Are the hot springs outside Bishkek worth a visit
Dear Fellow Travellers, i hope that you all be in good spirits.
Here is what i want to know.
I am planning to enter Iran from Pakistan and go all the way to Azerbaijan. After crossing Azerbaijan i will cross caspian sea and there you go, i am confused right there. Which way to go from here? Should i land in Kazakhstan and make way from Uzbekistan into Kyrgyzstan and then China. OR Should i land in Turkmenistan and then Uzbek and Tajikistan into China?
Please advice according to following points,
1.. Infrastructure, as in Roads, Connectivity, Transportation (Buses & Trains only)
2. Connectivity with the outer world as in money transfers, internet, electricity?
3. COST. That;s really important as i am a little tight on the budget. Which route would prove to be better in terms of finance?
4. Plus i am a loner, so please advice which route would offer me with more cultural interaction and orientation.
Looking forward to your valuable and much appreciated feedback.
So my beloved Australian Football team just drew Kyrgyzstan away in the preliminary World Cup Qualifying rounds.... We also have Jordan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh (Not exactly the group of death i know :) )
Would it be worth a trip or don't bother?
We plan to travel from Almaty in June to spend two nights in Bishkek. Please could anyone tell me what would be the latest bus running from Bishkek, Western Bus Station to Almaty? I understand the journey will take 4 to 5 hours.
We were thinking about leaving Bishkek about 15:00 and understand buses leave when they are full.
Any advice would be really appreciated.
Are there any organized hiking/biking tours of Kyrgyzstan? Any guidance would be most appreciated.
Only a couple of days left in Kyrgystan, and I don't want to have to make another! trip to the orthopedist. Anyone have a home-remedy type way to make walking in my (summertime) running shoes less treacherous?
What would the transfer time between Bishkek-Osh be if you're taking a bus/taxi?
Hi im in Almaty at the moment and wasted today so i need to stay another day i think to see the sights in the city and maybe the Great Almaty lake on the outskirts tomorrow instead of taking a bus to Bishkek....
any suggestions for any better routes as received info that my plans to go to Bishkek and then on to Osh and then to the pass into China are probably the best plan to stick to. I have a big suitcase and was planning to get to the Kashgar sunday market but realise that i need to abandon that idea and just keep going. I need to be in Nanjing on Monday in about 10 days time.
so i can fly from Kashgar to Urumqi and Urumqi to Nanjing if need be.
but any suggestions - i chose the Irktesham pass as its said to be the easiest for independent travellers and doesnt rquire a permit whereas the Torugart one does...is that correct and does anyone know the days the bus does go from Osh to the Irk border...my book says its twice a week and i was hoping it had improved since then but a travel agent today said he thinks its only once a week but doesnt know what day...
any other recommendations for Bishkek and Osh...my book is mainly pointing out Silk road things, i downloaded the LP ebooks onto my laptop but not the easiest for reading properly! and cant get them onto my phone i dont think as having problems setting my new phone up to receive websites.
thanks in anticipation!
I am looking for a nice clean single accommodation at locals want to feel the Bishkek not as a international passenger but to belike a local and feel the hospitality of the local people
I am looking to travel from Naryn to Osh
Does anyone have any tips of things to see on the way?
Or even how best to complete this route?
We would like to stop in a traditional town on route if possible, although we don't have camping gear
Hi all we will fly to Bishkek in September and spend one week in Kyrgyztan and then a week in Uzbekistan our itinerary is below. I wonder if rather than going around Issyk Kul lake it would be nicer to drive from Bishkek to Osh and see places on the way (like Arslanbob). I wouldbe grateful if you let me know your thoughts, also any comments on the rest of the itinerary are very welcome. Many thanks form London.
Day 1: Bishkek, Ala-Archa National Park
Day 2: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul
Day 3: Issyk-Kul – Karakol
Day 4: Karakol – Jety-Oguz gorge,
Day 5: Jety-Oguz gorge, Djuuka gorge – Tamga
Day 6: Tamga – Bishkek
Day 7: Bishkek - Osh (fly)
Day 8: Osh – Margilan – Rishtan - Tashkent
Day 9: Tashkent – Bukhara
Day 10: Bukhara
Day 11: Bukhara – Samarkand
Day 12: Samarkand
Day 13: Samarkand – Tashkent
Day 15: departure
I am travelling to Kyrgyzstan next month on an organised tour, we are heading up to just over 3000t metres, via the torugart pass to tash rabat
Will AMS be an issue, or am I just being a little over cautious?
Hello, all! Does anyone know an interesting club (arts, sports, dancing) you can join in Bishkek for a two week stay?
i am a indian student studying in bishkek. how to travel to issyk kul lake from bishkek?can you help please.
I am planning to visit the Central Asia this summer (probably Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan) and was looking for a tour operator that offers backpacking tours for groups (i.e. for individuals to travel together, and not for already existing groups that plan a trip together).
I have traveled like this before and loved the spirit of the group of like-minded travelers from all over the world that I shared my experiences with as well as the fact that I could enjoy the trip, instead of wasting my time organizing accomodation or transportation (so please don't come up with the recommendation that I should travel there on my own ;)).
I am 25 years old and looking for a tour where people are around my age. The trip should be a broad mixture of activities and should visit the big cities as well as some hidden spots.
Has anyone already done a trip like this or can suggest any operators that provide such group tours?
I am thankful for any advice!
In late April I will be flying into Bishkek and flying out after only 6 days.
I am a 65 year-old male and have a bad leg; so no trekking for me except for bazaars and lakeshore.
Further, I am a teacher, so I travel on a small budget.
I am considering getting out of Bishkek; the obvious options seem to be:
1) Karakol and/or Balykchy (I would enjoy walking on the lakeshore)
2) Osh and/or Jalal Abad
Thank you for any suggestions
I am working in Bishkek and interested in going skiing on the weekends; either for one or two days. The cheapest way is to go to the closest resorts with a local operator, where you can get an all-inclusive package for 1,500 Som ($30) covering transport, ski rental and lift ticket. I have not yet managed to test this, as they have vehicle issues...
Better resorts are about 100 km away and one can get 4WD transport for the day for $85. The car can take up to 4 passengers; there would be additional costs for a lift pass (around 600 Som) and ski rental (600 Som).
If you are interested in sharing transport on any of the following days: 15-16/2; 22-23/2; 1-2/3; or 8-9/3; send an email to bisbjerg at attglobal.net
1) When visiting or beginning a face to face business engagement how should the conversations proceed?
2) When is the appropriate part of visit to bring up business? Does one bring up the matters right away, or is it customary to talk about non-business related matters to break the ice or conclude the business meeting?
3) What is the attitude, rate, pitch, and tone usually found in a business engagement in Kyrgyzstan?
What are some distinctive approaches for greetings a westerner should be aware of?.
How does one giving and receiving compliments when greeting a Kyrgyz or other resident?
When/How does one take their leave and bid farewell?
Thread title is irrelevant, by the way. LOL.
Real Questions are:
1. What's the better option for a lone traveler like me who wants to travel in Kyrgyzstan for a month - Do it Yourself or a tour company? (Should be budget wise as i'm as poor as a lone tree in the desert).
2. Is it fine if I travel first to Kazakhstan then overland to Bishkek?
3. Wanna go with me?
Im coming to bishkek on a 60day tourist visa from the Uk. I may like to stay longer. I heard I need to go to almaty to get new visa. Any advice?
Doens anyone have experience with this company from Kyrgyzstan?? Their website is down so I don't know if they are still in bussiness.
I'm looking for a way go get around the country and as public transport and guesthouses are not wide spread I thought maybe Edelweiss is an option.
I am coming over to Batken, from Isfara, Tajikistan, and would like to stay a nigh or two.
Has anyone stayed in the city? Where, how much and how was your experience?
is it permitted to cross the torugart pass on a local bus leaving Bishkek?
what is the frequency of that bus?
i am canadian
Hi out there!
We will visit Kyrgyzstan by end of August (3 people), and try to make an itinerary for trekking(s), at altitudes about 2.000-4.000m around the mountains of lake Isyk kul (but not planning for ice climbing, crampons, axes etc. that would be beyond our limit!)
Our aim is to combine hiking with enjoying nature and village life of Kyrgyz people, and also, to avoid sleeping in tents, for escaping the cold of the night (so, better staying in a house/ shelter/ yurt), and avoid carrying too much weight.
Enjoying the rural and nomad kind of life, sounds very interesting for Kyrgyzstan!
It could be 2-3 separate trekkings, too, just a few days each, e.g. 2-4 days each, or one week long trek and daytrips here and there. We are definately flexible, first priority is to enjoy the most, the real side of the country.
We plan to visit cities and villages by the lake, too, and move by public transport between them all (and keep budget low).
So, could you recommend some areas to do that kind of trekking, either independently or with guide?
All ideas are very welcomed guys!
Hi there! Just starting to organize an upcoming trip to Kyrgyzstan this September, in quest of beautiful spots in nature, culture, villages, rural life, walk around as much as possible, hike (low/medium altitude) mountains…
At which places of Kyrgyzstan do you think, should we focus plans, in order to venture around nice areas without spending too much?
Our budget seems a little limited, maybe could work (?) lets say around 30euro /40$ / 200 som pppd, due to recent financial limitations…
The luxurious travel agencies - package tours are totally out of the question…
But sharing occasionally a car with others, or using backpacker-friendly agencies sometimes to ease some parts, transfer between remote places, could be within budget limits hopefully.We will be a group of 2 or 3 friends, speaking just English (and Greek!)
Any suggestions and experiences about such areas and budget-wise tips, are a big big help to us.
Many thanks in advance!!
All the best!
I'm considering Kyrgyzstan for 2 weeks. I would love to get out into the nature, do some trekking, horse riding, cycling and relaxing!
I am concerned about level of safety as a lone female traveller. Actually, not just as a lone female, but in general. Is Kyrgystan safe at the moment? friends and family are advising me against going.
I am happy to go on a tour, but they all seem to have only one activity. Does anyone knowy of any tour companies that are multi activity?
I am a US citizen planning a trip to Kyrgyztan for the month of May.
Anyone want to join me?
Please , anyone could explain me how does it function?
I am brazilian.
Thanks in advance.
I'm planning to go by land from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Beijing, China. Does anyone here has done this or part of it? Does anybody know if I can cross the border to China there?