I recently met up with Edward Shoote, who bikepacked together with his wife Marion and his friend Jack Chevell in a circle around the Altai, crossing the 4 countries divided by the mountain range: Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia. There is already a good report on their journey online, but I wanted to ask him a […]
Central Asia has many spectator-friendly games. But the most famous of them all is the dead goat polo known as Buzkashi (in Afghanistan and Tajikistan) / Kokpar (in Kazakhstan) / Kokboru – Kukpari – Ulak Tartysh (in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan). Competitions are held, even nationwide and international games are played, but finding out when and where […]
In the old days, Central Asia was a great place to get rid of your old clunker before you headed into China. Second-hand cars were highly prized because of the extreme import duties on foreign goods, so you could get a lot more money for your car here than back home. With the creation of the Russian-led Customs Union, things have gotten a lot more complicated. Import taxes have gone up considerably, and governments are trying to keep old cars out of the country. So where do you go now? Let’s have a look.
Ashgabat has a lot to love for the serious, bargain-hunting shopper. You can buy babydoll lingerie, furnish a house, entertain a toddler, and satisfy your taste buds with local food fare all in one spot.
What’s the most useful language to travel the Silk Road and Central Asia? Russian, Turkish or Persian?