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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2016
INITATION LETTER  (2 Answers)

Hi,
Who can help me finding khazak citizen able to send me an "invitation letter", the document needed by khazak consulate in order to give visa for non european citizen?
Thanks



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2015
Almaty and Bishkek in January  (7 Answers)

On a whim, I've just booked a flight to Almaty, and a returning flight from Bishkek 9 days later. I know it's not the best time to visit the region, but my holidays are dictated by my work, so I don't have much choice. So a few questions...

- any tips for surviving the sub zero temperatures?
- I've been looking at day trips offered by various travel agencies just to get an idea what I could do, but none of them seem to run in the winter months. Aside from skiing and skating in Shymbulak, are there any other places near Almaty I could make trips to in January?
- 9 days might be a bit long to split between Almaty and Bishkek, but maybe too short to try and fit in a trip to Astana or another city. Any suggestions?
- Almaty vs Bishkek...which offers more in winter?

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2015
Almaty to Bishkek to Almaty visa requirements for UK citizen  (4 Answers)

Please can you advise. I am a UK citizen. I am in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I have a 15 day free visa for Kazakhstan issued at Almaty airport. I would like to travel to Bishkek to stay 2 nights and return to Almaty and fly from there back to UK. Can I enter Kyrgyzstan and return to Kazakhstan or will it invalidate my current Kazakhstan visa? Any advice very welcome. Is this trip to Bishkek possible? Thank you. Fiona


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2015
Spending a month this summer in Almaty, would appreciate some information:

Greetings;

I will be in Almaty for a month (mid-July to mid-August), teaching at KIMEP. I have several questions:

1) Is there a possibility of finding (buying) an inexpensive basic bicycle for transportation?

2) Is there an English-language book exchange in the area (so I don't have to too many paperbacks)?

3) I don't know if the University has a swimming pool I can use, but if not, can anyone tell me the cost for a one-month membership / pass to use the Central Swimming Pool, or as alternative the CK Rakhat Fitness?

4) I see several tennis courts; is tennis popular? Might I be able to find some doubles play?

5) Looking at Lonely Planet (which seems to have the most complete description), it appears that the public transit system is meager. Will it be of much use to me from the area where KIMEP is located?

6) Other than "pubs" or drinking, what are the evening / weekend social activities?

Thanks in advance!

DrE


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2015
left luggage

My wife and I will have a very long layover in Almaty when flying to Urumqi and we would like to go into the city and have a look around. However since we are flying on different airlines we will have our packs with us and after looking at the airport website it seems there is no left luggage area there. Is there someplace in the city that we can leave luggage during the day such as in the railroad station?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2015
Almaty in the Winter

I will be going to Almaty the first week of February. What are the things to see and do during this time of the year?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2015
Almaty Kazakhstan

I am planing to visit AlMaty, Kazakhastan. I welcome any helpful information about that city
I am also interested in making friends from there


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2014
Genera Almaty  (4 Answers)

I am going to Almaty from 21 December, staying in city hotel for 4 nights & wing it after that.
What is the best nightlife, restaurants, bars area? I also like really local type places as well as usual tourist type strips.
I could require an English speaking driver & car to travel around Almaty.
What are the requirements for foreigners living and/or investing in Kazakhstan? I am a New Zealander.
Cheers Ritchie


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2014
Three weeks in October  (3 Answers)

Hi
I am visiting Almaty in October 2014 doing 2 weeks voluntary work plus 1 week street / documentary photography, and I would love to meet up with a locals or a few expats with decent local knowledge of the city for coffee & a chat or a tour around some time. I'm a pretty experienced traveller, but the nearest I've been to Almaty is Turkmenistan, so it would be really helpful to listen to your own insights and suggestions.

And if you like photography, I'd be more than happy to trade a lesson or two for your time and advice!

Thanks for your interest.

Edward Allen


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 08, 2014
Museum of National music instruments  (2 Answers)

This museum caught my attention here onVT. Is it offer an overall experience? I mean , is it possible to listen to the sound of the instruments or just watching them?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2014
Accommodations  (3 Answers)

Hi...I'll be in Almaty in late July. I'm looking for affordable accommodations. Hotels seemed to be way above my budget and there don't seem to be too many mid range hotels. Is there a website or other information I can use? My budget is somewhere in the $40-60 range.

Thanks,

Paul


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2014
Day tours from Almaty  (1 Answer)

I will be in Almaty in late July for 3-4 days. I am traveling solo and wanted to take a day trip out to see some nature. What sites would you recommend? And are there any group tours I could join? I've checked online and most tours are private and quite expensive. Thanks. Paul


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2014
regarding visa onarrival.  (2 Answers)

hallo,

i want to visit Almaty in the month of march can i get visa upon arrival i m from India &want to visit Moscow.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2013
Currency exchange  (2 Answers)

Are ATMs easily available


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2013
Almaty 1, NOT 2, Train Station  (1 Answer)

Hi fellow travelers!

1. Safe at night? This website, , claims the station is under surveillance around the clock, even late at night, and that the police are at any give time at present. Has anyone been there in the wee hours?
2. Any exchange beaureux (money changer) on site?

Thanks for your time.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2013
pleasure trip to Almaty  (1 Answer)

planning to visit almaty in 1st week of Sept.2013, is it OK


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2013
Information on Almaty  (3 Answers)

What would a family of 4, i.e a 3 and 7 year old with a Labrador and 2 cats consider and ask before moving to Almaty?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2013
Information on Almaty  (4 Answers)

What would a family of 4, i.e a 3 and 7 year old with a Labrador and 2 cats consider and ask before moving to Almaty?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2013
Has anyone slept overnight at the Almaty airport?

Hi everyone,

I am flying into the Almaty airport fairly late and onto another -stan country.

I wonder how comfortable overnight sleeping at the airport can be. Has anyone done it before?

I have looked at before posting my question here and there are only 2 postings on the Web site and pretty out-dated - one in 2005 and the other in 2003...

I love to hear tips for a best sleeping spot, fending off security guards if any, etc.,

Thanks for your time.

Cheers,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2013
cost of samsung galaxy s duos at almaty  (2 Answers)

what is cost of Samsung galaxy s duos?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2011
ALMATY TO BISHKEK  (1 Answer)

Dear friend
I have plan 3 days trip from Almaty to Bishkek and return
I would like to know can I take visa in border or not and for return to Almaty
my first visa is valid or not or I must to ask multiple entrance visa?
thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2011
TIME OF THE NOTES  (3 Answers)

HI
WHY ALL THE NOTES ARE NOT UP TO DATE AND THEY ARE FOR 2005-6-7 OR ...?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2011
How can I get from Barcelona, Spain to Astana?  (5 Answers)

I would like to go in June, 2011 and it appears to be very expensive to fly to Astana or Almaty from Barcelona. Is there another way to get there that is near by and I can take a bus or train to get to Astana?

Many thanks.

Kathy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2010
Trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan.  (2 Answers)

I am a single 48 year man, who wishes to go to Almaty for two/ three weeks.
I don't mind traveling there myself if need be, but I am looking for holiday companionship. Is there anybody who fancies going to Almaty, or does not mind me teaming up with them ?
I would like to go has soon as possible, all I need is my visa.
Anybody interested ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2010
almaty to toretam

Can anyone tell me how long the train from toretam to almaty takes, roughly how much it costs and if it runs on weekends?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2010
From Almaty to Astana  (1 Answer)

From Almaty to Astana

I and my friend plan to come on 10 Th May Almaty.Then we have to go Astana.From Astana airport to we have to go Ukraine (Kiev) on 14 th May .So how could we go Almaty to Astana; How much cost by train or by bus ? How long time getting for travel? Is it risky? we have not much money to fly.pls good advisees


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 23, 2009
Availability of Shopping Item

Are the following items available: If so please advise brand names and parmacutical quality:

Vitamin E 400 IU
Citracal (Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D 500 IU
Centrum Silver Multivitamin

Hair spray (Brand name and manufacturer)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2009
Looking for cool hotel near Medeo

I am traveling to Almaty for business and staying through the weekend. I figured that I should take the opportunity to go to the mountains and Medeo. I read on this forum that there is a very cool hotel there, where the rooms are in jurts. Does anyone know the name/have the contact for this hotel? Any other recommendations of neat places to stay would be most appreciated! Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2009
from Almaty to Karakol  (2 Answers)

Hello,
what is the possibilities to go from Almaty to Karakol for 12 persons? It is possible to reached Karakol not going to Bishkek direction?

Thank You


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2009
Looking For A Reasonably Priced Hotel in Almaty  (4 Answers)

3 friends and I are travelling to Almaty in early June and we need to find a hotel.
All the agencies, websites etc we have tried name the same 10 or 12 hotels, all of which are already booked on our dates or are very expensive.
There must be more hotels in Almaty. Can anyone help with the names and/or contact details of any two or three star hotels. Anywhere in the city or near the airport will do.
Please help.



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