Countries in Central Asia to visit

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1. Posted by Gregory312 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Hi guys! I'm planning my trip to Central Asia. I need your advice on where to go, which country and cities to visit. Time is limited - about 2 weeks. I'm interested in national traditions and would like to take part. Thank you!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2216 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

What does Central Asia mean to you?

Countries from this link below or to be sure - do you mean Southeast Asia?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Asia

Southeast Asia:
https://www.bing.com/search?q=southeast+asia&pc=MOZI&form=MOZSPG

With only 2 weeks probably just one country is best. Maybe a short jaunt to a second nearby country if you have plenty of money for any airfare.

Good idea to first look at a map! Decide what country looks like a good place to start. Research visa requirements. Make sure your passport has sufficient time left before expiring. Read up on how best to handle your money for the particular country. If you visit a second country you also need to research their currency and visa requirements too.

The time of year you visit will determine the weather you get. Different countries different weather patterns.

Look at a map. Only you know where you are starting from. The cost of airfare can also depend on when you fly and of course where you fly from.

Flying long distance round trip might be cheaper than 2 one way flights.

Come back with more information on what you want to do and you should also work up a budget for how much per day you have for day to day spending after paying for flights to "some where in Asia" and return home. Some countries are cheaper than others to visit.

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 786 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I'm sure someone else asked exactly the same question a few months back.
I have a feeling it was the opening post for SPAM but I could be wrong.
Have a search.

4. Posted by Gregory312 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

What does Central Asia mean to you?

Countries from this link below or to be sure - do you mean Southeast Asia?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Asia

Southeast Asia:
https://www.bing.com/search?q=southeast+asia&pc=MOZI&form=MOZSPG

With only 2 weeks probably just one country is best. Maybe a short jaunt to a second nearby country if you have plenty of money for any airfare.

Good idea to first look at a map! Decide what country looks like a good place to start. Research visa requirements. Make sure your passport has sufficient time left before expiring. Read up on how best to handle your money for the particular country. If you visit a second country you also need to research their currency and visa requirements too.

The time of year you visit will determine the weather you get. Different countries different weather patterns.

Look at a map. Only you know where you are starting from. The cost of airfare can also depend on when you fly and of course where you fly from.

Flying long distance round trip might be cheaper than 2 one way flights.

Come back with more information on what you want to do and you should also work up a budget for how much per day you have for day to day spending after paying for flights to "some where in Asia" and return home. Some countries are cheaper than others to visit.

I mean Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 786 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

There's not a lot of knowledge about the area on here.
This is the last thread asking about that area; https://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=114417

It's quite high on my list but not high enough to have researched it much yet...

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Feb-2019, at 12:33 by Andrew Mack ]

6. Posted by road to roam (Respected Member 143 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

One place on the list of many folks lately has been Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. It has been described as Las Vegas meets Pyongyang, meaning it is all relatively new and over-the-top flashy, but pretty desolate and perfectly (or strangely) orderly.

The country has injected some serious cash into the city, building giant monuments and plazas in honor of this and that, yet there are hardly any people around to take in all the sights. This may not be the cultural experience it sounds like you are looking for, but many travelers have been coming here lately for the quirky aspect of it all.

I have seen many photos from other travelers and it looks like a fascinatingly strange place - perhaps it is worth some research before your trip.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1143 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I'm planning a solo private trip to Central Asia and am working with guides and drivers there. The timing isn't certain. Since I'm a U.S. citizen, entry into Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will be easier than Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. So I might visit the first two and perhaps one of the others on my first trip; and save the others for later.

I suspect two weeks will not be enough for you to cover the five countries adequately. Several companies offer tours of the five stans; these usually are for three to four weeks. You might want to check their itineraries online.

You don't give your nationality; but you may need visas to enter the countries. If so, you should consider the time and money needed to fulfill the requirements.

8. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1480 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

An oddball tour company that covers central Asia is Lupine Travel based in Wigan, I'd check out their website for ideas.

9. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 695 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

With two weeks I would suggest either Uzbekistan or Kyrgystan unless you are interested in a Pamir Highway tour in Tajikistan. Uzbekistan and Kyrgystan are generally the more touristy of the five and better set up for tourists. To be honest I think Uzbekistan is best for a two week trip as the tourist sites there have better infrastructure especially public transport and if you are having only a short trip you don't want to waste time working out logistics instead of exploring the country;). In terms of festivals to particpate in check out these lists for each country to get you started:

Kyrgystan

Uzbekistan

Kazakhstan

Tajikistan

Turkmenistan

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