Category Archives: Kazakhstan

How to Get a Kazakhstan SIM Card in Almaty (Beeline and KCell)

How to Get a Kazakhstan SIM Card in Almaty (Beeline and KCell) kcell at dostyk plaza

I have been coming to Kazakhstan for five years and have been getting SIM cards here for five years.  The process was a nightmare the first time, not a nightmare the second time, and has been a bit annoying and cumbersome the last two trips I’ve made here this year.  I told myself I would […]

Almaty Taxi Guide: How to Successfully Take a Taxi in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty Taxi Guide: How to Successfully Take a Taxi in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Taking a taxi in Almaty has finally become a more streamlined and painless process but not without a lot of trial and error over the years.  This Almaty taxi guide will instruct you on how to successfully take a taxi in the Kazakhstan city as well as give advice to ensure you don’t put yourself […]

Visiting the Singing Dunes at Altyn Emel National Park in Kazakhstan

Singing Dunes Altyn Emel National Park Kazakhstan ripples in sand

I recently had a chance to visit the Singing Dunes at Altyn Emel National Park in Kazakhstan.  The experience of getting there was less than desirable but the Dunes were out of this world.  This post will detail how my day went, talk a bit about the Singing Dunes, and give you information about how […]

Best Almaty Hotels and Hostels: Our Top Picks for All Budgets

Hotel Kazakhstan: Almaty Kazakhstan - One day in Almaty itinerary (layover guide)-25

If you’re looking for the best Almaty hotels and hostels, this guide will have you sorted. After living in and out of hotels in Almaty for years, I have picked some of my favorites and ones I think you should consider as your Almaty accommodation.  This is a guide of where to stay in Almaty […]

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 […]

Charyn Canyon: My First Taste of Nature in Kazakhstan

Charyn Canyon in Kazakhstan

When I traveled to Kazakhstan nearly three years ago, I never really left the cities.  I went to Kostanay, Astana, Karaganda, and Almaty.   I was here at the end of December and throughout a great portion of January and I just wasn’t keen on exploring nature in the frigid temperatures I was welcomed with. […]