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by rhinomaxil
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions
Replies: 210
Views: 98436

Re: Caspian sea ferry updates & questions

Hi, We actually travelled with the two previous posters above on the Turkmenbashi-Baku ferry, and it's funny to see the different experiences. Overall we wouldn't necessarily recommend this route, although it's fun to cross Turkmenistan (for those considering going to Aktau or through Daguestan inst...
by rhinomaxil
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Cheap accommodation for Turkmenistan: Q&A
Replies: 24
Views: 9252

Re: Cheap accommodation for Turkmenistan: Q&A

Hi, We stayed in Ashgabat at Kuwwat Hotel for $10/person. Location is very convenient, close to the Russian bazaar and walking distance from the train station. But the hotel is NOT clean; I'm talking dozens of cockroachs crawling in your room, your bed and in your bag at night, shared bathroom with ...
by rhinomaxil
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Q&A: Door to Hell
Replies: 88
Views: 23656

Re: Q&A: Door to Hell

Hello, We spent the night next to the crater on November 6th, on our way from Konye-Urgench to Ashgabat. You don't need to go to Dashoguz from Konye Urgench to Darvaza. Actually, if you're coming from Khiva, I'd recommend going to Nukus the day before to visit the Savitsky museum (see here for Khiva...
by rhinomaxil
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Hojayli - Konye-Urgench border crossing (UZ - TM)
Replies: 43
Views: 21149

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

Hi, Crossed this border on November 6th from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan on a transit visa. Stayed in Besqala hostel the night before in Nukus (10$/person) where we arranged a taxi (10$ for the car) to the border in the morning. The whole process was straightforward and easy. We arrived at the UZ bor...
by rhinomaxil
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Khiva to Nukus
Replies: 2
Views: 442

Re: Khiva to Nukus

Hi, Here's a more detailed summary of the options to go from Khiva to Nukus, based on our experience a few weeks ago. There is no marshrutka or shared taxi going from Khiva to Nukus directly, at least not in early November. Private taxi: the standard quote we got from many different persons was $50 ...
by rhinomaxil
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Q&A: Door to Hell
Replies: 88
Views: 23656

Re: Q&A: Door to Hell

Hi Gary, We crossed the Dashoguz border yesterday and it all went very easily. Quite busy with locals but as a tourist the border control agents constantly made sure that we were the first that got to the counter and on the bus (which also gave us a bit of an uncomfortable feeling but we just went ...
by rhinomaxil
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Buying a Carpet in Central Asia
Replies: 12
Views: 10126

Re: Buying a Carpet in Central Asia

My wife and I bought 2 carpets from Akbar House Collection in Bukhara. He's an eccentric but sweet man once you get to know him, and his knowledge and collection are really lovely - carpets and suzannis. We got a good price which is more than half the amount we would have paid in the West. If he li...
by rhinomaxil
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Border crossing Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan (Isfara-Batken)
Replies: 34
Views: 15061

Re: Border crossing Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan (Isfara-Batken)

Crossed today, nothing difficult. I’ll just add three information: - the border is open 24/7 - you can change your somoni in som at the bazaar in Isfara - the exchange rate was quite good, just ask the pharmacist guy on the right at the entrance of the bazaar, he will make a quick phone call and 30 ...
by rhinomaxil
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan
Replies: 29
Views: 5669

Re: Registration for Sim card in Tajikistan

When coming from Kyrgyzstan (Osh) on the Pamir Highway, the first chance to get a SIM card is at Murghab in the containers bazaar where we bought ours at Megafon. Very quick, relatively expensive (they have several deals - we took 3Gb for approx. $10; they are all valid one month), you just need yo...
by rhinomaxil
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Dushanbe
Replies: 39
Views: 17299

Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Dushanbe

Easiest thing ever. Went today to the embassy in Dushanbe at 10:30am (see coordinates above - don’t use maps.me location). Soldier in front will check your passport and let you in. Documents needed: - your passport (you don’t have to leave it, just show it) - a photo - a copy of your passport (I had...

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