Kazakhstan Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Kazakhstan

Where is it?: Kazakhstan is in central Asia, northwest of China.

Why do people go here?: I f you want to see how the then Soviet Union failed with its community experiment, then Kazakhstan is the place to see. Don’t expect much – expect nothing!

What are the main entry points?: There are flights to Almaty through Turkey, Germany and Russia. There are also train connections from Moscow and �r�mqi.

Currency used: Tenge

Country Code for Phones: 7

Area codes for Major Cities: Almaty 327

Religion: Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%

Population: 16.4 million

Ethnic Groups: Kazakh (Qazaq) 53.4%, Russian 30%, Ukrainian 3.7%, Uzbek 2.5%, German 2.4%, Uygur 1.4%, other 6.6%

Government: Republic

Languages: Kazakh (Qazaq, state language) 64.4%, Russian (official, used in everyday business, designated the “language of interethnic communication”) 95%

Travel Information

Major Cities: Astana, Aqtau, Almaty

Attractions: Aqsu-Zhabaghly Nature Reserve, Zailiysky Alatau Foothills, Zailiysky Alatau

Accommodation: Asia Hostels

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Aqtau

Health Issues: Hepatitis, Cholera, diphtheria

When to go: With dramatic winters and summers, the best time to visit is April through June, and late September through November.

Specific Events/Holidays: New Year’s Day: 1 January and either 31 December or 2 January), Kazakhstan Constitution Day: January 28, International Women’s Day: March 8, Labour Day: May 1, Republic Day: October 25 and Independence Day: December 16

Getting Around: Traveling around Kazakhstan can be difficult. Distances are far and roads aren’t great. Buses are by far the cheapest but can take forever to arrive in your destination.

Good to know: Check the security situation before exploring the country.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Kazakhstan are the Almaty International Airport and Astana International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Kazakhstan travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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