South Korea in 10 alternative sights

GAMCHEON CULTURE VILLAGE (BUSAN)
In this post we wish to provide some suggestions on spots telling another curious version of the flat or even unknown image South Korea has achieved in the general public opinion. As a matter of fact, Korea is often neglected or confused with more resounding neighbours like Japan or China, which seem to offer more intriguing appeal on tourists. Despite its small size, howev...
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NomadXpress in JAPAN: our top 20 experiences

Traveling in Japan
A bit astray from the Silk Road (even though some later branches stretched as far as Nara and the surroundings), Japan was not indeed in our initial plans. However, after being denied the Chinese Visa in Ulaanbaatar, we came up with this overland route to arrive to Tokyo and apply there. This forced deviation turned finally out to be a pleasurable break after all the Central...
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From Russia to Japan by boat: the Vladivostok-Sakaiminato route

Boat from Russia to Japan
In order to keep being loyal to our “no planes policy”, we had to figure out how to get to Japan by boat after completing the Trans-Siberian stretch in Vladivostok. Browsing the online info, we got to know there is a year-round service that connects by sea three different countries in less than 48 hours: Russia, South Korea and Japan. The service is run by DBS Cruise Ferry, ...
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Trans-Siberian highlights and downsides (in our short journey from Ulan Ude to Vladivostok)

Trans-Siberian train line
The names “Siberia” and “Trans-Siberian” have always evoked a creepily respectful image related to freezing, remote lands with almost no dwellers and vegetation. A place for true, committed travellers wishing to explore the most secret and forgotten parts of Russia; a place for people yearning to curiously experience the austere Soviet compartments in the longest railway eve...
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Mongolia’s 10 tops and flops

Western Mongolia
During our 18 days spent in Mongolia we have somehow learnt a lot about this huge, “bitter-sweet” country. Although we could not fully explore the entire territory, we nonetheless made our profound effort to grasp the essential traits of the “Mongolian lifestyle”, focusing above all on the resources for the overland, low-budget travellers We entered the country from the Nor...
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NomadXpress’ top 20 + 1 experiences in Central Asia

Central Asia by NomadXpress
In respect of our NomadXpress' tradition, after the Balkans and Middle East "Best of", here you have our personal list of tops in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The list is not exhaustive nor following any specific ranking. It is only the spontaneous outcome of our free memory and imagination across these timeless countries still p...
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Astana (KAZ) – Ölgii (MGL) by bus: the trip and tips at length

WHY THIS ROUTE? We ended up picking this itinerary when stuck in Central Asia without the Chinese Visa, previously denied in all the - Stan countries (nowadays it turned out almost impossible to get the approval in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan). Hence, we had to modify our original plan to cross from Kyrgyzstan to China into a new daring trajectory bypas...
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(NOT) Getting a tourist Chinese Visa in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)

(NOT) Getting a tourist Chinese Visa in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)
After being denied the Chinese Visa in Baku, Tashkent, Bishkek and Dushanbe (now open only for local residents), we just gave up and started to think about a "forced" detour in our Silk Road, overland trip from Venice to Beijing. If the first idea was to cross to China from Kyrgyzstan and wonderful Torugart Pass, after all the refusals we came up with a new, longish solution: ...
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On the tracks of flamingos in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve (Kazakhstan)

Let’s be honest: we are not birdwatchers or birds lovers. However, since we got stuck in Astana waiting for the bus to Olgii (Mongolia), we had to find interesting activities in the surroundings. That’s where the remote town of Korgalzhyn fits in. Located at around 130 Km from the capital, it’s the perfect two days visit to see completely different things from the futuristic...
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48 hours around SONG-KÖL: trek, yurt stay and horse-riding

SON KÖL: trek, yurt and horse-riding, Kyrgyzstan
Situated at an altitude of 3016 m, Song-Köl is definitely a must-see inside the spellbinding panorama of Kyrgyzstan. It is a beautiful alpine lake enclosed by snowy mountains, thriving pastures and nomadic yurt camps, partially dedicated to tourists as well. We chose the cheapest and most fascinating way to arrive there, that is from the northern side and the small vil...
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4 days trek in Arslanbob

Arslanbob - Kyrgyzstan
If you do like trek and horse activities, you surely cannot miss Kyrgyzstan in your Silk Road journey. Studded with verdant valleys, candid peaks and alpine lakes, the country is the perfect scenario for hiking among the natural beauties and sleep under the beaming stars. Furthermore, it has surprisingly developed a community-based tourism (CBT) system by which you can easil...
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Nomadxpress’ top 10 places and experiences in TAJIKISTAN

Tajikistan - Pamir Mountains
After a couple of weeks spent in the marvellous Tajikistan – among ones of the highest peaks in the world – we came up with the following top experiences in our touching journey. To the same extent, we have also retained the heartfelt hospitality and cheerful welcome of its native people, whose genuine spirit and long-standing traditions represent at the best the “core values...
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Yurt experience in Aydar Lake (Nurata)

Aidar Yurt Camp, Uzbekistan
Once in Central Asia, we heard from other backpackers about Community-based tourism organizations. They essentially assist travellers to have real, local experiences as yurt stays, horse riding, mountain hikes, workshops, etc ... More importantly, they serve as direct contact between travellers and local people, who should be the first beneficiary of all activities. Money the...
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Local train experience between Aktau (KAZAKHSTAN) & Kungrad (UZBEKISTAN)

Local train experience between Aktau (KAZAKHSTAN) & Kungrad (UZBEKISTAN)
In general, so far in our trip we rarely took advantage of trains, in part due to lack of infrastructures; in part because buses are normally faster, cheaper and more frequent. However once you get in Aktau, Kazakhstan, you have no many options to move forward to Uzbekistan: just the glorious, “soviet” train directed to Kungrad (first big city in Uzbekistan), a 25 hours-last...
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Nomadxpress’ top 20 experiences in the MIDDLE EAST (Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan & Iran)

Middle East
As we did after completing the Balkans, it is now time to share our top experiences across the magic Middle East Region (including the Caucasian countries). 1. HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT IN CAPPADOCIA (Turkey), unmissable! 2. FERRY BOAT ACROSS THE BOSPHORUS IN ISTANBUL (Turkey), to appreciate the majestic size and sides of the city. 3.VISIT & TREKKING AT DAVIT GARE...
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