Category Archives: Central Asia

My Top 17 Favorite Things to Do in Astana, Kazakhstan (Nur-Sultan)

baiterek at sunset in astana kazahstan

Believe it or not, I traveled back to Astana, Kazakhstan.  I said it would never happen after my last trip there and I was pretty insistent on that for years.  But times changed, I grew up, and I came to realize that there were probably things to do in Astana these days that didn’t exist […]

Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan: A Turquoise Slice of Tragic History and Pleasure Near Almaty

Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan: A Turquoise Slice of History and Pleasure Near Almaty

Kazakhstan is the gift that keeps on giving.  I never ventured too far outside of my Almaty bubble in the country in recent years because I just felt at home and was okay wasting my days away inside of cafes and pubs.  I really didn’t realize just how much there was to see and do […]

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 […]

16 Delicious Restaurants in Almaty, Kazakhstan to Satisfy All Tastes

15 Delicious Restaurants in Almaty, Kazakhstan to Satisfy All Tastes

Almaty, Kazakhstan has a variety of delicious places to eat for the hungry traveler. This is a guide to the best restaurants in Almaty. It will include Almaty restaurants that focus on traditional Central Asian food in addition to giving vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and international options for those looking to enjoy something different to eat […]

Ideal One Day in Bishkek Itinerary for Your First Kyrgyzstan Trip

Ideal One Day in Bishkek Itinerary for Your First Kyrgyzstan Trip

One day in Bishkek is definitely not enough but many people kind of overlook the city or use it merely as a base their first trip to Kyrgyzstan.  This Bishkek itinerary will give you our ideal plan for how to visit the city if you have only one day in the Kyrgyz capital.  One Day […]

What to Know Before Horse Riding in Kyrgyzstan (Tips + My Experience)

What to Know Before Horse Riding in Kyrgyzstan (Tips + My Experience)

I recently went horse riding in Kyrgyzstan and I was not sure what to expect for my journey into the Kyrgyz mountains. This is a guide about my Kyrgyzstan horse trekking experience as well as what to expect before you go, what to bring, and more! What to Know Before Horse Riding in Kyrgyzstan Recently, […]