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by seysearles
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Itineraries & trip reports
Topic: Flight Dushanbe Tashkent
Replies: 2
Views: 1905

Re: Flight Dushanbe Tashkent

Very pricey though ($250 from memory). We found that the cheapest option was taxi to Khujand ($25) then fly to Dushanbe on Somon Airlines ($35/each). Alternatively you can share taxi all the way there in around 6-7hrs for $40 and the drive is really beautiful. It involves private taxi to Oibek borde...
by seysearles
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Imigration card scam...
Replies: 14
Views: 6646

Re: Imigration card scam...

We entered at Kyzylart and b/c of this info, insisted on that card. They said they no longer exist, they don't have any and when I suggested they confirm in writing, we got a stamped peace of paper saying they have no immigration cards ... all friendly. Confirmed with several people, including tour...
by seysearles
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Other transport
Topic: Somon Air Q&A
Replies: 1
Views: 2552

Somon Air Q&A

Just heads up based on our experiences regarding Somon Airlines. Contact the airline 24hrs prior to departure to confirm that the flight is in fact departing. We arrived at Khujand airport ready to board our flight to Dushanbe to find it completely dead and be told by a lonely information counter cl...
by seysearles
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Pamir Highway security Q&A
Replies: 22
Views: 8803

Re: Pamir road and the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan

Hi everyone, First post here, as I am planning to go on the Pamir road from September 7 (flight from Dushanbe to Khorog) to September 15 (Osh). Besides inquiring whether this time frame is realistic, I am a little concerned about the rather alarmous security updates I have read here and there, rega...
by seysearles
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Shavat-Dashoguz border crossing report
Replies: 26
Views: 12589

Re: Shavat-Dashoguz border crossing report

The taxi drivers on the Uzbek side surprised me though, they wouldn't take us to Khiva for anything less than 30$, which was a total rip-off. We paid USD20 for Shavat --> Urgench (to buy train ticket) --> Khiva. The driver helped to organise the train ticket also (although he did give us a sort of ...
by seysearles
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Afghanistan
Topic: Women in the Wakhan Valley!
Replies: 14
Views: 7197

Re: Women in the Wakhan Valley!

Hi there guys! So I am an anthropologist and a writer and I am wanting to travel to the Wakhan Valley to try and so some interviews with Wakhan women, Im interested in writing about how life is for women living in the Wakhan. Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas about where I might be able to fin...
by seysearles
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Visas & embassy reports
Topic: WARNING: Carefully check Your Turkmen Letter of Invitation's
Replies: 0
Views: 1068

WARNING: Carefully check Your Turkmen Letter of Invitation's

I thought that I would post this in here just a head's up to everyone out there applying for Turkmen visas and specifically transit visas. We encountered a problem that nearly derailed our entire Central Asian adventure when trying to board our flights to Ashgabat about a month ago. After spending m...
by seysearles
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Dushanbe to Khujand
Replies: 2
Views: 2968

Re: Dushanbe to Khujand

Take a shared taxi. A good driver will do it in 4-5hrs and it's a beautiful drive and will set you back $10-15. You can fly it on Somon Airlines but beware they can cancel flights at the last minute. We showed up to take our flight only to find the airport empty and a guy at the info counter saying ...
by seysearles
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Turkmenistan Closed?
Replies: 2
Views: 1533

Re: Turkmenistan Closed?

Which border?
by seysearles
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Tajikistan
Topic: Tajik somoni black market rates
Replies: 21
Views: 11918

Re: Tajik somoni black market rates

No problem in Dushanbe getting money from ATMs, Kazkom seems to be a safe bet - and you can get both Somoni or USD at their machines (up to $500 per transaction). Hi olmo thanks for this. Do you know if you remove usd from the ATM if they convert your banking currency (usd in my case) into somoni a...