Central Asia is becoming an increasingly popular travel destination, but there are still plenty of places to enjoy local culture, rugged beauty and authentic food.
This area of the world consists of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. All of these countries were part of the USSR, so they have a lot of shared history with Russia (and you can get by in the countries with Russian!).
However, you’ll notice distinctive cultures as you explore Central Asia. Some of them stretch across borders, but due to its positioning on the old Silk Road, this part of the world holds onto stories, legends and customs from all over the world.
Kazakhstan is one of the biggest countries in the world, but it still remains relatively unknown to people outside of Central Asia.
In reality, Kazakhstan has so much to offer tourists. Think endless mountains with ski slopes and glaciers – but a fraction of the tourists that you’ll find in similar mountainous countries.
The steppe has its own distinct beauty, with an endlessness that you won’t find in many other countries.
Or, head to the cities. Astana is a futuristic metropolis with buildings that could take on Dubai, and Almaty has a wonderful liveable feel with plenty of attractions.
One thing’s for sure – you’ll leave Kazakhstan with more on your bucket list than when you arrived!see All Kazakhstan posts
Uzbekistan is one of the most culturally rich countries in the world. Sitting in the middle of the historic silk road, it is a place where ideas have been swapped and built for centuries.
From mosques and madrasas to Soviet history, there’s plenty to learn about in Uzbekistan, all connected well with a fantastic train system.
Uzbekistan’s silk road cities are quite well set up for tourists, but travelling in the country still remains an adventure.
If you’re interested in visiting somewhere with a distinctive culture, delicious food and fascinating history, don’t miss Uzbekistan!See all uzbekistan posts