Category Archives: Central Asia

Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan: A Travel Guide to the Famous Sunken Forest

Lake Kaindy and Kolsai Lakes in Kazakhstan Sunken forest blue lake

Kazakhstan is easily one of the most beautiful countries on the planet and the country constantly flies under the travel radar when it shouldn’t. Especially when places like Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan’s famous sunken forest, exist. This is a travel guide to Lake Kaindy, part of the Kolsai Lakes in southeastern Kazakhstan, discussing how to visit […]

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 […]

They are Building a Road to the Mountains in Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan

balykchy, kyrgyzstan on issyk-kul lenin on a building

“They are building a road to the mountains here,” the cordial local from Balykchy said optimistically to the three of us.  We were standing in front of a statue of two snow leopards and Sayakbay Karalayev.  I gazed away fixated on the street art on the side of the building across the street as the […]