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by unborderedlife
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Taxi @ Almaty airport: Q&A
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: Avoiding scam taxi @ Almaty Airport

Second vote for Yandex Taxi. Otherwise, you can contact your hotel/hostel in advance and see if they offer pickups. Most should be willing to do so for around US$10.
by unborderedlife
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A
Replies: 48
Views: 15423

Re: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A

Well, the tickets did sell out on the day. Arrived around 8:30am, and told there were no more seats for buses until late afternoon. So I had to use a private taxi instead. The border crossing itself was relatively smooth and fast. I wrote about the entire experience on my blog here: https://unborder...
by unborderedlife
Sat May 25, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: How to avoid being extorted on trains?
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: How to avoid being extorted on trains?

Hi all, I'm back from my two weeks in Central Asia and I just want to say thanks for all the advice and tips. I had an awesome time and had no issues on the trains whatsoever. Everyone did their jobs properly and was helpful. Also used Yandex a few times and it was a lifesaver! Although one driver I...
by unborderedlife
Tue May 07, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A
Replies: 48
Views: 15423

Re: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A

Cheers, I just went there today to try and get tickets for Friday. Was told they only sell tickets from 2 days in advance, so come back tomorrow....I will just have to get tickets on the day, hopefully it won't fill up by then.
by unborderedlife
Mon May 06, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: How to avoid being extorted on trains?
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: How to avoid being extorted on trains?

I, too, would advise against choosing kupé instead of plazkart. Families travel plazkart and where there's families there's enforced tranquility for the sake of the kids (there's also a "no windows down" policy but hey, you can't win them all). My other advice is not to look too flashy. O...
by unborderedlife
Mon May 06, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: How to avoid being extorted on trains?
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: How to avoid being extorted on trains?

Hi, first of all: I never had such a problem in >30 rides on FSU night trains. If you experience something such as the traveller in the first link, to get the train manager (nachalnik poezda), who is on the train the boss of the sleeping car attendants (provodniki). Also, most importantly, ask for ...
by unborderedlife
Mon May 06, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: How to avoid being extorted on trains?
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: How to avoid being extorted on trains?

Talking about scams. Unofficial taxi drivers in airports and train stations may extort money from foreigners. Unfortunately I often hear about that from travelers. Better use official taxi. Thanks for the heads up. I've read about this scam as well and have no intention of taking unofficial taxis. ...
by unborderedlife
Sun May 05, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: How to avoid being extorted on trains?
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: How to avoid being extorted on trains?

Thank you very much for the tips, it's very helpful. Reassuring to know these scams are rarer nowadays, but I will definitely be firm in insisting a report is made should it occur. Thanks again.
by unborderedlife
Sun May 05, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: How to avoid being extorted on trains?
Replies: 11
Views: 976

How to avoid being extorted on trains?

I've been reading some unsettling reports on blogs of how officers on trains will try and extort foreigners for money. For example, this female blogger said train officers tried to hide her passport and pretend it was "lost". She kicked up a fuss and was able to resolve the issue. https://...
by unborderedlife
Sat May 04, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A
Replies: 48
Views: 15423

Re: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A

With regards to the cross-border bus that started last year, does anyone know which bus station it departs from in Tashkent? Is it the bus station near Sobir Rhaminov metro station? Also, where can tickets be bought in Tashkent?

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