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by AlbertoBoero
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A
Replies: 48
Views: 16932

Re: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A

Yes it is already in use! There are normal counters inside. Didn't even see any booths outside.
by AlbertoBoero
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Swimming pool in Uzbekistan?
Replies: 4
Views: 663

Re: Swimming pool in Uzbekistan?

In Tashkent, we went to a water park called Akva Park. Is costs around 6€/7$ (I believe it was 60.000 som). They have a few very awesome slides and two big pools. Also a lot of stuff for children. You are only allowed in for 3,5 hours and compared to prices in Uzbekistan it is quite expensive, but i...
by AlbertoBoero
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Irkeshtam Pass: Kyrgyzstan (Osh - Sary Tash) to China (Kashgar)
Replies: 30
Views: 14857

Re: Irkeshtam Pass: Kyrgyzstan (Osh - Sary Tash) to China (Kashgar)

From Osh to Kashgar by public transport Apparently the opening times have changed. For both border controls, the times are (Beijing time): Summer: 10:00-13:30 and 16:30 - 20:00 Winter: 10:30-14:00 and 16:00 - 19:30 For the short version of our experience, this is what we learned: If you hand in a ph...
by AlbertoBoero
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Q&A: Door to Hell
Replies: 88
Views: 30312

Re: Q&A: Door to Hell

Hi there! The town of Kunye-Urgench looked a bit depressed and we made a good choice to not sleep there. We checked the hotel there (Urgench Hotel, 130 TMT per person) but it was not clean and the atmosphere was very bad. We got an other taxi we brought us to the border for one pack of cigarettes (...
by AlbertoBoero
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Sypatai Batyr (Chaldybar) border crossing (Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan)
Replies: 15
Views: 8240

Re: Sypatai Batyr (Chaldybar) border crossing (Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan)

We took a Marshrutka from Taraz to Biskek across this border. The border crossing went amazingly quick! They did not check or scan our bags, did not try to convince us we need a visa, no corruption or problems at all. We crossed it in 30 minutes, including money exchange at Kyrgyzstan side and a toi...
by AlbertoBoero
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Irkeshtam Pass: Kyrgyzstan (Osh - Sary Tash) to China (Kashgar)
Replies: 30
Views: 14857

Re: Irkeshtam Pass: Kyrgyzstan (Osh - Sary Tash) to China (Kashgar)

Gratsi and Jan wrote:...our phones were taken. (We later saw that they had installed an app on each of our phones.)
This sounds kind of scary and bad. What does the app do? Can you delete it? Does it make your phone slow?

Thanks for the update!
by AlbertoBoero
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A
Replies: 48
Views: 16932

Re: Tashkent to Shymkent border crossing Q&A

We took the 12:00 bus from Tashkent to Shymkent. We arrived at the bus terminal at 11:33, so pretty lucky that they still had tickets. Next bus would go at 18:00! Price was 40k, bus has AC and tickets with seat number, no extra charge for luggage. We departed at 12:30, reached the border at 13:00 an...
by AlbertoBoero
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Q&A: Door to Hell
Replies: 88
Views: 30312

Re: Q&A: Door to Hell

Isnt the train option cheaper? Considering you get a bed with it. It definitely is qhen you go solo. Might be! But I liked staying overnight at the crater. We got up early in the morning and watched the sunrise which was quite nice. Plus walking from the station to the crater is not for the faint h...
by AlbertoBoero
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Q&A: Door to Hell
Replies: 88
Views: 30312

Re: Q&A: Door to Hell

I concur, Thanks Alberto for your post. Do you have other posts that talk more about your itinerary in Turkmenistan? Can I assume you used a Transit Visa? Thanks You're welcome! My only other post is about the border crossing from Iran. We used a transit visum indeed. Although I expected to use all...
by AlbertoBoero
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Q&A: Door to Hell
Replies: 88
Views: 30312

Re: Q&A: Door to Hell

Thanks for the rapport AlbertoBoero. Very useful! One question: Is there any transport/taxi at the Crater? I just want to stay for a few hours and then go from the crater to the train-station to take the train north. I guess you can ask someone, there were some people with a motorcycle or otherwise...