Destination in brief
is a vast Central Asian country. A small western part of it actually
belongs to the European continent. Neighbors: Russia (west, north),
China (east), Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan (south).
has a coast on the Caspian Sea (west), which is
an inland sea (or
according to some).
means that Kazakhstan
in fact be considered the world’s largest
2,725,000 km² (1,052,000 mi²) – The world’s 9th largest
country, formerly part of the Soviet Union (until 1991)
18.6 million (2020) – of which 4 million are ethnically
of the population is Muslim and about 44% Russian Orthodox.
languages: Kazakhstan is
bilingual nation where both Kazakh and Russian are widely spoken.
Kazakhstan's Constitution gives Kazakh an official status and
stipulates that the President of Kazakhstan should be able
is a member of the Kipchak branch of the Turkic language family
(Uzbek, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen).
city: Nur-Sultan (previously called
Astana) – but the largest city is Almaty
country is strategically located between the large and fast-growing
markets of China and South Asia and those of Russia and Western
Europe. It has a growing middle class, fast economic growth and an
abundance of natural resources (including oil & gas), whose
profits have been used, in part, to build the futuristic city of
it is also considered
one of the world’s kleptocratic autocracies and, as such,
post-Soviet life has been far from a democratic dream.
currency: Kazakh tenge (KZT)
net monthly salary: 340 USD (2020)
frequent surname: Kim
time to visit: June-September (winter is freezing
safety is excellent, with no dangerous regions.
tourist attractions: Almaty, the lakes and steppes of Saryaka (north
of the country), Singing Dune of Altyn Emel National Park, Charyn
Canyon, the Mausoleum of Arystan-bab, one of the Muslim shrines of
Central Asia and a pilgrimage site, Western Tien-Shan
landscapes are as
as they are diverse. Charyn Canyon looks like the Grand Canyon. Lake
Issyk is a mountain lake paradise. The Tamgaly Gorge has inspired
human creativity for thousands of years. Whatever kind of outdoor
adventure or Eden you are craving, Kazakhstan offers up a taste.
every car is a taxi. There are not many official taxis and even those
do not have fixed prices. You just
on the street, a
the destination and price and hop on. No calls, no waiting, no
hustle. Perfect. But it’s
if you can speak some Russian.