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.