Kyrgyzstan quick tips 吉爾吉斯懶人包

Accommodation:
– Bishkek -> Friends guest house (Moskovskaya 250, 720040 Bishkek)
the owner is super nice and helpful, room is clean, near Osh Bazaar
– Karakol -> Bed & Breakfast Nice (Abdrahmanov Street 81a, 722200 Karakol)
the owner speaks great English, the room is the most modern and clean ever
住宿推薦:
– Bishkek -> Friends guest house (Moskovskaya 250, 720040 Bishkek)
老闆人超級好又很幫忙,大的房間滿舒適的,靠近 Osh Bazaar
– Karakol -> Bed & Breakfast Nice (Abdrahmanov Street 81a, 722200 Karakol)
老闆人好英文也好,房間裝飾很現代,是我住過最舒服乾淨的地方

Sim card:
very cheap, can try Beeline, internet need to top up every week
電話卡超級便宜,可以用Beeline,網路需要每週加值

簽證:
我們是找Stantour辦邀請函,帶著邀請函和2吋照片,到了機場直接可辦理落地簽

Restaurant recommendation:
 – Bishkek -> Furusato: the best japanese food ever, great quality and service
– Karakol -> Cafe Kench: near B&B Nice, the nasi goreng and pasta is great
餐廳推薦:
– Bishkek -> Furusato: 超好吃又新鮮的日本料理,老闆人非常熱情,必去!
– Karakol -> Cafe Kench: 義大利麵和Nasi Goreng超好吃

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Furusato

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Cafe Kench

Money exchange:
Unlike Uzbekistan, here you can just exchange in the bank
換錢:
不用像烏茲別克那樣找黑市,在這裡只要去銀行就可以了

Alternative tours/homestay options:
CBT and Shepherd’s life are good choices in villages outside of big cities
民宿/當地導遊的選擇: 
大城市以外的地方都可以在CBT或是Shepherd’s life 找住宿和導遊

Transportation:
 – Bishkek -> only in the capital, you can download the app called bus.kg
just find the place you want to go in the map, it will show you where and which Marshrutka to take. We found it very useful and marshrutka only cost 10 som per time
– Long distance travel -> We took marshrutka because it’s much cheaper than shared taxi. Note that there are not many places for luggage in marshrutka.
– Bishkek to Arslanbob -> we took private taxi, because it is 10 hours ride so we want to be more comfortable. We tried to call Boi who is a driver recommended from the internet. Our guest house owner helped to talk to him because he doesn’t speak English. He arranged his friend to pick us up because he can’t make it, and the price is around 4000 to 5000 som which our guest house owner thought it’s reasonable. The other agencies and even CBT provided a fairly unreasonable price, almost three times! Boi’s number: 0773430777
交通:
– 在Bishkek, 可以下載一個叫bus.kg的app,只要在地圖上點選你要去的地方,它會告訴你可以搭的小巴和路線圖,非常方便! 而且搭乘小巴一次只要10 som
– 長途的交通我們都是坐小巴 marshrutka,因為便宜又方便,只是會比較擠
– 只有從Bishkek 到 Arslanbob 因為十小時的車程我們找了一台車載我們,在網路上找到了叫做 Boi的司機電話: 0773430777 可以試試,因為他不會英文所以我們請民宿老闆幫我們講,價錢大概4000-5000 som,民宿老闆覺得合理。我們也問了其他旅行社和CBT,開價都是兩三倍以上!
– 對了! 中亞的擋風玻璃破裂是很常見的,我們坐的車80%都有裂痕,因為路況不好乾脆不修理,形成這樣特別的風景 🙂

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Best seasons:
it’s better to go before end of Sep. We were in some places during beginning of Oct but it’s rather cold or less convenient to find transportation etc due to less tourists. And it’s really cold in the mountain.
季節:
最好是九月底以前去,因為十月遊客變少,很多地方的交通甚麼的也會不方便,而且山上天氣真的很冷

Suggested days to travel:
We stayed 16 days in Kyrgyzstan and we also suggest the same period for others who want to visit. This is a big country and it takes time to travel from place to place and it’s worthy to spend more time to enjoy the view and relax, so it would be best to stay more than 2 weeks so that you won’t be tired and will have fun. People are really nice and it’s safe to travel, and the mountains and lakes are fantastic!
建議天數: 
我們待了16天覺得差不多,推薦至少要待兩個星期,因為吉爾吉斯真的很大,通車會花比較多時間,所以多留一點時間比較不會太累,可以好好享受風景。尤其坐小巴,都要等到人數滿了才出發,很難估計準確的時間。當地旅遊很安全,人民很純樸,山上的風景真的很美!!

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