through Uzbekistan, and I think I'll hibernate in Bishkek for the winter whilst learning Russian. (Or is this utter insanity, considering the freezing Kyrgyz winter?!) My Uzbek visa expires on December 22, and I would like to make it to Bishkek ideally before Christmas. I understand I should cross the Fergana Valley to Osh... but from there, my planning gets hazy. How do I get to Bishkek from Osh? Are buses/marshrutky still running in late December, or are the passes closed due to snow? How long is the journey?
I would like to avoid flying if possible...
Thanks in advance!
Hello, I am visiting soon this month and was wondering if anyone has tips on reliability for East Horizon Airlines specifically for a Bamiyan-Kabul R/T in reliability and safety in December. Also, how is the road from Bamiyan-Band-e-Amir and back as well as safety, etc? Any tips for this journey would be greatly helpful, much thanks!
Hi all! I'm looking for travel partners for a hiking (trekking), camping, historical places and local culture heavy trip to Tajikistan and possibly Uzbekistan between the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of August. I'm pretty flexible at this point and am still planning the exact route and specific places.
I'm planning to do a lot in Kyrgyzstan, then move on to other countries as time permits, so I’m just listing my Kyrgyzstan plans here.
I'm specifically interested in these activities festival, outdoor activities, Silk Road cities, sites, museums and related things as well as local food and culture. I love yurts and have stayed in plenty (particularly on my trip to Kyrgyzstan last year), but am aiming to include more cities in this trip- along with hiking and camping, of course!
I'm specifically hoping to visit the Yaghnobi
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I was in Kazakkstan last year and wanted to share this post as well as some tips of mine.
Please note these are my personal opinions, YMMV.
In summary, this is my least favourite country of my trip, currently 2 years 47 countries and counting.
I was in the country for 21 days, saw nothing of interest. I've been photographing each country I've visited for my blog, and have always had some great photos to be proud of. Until I got to Kazakhstan.
Yes part of this was likely due to not doing enough research into what interesting things there were to see there, however had i done more research I probably would have opted to traverse central Asia through the other 'stans.
1. As you should know, when you visit you MUST register your hotel location within 5 days of arriving. This is ... more »
Does anyone know if i get refused a transit visa can i still apply for a tourist visa. Or if i get a transit visa and change my mind and still want to apply for a tourist visa for the same dates. Is that possible?
I am interested in climbing peak Lenin in August 2014 (NW ridge). I would like to do everything possibile by myself, maybe buying only some services from tours operators at the base camp. I have been in Achik Tash in august 2009, did some trekking in the area.
Anybody interested? :)
Was just wanting too know are there daily flights to the UAE from herat,I realize many go through Kabul
we want to travel from Russia into Central Asia, preferably taking the direct train from Moscow (or Samara) to Tashkent. Traveling in Uzbekistan (Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara) before we cross back to Kazakhstan (to visit Turkistan and Almaty) and from there go into Kyrgyzstan, to finally cross into China. Does anyone have any experience with the long train ride from Moscow to Tashkent? We are trying to find out if we need a double entry visa for Russia and/or Kazakhstan, since the train apparently leaves Russia crossing to Kazakhstan and then shortly enters Russia again to then cross into Kazakhstan for the 2nd time.
If the train has any station stop on it's 2nd entry in Russia, could we enter it from there and then only cross the border once? Which station stop would that be?
How is the train in general? Since we are traveling with our young daughter it would be bes... more »
We plan to spend 2 months in Kyrgyzstan. Since car rental is too expensive and purchasing is too unreliable, we hope to buy a pair of horses in Bishkek. Anyone know how much an average horse would cost, nothing special, just to carry us and our gear a bit each day ??
Also, is there any paperwork to fill out when buying a horse?
Also, how would we be able to hire an English - speaking horse guide for the duration of our stay?
Thanks in advance,
Edited by: HuskeyTravelers
Edited by: HuskeyTravelers
Hey all, just a couple of questions I have that need cleaning up.
I've got a ticket booked to New York (from NZ) on Jan 23rd, where I'll be staying for 3 months. From there I'll be hopping straight over to Almaty to begin my backpacking trip through CA, Iran and Turkey which I hope will last at least 3 months.
1) Should I be heavily planning my trip at this point, such as what towns I'll be going and when? Or just land in Almaty and wing it from there. Is that realistic.
2) What visas should I get before I leave for NY, and which ones are alright to get on arrival? Also, what injections do I require that I could get as a foreigner in NY?
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to answer, it's much appreciated.
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