Advice for a longer Trip please
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2013 8:52 PM Last Post By: Eddie_S
Jan 27, 2013 8:50 AM
Advice for a longer Trip pleaseI am considering a "longer" trip to UZ this spring April - May. By longer I mean 2-4 weeks (depending on if I go to Turkey first). I have no specific dates set which is another story as far as getting a visa is concerned. I have always traveled independently (with a few exceptions like Bhutan and the Galapagos) and I would prefer to do this in UZ too. I am a US citizen with no Russian language skills. I would love to hear from other independent travelers who have traveled the "standard" route recently without joining a tour (Samarkand-Bukhara-Khiva). I have no problems using a Travel Agent for various services like hotel and transport booking or even a day tour by car. I just don't want to join the standard 8 day tour. I am a photographer and I want the extra time at each location to wander the streets on my own. I would also like to add at least one other not so standard destination.
ANY ideas, advice, hotel recommendations, train / plane booking advice, stories would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot!
Jan 27, 2013 10:35 AM
1Hi, if you want to visit another destination why not go to Kyrgyzstan. No visa needed and if you like nature and to take pictures of people in their natural environment, Kyrgyzstan is the place to go. If you want buildings and monuments, do not go there
Jan 27, 2013 10:11 PM
Jan 28, 2013 3:59 AM
3You will have little trouble getting around Uzbekistan independently (except for visa support or ad-hoc services as you note). A few words of Russian will go a long way, though, as far as making yourself understood, getting better prices for things, etc.
Jan 28, 2013 6:18 PM
4It isn't difficult to get around UZ independently - I did "the circuit" last summer on my own, with assistance from an agency for visa support, and train tickets and such. One "not so standard" destination you might consider (and one that I regrettably didn't have time for) might be to head up to Moynaq and the Aral Sea, and check out the ship graveyards there. Might make for some great photos too!
Jan 28, 2013 7:39 PM
Jan 28, 2013 9:23 PM
Jan 28, 2013 10:12 PM
7Eddie do not forget about the registration in Uzbekistan! This is a big problem in Uzbekistan, be sure that you will be registered every 2 days, otherwise you will have problems with hotels and policeman. Anyway it is better to get in touch with someone who knows Uzbekistan good, someone local in case when you need help with Russian language and other things.
Jan 30, 2013 1:10 AM
Jan 30, 2013 6:19 AM
Jan 30, 2013 6:46 AM
10In theory you're only allowed to stay at officially licensed hotels in Uzbekistan. When you check out they'll give you little stamped pieces of paper showing that you stayed there.
There's much confusion about exactly what the regulations surrounding these slips say (even amongst Uzbek officials.) Some say that you have to have these slips for every night you spend in the country. Some say every 48 hours. Some say every 72.
It's possible that you'll be asked for the slips when you depart the country and fined if you fail to produce them.
We ended up camping one night and losing a couple of our slips, but weren't asked for them on departure, but we did meet another traveller who was fined when he couldn't produce them when he was crossing the border back out.
It's kind of sad because the Uzbek people are so friendly and we received several invitations to stay at peoples' homes but had to decline them because we were nervous about this rule.
The upshot of all this is that if you stay in licensed accommodation every night while you're in the country and don't lose your slips you'll be fine. If you don't (couchsurfing, camping, staying with locals, etc.) you're taking a chance of being fined.
Jan 30, 2013 9:56 AM
11I never was asked for this registration slips, not at the airport and not at the land border. But yes, it is always better to have them, it's the law.
The cities are great for photographers, you will like them:-) The slides I made in Bukhara at sunset where one of my best (Bukhara is my favourite town in Uzbekistan). It is easy to get around, no problem
Jan 30, 2013 12:28 PM
12Okay, I'm not planning on camping on staying with locals, so I should be fine.
Looking so forward to visiting Uzbekistan :)
Jan 30, 2013 12:30 PM
13Oh and Eddie_S I'm curious about your experience. Will you place it here after you've been to Uzbekistan?
I'm going there early July, also all by myself, as a female traveler. Looking forward to hearing an experiences from first hand.
Jan 30, 2013 8:52 PM
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