Central Asia or Russia, Mongolia and China
December 10, 2012 4:53am CST
I saw a lovely travel documentary about a journey through Central Asia. The lady visited a city called Tashkent and did day trips out of it to some great places. She traveled by train, plane and bus. Then she went across to Azerbaijan and Georgia. I looked at the Man in Seat 61 website at the Silk Route. He said the the Trans Siberian Railway is a lot cheaper and easier to do. I think the main expense is all the visas. I so very much wish a passport would be enough. Do you find visas expensive? Did you ever visit a place and do day trips from it? Would you be excited to travel overland with a few flights across a region?
10 Dec 12
Thanks a ton for sharing this discussion. Well yes u are absolutely right, the central Asia has some of the most fascinating places on earth and even i would like to visit this place in the future. To be very honest, i had been to Swiss and Paris and it was a tough time to get a visa and i think visa is always expensive. Doing day trips are equally exciting as the night trips especially when u are moving around in such a country. What say?
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10 Dec 12
I live in England and I need a passport but no visa to visit France, Switzerland and almost every other European country. I would need a visa to visit Belarus and Russia. Twice I have wished to visit Russia but the visa and hotel costs were too high. Years ago I did need a visa to visit Hungary. I hope that you will visit Central Asia and have a fantastic time. They had some carpets for sale that had taken ages to make. The building the lady on the program looked amazingly ornate.
13 Dec 12
Many countries in European Union can be traveled through a single visa- I think it is Schenzen or some similar sounding word. However, many other parts of the world do not have such joint arrangements, due to geographical, cultural or historical reasons.
17 Dec 12
I prefer to visit countries where I don't need a visa because it is it much cheaper and less complicated, but many countries require a visa. I Asia I would need a visa for Russia, China, India, Mongolia, Burma and every single country in Central Asia. I am very interested in visiting all of those countries, but the visa requirements make a trip to those countries more expensive especially if I want to visit several countries on the same trip. I would like to visit Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and the other countries in Central Asia, but it is quite expensive and the transportation from country to country is a little complicated. It is not impossible to travel overland, but some of the borders are unsafe or closed to foreigners, so it is would be neccesary to do some research before the trip in order to find the best itinerary.
13 Dec 12
I have heard that places in Central Asia are worth watching. Some have great Mountain peaks, and places like Samarkand were part of ancient silk route. Yes, visas might be a problem, and governments of these countries can do a lot to collectively promote tourism in their countries. So, are you planning to go to such places?