Asia Samarkand Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAsia Samarkand Hotel
Nice comfortable hotel with friendly staff, situated close to the Registan and the other major sights. Rooms are spacious, breakfast selection is exellent, lobby Wifi is quite fast, but the swimming pool is a bit small for the number of visitors.
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Khiva is a small place with a perfectly preserved 200 year old walled section, and Bukhara a city whose buildings span a thousand years. Samarkand is different again, a large modern city with a few very grand buildings from the time of Tamerlaine (died 1405). It has a much longer history: it was the Sogdian Marakanda which impressed Alexander the …
The last morning dawns bright and clear. As we get on the bus we notice a party of Japanese tourists doing the same thing - and when we spot the distinctive gentleman proudly wearing a tall Kyrgyz felt hat we realise that they have been shadowing us since we left Bishkek. Ours is not a unique itinerary!
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... type eatery that was open near the university, so we decided to eat there. It was actually perfect; they served up pizza, burgers, and drinks served in 50s-style glass soda bottles. I haven't had much western food since coming on this trip at all, so I didn't feel too guilty about my pizza, which wasn't half bad.
We walked back to the hotel via the Gur-e-Amir complex again to see it all lit up at night and take a few more photos. ...
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Nearby, we stopped at a rooftop restaurant for lunch. The traditional cuisine is a bit monotonous' especially since it is not much different from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan cooking. Plov, their version of pilaf, mixed with carrot and other vegetables is so greasy that the lard sticks to the roof ...
... us off near a taxi stop, not the bus station, but what were we to do. We planted ourselves at little restaurant across the street under shade tree. An elder taxi driver had been stalking us, he apparently lives in Samarkand and was anxious to land our business. He started at $60 (180000 som) and we agreed on 130000 ($43) for the 371km (7.5hrs)
He turned out to be ...