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

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Trekking to Altyn Arashan 阿爾泰山健行 – 最艱難的7小時

One of the most popular to do lists near Karakol is to visit the trekking route to Altyn Arashan. There is a village in the mountain at around altitude of 2300 meters and it is also famous for its hot spring! It is 14 km trekking up to the village, so usually people will stay in the guest house or yurt in the village and come back the next day. If you are advanced mountain climber, you can do 3 day trekking and visit the beautiful Ala kul. Unfortunately we are at beginner level, so we had a two day trekking to Altyn Arashan which becomes the most difficult tour during my visit in the country.

大部分來到Karakol的遊客都是為了欣賞Altyn Arashan的美景,它位在2300公尺高山上的一個小村莊,要看到它還不容易,需要辛苦的爬14公里的山,歷經6-7小時才得以相見!! 通常都是安排2天1夜的行程,晚上可以住在村莊裡的民宿或是蒙古包。厲害的登山客如果有自備帳篷,可以選擇3天2夜,爬上更高的Ala Kul 欣賞美麗的湖泊。我們當然不可能爬三天啦! 而且大家都說爬上那個湖滿辛苦的,如果只是到村莊的話非常簡單,所以我們準備好簡單午餐、水和糧食就出發了! 沒想到… 這竟是我在吉爾吉斯最苦的一段旅程~~~~

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小巴士停的站,從這裡往前就可以開始爬山囉! The start point to Altyn Arashan

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Khiva – the fading city 烏茲別克不再繁華的城市 希瓦

希瓦是我們在烏茲別克的最後一站,從布哈拉坐 share taxi 到希瓦需要7個小時車程。因為我們沒有包車,所以另花了一小時去載其他的當地乘客。一開始的路段顛簸不平讓我好擔心未來的七小時,好險一小時後路就很平坦,司機也瞬間開始飆車,據說中國正在協助建造馬路,所以我們路上有看到施工的狀況。司機全程以不變的速度吃了六小時的瓜子,其他兩位乘客則是很安靜。路上停了兩次上廁所,都意外的很乾淨,還提供了疑似再生紙的超硬衛生紙給我。另外停了一次吃東西,但是那裡的廁所居然是架高的木板簡單搭建的,沒有門而且在大馬路旁邊,完全是給路過的車子和對面吃飯的人們看屁股。我只好找一個遠一點的小樹叢解放了!! 就算是在烏茲別克境內開車,還是經過很多警察的檢查哨,在這裡的警察非常有威嚴,到處都可以看到警察,而且不可以隨便拍他們喔!

Khiva is our last destination in Uzbekistan. It was a tough journey from Bukhara by shared taxi, because it takes 7 hours to drive, and we had to pick up another two local people who shared the taxi with us. Luckily the road is flat after the bumpy ride for an hour. The bathroom we stop by were surprisingly clean, I only have to use the “wild toilet” once because the real toilet in lunch place is up in the simple wooden structure whereby everyone can see you! Even we were driving inside the country, we still pass by a few police stop to check our passport, and lonely planet warns reader to avoid police because they might give you trouble, and don’t take picture of the police!!

我們這次住的民宿就位在希瓦西城門的外面,非常方便。來這裡的遊客主要都是參觀舊城內的建築。過去曾經被占領者破壞的古蹟都在UNESCO的幫助下重建, 所以這些古建築多半和飯店、餐廳或博物館結合。來到西城門的右側可以看到數學家花拉子米 (Al Xorazmily) 的雕像,他是代數學的奠基者。

Our guest house is just outside of Khiva castle west gate. The main tourist sites are mostly inside the castle. This place was recovered with the help from Unesco due to the massive destruction by the ruler previously. That’s why most of the old buildings are combined with hotels, restaurants and museums. Just outside the west gate on the right side, you can see the mathematician called Al Xorazmily who is the founder of algebra.

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我們住的民宿 Lali-Opa,便宜又方便 Our hostel is very convenient and cheap

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西城門入口 West Gate Entrance

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城牆 The Wall of the castle

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數學家 The Mathematician

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Too new to be true – Samarkand 薩馬爾罕 一個新的不真實的城市

薩馬爾干是來烏茲別克不能錯過的城市,我們乘坐政府剛建好的高鐵來到這裡,高鐵最快速度可以達到200km/hr,車廂內一切都很新,不僅提供茶點,還提前五分鐘出發,讓我對這個國家充滿信心。當然在我後來搭乘一般的火車時,這些信心立刻消失殆盡.. 不過這又是另一個故事了!p1070403-%e8%a4%87%e8%a3%bd

下車後我們要搭乘計程車前往飯店,如預期的一群司機立刻衝上來搶生意,漫天喊價從30,000 som 開始,我們有點不知所措,H說書上寫只要 3,000 som,所以在慌亂之下我們決定繼續前進到大馬路,看到跟我們同火車的西方老夫婦都迅速的攔到車談好價上車走人,只覺得我們相比起來超遜! 後來一直沒辦法招到真正的黃色計程車,又有一個司機一直不放棄,最後以 10,000 som 成交。

我們的飯店是一個內部很古老像小城堡的裝潢,一個年輕帥氣的金髮青年是唯一稍微會講英文的人,很願意幫忙,雖然有時候似乎是年紀太小並沒有足夠的經驗來回答問題。像是他很愛說: I don’t know. It’s up to you! 哈哈! 他說計程車一趟大概 3,000 som ,外國人會貴一點,看來我們被坑很大。但是待久了我們也習慣被坑了… 這間飯店大力推薦,是我在烏茲別克最喜歡的住宿,不僅房間超大超舒服,浴室也很大,會有陽光灑進來,很適合曬衣服,早餐更是豐盛好吃!! 最大的缺點是需要走2 km 左右抵達主要廣場,懶惰的話坐一趟計程車也是很快就到了!

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雖然薩馬爾干的景點有點分散,但是時間夠的話是可以慢慢逛完的。這裡的主要道路都好大好寬敞又平坦,旁邊的小巷則是凹凸不平,一不小心還可能會跌到莫名的大坑洞裡。車子開很快,就算是行人綠燈過馬路也是危機重重,主要是這裡的紅綠燈變換太快,所以只要綠燈車子都急著想通過。九月是這裡最佳的季節,所以每天太陽都很賞臉,不過晚上有時候還是有點涼。在薩爾馬干有兩天,也足夠讓我們把大部分的景點參觀完畢。p1090084-%e8%a4%87%e8%a3%bd

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