My name is Barbara, I am a 30 y/o Italian girl and I am planning a trip to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan for beginning of April next year. I will spend around 6 days in each country, please let me know if you are planning the same trip as I would like to find some travel mates and share the costs of travels.
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I know most people in Uzbekistan will speak Russian. Is it good form to launch directly into Russian or would that be deemed rude? Should I first ask "do you speak Russian" in Uzbek? Will most signs (on storefronts, etc) be in Uzbek or Russian?
I am planning to travel overland through Central Asia and I am wondering if when getting visas at cosulates/embassies they actually ask you for proof of onward travelling/hotel bookings and similar staff. I am in the know about LOIs and how to get them, my only doubt now are those requirements.
In all official websites they are stated... but im my previous trip overlanding to China via Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China I was never asked for such things in the end.
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Currently working in Bishkek. Found cheap flights to Tashkent over Xmas and New Year. Was thinking of a cheeky trip to Mazar-i-Sharif.
I found some information about Uzbek transit visas online but nothing concrete. I would need a double entry. Does this mean 2x transit visas? How much are they and do I need an LOI?
Also if anyone has anything bookmarked on the border corssing to Afghan that would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, there are major renovations happening in shahrisabz at the moment. The town is a construction zone. I would still highly recommend going though so you can see it before they make some major changes so that it will be "better than Samarkand" as one local put it. However we could not find any accommodation. Lonely planet's guidebook's two listings seem to be demolished. They may have relocated but a worker at the shahrihabz hotel said there are no other hotels and that their own hotel is…
We want to travel in the "five" Stans - Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan independently. By that I mean we do not want to join an organized tour but would be open to joining a small group for day trips. We will probably hire a driver for certain journeys that are very long or when it is more convenient than the bus. We might even hire a driver for two or three days.
My basic question: what is the best way to organize an independent trip. I've looked into…
For anyone considering or planning a trip to Uzbekistan, I invite you to read about my recent month-long trip there. It focuses more on life, culture, and personal experiences rather than purely travel logistics, but it may prove to be insightful for anyone curious about this fascinating nation: http://writteninwanderlust.blogspot.com/