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Solo travel vs photo opportunities

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Hi all,

I'm a keen amateur photographer who is planning a trip to Kyrgyzstan next year. I also hate tour groups, don't have an extravagant budget and tend to travel using public transport.

I'm wondering whether my aims of photographing Kyrgyzstan while getting around with public transport are doable? The CBT website seems my best bet, so if anyone has any particular CBT places to stay that they'd recommend I'd appreciate it. Particularly for photographing Kyrgyz people and yurt homestays.

I'm also keen to visit these places after some research:

Song-Kol
Naryn
Kol-Suu
Bokonbay?

If anyone has any recommendations for transport to/from and/or accommodation.
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Most people get around with public transport.

There is no public transport to Kol-Suu and Song-Kol, though.

There is nothing to see in Bokonbayevo really. Better to hang out in nature than in this village.
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Thanks. Also, there is no longer a border permit needed to visit Song-Kol or Naryn, is there?

Finally, is the Issy-kul area 'worth it'? It seems from my reading and research that no-one really rates the actual villages around that area, but that it is a jumping off point for hiking to the east. However, given a lack of time I'm wondering what would be an easily accessible area I could visit, or whether it is just worth skipping.
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> border permit needed to visit Song-Kol or Naryn
not needed.

> Issy-kul area 'worth it'?
is it "worth it" to travel to central asia at all?
you just ask so many times, that i'm wondering if it is.
maybe it is better to stay at home or choose another place :P
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Sorry my recent frequent posting has offended you. Perhaps if there's a question or comment you don't like, you could simply ignore it and refrain from replying rather than making a sarcastic comment. Just a suggestion.
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mazeno wrote: is it "worth it" to travel to central asia at all?
you just ask so many times, that i'm wondering if it is.
maybe it is better to stay at home or choose another place :P
Spoken like someone who has never had to prioritize places to go because of time constraints.

To answer OP, there are some hikes you can do in the area are Karakol that only take a couple of days. The landscape there is quite forested, so it's different than around Song-kul, for example. Even on a day hike from Jeti Oguz or Altyn Arashan you can see some interesting landscapes.
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mazeno wrote: if you don't have time for sthg important for you, don't spend it making it shorter.
I suppose that's why he was asking: to find out if this would be an important place for him.
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but he asked about much more places in other posts.
that's why i'm sarcastic.
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Lots of places, little time; don't know how else he's supposed to figure out what the important places are.
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Hi Steve,

don't mind Mazeno too much, he has his ways...:-) The forum is here to ask questions, and everyone is welcome.
stevesayskanpai wrote:Finally, is the Issy-kul area 'worth it'?
Yes, it is. I tried to nuance that statement here: http://caravanistan.com/kyrgyzstan/issyk-kul-lake/

Basically saying: it is the size of Denmark, you know. You can find everything that is typical of Kyrgyzstan in this area. Time constraints and a desire to cover a lot of ground makes things difficult, though, especially on a budget, since things simply don't move that quickly in Kyrgyzstan.

Have a read through that article, it might clear things up a bit. Ultimately though, the only real way you are going to find out if it is worth your time, is by going. But I think, with time constraints, you often have to be a bit lucky. If you meet the right people, fall into the right place (for you), it's going to be great. Likewise, you can have a rainy time with an annoying rip-off taxi driver.

There is an unpredictability here, and that is part of the charm.
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