KAZAKHSTAN TRAVEL GUIDE
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.
NEED TO KNOW
Language: Although Kazakh is Kazakhstan's official language, you will find that Russian is widely spoken as well, especially in Almaty. Much of the younger generation in the main cities can speak some English, but it is highly recommended to bring along a Russian phrasebook for easier communication.
Currency: Kazakhstani Tenge ($1 = ~414.73 tenge).
Credit Cards & ATMs: 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.
Plugs: Type C or F, 220V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter.
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.
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WHEN TO VISIT KAZAKHSTAN
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.
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Driving in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan drives on the right-hand side of the road. Be careful when driving along the older roads across the steppes as those are old gravel roads which are filled with pot-holes and huge rocks. When deciding to rent a car, we suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.
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