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.