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    • Spending a month this summer in Almaty, would appreciate some information:

      by DrEvS Online Now Apr 8, 2015 at 11:12 AM


      I will be in Almaty for a month (mid-July to mid-August), teaching at KIMEP. I have several questions:

      1) Is there a possibility of finding (buying) an inexpensive basic bicycle for transportation?

      2) Is there an English-language book exchange in the area (so I don't have to too many paperbacks)?

      3) I don't know if the University has a swimming pool I can use, but if not, can anyone tell me the cost for a one-month membership / pass to use the Central Swimming Pool, or as alternative the CK Rakhat Fitness?

      4) I see several tennis courts; is tennis popular? Might I be able to find some doubles play?

      5) Looking at Lonely Planet (which seems to have the most complete description), it appears that the public transit system is meager. Will it be of much use to me from the area where KIMEP is located?

      6) Other than "pubs" or drinking, what are the evening / weekend social activities?

      Thanks in advance!


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      left luggage

      by Sevsa Online Now Mar 23, 2015 at 5:15 AM

      My wife and I will have a very long layover in Almaty when flying to Urumqi and we would like to go into the city and have a look around. However since we are flying on different airlines we will have our packs with us and after looking at the airport website it seems there is no left luggage area there. Is there someplace in the city that we can leave luggage during the day such as in the railroad station?

      1 Answer Mar 23, 2015 at 6:01 AM
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      Almaty in the Winter

      by travel.mania Online Now Jan 25, 2015 at 8:54 AM

      I will be going to Almaty the first week of February. What are the things to see and do during this time of the year?

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      Almaty Kazakhstan

      by travel.mania Online Now Jan 8, 2015 at 12:24 AM

      I am planing to visit AlMaty, Kazakhastan. I welcome any helpful information about that city
      I am also interested in making friends from there

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      Genera Almaty

      by Rhokstar Online Now Dec 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      I am going to Almaty from 21 December, staying in city hotel for 4 nights & wing it after that.
      What is the best nightlife, restaurants, bars area? I also like really local type places as well as usual tourist type strips.
      I could require an English speaking driver & car to travel around Almaty.
      What are the requirements for foreigners living and/or investing in Kazakhstan? I am a New Zealander.
      Cheers Ritchie

      4 Answers Dec 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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      Three weeks in October

      by EdwardJohnAllen Online Now Jun 20, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      I am visiting Almaty in October 2014 doing 2 weeks voluntary work plus 1 week street / documentary photography, and I would love to meet up with a locals or a few expats with decent local knowledge of the city for coffee & a chat or a tour around some time. I'm a pretty experienced traveller, but the nearest I've been to Almaty is Turkmenistan, so it would be really helpful to listen to your own insights and suggestions.

      And if you like photography, I'd be more than happy to trade a lesson or two for your time and advice!

      Thanks for your interest.

      Edward Allen

      4 Answers Sep 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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      Museum of National music instruments

      by GIPA Online Now Jun 8, 2014 at 3:48 AM

      This museum caught my attention here onVT. Is it offer an overall experience? I mean , is it possible to listen to the sound of the instruments or just watching them?

      2 Answers Sep 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM
    • Accommodations

      by pchun88 Online Now Mar 9, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Hi...I'll be in Almaty in late July. I'm looking for affordable accommodations. Hotels seemed to be way above my budget and there don't seem to be too many mid range hotels. Is there a website or other information I can use? My budget is somewhere in the $40-60 range.



      3 Answers Sep 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM
    • Day tours from Almaty

      by pchun88 Online Now Feb 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      I will be in Almaty in late July for 3-4 days. I am traveling solo and wanted to take a day trip out to see some nature. What sites would you recommend? And are there any group tours I could join? I've checked online and most tours are private and quite expensive. Thanks. Paul

      1 Answer Feb 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM
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      regarding visa onarrival.

      by RamkrishnaS Online Now Jan 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM


      i want to visit Almaty in the month of march can i get visa upon arrival i m from India &want to visit Moscow.

      2 Answers Mar 30, 2014 at 4:44 AM
    • Currency exchange

      by Blueboulady Online Now Sep 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Are ATMs easily available

      2 Answers Sep 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM
    • Almaty 1, NOT 2, Train Station

      by tezzy Online Now Aug 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Hi fellow travelers!

      1. Safe at night? This website,, claims the station is under surveillance around the clock, even late at night, and that the police are at any give time at present. Has anyone been there in the wee hours?
      2. Any exchange beaureux (money changer) on site?

      Thanks for your time.

      1 Answer Aug 28, 2013 at 2:43 AM
    • pleasure trip to Almaty

      by jojo64 Online Now Aug 15, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      planning to visit almaty in 1st week of Sept.2013, is it OK

      1 Answer Aug 15, 2013 at 6:06 AM
    • Information on Almaty

      by SMcClure1971 Online Now Aug 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      What would a family of 4, i.e a 3 and 7 year old with a Labrador and 2 cats consider and ask before moving to Almaty?

      3 Answers Aug 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM
    • Information on Almaty

      by SMcClure1971 Online Now Aug 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      What would a family of 4, i.e a 3 and 7 year old with a Labrador and 2 cats consider and ask before moving to Almaty?

      4 Answers Aug 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM
    • Has anyone slept overnight at the Almaty airport?

      by tezzy Online Now Aug 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Hi everyone,

      I am flying into the Almaty airport fairly late and onto another -stan country.

      I wonder how comfortable overnight sleeping at the airport can be. Has anyone done it before?

      I have looked at before posting my question here and there are only 2 postings on the Web site and pretty out-dated - one in 2005 and the other in 2003...

      I love to hear tips for a best sleeping spot, fending off security guards if any, etc.,

      Thanks for your time.


    • cost of samsung galaxy s duos at almaty

      by jayashreemahata Online Now Jun 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM

      what is cost of Samsung galaxy s duos?

      2 Answers Jun 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM
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      by MASHK Online Now Sep 7, 2011 at 1:03 AM

      Dear friend
      I have plan 3 days trip from Almaty to Bishkek and return
      I would like to know can I take visa in border or not and for return to Almaty
      my first visa is valid or not or I must to ask multiple entrance visa?

      1 Answer Sep 7, 2011 at 3:35 AM
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      by MASHK Online Now Sep 4, 2011 at 12:42 AM


      3 Answers Sep 4, 2011 at 12:51 AM
    • How can I get from Barcelona, Spain to Astana?

      by KathyKen Online Now Apr 28, 2011 at 2:43 AM

      I would like to go in June, 2011 and it appears to be very expensive to fly to Astana or Almaty from Barcelona. Is there another way to get there that is near by and I can take a bus or train to get to Astana?

      Many thanks.


      7 Answers Apr 28, 2011 at 7:15 AM
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      Trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan.

      by Bobbykins64 Online Now Nov 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM

      I am a single 48 year man, who wishes to go to Almaty for two/ three weeks.
      I don't mind traveling there myself if need be, but I am looking for holiday companionship. Is there anybody who fancies going to Almaty, or does not mind me teaming up with them ?
      I would like to go has soon as possible, all I need is my visa.
      Anybody interested ?

      2 Answers Nov 27, 2010 at 12:33 AM
    • almaty to toretam

      by sebduthy Online Now Jul 23, 2010 at 9:08 AM

      Can anyone tell me how long the train from toretam to almaty takes, roughly how much it costs and if it runs on weekends?

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      From Almaty to Astana

      by osho2003 Online Now Apr 27, 2010 at 9:22 AM

      From Almaty to Astana

      I and my friend plan to come on 10 Th May Almaty.Then we have to go Astana.From Astana airport to we have to go Ukraine (Kiev) on 14 th May .So how could we go Almaty to Astana; How much cost by train or by bus ? How long time getting for travel? Is it risky? we have not much money to fly.pls good advisees

      2 Answers Apr 28, 2010 at 8:54 AM
    • Availability of Shopping Item

      by dsmoore0 Online Now Nov 23, 2009 at 11:43 AM

      Are the following items available: If so please advise brand names and parmacutical quality:

      Vitamin E 400 IU
      Citracal (Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D 500 IU
      Centrum Silver Multivitamin

      Hair spray (Brand name and manufacturer)

    • Looking for cool hotel near Medeo

      by yanchik Online Now Jul 14, 2009 at 9:56 AM

      I am traveling to Almaty for business and staying through the weekend. I figured that I should take the opportunity to go to the mountains and Medeo. I read on this forum that there is a very cool hotel there, where the rooms are in jurts. Does anyone know the name/have the contact for this hotel? Any other recommendations of neat places to stay would be most appreciated! Thanks!

    • from Almaty to Karakol

      by audriusa Online Now Apr 9, 2009 at 6:19 AM

      what is the possibilities to go from Almaty to Karakol for 12 persons? It is possible to reached Karakol not going to Bishkek direction?

      Thank You

      2 Answers Jun 9, 2009 at 2:26 AM
    • Looking For A Reasonably Priced Hotel in Almaty

      by Hotel-Less Online Now Feb 16, 2009 at 9:38 AM

      3 friends and I are travelling to Almaty in early June and we need to find a hotel.
      All the agencies, websites etc we have tried name the same 10 or 12 hotels, all of which are already booked on our dates or are very expensive.
      There must be more hotels in Almaty. Can anyone help with the names and/or contact details of any two or three star hotels. Anywhere in the city or near the airport will do.
      Please help.

      4 Answers Jul 9, 2013 at 6:36 AM
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      Arriving early in Almaty

      by ian1917 Online Now Feb 2, 2009 at 2:37 PM

      Hi we are flying in to Almaty arriving at 5:10am on the KLM flight. Local (UK) time that is midnight so we will be very tired. Are there hotels we can check in to at that time to get some sleep?

      Also if we decided to catch a train somewhere instead, how quickly could we get from Almaty airport to Alma-Ata-2 train station? Does immigration take a long time?

      Thanks for your help!

      1 Answer Feb 3, 2009 at 12:48 AM
    • How I can travel from Almaty to Shymkent?

      by imasaliev Online Now Oct 24, 2008 at 9:08 AM

      How I can travel from Almaty to Shymkent by bus or minibus? and what's aprox. rates

      1 Answer Nov 14, 2008 at 12:53 AM
    • professor

      by hegramo Online Now May 9, 2008 at 8:01 AM

      How to travel from Almaty to Urumqi?

      Can we travel by plane or by train?

      How often are there flights ?

      Sincerely yours

      Bjørn Myrvang

      1 Answer Dec 12, 2008 at 8:05 AM