Places in Northern Turkmenistan
A creation of the Soviet Union, Dashogus is a sprawling industrial city with a neat, soulless centre and nothing to attract visitors. Even its one semi-sight, some idiosyncratic dinosaur statues, has been removed by the authorities for reasons best known to them. For some local colour, head to the excellent Bai Bazaar, where you can buy pretty much anything.
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Turkmenistan: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Central Asia guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip...