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by ustrasse
Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:12 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Khorgos border crossing Q&A (Almaty - Urumqi)
Replies: 64
Views: 21882

Re: Khorgos – Khorgas border open on Saturday?

As an update, the Khorgas border was indeed open on Saturday, though not sure about the exact hours. We paid 1,500 tenge for a marshrutka that drove us from Jarkent all the way to the Chinese immigration building. People on both the Kazakh and Chinese sides were very friendly and we were the only gr...
by ustrasse
Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Khorgos border crossing Q&A (Almaty - Urumqi)
Replies: 64
Views: 21882

Khorgos – Khorgas border open on Saturday?

Hello! We're looking to cross from Kazakhstan into China via the Khorgos border. Caravanistan warns that Kazakh-Chinese borders are closed on the weekends, but someone in the comments mentioned that the border is (usually) open on Saturdays. Did a quick Google search in Russian translated into Engli...
by ustrasse
Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Cars and motorbikes
Topic: Is it mandatory to travel in Iran with a guide?
Replies: 6
Views: 4449

Re: Is it mandatory to travel in Iran with a guide?

When we were there in October 2014 we had absolutely no trouble purchasing petrol at a discounted price. Usually the attendant put his in without us even asking, but the one time they didn't we just pointed at the card and asked. We also had no problem filling up our jerry can at the pump, and were ...
by ustrasse
Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: From Georgia to Kazakhstan through Iran or Russia? Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 4872

Re: From Georgia to Kazakhstan through Iran or Russia? Quest

I contacted Hossein via his website (http://www.overlandtoiran.com/). He's often online on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HosseinsGuestHouse) so you can contact him there as well. :)
by ustrasse
Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:12 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: From Georgia to Kazakhstan through Iran or Russia? Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 4872

Re: From Georgia to Kazakhstan through Iran or Russia? Quest

Hi Jill, We have actually completed our journey from Germany to the Stans by car and had a fantastic time (and came out with only three parking tickets and one speeding "ticket"--hope that Uzbeki cop enjoyed the money he swindled out of us!!), and are currently in Bishkek to sell our car. We were ab...
by ustrasse
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:51 am
Forum: Cars and motorbikes
Topic: carnet at border from Turkmenistan to Iran?
Replies: 3
Views: 4474

Re: carnet at border from Turkmenistan to Iran?

The fee Hossein charges includes everything, BTW, including car insurance. We even got a gigantic bag of pomegranates from the customs dude at the Iran/Armenian border ;)
by ustrasse
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:50 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Chinese visa in Bishkek
Replies: 56
Views: 37830

Re: Chinese visa in Biskek

Hello! Just want to report that today we went to the same office (Manas Avenue 40, room 200) to submit our documents for our Chinese visas. The price for one-week processing was $130 for German citizens, and $170 for US citizens. When I asked about the Kyrgyzstan registration stamp she said it wasn'...
by ustrasse
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Cars and motorbikes
Topic: carnet at border from Turkmenistan to Iran?
Replies: 3
Views: 4474

Re: carnet at border from Turkmenistan to Iran?

Hello!! We did this about a month ago, thanks to the help of Hossein at Overland to Iran (www.overlandtoiran.com/). Hossein is an incredibly friendly guy who has contacts with guys doing import/export at most Iranian border points. He organises the entire thing for both entry and exit. All you have ...
by ustrasse
Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Exchanging manat outside of Turkmenistan
Replies: 2
Views: 3960

Re: Exchanging monat outside of Turkmenistan

Thanks for the advice about Uzbek som! We'll be sure to get rid of all of our bricks of cash before we leave :) For anyone who is interested: Re: Turkmen manat, here in Bukhara the black market is willing to buy them at a measly rate of 500 som per manat, which is about half of what it's worth accor...
by ustrasse
Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Exchanging manat outside of Turkmenistan
Replies: 2
Views: 3960

Exchanging manat outside of Turkmenistan

More money woes from us... We've stupidly taken 120 monat out of Turkmenistan into Uzbekistan. I guess all the black market money guys had already gone home for the day, because there were none at either side of the Konye-Urgench border when we went through. We tried selling it on the black market i...