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by Bethany
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Problems with downloading visa application form?
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Problems with downloading visa application form?

Hey, I had this problem too. I had to use my work laptop which had the right Adobe on it. The embassy weren't very helpful.
If you PM me your email address I will send you the form I used.
by Bethany
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Help with Fann itinerary please!
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Re: Help with Fann itinerary please!

Hi, I can only really comment on Days 6-7. Day 6 is definitely doable but if you only hike from lake 6 to 7 this is a very short "hike". Day 7 where are you hiking back from? If you are staying at Noffin that is at lake 4 so would you not just drive straight down to Penjikent? The drive fr...
by Bethany
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gluten-free vegan in Central Asia
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Fussy eating on the Silk Road

Your options are limited since the 3 staple foods in Central Asia are meat, dairy and pasta. So you will have to self-cater pretty much all the time. It's ok, we get plenty of vegans and they all manage. For more forum threads and vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free food tips, see https://caravanistan.com...
by Bethany
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates
Replies: 43
Views: 15883

Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

We were able to get rate of 17.6 last week in Dashoguz, though we had been told by a guide we had met that the prevailing rate has dipped slightly from 18 to 17. In Ashgabat we only changed small amountd at 17 but could have got 17.5 if were changing a higher value.
by Bethany
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions
Replies: 203
Views: 91390

Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

I plan on crossing from Baku/Alat to Turkmenbashi this Saturday. As getting info on schedules seems to be difficult, does anyone have experience of what chances are that boats sell out? For cargo ferries, that only happens when the Mongol Rally arrives in Azerbaijan. The Berkarar and Bagtiyar have ...
by Bethany
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Q&A: Door to Hell
Replies: 65
Views: 19420

Re: Q&A: Door to Hell

Hi Bethany, Great trip report. How did you get on with the language barrier? Do you speak any or did anyone speak any English? Hi - we don't speak Turkmen or Russian (apart from a few basics: Hello, Thank you, goodbye....). Did not present too much of a problem. At train stations and gas crater alw...
by Bethany
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Q&A: Door to Hell
Replies: 65
Views: 19420

Re: Q&A: Door to Hell

Our experience going Southbound as most reported here seem to be Northbound. Definitely possible independently and could have been done pretty cheaply if necessary. Day 1 9am arrived at Khojeli Konye Urgench border. 11.45am clear border and get a driver to take us around Konye Urgench sites and driv...
by Bethany
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Hojayli - Konye-Urgench border crossing (UZ - TM)
Replies: 41
Views: 20429

Re: Hojayli - Konye-Urgench border crossing (UZ - TM)

Border report for yesterday 4th Aug. Total time 2 h 45 mins. 9am arrived for opening of border. Very quiet and no money changers or transport present. 9.20am The border actually opened at 9.20 at which point there were 4 of us waiting. Went through uzbek customers quickly but had to wait at passport...
by Bethany
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Turkmen transit visa in London
Replies: 27
Views: 5426

Re: Embassy report: Turkmen transit visa in London

Received LOI for transit visa from London embassy. Report as below: 24th May - submitted paperwork, photos etc in person as per old process. Were checked and OKd. Early June - receive email saying form and process changed 10th June - resubmitted with new editable pdf form via email 15th July - LOI ...
by Bethany
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: 21 days in Uzbekistan!
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: 21 days in Uzbekistan!

Hi all, So we've developed the itinerary a little more and would be so grateful if you could help in any way with three questions: 1) we''d love to squeeze an extra night at Naratau mountains - can you see anyway to change the intinery to do this? We can't spend less time in Tashkent at the beginni...

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