Super useful and totally free travel guides to Kazakhstan

Aerial view of the city of Astana
Astana in Kazakhstan

Why We Love Kazakhstan – It’s a shame that many Western travelers think about little more than the movie Borat when hearing the name “Kazakhstan.” Because, contrary to the stereotypes of the movie, the truth is that this enormous Central Asian country has so much to offer travelers, especially those looking for something different than the ordinary vacation fare! In Almaty, you’ll find a cosmopolitan cultural capital nestled in mountains and filled with beautiful cafes, modern restaurants, and a bustling nightlife scene. Or visit Astana, a city that looks like someone tried to make a copy of Dubai in the middle of the desert. Best yet, get out and explore the beautiful nature of Kazakhstan. From mountains to plains to gorges, Kazakhstan offers unparalleled outdoor experiences. 

Best of Kazakhstan

🏙️ Destinations

View of the sphere of Nur Alem in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Pavilion and Science Museum (photo: photo20ast / Shutterstock)

If you’re venturing to Kazakhstan, you may find you’re the only foreigner in many places. But that makes the country all the more interesting to explore. Some of the top destinations and best places to visit in Kazakhstan include:

  • Almaty
  • Astana
  • Baikonur
  • Aktau

✨ Things to Do

From sipping cocktails in Almaty to hiking mountains to exploring ancient structures, there are so many fun and interesting things to do in Kazakhstan. Some of the most popular activities and sites include:

  • Bayterek Tower
  • Hazret Sultan Mosque
  • National Museum of Kazakhstan
  • Big Almaty Lake
  • Khan Shatyr
Red and white flower fields outside Hazret Sultan Mosque
Hazret Sultan Mosque

Kazakhstan Travel Advice

🗓️ Best Time to Visit

The great thing about Kazakhstan is that there is no set answer to this question. For hikers, the best time to visit is between July and August when the weather is perfect throughout the country. If you love to ski, you can opt to visit anytime between November to March. Lastly, if you want to sightsee the beautiful steppes, then choose to go between April to June or between September to October.

⚠️ Safety

Kazakhstan is certainly a very safe country to visit. Still, it is a good idea to check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination.

🤓 Facts & Info

  • Population – 18.8 million
  • Capital – Nur-Sultan
  • Currency – Kazakhstani Tenge ($1 = ~414.73 tenge)
  • Language – Kazakh and Russian
  • Plugs – Type C or F, 220V / 50Hz.

💵 Budgeting & Money

Credit cards (preferably Visa and MasterCard) are widely accepted in the main cities, namely Almaty. ATMs are also widely available. But make sure to have enough cash on hand when you visit the more rural areas.

📰 Kazakhstan Travel Guides

Getting planning your trip to Kazakhstan with all our Kazakhstan travel guides: