Turkmenistan Tourist Traps

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    FISH IN THE DESERT! A Shop
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Turkmenistan Tourist Traps

  • Currency

    If you go to the bank you will get a fixed rate 1 USD = 8000On the black market you will get much more.I got 25 000 Manat.WARNING IT IS ILLEGAL TO CHANGE ON THE BLACK MARKET!At the border it is no problem.Near the Shopping center in Ashgabat there are some old women.They change USD for you. It is your decission. Be safe and get less.Or risk...

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  • Taxi mafia

    In many countries the taxi mafia is active,If they see a tourist they see the dollars and try to cheat you.So don't be naiv, Get a feeling for the right price by asking other people.Always ask for the price before you get off.Always look what the driver does if he uses the taxameter.If you drive by day be sure that he doesn't use the night tarif.Be...

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  • Women travelling alone in Turkmenistan

    this is a reply I wrote on a question by mailI didn't have a very great time inTurkmenistan, but otherwise wouldn't have missed it!I also indeed didn't meet any other travellers when I were there besides another single guy for an evening in Ashgabat (check out www.hansrossel.com if you can read Dutch!). Otherwise you won't be the only white (I...

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  • Konye Urgench - "presents" to cross a...

    We arrived early in the morning from Nukus (Uz) by taxi and crossed the border pretty easy. After we checked in in the only -and shabby- hotel (beds only) in town, we went to town to look for money, food and water.We had to go to the market on the other side of the canal, but apparently were not allowed to cross the bridge. We tried 2 other bridges...

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  • Vodka Terrorism on the way to...

    In all Central Asian countries you may encounter some degree of vodka terrorism, and Turkmenistan was no exceptionFrom the town of Mary I bought a seat in a shared taxi that would bring me to Turkmenabat. The other men brought two bottles of vodka and started to drink one after the other. They told me to have some as well, but I politely refused...

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  • Train: greedy attendants looking for...

    Numerous paper checks during the 28 hour journey from Turkmenbashi City to Mary and annoying attendants going for the bribe.Just out of town a police officer demanded me to come with him and he took me apart in a small room to check my passport and declaration form. Minutely he checked everything and stared greedy at the few $$ that I showed him to...

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  • Ashgabat: mind your camera!

    An English fellow long-term traveller told me he had been spending and questioned a night at the Ashgabat police station because they suspected him of being a journalist.He had with his fancy camera, and without been taking notice, photograped the American Embassy after which he got arrested. They not only seized his film but -of course- also his...

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  • Ashgabat: don't smoke in public!

    When I was just smoking a cigarette in the streets of Ashgabat, a policeman halted me and told me to pay $100 for breaking the law! I didn't take him serious and after some persistent refusal and "no understand" he left me alone. But I was lucky and didn't know that it was forbidden by law! When president Niyazov got a heart disease in 1997 and he...

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  • Karakum Desert: "presents" to pass...

    Along the route we encountered a dozen checkpoints and everytime our driver got out of the car and handed out a few small notes. Just before darkness, when we almost had reached the city limits, it took a long time and in the end the driver came back with a uniformed man who called my name (which sounded quite funny :-). He had found an omission.In...

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  • Konye Urgench - "presents" to walk...

    The centre was abandoned. Only 2 police men sitting on a chair on every corner of the street, barking through megaphones to the occasional pedestrian. The market stalls were empty.We were halted several times by means of megaphone. What we were doing here, looking for omissions in our papers, demanding money. But we slowly got through.It turned out...

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  • This is a typical desert...

    This is a typical desert 'shop' I do not know where the fish is from. I made the driver stop and call the 'shopkeeper' out and asked where is the fish from. Mind you we were driving in barren desert for hours, with hours more to go. The man motioned with his hand, and said there was a river way back there????????

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