Hotel Siyakhat

69, Azadi street, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan | Hotel

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The White City

A travel blog entry by ahartry


... project here: the first President (and national hero) gave up smoking after 40 years. He then banned smoking in public spaces throughout the country and decided to encourage fitness by building a “healthy track” in the mountains near Nissa. It is a narrow footpath, all paved, with low wall, that runs up steep hills, along the ridge, and back down in a great distance. We saw no one on it, which was surprising given its location and the heat.

The site of ...

Turkmenistan... it only deserves one entry

A travel blog entry by lukeandloumann


... statute of Turkmenbashi stands atop something that looks like a child's drawing of a spaceship and slowly rotates so he always faces the sun, we wanted to go up but didn't have a small enough note.

One thing that became clear was the fact that having tallest or the largest was very important. Every second thing was in the Guinness Book of Records. I think the minder said at least 7 things had an entry. It became a bit of a running joke with us. Probably not right to ...


A travel blog entry by ahartry


... Blue Mosque, Topkopi, Basilica Cistern), and they also took the ferry to the Asian side of Istanbul and wandered through suburbs. This morning, I took Paul to BART at 4:45am, so he could catch his flight. He’s currently (as I write this) in a cab from Ataturk to the kids’ hotel, to meet them for dinner.

I had a meeting in Berkeley in the morning, which I attended but left early. I then rushed home, ...

City of Marble

A travel blog entry by marqual


... You can't take pictures of many buildings, such as the train station and certain statues. We are staying at a really nice 4 star hotel called Ak Altyn hotel.
I met up with Sam and Mindy to go to lunch but we walked down one of the only streets in town that didn't have any restaurants. Eventually we found the British Pub and decided to have a very late lunch there. I had a very bland margarita pizza. Afterwards, I looked at some of the carpet ...

Where the Golden Boy lost his Marbles

A travel blog entry by wenzels


... he was elected president for 2 terms of 4 years each, in the course of which the constitution was altered to give the president absolute power and allow him to govern for life. Enter the cult of personality: Niyazov gave himself the name "Turkmenbashi" (Father of Turkmens) and ensured that a city was renamed after him, the months were renamed (January now is Turkmenbashi), the days of the week were changed (Monday is Bashi), etc. Statues of him went up everywhere, most of ...


This hotel, located on 69, Azadi street, Ashgabat, is near Ancient Merv, Turkmen Akhalteke Horse Trekkings, and Flying Fish Cove and Settlement.
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