Category Archives: Central Asia

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 […]

Traveling to the Archaic Petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon-ata, Kyrgyzstan petroglyphs

Nearly everyone who has had the pleasure of visiting Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan has made that quick stop on the side of the highway to admire the ancient petroglyphs.  But really, how many people out there have even made a stop in Kyrgyzstan, let alone Cholpon-Ata? I have to admit that I didn’t even know about the petroglyphs […]

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. […]

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

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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 […]

Visiting the Singing Dunes at Altyn Emel National Park in Kazakhstan

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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 […]