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by CallumT
Thu May 24, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor (2018)
Replies: 14
Views: 10045

Re: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor

Got a bit of information from the PECTA tourism information office in Khorog. As bws812 said, the people in this part of Afghanistan are not strict with their religion and travelling during Ramadan is meant to pose no real problems from what I was told. The only issue that might come up from it is g...
by CallumT
Mon May 21, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports
Replies: 75
Views: 35835

Re: Qolma/Kulma pass (China-Tajikistan) border crossing reports

Three of us crossed on the 7th of May from Tashkurgan to Murghab. Spent two hours trying to hitchhike from Tashkurgan to the Kala suu checkpoint with no success. Only three people stopped and quoted ridiculous prices. Eventually the bus from Tashkurgan to Kashgar came past around 9 local time and pi...
by CallumT
Sat May 19, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor (2018)
Replies: 14
Views: 10045

Three Weeks in the Wakhan Corridor (2018)

EDIT: To read a write up of how my trip to the end of the Wakhan Corridor went, see here Hello everyone! In a few days I will be entering Afghanistan from Ishkashim for three weeks. I have had a good read through a few things online about the area including this website and despite it getting me mor...
by CallumT
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Easter in Kazakhstan
Replies: 2
Views: 1160

Re: Easter in Kazakhstan

Oh wow that sounds very interesting! We were expecting to depart Kazakhstan a couple of days before the 8th but maybe we will stay a little longer now. A week in between the two easters gives us just enough time to recover from all the chocolate.
by CallumT
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Easter in Kazakhstan
Replies: 2
Views: 1160

Easter in Kazakhstan

After settling on a route through the stans my partner and I have realised we will be in Kazakhstan for easter. Neither of us are religious but we were wondering if easter is a big deal there.

Will there be anything of interest we should see or do? We will likely be in Astana or Almaty at the time.
by CallumT
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Embassy report: Russian Transit Visa in Ulaanbaatar
Replies: 22
Views: 7434

Re: Embassy report: Russian Transit Visa in Ulaanbaatar

Successfully applied for a 4 day transit visa today. As of February the embassy now only accepts visa applications on mondays, wednesdays and fridays from 9-12. Australian citizen costs: $70USD Spanish citizen (and all of EU I think): $46USD We were quoted these prices for a 4/5 business day turnaro...
by CallumT
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: Report: Mongolia VISA extension in Ulan Bator
Replies: 2
Views: 2906

Re: Report: Mongolia VISA extension in Ulan Bator

Just an update to say my partner and I successfully extended our visa yesterday despite not having registered within our first 7 days in the country. We have been in Mongolia for over two weeks already but no issue was made of it. Procedure and prices were exactly the same as described on caravanist...
by CallumT
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Mongolia
Topic: Mongolian Camel Festival
Replies: 3
Views: 1971

Re: Mongolian Camel Festival

If anyone was wondering, unfortunately we have just been told that the festival has been cancelled this year due to livestock illness.
by CallumT
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Money when travelling
Replies: 7
Views: 2242

Re: Money when travelling

For what it's worth my partner and I have just been through the first part of your planned trip from Malaysia to Mongolia. We have a credit card which offers no conversion fees AND no ATM withdrawal fees if we have its balance in credit. Withdrawing money on the go has worked fine, the only inconven...
by CallumT
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Quality beer in Central Asia: where to find?
Replies: 10
Views: 6314

Re: Quality beer in Central Asia: where to find?

Just as I was gearing myself up for a 3 month vodka-only marathon. The beer gut will be bigger than ever