I also got the sense that Astana has a vibrant ex-pat community.

The hypocrisy though is too much. Get it at the main store at Tole Bi and Furmanov (it’s on the corner). And do keep in mind that winter months make it even more difficult to get out there and see the landscape that surrounds Almaty. The best thing is to take a blue-soviet style night train from Almaty to Astana (all done up inside) which is pretty much a mini a “Trans-Siberian” journey with comfort. Horseback Riding.


GREAT NEWS: Marriott Is Bringing Back Desks! Granted, you can take a public bus for like $.30 to Medeu and Shymbulak and hike the peaks around and even to Butakovskiy Waterfall… but other nature takes some effort. It is efficient, beautifully designed, and affordable. It is a bit embarrassing how I present myself in public, come to think of it. A friend recommended me an Ecotourism Information Center that offers good and affordable tours and their offer really was impressive but most of the tours run from April/May till October. If you traveled to some post-Soviet cities before (like Tbilisi, Yerevan or Chisinau) you will find Almaty much easier to deal with – it’s not so chaotic, drivers let you cross the street, bus stops are clearly marked and the city is easy to navigate. You can learn about Kazakh culture when visiting Almaty, https://facebook.com/groups/121053081614593/.

Even this little ol’ website couldn’t’ be easily accessed within Kazakhstan. Click here to check rates and availability. Unfortunately, in November the cable car to get there was under repair so I had to skip the trip there (next time!). There are 88 bus routes in Almaty. While Kazakhstan is Muslim-majority, you will find many people who aren’t religious and many people who are Russian Orthodox. More Than I Wanted To Know About Craigslist “Massages” Near Heathrow…, US & Canada Border Closure Extended (Again), Costa Rica Eliminates Testing Requirement For Visitors, Welcomes All Americans, Hong Kong & Singapore Establish “Travel Bubble”. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to enhance his first class experiences.

But, for the most part, I have no issue with anything in Almaty or any other part of Kazakhstan. The owner of this site is not an investment advisor, financial planner, nor legal or tax professional and articles here are of an opinion and general nature and should not be relied upon for individual circumstances. Hi Gabriele. It is kind of true as there’s no connection from the terminal itself but you can walk some 5 minutes and you will find a bus stop. As always Foursquare was a great help with finding the best spots! The police just tried bribing me and it was a mess, but after that event (it was the second issue I had), I never once didn’t use Yandex Taxi or Uber and I haven’t had a problem since. While I loved the city I couldn’t experience all it had to offer to the fullest! Outdoor Activities. Definitely don’t go there in November ;) I think September should be really good! Almaty is surrounded by some of the most stunning nature you will ever lay eyes on. But a short bus away (no.12 from in front of Hotel Kazakhstan) can take you to Medeu – the highest Olympic sized ice stadium in the world where almost 200 world records were made! Winter Sports. A layer of smog hides them. Update April 2019:  Nazarbayev is no longer the President of Kazakhstan after stepping down.
Yep, Almaty has nothing that designates itself as a city center. Among these, I’ve also found some true gems of brutalism as well as some old and pretty wooden houses. There are many cafes, bars, restaurants, and kiosk littering the streets of Almaty and many of them are consistently full.

I'm working full time and balancing my job with extensive travels all over the world. It would be like getting me a virtual drink that you don’t have to pay for!

It doesn’t happen to me very often but I could easily picture myself living there too! Almaty, Kazakhstan – the easiest introduction to Central Asia, Visit Almaty and enjoy its laid-back vibe. Barely half an hour’s drive from the city, the ski resort of Shymbulak … You should definitely go to Astana too! It was hard to define only five “worth a visit” places in Almaty because it is a vast city with so many things to do. I don’t get political on this blog often and I am not going to start. Thanks for your blog!

During my time with the USAF we operated into Astana quite often during the Afghan campaign. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Very excited! And the mountains around are just stunning! I’m sure they would be a great help for travelers trying to get to know Almaty! Hi Sush, thank you for your comment!

Why don’t you ask my Facebook group about travelling in former USSR, there are some Almaty experts that would definitely help you with some recommendations! I really hope you will make it there this summer and I’m sure you will enjoy Central Asia big time!

It is such a local custom that you won’t even notice it after a while and it’ll become second nature. i only spent 7 or 8 days there, but i could easily live there for a year or so. It might be responsible to note a large reason more visitors travel to Prague than Astana is that Kazakhstan has one of the worst human rights records in the world, and is led by a dictator. Click here to get the insurance policy for Kazakhstan here. It is my favorite city in the country where nature and urbanism are harmonically blended and create a special atmosphere. Not the greatest country in the world, but if you happen to be in the area, its worth seeing. I find Almaty to be a fairly social city compared to other cities I have visited in Kazakhstan or Central Asia as a whole. To be honest, getting around Almaty and its local area is not the easiest experience currently. If you come by minibus from Bishkek you will arrive at Sairan bus station from where you can take trolleybus no. Have you been to Kazakhstan, or is it on your travel bucket list? Apples! Everything there just felt kind of normal to me. I flew Turkish Airlines there, but based on your impressions, I’d like to give Air Astana a try. If you are looking for the new camera – I can definitely recommend it!

Wizzair started a route to Astana (you can fly cheaply from Astana to Almaty). Click here for a Kazakhstan evisa. A person of a certain nationality not requiring a visa to visit Kazakhstan will be asked at the airport where their visa is.

Almaty’s chilly, sunny winters guaranteeing cold, crisp snow well into April and invariably good conditions. Expo 2017 (themed ‘Future Energy’) takes place in Almaty next year, and I might use that as a jumping off point to visit more of Kazakhstan and the neighbouring countries. more. Almaty is quite cosmopolitan and you will feel it pretty quickly once you arrive in the city. Even if I am a constant visitor of Almaty, I never get bored with it and would like to introduce a list of 10 places worth of visiting if you are planning to stop by this amazing city. In Almaty, it’s not difficult to spot these details and even the most random concrete structure can look special. Not only was the architecture amazing, but beyond that there was something about the city’s vibe that I really liked, though I struggle to explain it…. Walking around I heard a lot of people speaking English, and the entire city just felt more cosmopolitan. Megan is currently in Germany and Aram is in Armenia.

I was determined to hike there but the weather started to change for worse and it became too slippery so I’ve decided to return. The mountains were cool in Almaty, but very cold, even in May! You have Altyn Emel, Charyn Canyon, and so much more! The mountains are nice for hiking and skiing as well as having the ice skating rink used by Soviet athletes to train for the Olympics speed skating. It will inevitably be busy, but find the person who is walking around in the company’s attire and tell him you need an English speaking desk. Thoughts on Almaty. Thanks for this post, it will come in very useful. Straddling the cultural crossroads between Europe and Asia, Kazakhstan is an intriguingly cosmopolitan place. Your message. Reply kami 22/03/2016 at 13:04. If you don't want to miss new posts please submit your email in the field below, Copyright 2020 - Kami and the Rest of the World / Privacy Policy. Click here to check the best deals on the best accommodation in Almaty!

It is not exactly the best time to be in Almaty. Silly, I know, but I was just happy to be there again. Going there in 2 months for my semester abroad and now I’m looking forward to that even more :).
While the streets aren’t really dirty, the air quality is horrendous. @Bill Are you serious about Canada and Western Europe? I always go the same shop. Girls wear just as little of clothing as they do in the west and you won’t feel like you’re in a conservative place in Almaty. We are from Virginia, USA and Armenia. This isn’t so much a scam as it is a problem.

The best outdoor activities in Almaty according to Tripadvisor travellers are: The best day trips from Almaty according to Tripadvisor travellers are: What are the most popular things to do in Almaty with kids? I o ile rozwarstwienie społeczne jest w Kazachstanie bardzo duże i bieda stanowi tu wciąż duży problem, tak tutejsze ośrodki miejskie mogą bez kompleksów rywalizować z europejskimi. Is it just me or does the building behind the people with the globes look suspiciously like Atlantis in the Bahamas, the coloring is off but the same buildup from the side and center bridge is very reminiscent. Thanks! Eventually, I’ve spent 5 days visiting Almaty, much longer than I usually stay in one place during my travels and I was so sad when I was leaving for Bishkek. The city, despite its’ Soviet era vibe, had a lot of green spaces, and there was a number of things to do if you look for it.

My friend, you share very good post to Almaty Kazakhstan.

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