This is a story of how our 5-hour journey from Samarkand to Dushanbe turned into a 13-hour adventure. The original plan was through Panjakent border, however, we ended up travelling through the Tursunzoda border due to road closures.
At the foothill of the northern Tian Shan mountains, this former capital of Kazakhstan has so much to offer! There are many things to do in Almaty. With a good variety of restaurants, metropolitan cityscapes, extensive public transport systems, close proximity to nature, we can totally see ourselves staying here for a long period of time.
A trip to Central Asia won’t be complete without a visit to the famous Pamir Highway. We did our trip in January where the coldest temperature we encountered was -50℃! Here I will share our 5 days Pamir Highway itinerary with you and make the winter trip possible.
One of the main reasons why people visit this region of Central Asia is to see the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan, aka. the Darvaza gas crater! This gas crater is 69 meters in diameter with 30 meters in depth. The fire has been burning continuously for decades!
Turkmenistan is a strange place. It is one of the most isolated countries in the world. The capital Ashgabat is described as Las Vegas meeting Pyongyang by the Lonely Planet. Here are the top 11 things that I think one should know when travelling in Ashgabat.
Iran is a magnificent country. With landscapes vastly different from north to south, east to west. Deserts of Iran are something that fascinates me, as it a major bypass along the old Silk Road. Hence on our way from Shiraz to Isfahan, we made a stop in Yazd, to make sure you explore this desert city of Iran.
Located at the foot of the Zagros Mountains, we started our Iran trip from the city of Shiraz. The city is known as the city of poets, literature, wine and flowers, in addition to being the formal capital and of the oldest cities in Persia, there are plenty of things to do in Shiraz.
Backpacking in Central America is a lifetime adventure! It may appear small on the map, however, in actual fact, our trip from Canun, Mexico all the way to Panama City was almost 3000KM and we spent 10 weeks to complete the trip (including a quick getaway to Cuba)! There is just so much to see in this region!
Yushan or Jade Mountain is the highest mountain in Taiwan. 3952M above sea level, this gives Taiwan the 4th highest maximum elevation of any island in the world! That’s why conquering Yushan is a must for any outdoor lovers when visiting this island nation! There are two ways to hike Yushan, one is to stay overnight at Paiyun Lodge. Another option would be doing it as a day hike!
North Korea has long been a mysterious country that still hides behind the iron curtain even this day and age. For many keen travelers, this is one of the last frontier they would like to conquer on their world map. However, visit North Korea may be a lot easier than you think.