Category Archives: Central Asia

24 Astonishing and Historical Places to Visit in Central Asia

Places to visit in Central Asia

If you were to ask me what my favorite region in the world is, I would likely shout out ‘Central Asia’ every time, even though my travels in the region have focused on solely two countries. The mountains, people, food, and hospitality keep me coming back. This is a guide of the best places to […]

Starry Song Kul Nights Trail in Kyrgyzstan: From Kyzart to Kilemche

From Kyzart through Kilemche: Starry Song Kul Nights Trail in Kyrgyzstan

I have all the components that would make up a terrible trekker.  I am afraid of heights.  I am claustrophobic, which comes into play when trying to stuff me into a tent to sleep.  And all animals distract me, which can be a horrible problem when trekking during spring, and all the baby animals are […]

Best Coffee in Almaty, Kazakhstan: Almaty Cafes You’ll Love

Are you looking for the best coffee in Almaty? This guide has some of the best Almaty cafes to put on your itinerary! When I traveled to Almaty back in the day on my 2013-2014 trip, good coffee was limited.  It was nearly non-existent.  What I have learned about the Kazakh culture capital is that […]

Issyk-Ata: A Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

Issyk-ata Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

My first experience with a Soviet sanatorium was back in Sukhum, Abkhazia in 2013.  I had booked a place on Couchsurfing to stay that ran me $1 (free accommodation was illegal at the time in Abkhazia so the hosts were mandated to charge something) and upon my arrival in the city, I was unable to […]

Karaganda, Kazakhstan: Doing Nothing in a Fascinating City

Have you ever passed through a place on your travels and left not really knowing too much more about the city than you did prior to visiting?  As most travelers do a little research prior to taking off somewhere, I’m guilty of not making such efforts. I may research the first location a little, but […]