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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 …
Landing into Almaty you could make out the snow capped mountains to the south and the city below. Landing at the airport was a very straight forward afair and I was through immirgration in very little time. After being hounded by a few taxi drivers and getting offered 10,000 I managed to organise a taxi for 3,000 to take me to my hotel.
We had a fairly straightforward journey over the border and into Kazakhstan. The oil money was in effect again as the roads straight away became smoother and the cars stopped trying to race each other 4 lanes across over half made roads. We managed to track our hotel fairly easily which had a balcony opposite the market with loads of shashlik and …
... irritating cough and stuffed nose. Beautiful drive through he infamous ? Valley. It is narrow, rain doesn't evaporate readily and the sun cant reach the valley much eg muddy tracks and vehicles often get stuck. A fe river crossings too add to the troubles. However, we dod it easily! The ger camp a funny one. Like a working farm with goats, horses and cattle wandering among the gers. Occasionally they are driven away by ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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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