Central Asia Travel Blog

Travel guides, itineraries, abandoned places, street art and off-the-beaten-path places in Central Asia

Hello and welcome to our Central Asia travel blog. You will find all our Central Asia blog posts in this section of our website.

With Russia to the north, Central Asia reaches from China and Mongolia to its east, towards the Caspian Sea in the west and commonly comprises of five countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Often nicknamed ‘the ‘Stans’, these nations are part of the former Soviet Union.

Together we have explored Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan and these are the Central Asian countries we currently cover. Mark has also travelled around Uzbekistan. We were due to return to the region in 2020 but those plans were quashed.

Maybe you found our Central Asia travel blog because you are considering a visit to ‘Stans, or perhaps you are partway through planning a trip to Central Asia. Whatever the reason, we hope we can provide some useful resources and travel tips.

Our Central Asia blog posts are generally aimed at independent travellers and backpackers like us and have a strong focus on travelling around using public transport, staying in budget accommodation and exploring off-the-beaten-path and lesser-visited places.

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Or head directly to a specific country: Kazakhstan | Kyrgyzstan | Tajikistan

Back in the U.S.S.R. …

Back in the U.S.S.R. …

Photo essay and thoughts on a new found admiration for unapologetic Soviet and communist-era architecture or the former U.S.S.R.

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