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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2016
Packbacking in Kazakhstan for 10 days in August / HELP!  (1 Answer)

I am planning to spend 10 days in Kazakhstan between end of July and August.

I wonder if
1. it is possible and interesting to packback there or is a country more similar to a tourist as Mongolia (less packbacking per say, more long tour with a driver around the countryside)?
2. How hot is it?
3. How expensive is it?

I am open for suggestions for what to do in 10-day trip, since I am just starting to look more about it.
Thank you for all help!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 18, 2015
Arrival at Astana Airport.

Could you please give advice:
We shall arrive at Astana Airport at 5:45 AM.
We cannot get Kazakhstan money here in Denmark, but need cash for transportation from airport and for payment for flat (and other things, of course).
A. Can we exchange money in the aitport that early?
B. Are VISA card and Mastercard likely to be accepted?
C. Should we bring US$ or Euro for situations where VISA or MASTERCARD is not accepted?
D. Is any advice needed about transportation from airport to city centre?
Thank you for answering!
Knud Fjeldsted, Denmark

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 09, 2014
Aytys in Kazakhstan

Could someone recommend a good place in Kazakhstan to see a traditional Kazakh song competition called Aytys?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 09, 2014
Traveling  (1 Answer)

how do. I get to Prorva Kazakhstan from Atyrau Kazakhstan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2014
Trips from Almaty to Altyn-Emel National Park/ the Kolsai Lakes

I am considering a trip to Kazakhstan this summer and would love to see some areas around Almaty, Altyn-Emel National Park and the Kolsai Lakes for example. There is only one problem, while browsing the web the only options I found to get to this areas are pretty expensive.

What are the most affordable options to visit this areas from Almaty? Is there someone who can give a cost estimation for the trips?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2014
travelling by car to Kazakhstan  (1 Answer)

I`m planning to travel by car from Germany to Kazakhstan. (and back to Germany)
Does anyone has experience with this?

What problems can I expect at the Russian and Kazakh border?
(and to they check what you have in your car? )

Thanks in advance for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2014
BUSES to travel around Kazakhstan  (2 Answers)

Hi there. I intend top travel by bus around Kazakhstan. Wont you please suggesting me a site of bus routes there and tell me about the conditions of roads and vehicles ?
Thanks in advance PAULO

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2013
Traveling by car to Kazakhstan, applying for visa  (4 Answers)

I need to get my Kazakh visa soon as I depart the US at the end of June, however, in the instructions from the visa service I'm using, it tells me I need to "submit a computer-generated flight itinerary from your travel agent, airline, or online booking agency or a copy of your ticket(s). A photocopy is acceptable. It must indicate your name, date of arrival and departure from Kazakhstan and flight information." I am not flying in or out of Kazakhstan, but driving there, and have approximate but not exact dates for my entry and exit. I am flying to the UK, and departing by plane from my final destination, Mongolia. My Russian visa also requests these details. Since I'm not flying in or out of either of these countries, but driving through them, what do I do? The Kazakh visa also wants a hotel reservation confirmation and I don't have that. Do I absolutely have to have this? I don't actually arrive in the country until July.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2013
Mongol Rally through Kazakhstan  (3 Answers)

I'm doing the Mongol Rally in July and traveling through Kazakhstan. I'm anticipating that we'll use the Zhanaul and the Karaagash border crossings to enter and exit. Does anyone have experience with these?

I'm also currently in the process of applying for my visa, and I want to just double-confirm that American passport holders do NOT need a letter of invitation, right? I gather that you need to include a letter requesting the visa with some statement of intent, but that it is straightforward and can be very brief.

How flexible are Kazakh visas on entry and exit dates? Since we are driving overland and conditions are slightly unpredictable, we will have an anticipated date of arrival and exit, but they might change.

Also, has anyone had any negative or uncomfortable experiences with the Kazakh police while driving as a foreigner in the country, such as being pulled over and charged with anything falsely, having to pay bribes, etc?

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 11, 2013
letter of invitation  (3 Answers)

When will Kazakhstan forget the soviet "letter of invitation" and open itself totally for foreigners , visitors , tourists...??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 25, 2012
Visit to Kazakhstan from Dubai  (1 Answer)


Can someone help to provide the information to travel to kazakhstan from Dubai.The rules, requirements etc.
Im planning a 5 days trip[low-budget] on October 2012.
Please advice with the required information,visas, flights, accommodation[cheap ofcourse :) ), food etc


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 23, 2012
Looking for a 4X4 team trip to Kazakhstan or near by  (2 Answers)


I would like to do a trip from France to Kazakhstan or near by) with my BMW 1200 GS and I am looking for a team in 4X4 that would like to do the same trip or even partially.
I would like to ride off road once there.

Any informations are welcome even a better website for this sort of request.

Send me a MP for any request or info

Thanks for your help


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 12, 2012
is Kazakhstan safe?  (3 Answers)

Would you consider taking a 9 year old and 13 year old child to Kazakhstan? is it safe enough? and where would be the best place to go?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 21, 2011
Almaty to Astana by Train  (5 Answers)

Hi Everybody, I will be in Kazakhstan in September 2012. I will arrive in Almaty but need to get to Astana. I would prefer not to fly so ideally would hope to get a train. Has anyone any information regarding times/price and whether they can be booked online or is it possible to buy train tickets at the station a few days before departure. Many Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 14, 2011
october in k  (4 Answers)

just facinated by the palce and people
plan to travel in october with family
need advice on 1. is oct athe rt time with iteinery( 7-8days enough?)
3. places to visit.few cities and and some thing for children to do problems..and how to go about geting it
5. how cheap or expensive is
thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 26, 2011
Travel Operators for Kazakhstan tours  (3 Answers)


I am looking for a travel operator for tours in Kazakhstan - I am trying to contact someone from Advantours but the last response I had from them was 2 weeks ago...

Any good personal experiences with any other operator that you could recommend me would be great!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2011
Getting deep into the books/foods/culture of Kazakhstan: 7 Ones

Getting deep into the books/foods/culture of Kazakhstan: 7 Ones
The 7 Ones ...

This is Jeff from Texas. I'm coming to Kazakhstan the first and second weeks of July and one thing I always try to do is get educated on the local scene, the people and the places before arriving: what I call 'the seven ones'. If any of you could give me just one little answer for any or all of the below - your favorites – Kazakhstan.

1. ONE Book... something that has soul or historical pieces.

2. ONE Song... any Kazakhstan artists that I could find on YouTube, iTunes or even buy a CD of off of Amazon otherwise. Also, if there is a particular genre or ethnic type of music that is interesting that would be great.

3. ONE Drink... what the locals and indigenous Kazakhstan peoples drink. I always like to try the local ‘moonshine’ if it is an area where the locals drink alcohol. Something made from grain

4. A Dish... a local, traditional meal or food.

5. A Word/Phrase... a greeting, or something unique to Kazakhstan in general.

6. A bit of news... what is going on in Kazakhstan lately. Local/national items that have been in the news.

7. A little-known place or thing to do... a place off the path where one can get a real feel for the culture (small town, small club in Salvador, good music place, etc)

Any other notes would also be appreciated.

I am compiling the sheet here if anyone is interested in the same thread:



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 05, 2011
Need your advise...  (1 Answer)

We come from Canada to Astana airport 6:15 in the morning. How to get from there to Pavlodar? Air Astana has a flight, but it costs about270 US, and the plane makes a stop in Almaty. What about bus, train or taxi - are they available and how expensive? Thanks in advance for your advise. L.K.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 06, 2010
travel to Pavlodar  (3 Answers)

Hi, I live in Charlotte and want to visit Pavlodar, Kazakhstan .
What are my most inexpensive choices...why is it so expensive to travel here?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 03, 2010
From France to Kaz on motorbike

Hi Folks

We are looking for a trip on motorbike from France to Kaz and I am looking for any advises on the following . Even If I have been there two time it was for business reasons.
People will be experimented on travel

-Best shipment system ( so Cheap :))) ) for the motorbike ( 3 to 5 ) as we would like to avoid crossing Europe( our timing is short and we would like to stay 3 weeks in Kaz)

-Best places to visit next to Almaty ( off road on road)

- Security issue on the south ( I heard this

- Hotel accomodation in Kaz)

- Any others important things that you believe it is important to know.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 20, 2010
Kazakhstan Visa at the airport...  (2 Answers)

I'm thinking about traveling to Kazakhstan on very short notice. I was wondering if it's possible to fly into Almaty, and just get a tourist visa at the airport?

From Kazakhstan, I'd like to travel to Urumqi, China... and then into Mongolia.

I'm from Canada.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 16, 2010
some tips for my stay in Kazakhstan?  (1 Answer)


In July 2010 I will fly to Kazakstan for 2 weeks.
I will visit Almaty, Shymkent, Turkestan and maybe some places in between.

Does some one has a tip for accomodation maybe?
Or any other thing I really should know?

Thanks for letting me know

from the Netherland

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 29, 2010
Travel and accommodation costs in Kazakhstan  (2 Answers)


I will travel one month this summer as I do it to 2-4 different countries every year. Kazakhstan is inside my plans. Is it uncomfortably hot in July and August there?

Could you please write me some sample costs in Kazakhstan in USD please? Mostly in Almaaty and other towns like Ayagöz, Balkash in general.

A cheap meal in a cafe
A good meal in a restaurant but not luxury one
A local beer in a bar
A local spirit in a bar or club
A cheap but clean single room in a guesthouse or pension or hotel
A small, central apt to rent
Enterance to a museum
A botle of water in market
A bus or train drive for 5-6 hours

Thanks a lot :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 16, 2010
Starting in Almaty

So I will be in Kazakhstan for 4 weeks, starting in Almaty. Does anyone know of an 'area' or part of town that I should set up shop and begin my trip? I realize that the cheaper hotels are not online so any suggestions to where I should look to book a room or hostel? I would like to stay in a are with a surrounding nightlife/ shopping.

Also anyone with any advice on traveling Kazakhstan, feel free to share you ideas.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 05, 2010
Letter of Invite - Visa  (3 Answers)

I will be traveling Kazakhstan this June, I need to send out my passport for my visa. Im having trouble understanding the LOI. How basic does it have to be? Can anyone help me out with exactly what needs to be written on it correctly.
Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 29, 2009
traveling to taraz  (2 Answers)

I want to travel from dubai to Taraz which route shall I take by airplane

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2009
Visa Requirements  (3 Answers)

I Am an Australian citizen travelling around Europe. I have decided that I would like to visit Kazakhstan. Do I need a visa to enter Kazakhstan (I will only be there for a weekend or so). If I do need a visa can I apply for this outside of Australia?
Any other relevant information on this subject would be greatly appreciated too. For example; links to visa information, past experiences etc etc.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 23, 2009
Going to KZ - May 2009

Going to visit motherland town of Karaganda for a couple of weeks. If any of you crazy Americans want to meet or come along, let me know. I am in New York.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 18, 2009
Looking for some information.  (2 Answers)


I'm planning to travel for 5 weeks in the summer, 2 weeks in Russia and 3 weeks in Kazakhstan. However, I'm unsure of the best location to cross into Kazakhstan. Is it possible to enter Kazakhstan from Volograd by train, or bus? If so, how much does it roughly cost? Or is there a better location?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 14, 2008
Central Asia in summer 2009  (8 Answers)

Hi friends, I am planning to make a big trip through Central Asia next summer and would like to cover all 5 ex SU countries. Did anyone make a trip like this? I plan to travel by myself on budget. Maybe a stupid question but how much money should I plan for spending in 6 weeks? I have to make it a cheap trip. What are the best means of travelling? bus? Where should I start and where should I end? I am very grateful for all kinds of advices! Thanks a lot, Silvia

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