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  • The start of the Silk Road [center][/center] Waking up in the desert, taking one last look at the Door Posted by kmmk17 in World Travels 🌍 | Sep 26, 2016
  • A night at the Door to Hell Waking up in the mountains we made our way back by minibus to Ashgabat. We first stopped off at the Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, located in Gypjak, just outside the capital. This impressive Posted by kmmk17 in World Travels 🌍 | Sep 25, 2016
  • Wacky Ashgabat & The Kopet Dag Over the last few years having settled into working life I have tried to spread my holidays throughout the year, with many short weekends away, as well as a big holiday lasting a week or tw Posted by kmmk17 in World Travels 🌍 | Sep 24, 2016
  • TurkmenistanWe spent three days in the country, basing ourselves in the capital, Ashgabat. For a history of the country, see: [[]] This country Posted by janejoe in Central Asia - The "Stans" | Jun 30, 2017
  • Stan: TurkmenThe Central Asian adventures began with my flight into Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. I had a tour for this country booked, primarily because a booked tour is a requirement to get the tourist visa. Posted by ksbacon in Bacon on the road | Sep 29, 2016
  • Mary, TurkmenistanHotel: Stay at the Yrsgal Hotel - really friendly family run place and the your woman at reception speaks excellent English and is very helpful. Food: Recommend the Yrsgal cafe (not the restaurant which is actually a private night club), where Posted by UnwindRoad in Unwind on the Silk Road | Oct 21, 2014
  • AshgabatBuses: A new long-distance bus station opened just outside the city in September. It's a fantastic, airport departure lounge type of place, with everything super organised for the ten of buses that depart here every day! We got a taxi Posted by UnwindRoad in Unwind on the Silk Road | Oct 16, 2014
  • The Gate to Hell and rest of Turkmenistan!What kind of weird bunny is this little known country then? [float=right][/float] Beginning Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Jul 3, 2013
  • Border Troubles pt. I[float=left][/float]What do you do when one of the world’s worst police states issues you a vis Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Jun 30, 2013
  • Uzbekistan and TurkmenistanHello, I write this from Iran and it feels absolutely fantastic to be here after a Hyde and Jekyll last few weeks. When traveling in Central Asia visas become the absolute bane of your life, swapping stories about them is Posted by carlswall in 2wyvernsonmychest | Sep 3, 2011
  • Enter the 'StansWe have made it safely to Central Asia, the land of the 'Stans. After a rather dramatic and expensive exit from Azerbaijan (more on that some other time). Our ship, my namesake, Professor Gul, cruised into the turquoise habour of Posted by chrisgulik in Eurostar to Auckland | Jul 22, 2012
  • TurkmenistanTour details We visited Turkmenistan as part of a Central Asia tour organised by the UK based travel agent Undiscovered Destinations. Most people visiting Turkmenistan must do so via a local tour operator and be accompanied by a tour guide through Posted by bsmethers in Travel Logs | May 31, 2011
  • The burning holeWe thought that Azerbaijan was dry and lifeless but not compared to Turkmenistan. As soon as we got off the ferry, there was nothing but barren landscape. We drove a short while and pulled up on the side of a Posted by neillkylie in The long way to Oz | Jun 7, 2010
  • The Ferry that should have taken 16 hours‘The ferry should take between 16 hours and 24 hours depending on what happens as we pull into the dock of Turkmenistan’ Pete said so with that information we settled ourselves in on the ferry, taking over the seating area Posted by neillkylie in The long way to Oz | Jun 4, 2010
  • 22 - Stepford Wives go SovietWe made it to the border and were glad to make it across with all our dollars, as there aren't any cash machines for foreigners in Turkmenistan, and no hassle for our artwork. Across the border, we met Timur, our Posted by FiColes in Fi & Bryn's Big Trip | Sep 25, 2009
  • MerwThe ruins of Merw are a bit tricky to make sense of because unlike Troy the different historical layers are not peeled off like an onion but rather form a network of clusters next to each other. This makes the Posted by Lent in Olympic bicycle ride 2008 | May 3, 2008
  • Crossing the desertSo the first part of the "real" Silk Road from ancient Merw onwards passes the Garagum desert perpendicularly to reach Turkmenabat and the Amuderya river plain. We crossed the 180km desert stretch in two days and it required some guesswork Posted by Lent in Olympic bicycle ride 2008 | May 3, 2008
  • HotterIn Mary, SW-Turkmenistan, I managed to slip into an Internet-Cafe to cover the unbearably hot afternoon hours. Internet is a fairly recent arrival in Turkmenistan (most people don't even understand the word) and public access is only possible in official Posted by Lent in Olympic bicycle ride 2008 | Apr 28, 2008
  • Hot Moving further southeastwards along the Kopet Dag mountains, clouds and rain have now definitely gone away and made room for temperatures far over 30 degrees. Somehow against my exp Posted by Lent in Olympic bicycle ride 2008 | Apr 23, 2008
  • GaragumWhile the first three days in the Garagum ("black sands") were desert experience pure with a mostly yellowish (though hazy because of the weather) wide-stretching horizon and occasional camels on and some very basic service facilities (Cayhana) for Posted by Lent in Olympic bicycle ride 2008 | Apr 23, 2008
  • Discovering TurkmenistanThe ferry transfer over the Caspian Sea from Baku tu Turkmenbashy deserves a chapter of its own right if one is used to the huge luxury vessels between Finland, Sweden and Estonia. Anyway, everybody survived the appalling hygienic conditions on Posted by Lent in Olympic bicycle ride 2008 | Apr 23, 2008
  • Minaret of Kone-Urgench Posted by ameurice in The Nomad | May 30, 2007
  • Darvaza, then to UzbekistanFrom Ashgabat we drove north on the lonely road that goes through the Karakum Desert, which actually had a fairly decent surface, but only for half the road. The drove in Dima's Soviet UAZ Jeep (apparently it was better as Posted by Nomadics in The Nomad | May 29, 2007
  • Darvaza Gas Crater Posted by ameurice in The Nomad | May 29, 2007
  • Ashgabat - Pictures [img= Posted by ameurice in The Nomad | May 29, 2007
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