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TravelPod Member ReviewsTurkestan Almaty
Clean Room with a lovely balcony. Staff were able to drive us to the airport for an ok fee. Located near food stores and a lovely park. No running hot water though.
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On day 2 we woke to no running water in the room but as the scouts always say 'Be Prepared' so I reached deep into my bag and produced wet wipes. Since I'd spent most of my teenage years out hiking with no access to showers I knew the extreme benefit of always carrying these bad boys with me.
We weren't …
The day had finally arrived.
We were off on our Central Asia Adventure with our first stop in Almaty, Kazakhstan. We'd spent months planning this trip from organising the visas (very hard when 2 of the countries didn't have consulates in Hong Kong), to the special GBAO permit (our travel agent had never heard of) that we'd need to travel …
... acquired visas we emerged on the Kazakh side of the border in a manner of minutes. Our co-passengers eventually joined us but there was no sign of the marshrutka itself. Evidently the papers for the vehicle were not in order and it was not given permission to cross. We waited for over an hour and half before the driver appeared. It seems he had given up on getting the vehicle over but had thankfully arranged for a substitute vehicle to ferry us for the remainder of ...
... with an interesting mix of Soviet and Islamic heritage. There is alledgedly 130 different ethnic groups here in this famous Silk Road city.
The weather for the 4 days we were there was brilliant, treating us to sunny blue skies with minimal humidity. The streets are wide and clean and lined with trees. The parks are shady and green well used by the locals which gives them a nice friendly atmosphere. There are street cafes everywhere and a doner kebab ...
... made it to the breathtaking view after thinking we were going to perish in the sliding 1980 Audia A8 2wd version that couldn't handle the roads meant for son mobiles - a surprise to driver!!! A yummy yurt meal, surrounded by carpets and rugs and a desk to the out back funny where i swore i saw a wolf made for yet another amazing experience. Off we headed the next day to Bishkek and due to a few local wars we decided to only stay the one night in the strange run down soviet ruin ...