Asia - Central Asia
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does anybody knows where exactly the international border in the Taraz-Talas area is? On my map I have three options! When are the opening hours of this border post? The information is important to me as I will cycle only with transit visa in Kazachstan,(coming from Tashkent).
Thanks a lot!
I will have two weeks in Uzbekistan this summer.
Can anyone a good itinerary. I will enter by Nukus and finish in Tashkent.
I really need cheap accomodation information.
But I would also appreciate info on other interesting sites.
How to get from Georgia/Azerbaijan to Astana or Almaty the cheapest way?
Heard the land border's closed so I guess there's no chance of catching a train, and as far as I know the ferry to Sochi is cancelled. All the other ferries don't put much attention to schedules and I don't have enough time to spend a few days in Poti or Baku going to the harbour each day asking if the ferry is leaving or not :(
Looks like I gotta catch a plane. What's the cheapest option?
Thanks for any help! :):):)
I just spent a month in Uzbekistan (until may 03).
Then I managed to get an extension for one more month (until june 02).
This seems to be the maximum. After that, I'm wondering if I can go to some close capital (like Bishkek) and apply for a complete new visa back to Uzbekistan.
Is it allowed? Has anyone done that before? Do we have to wait a certain time between 2 visa application?
Thanks for your help.
Soon, this Sunday May 13, it will be two years since the Karimovs' goons mowed down bewteen 187 and perhaps 700 civilians in Andijan. Either way, as some experienced already (e.g. he, and
he as well), history eventually has its own justice.
are there any recommendable homestays/cheap-but-clean-and-safe hotels in Bukhara, samarkand and Tashkent?
I have this idea of travelling the Silk Route. I am a wheelchair user who has traveled quite extensively in Asia, (so am used to difficult travel), can anyone give me some ideas of what to expect, the best routes to travel, (have been looking at the Morocco to Beijing option via Cairo). Thanks for your thoughts in advance. Wheelie
We'll be off in august and ride our little lada around Kazachstan, Uzbekistan, Turkminstan, (andfurther trough Iran, ...)
Does anyone has experience with Bushcamping in these areas? Basically I'd think it should be quite possible and safe to set up camp away from cities in the steppe and dessert. Are there particular 'Don't ! s' I should be aware of?
Hello! I'm travelling through China and into Central Asia. I have a return flight from Beijing to Minneapolis on June 22nd.
My question is - what's the cheapest way to get from Almaty to Beijing? Of course the train would be the cheapest, but I'm looking to get from Almaty to Beijing within a week. I looked at direct flights from Almaty to Urumqi on Kayak and I saw them to be upwards of 5,000 US. Is there a better place to look for tickets? I assume tickets will be cheaper if I'm there in person...
Any help would be appreciated - thanks!
I'm flying to Lijiang tomorrow night with 3 friends, have 2 nights booked there and have 4 more nights to spend in the province (need to fly out of Kunming on 17th). We want to hike Tiger Leaping Gorge and go to one other place maybe. Can anyone recommend a good itinerary? Am wondering whether to spend 2 nights in TLG and 2 in Dali, or instead spend a couple of nights in Zonghdian. Everyone seems to say different things about the towns so am confused about what might be best to do. Any suggestions would be gratefully received!
a long shot, but i arrive in ashgabat this friday (11th) and aim to head up to darvaza on monday. looking to reduce costs for the darvaza trip, so if anyone's following a similar itinerary,let me know....
Hi - I'm off to Uzbekistan with my wife for 2 weeks in late May. I think it's going to be pretty hot over there, so I'm wondering whether there are any dress restrictions.
For men, are the following OK:
1. Sandals (without socks!)
2. Knee length shorts
3. Polo shirts
For women, are there any strict dress restrictions (like Iran etc)?
Any advice appreciated!
inshallah i'll soon be getting the ferry from baku in to aktau. hope to be in urumqi around a week after that, which obviously leaves around 5 or so days to get from aktau to almaty and sort out the urumqi train.
so a number of questions:
1) is there anywhere safe i can hang out it aktau basically in the time between getting off the ferry (whenever that may be) and sorting out bus/train towards almaty? i don't speak russian, and i doubt my english and turkish will get me very far, so i'd love if i could pre-arrange something. any english speakers reading this in aktau feel like meeting up? have had no luck with CS or HC.
2) i know the best way to cross kaz generally is by train, but aktau seems to be off the line. do i need to get a train/bus to astana first? what's the best way to join the main train line towards almaty? i'm sure plenty of people on this forum ha... more »
Is there still a train from Moscow to Almaty direct? It doesn't show up on the Russian Railways site (poezda.net). But there is a train to Astana, with a connection to Almaty - is this the only way between Moscow and Almaty now?
Also, is it possible to get a train direct from Astana to Urumqi in China?
Anybody recommend a particularly good 3-4 day trek in Kyrgyzstan? I'm planning on looking into CBT but just wondering if anybody had a personal favorite.
Also, as I am not the most experienced trekker (just a week in the Rila Mountains in Bulgaria) I'm wondering - what do I need to bring? For example, should I carry my tent all the way with me throughout Central Asia? I would love to lose that weight but I'm wondering if it is necessary if I want to do some trekking. Will I have access to supplies while I'm there?
I'm curious to hear how others have done this. Also - any suggestions on what I should bring with me?
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