Central Asia

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Bukhara : carpets, mosques and madrasahs

I had high expectations. I had really high expectations. I think my expectations were a bit too high. A lot of people told me that if there was only one city to visit in Uzbekistan, it should be Bukhara. Once again, I did my research beforehand and I found a lot of information here and […]

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Discovering Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan, does that sound familiar to you? I’m not sure… And Ashgabat, its capital? Even less familiar I guess. Yes, you can open a new tab and check on Google Maps where this country is on a world map. And honestly, like most people, I didn’t know much about this country, Turkmenistan, one of the […]

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Travel tips about Uzbekistan : what you should know

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“What!!!??? You’re in your thirties and you still don’t have kids!? In Uzbekistan we’re all randy devils! At your age, we all have three or four kids!” This is one of the very first sentences I heard when I arrived in Uzbekistan. Pronounced by the military man I was communicating with, the one who made […]

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Road trip on the Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

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The legendary Pamir Highway, also called M41 Highway! That name might not ring a bell, because it’s not that famous among the general public, but all those who traveled in Central Asia know at least the name “Pamir Highway”, and all those who go to Tajikistan are basically going there for the Pamir Highway. What’s […]

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Traveling in Central Asia

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President we could call a dictator, desert, mountain, forest, silk road, nomads, yurts, highway almost empty… Welcome to Central Asia, this area not so well-known by people in general, which includes Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Honestly, do you personally know many people who explored Central Asia ? I’m not sure… Even though this […]

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Darvaza, the gas crater

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Now you know the real reason why I really wanted to make it to Turkmenistan : Darvaza, also called the gates of hell! I had been thinking for weeks about this place, and I really wanted to see it from my own eyes! And I didn’t know if the opportunity would come up, because I […]

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Travel tips about Turkmenistan : what you should know

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Turkmenistan, a mysterious country, and also one of the most secluded countries in the world. My experiences in Ashgabat, and also in Darvaza were interesting. I only realized later that this country fascinates a lot of people. Indeed, during the few weeks after my stay in Turkmenistan, I met a lot of travelers watching me […]

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Horse riding along Song Kul, Kyrgyzstan

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Song Kul, a mesmerizing lake located in Kyrgyzstan. With Issyk Kul, it’s one of the major tourist attractions in Kyrgyzstan. And this is completely understandable, those two lakes are splendid. Watching them, you really feel like YOU are in the scenery of a postcard. And the best way to enjoy those two lakes, is to […]

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Bishkek, quiet capital of Kyrgyzstan

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Everybody told me the same thing. The ride from Almaty in Kazakhstan, to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan goes smoothly. Crosing the border is easy and quite fast, which is logical. The two countries are neighbors, same culture, they were both part of the same country not that long ago, a lot of people make the trip […]

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Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan

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I already talked about it in my article with all the tips about Uzbekistan, but Central Asia, in general, doesn’t attract many people. With no mass tourism, interactions with the locals are more authentic, and after Tashkent, my last stop in Uzbekistan, I knew I would still be blown away for the next few weeks, […]

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Tashkent, a new city in Uzbekistan

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Tashkent is the first stopover of almost all travelers who decide to visit Uzbekistan. Bur for me, it was my last stop, before going to Kazakhstan. Indeed, I didn’t go straight to Uzbekistan by plane, but overland from Turkmenistan… And I already had the opportunity to visit Bukhara and Samarkand, before getting to the Uzbek […]

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Samarkand : Registan, mausoleums and mosques

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I was told that Bukhara was THE city to visit in Uzbekistan, and as I was explaining it in my post about Bukhara, I probably set the bar a bit too high, and I was a little bit disappointed. Thus I was expecting anything for the other cities, and I wasn’t expecting anything special regarding […]

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