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Aalborg Hammer 11:49 Thu May 11
Looks like I'm off to Kazakhstan for a month.
I hope I won't be destined to a month of Besbarmak (boiled horse and pasta)

Has anyone on here been to the land of Borat?

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Aalborg Hammer 6:25 Thu Jun 1
Re: Kazakhstan
Gavros,re:Your mention of gorgeous women here...yes,the office is full of them but the lovely little thing that sits next to me is the spitting image of Kylie only her hair's brown instead of blonde, I'm in a state of permanent wood...and no link,sorry

Westham67 5:22 Fri May 12
Re: Kazakhstan
Sent you Whomail FEH , maybe your Whomail flasher doesnt work either. I just open it up now and again

Far East Hammer 12:43 Fri May 12
Re: Kazakhstan
WH67 - well I'll still be in Dhaka come kick-off of Ramadan, where they do take it seriously

In Kazakhstan most of them drink away quite happily, so I doubt Ramadan will be much of an issue.

Westham67 12:41 Fri May 12
Re: Kazakhstan
Enjoy Ramadan which starts 27th of May , not a good time to be going there

Far East Hammer 12:39 Fri May 12
Re: Kazakhstan
sorry - just seen you'll be in Atyrau. Not been there. But probably more nightttime options than Kyzylorda!

Far East Hammer 12:37 Fri May 12
Re: Kazakhstan
Been 5 or 6 times over last 2-3 years.

Spent most of my time in Kyzylorda, which is fairly non-descript. And unless you speak Russian (or Kazakh) can be challenging, you'd be reliant upon any companions who can speak English and Russian.

However, I usually had a night or two in Almaty on the way over (due to flight schedules). Almaty is a nice city and whilst not speaking Russian (or Kazakh) is a hindrance there, it's possible to get by with English.

A lot depends on where you'll be. And I assume you're there for the summer (much better than -10/-15/-25 /-35 etc in winter, depending upon where you are)

Beshbarmak isn't too bad actually.

If you're in Almaty then I can recommend Zafran restaurant, just down the hill from the Shakespear Arms (one of the expat hangouts - Zafran was being renovated I believe when i was last in Almaty) and also a really good Georgian restaurant the name of which escapes me, but if you will be in Almaty, PM me and I'll try to find its name/ coordinates.

Air Astana are okay as an airline.

One Kazakh airline I avoided though doesn't have a very inviting name: SCAT Aviation!

BubblesCyprus 11:22 Fri May 12
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Did an overnight /one day business trip fairly civilised people some cracking looking women and loads of Vodka even with Breakfast at a 5 Star Hotel.Way to early for me hitting a Vodka but accomadatingly changed to a stiff Bloody Mary in no time

Colchester Sid 9:28 Thu May 11
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Did a three week overland trip, Dushanbe to Khorog to Osh to Bishkek to Almaty, fantastic scenery and people, travel was slow and difficult but worth the effort. Bishkek and Osh were very dodgy when I was there, curfews at night. Saw less of Kasakhstan than the other two but it seemed slightly less chaotic. As with anywhere in ex USSR, practice drinking lots of vodka and you'll be fine

mr so & so 6:21 Thu May 11
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im off to astana soon. never been to KZK, so cant add jack all to this thread

On The Ball 4:14 Thu May 11
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Been to Kazkahstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Just the capitals and the bits between them sadly (well, Almaty rather than Astana).

As has been said, Uzbekistan has some incredible architecture. Had the nicest meat I've ever had in my life in Kyrgyzstan - horse steak! All three have lovely people, but the Kazakhs are something else. All Uzbeks are cab drivers - you just stick your arm out and someone will stop if they feel like making 20p.

Sadly mine was a whirlwind trip, because there's an incredible amount to see in the countries between them. While they're obviously not 'undiscovered' they're not exactly popular, which is great. Always nice to be somewhere where you're a novelty.

Gavros 2:44 Thu May 11
Re: Kazakhstan
I dont 'love' many places Sold0 son. I will typically however like them more than you because im not a cranky old xenephobe/ racist.

Northern Sold 1:53 Thu May 11
Re: Kazakhstan
So... Gavvy loves...


.... It's all making sense...

Mr Kenzo 1:41 Thu May 11
Re: Kazakhstan
Its where Bruce Almaty is from

Gavros 12:43 Thu May 11
Re: Kazakhstan
Yeah I know its a big tick on the backpacker route but i was put off by the countries political problems. if youre happy with it, go for it (we always tend to overestimate countries issues from outside). Obviously the big thing in that area is stay away from the Afghan border.

Far Cough 12:42 Thu May 11
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Eddie B 12:30 Thu May 11
Re: Kazakhstan

ag ag ag ag

Takashi Miike 12:40 Thu May 11
Re: Kazakhstan
Tony Blair is good friends with its dictator, sorry , president

mashed in maryland 12:39 Thu May 11
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Gav, strange you should say that. Kyrgyzstan is supposed to be the most "tourist friendly" of those countries, half decent infrastructure, well organised tours, hotel staff who speak English etc. Got a mate who's been there and he said it's by far his fav holiday destination, breathtaking landscapes, really friendly curious locals and good night life, and completely safe.

Considering how important that part of the world was in the past it's pretty mad that most people seem to know literally fuck all about it (which there's obvious reasons for)

Gavros 12:31 Thu May 11
Re: Kazakhstan
better there than the heavens waiting room that is Rochford, son.

Eddie B 12:30 Thu May 11
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Kazakhstan greatest country in the world, All other countries are run by little girls. Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium, all other countries have inferior potassium.
Kazakhstan home of Tinshein swimming pool, it's length thirty meter and width six meter. Filtration system a marvel to behold. It remove 83 percent of human solid waste.
Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place, From Plains of Tarashek to northern fence of Jewtown. Kazakhstan friend of all except Uzbekistan, They very nosey people with bone in their brain.
Kazakhstan industry best in the world, we invented toffee and trouser belt. Kazakhstan's prostitutes cleanest in the region, except of course Turkmenistan's.
Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place, From Plains of Tarashek to northern fence of Jewtown. Come grasp the might penis of our leader from junction with the testes to tip of its face!

Northern Sold 12:25 Thu May 11
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Gav-BOAT goes to Kazakhstan to get his fashion tips...

Gavros 12:24 Thu May 11
Re: Kazakhstan
Atyrau - wasnt that a character in the Never Ending Story?

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