Guesthouses- prebooking necessary?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: May 29, 2013 1:44 PM Last Post By: mimi911
Apr 28, 2013 1:57 PM
Guesthouses- prebooking necessary?Hi,
as we like to travel without a strict itinary we like to look for a guesthouse when we arrive in a village. Do we have to register in in one of thes CBT-Bureaus etc or can we just show up at a guesthouse? Will there be many tourists in mid-September?
Apr 29, 2013 11:11 AM
1In September it will not be very crowded with tourists. That also means that people who offer CBT homestay will not always be home, waiting for the few tourists that might show up. The family has to buy food and often empty a room. CBT families need some time to prepare thing, Better contact CBT office in advance
Apr 29, 2013 12:48 PM
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May 2, 2013 3:23 PM
6The stays you get via CBT (for an office-city-list see their homepage) in the smaller villages are homestays, you will live in the same house as the family which hosts you, therefore they are "open" in the evenings. You will find hostel/hotel-like guesthouses in the bigger cities like Bishkek, Karakol, Osh...
May 3, 2013 7:06 AM
May 4, 2013 1:34 PM
8It's happened to me a couple of times that I got to a town and the CBT office was closed (once because of a public holiday, once for no apparent reason). The first time it happened was in Kochkor, we simply approached a couple of backpackers on the street, asked where they were staying and found a guesthouse that way. The second time was in a less touristy town, but a local shopkeeper saw us standing in front of the CBT office and directed us towards one of the guesthouses in town (no idea if it was a CBT guesthouse or not).
Just so you know, many of the guesthouses have no signs whatsoever, so they can sometimes be difficult to find on your own. However if you're flexible, and learn the Russian or Kyrgyz word for guesthouse you'll always find somewhere to stay!
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