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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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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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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How to get from Baku to Aktau by ship

cross from baku to aktau by ferry
After being denied the Turkmenistan Visa in Iran, we had to come up with a new route to be able to follow our journey on the Silk Road towards Uzbekistan. The only safe option at that moment (excluding Afghanistan and Pakistan) was across the Caspian Sea from Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan, where many nationalities currently do not need Visas. Once you are in Baku, you have to f...
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Worldwide Cuisine

As Spanish-Italian food lovers, we couldn't help creating a section for all the different dishes and styles of cooking we are tasting during our tour.  Don't forget to click on the photos for more info! Bon appetit !!! SLOVENIA Slovenian food was the beginning of our cookery pilgrimage, where we relished our first fresh fish plate at the Lubjiana open air market, to...
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Central Asia

Central Asia by Nomadxpress
Central Asia is the beginning of the adventure for Nomadxpress. We are not going to touch all the "-stans" countries. But we hope to get involved with the local people and customs despite the comunication and weather difficulties. OUR CENTRAL ASIA LOG (July - August 2016): 01/07 - 05/07: Baku > Aktau (KAZ) - 500 km by boat, Caspian Shipping Company, 80 $, bought at ...
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