Kyrgyzstan TRAVEL GUIDE
It's hard to call yourself a true adventurer until you've experienced Kyrgyzstan. Perhaps one of the world's most underrated destinations, Kyrgyzstan offers some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet, paired with centuries of culture and history.
To top it all off, Kyrgyzstan is one of the safest places to travel in Central Asia, and one of the destinations with the most developed tourism infrastructure. Bring a pair of good hiking boots, an open mind, and a phrase book. And prepare for adventure unlike anything else!
NEED TO KNOW
Language: Kyrgyz and Russian are widely spoken here. English is not, though in Bishkek service personnel and young folks generally know enough to help out. Bring along a Russian phrasebook to make communicating with the locals easier.
Currency: Kyrgyzstani Som ($1 = ~73.65 som).
Credit Cards & ATMs: Most of the shops don't accept credit cards, therefore it is vital to carry cash. ATMs are only available in the larger cities namely Bishkek, Karakol and Osh.
Plugs: Type C or F, 220V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter.
Safety: Despite what you may think, Kyrgyzstan is a perfectly safe and stable country to visit. Kyrgyzstan’s tourism is on the upswing, and many foreigners visit safely each year. 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 Kyrgyzstan
Unless you want to ski, or are visiting for an event, you should probably visit Kyrgyzstan in summer (June to August). Any other time you are looking at mountain passes potentially being closed and the seasonal yurt camps yet to be set up.
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Driving in Kyrgyzstan
Kazakhstan drives on the right-hand side of the road. Be careful when navigating the underdeveloped roads as well as avoiding uncovered pot-holes, open drains and uneven pavement. Also be wary of traffic police, who some travelers report seek bribes on occasion. When deciding to rent a car, we suggest using Discover Car Hire to compare the best rental agencies.
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