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Turkmenistan : When and where to go?
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Turkmenistan: Climate & Weather
This country experiences a dry desert climate, making it one of the hottest countries in Central Asia. In July and August temperatures can reach 50 ° C in the capital. In December comes the period of extreme cold and snow is found in much of the country. To visit Turkmenistan, two periods are favorable: between April and June when the sun is present and temperatures are pleasant, and between September and November, when the heat wave has disappeared but the icy cold has not yet arrived.
12°C - 54°F
Ashgabat, updated 03:00 GMT
What to do in Turkmenistan
The capital, Ashgabat, an oasis in the middle of the desert, can only seduce the visitor with its marble palaces, fountains, gold statues, museums and the Tolkuchka bazaar full of trinkets and treasures in stalls By women dressed in colorful costumes. A white city with wide streets, it keeps the traces of some older buildings testifying to its Soviet past. Some of its buildings border on excesses. Some examples to see: the presidential palace, the Hôtel de l'Etoile which reaches 100 meters in height, the Independence monument and its museum of national history, the monument to the horses, the Alem cultural center and its Big inner wheel ...
Near the Uzbek border is Konye-Urgench, a UNESCO-listed site that was the heart of the Muslim world in the 12th century, destroyed by Genghis Khan, whose ruins allow to admire among others a minaret 60 meters high and dating The 14th, as well as the Royal Shrines and Mausoleums.
In Merv, you will discover the largest archaeological excavations in Central Asia: a large expanse of ruins dating back several millennia, close to the Caspian Sea, where ancient foundations lie, remains of pottery, and Many other ancient testimonies.
Other sites: the desert of Karakum, where alternate craters of gas, dunes and oases; The Gulf of Kara-Bogaz; The canyon of Yanykala, with its colors and its spaces suitable for hiking; The beach of Awaza, and its booming tourist complex.
Turkmenistan : The basics
A visa is required to enter the territory (attention, the procedure is long).
The current currency is the manat (M).
If you arrive by plane, you will land at the country's only international airport, Ashgabat, which is 6 km from the city center.
To travel inside the country, you can take the domestic routes served by Turkmenistan Airlines to several major cities. It is also possible to catch the train, which is slow but very cheap and comfortable. The car is deprecated: administrative procedures are complex and expensive.
Budget: Approximately € 50 for a double room, and between € 10 and € 30 for a decent meal.
Health: It is advisable, as always, to have its traditional vaccines up to date, and to add precautionary measures against typhoid, yellow fever and hepatitis A and B. Drink only bottled water.
Security: There is no significant risk in Turkmenistan, from the moment you respect the rules, such as not to photograph public buildings such as the presidential palace. There is also a possible seismic risk.
To bring back from your trip: jewelry, ceramics, carpets.
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