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by Antonio
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts
Replies: 47
Views: 11137

Re: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts

I was there last August. Recieved the Chinese visa in my country without mentioning that I was going to visit the region. I had Turkish stamps and that was no problem. If I was a concertina wire manufacturer, the region would be paradise, but being a regular tourist, I cannot say I liked it. For a S...
by Antonio
Mon May 07, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Central Asia Road Conditions Map
Replies: 7
Views: 1874

Re: Central Asia Road Conditions Map

Hi, I wouldn't say that the road between Ashgabat-Derweze is 100% bad. It is good for the first tens of kms, then it is OK, then its terrible. I have a gps log, I can check average speeds if you are interested.

You can add Konye-Urgench to Dasoguz as good.
by Antonio
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Turkmen transit visa in Paris
Replies: 18
Views: 11223

Re: Turkmen transit visa in Paris

The LOI was provided after booking a 5-day tour with Stantours. Around 1000$ if I remember correctly. The local agency was very professional and I recommend them.
by Antonio
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts
Replies: 47
Views: 11137

Re: Security situation in Xinjiang - leave your thoughts

The Syrian war is about to finish, in a year or so, the rebels in the Idlib pocket will be crushed, and some of the Uyghurs living there will survive and will come back to the PRC to start trouble. I guess this surge is a reaction of what they are expecting. Next year I want to go there and finish m...
by Antonio
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: How Dangerous is a trip to Central Asia in a Campervan? - Reassuring worried Parents!
Replies: 3
Views: 2054

Re: How Dangerous is a trip to Central Asia in a Campervan? - Reassuring worried Parents!

I have not slept in the countryside in the Stans except for Derceve. When I was researching the trip it looked like the best spot for jihadis to attack foreigners and record some nasty but photogenic videos with the crater in the back. But then you get there and see how there are checkpoints everywh...
by Antonio
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Uzbek sum exchange rates
Replies: 105
Views: 51779

Re: Uzbek sum exchange rates

Wow, 50000 soms notes. I only saw a few 10000 notes, did not even knew these existed.
by Antonio
Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Registration Kazakhstan not required anymore?
Replies: 34
Views: 14186

Re: Registration Kazakhstan not required anymore?

No registration needed for European passports that do not requiere visa. I entered the country from Uzbekistan, asked the police at the border and they told me no need to register. My inmigration card was stamped two times. Since I read here it was not needed, and the police told me so, I did not bo...
by Antonio
Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A
Replies: 47
Views: 12357

Re: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A

Crossed this in August: Easy but I was interrogated. The whole crossing took 45 mins. I asked the Tashkent hotel to get me a taxi to the border. I took half an hour and 40000 SOM. I arrived at Chernayevka at 10:45, and the border was madness, lots of people coming and going, but when I got to the ac...
by Antonio
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Shavat-Dashoguz border crossing report
Replies: 26
Views: 9670

Re: Shavat-Dashoguz border crossing report

Crossed this in August: Rated easy: I arrived at 13:30, and there was almost nobody there. The whole crossing took only 50 minutes. On the Turkmen side, first you write the exit declaration which they keep. Then they scan your bags and check the medicines again. Then you get stamped and accompanied ...
by Antonio
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Bordercrossing Iran - Turkmenistan a.k.a. Sarakhs - Saraghs
Replies: 15
Views: 5597

Re: Bordercrossing Iran - Turkmenistan a.k.a. Sarakhs - Saraghs

Crossed this in August: I took a cab very early from Mashad. The son of owner of Vali's Homestay was driving. It was 50$. The ride to the border is pretty scenic, there is a small pass along the way, with good views to the plains in the South and the mountains in the North. The ride was 2h 40 mins. ...

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