Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent

“So what is there to do in Tashkent?” my friend asked. I looked up from my guidebook and shrugged. “Not much at first glance. But enough to keep us occupied for a day.” Sooner or later, every traveller along the Uzbek Silk Road will end up in Tashkent. It is a necessary stop on, Read More

Shah-i-Zinda

It is always hard to choose a single favourite place when travelling through a country, but when it comes to Uzbekistan, Samarkand is one of the candidates. Stunning architecture, ancient history, what’s not to love about the most famous Silk Road city? To give you a taste of what to expect, let me show, Read More

Samarkand Registan by night

“Samarkand is my favourite city in the world,” the man told me as he passed me a bowl of dried cheese balls. We were sitting next to the hotel pool where he had come to celebrate his friend’s birthday. “It is a very beautiful city and we have good weather for most of the, Read More

Ashgabat fountain

You have made it into Turkmenistan. Congratulations! But what now? Your first stop in this Silk Road country is most likely Ashgabat. While exploring this city, make sure not to miss the following things:

View of Ashgabat

Out of all the countries I have been to, Turkmenistan is the weirdest one. It is one of the least visited countries in the world and only receives a couple thousands of tourists each year. If you are going here, it means that you have managed to get one of the few tourist visas, Read More