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Kazakhstan Travel Guide
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Kazahkhstan is a vast country with many different types of landscape, several dozens of ethnic groups with their own languages and cultures, lot nice scenery.
It is easy to get around because everybody understands and speaks russian. The ancient capital Almaty (Alma Ata in soviet time) and the new capital Astana are big cities with more western country-alike comfort, nightlife and hotels.
The country is not very populated - about 10 million inhabitants in a country that spans about 3000 km in width and 1000 km in length. The countryside is very thin populated, lot of villages are now deserted caused by the exodus of half a million inhabitants to Germany.
Some people on the countryside are still living as nomads or live in very small settlements, they are very friendly. It is an honour for a typical Kasakh to invite a guest for one night, but it is also expected to leave the next day.
Kazakhstan has also some places NOT to visit because the Russian Soviet gouverment did test nukes in the deserted regions of eastern Kazakhstan - this is important for trekking and biking on the countryside because the country might be contaminated.
There is a train track from Moscow heading for the eastern border to China. This gives the posibility to reach Kasakhstan by train - other options are flights to Astana or Almaty. There are some bus connections from Almaty to China (Urumxi) and Mongolia (Bayan Ölgii via Zagaanuur)
Travellers from most countries need a Visa, but the application procedure is not very complicated. In 2005 Kazakhstan and Russia broke a visa agreement so a separate visa is needed.
Top Things to See and Do
hiking, rafting, mountaneering, mountainclimbing, fishing, hunting
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Kirgistan, China, Russia, Uzbekistan
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paulsendvn October 2009 Train 007 Moscow to Almaty
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Edited by: paulsendnv on 16.09.2009 shadowmaster2503 on 23.11.2008