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Azerbijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

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Azerbijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

Anyone been any of these places as a tourist and can confirm which one is cheaper to spend a week or two in? Additionally, which will be your preferred destination of the 3?
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Uzbekistan for sure is my top choice. There are actually tours and multiple You Tube personalities have made video blogs of it. The country has been opening up for tourism since the dictator died a couple years back and the new guy actually seems to give a damn about the country. Great food and some nice sites. The other 2 are not very developed for tourists and it is more for the adventure seekers. You can still find some youtube videos of these 2. Maybe check those out and decide for yourself.

Cant comment on prices as I haven't been to any of the 3 but Uzbek is on my dream list. You can find tours online and the prices are listed. If you do it without a tour I imagine you can budget about 30% less than the tour price and add flights.
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swagwalk wrote: Anyone been any of these places as a tourist and can confirm which one is cheaper to spend a week or two in? Additionally, which will be your preferred destination of the 3?
All 3 are different. Uzbekistan has a big Russian influence, while the other 2 not much at all( especially Turkmenistan).
They all have their gems and things to see. Out of 3 Turkmenistan has more uniqueness IMHO, followed by Azerbaijan. I would also suggest you look into Georgia - absolutely gorgeous country with amazing food. They all have great food though. Unless you like cold weather and winter sports, avoid all of them until it's warmer.
The cost of 3 is roughly the same, just depends where you stay and where you eat. If you take tours, which is what I am assuming you will do if you are asking then you want to see what tours in each of those countries are priced at. Sometimes tours from a more expensive country can cost less due to various factors. Because of that, it's hard to put a price tag on each of them.
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Turkmenistan make sure you follow the visa process. 9/10 visas get declined. Best bet fly in fly out like China for 72 hours. That way it is much easier to get the visa. Ashgabat is such an interesting city, reminds me of Pyongyang if you had the ability to travel around without escorts
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Thanks. I'm actually looking to do this solo i.e. just plan my own trip. Georgia has some current ongoing unrest.
demi2004 wrote: All 3 are different. Uzbekistan has a big Russian influence, while the other 2 not much at all( especially Turkmenistan).
They all have their gems and things to see. Out of 3 Turkmenistan has more uniqueness IMHO, followed by Azerbaijan. I would also suggest you look into Georgia - absolutely gorgeous country with amazing food. They all have great food though. Unless you like cold weather and winter sports, avoid all of them until it's warmer.
The cost of 3 is roughly the same, just depends where you stay and where you eat. If you take tours, which is what I am assuming you will do if you are asking then you want to see what tours in each of those countries are priced at. Sometimes tours from a more expensive country can cost less due to various factors. Because of that, it's hard to put a price tag on each of them.
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I don't drink nor smoke...never have. So this point is moot to me.
apnayloags wrote: These are islamic countries.
May be restrictive on alcohol etc
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I was considering any of these as an alternative to Jordan. I know you did Jordan, Egypt and Israel. I was just looking at other options of interest in that vicinity as am into photography, hiking, nature, architecture. I plan to do Turkey later with my son going one that balloon ride destination
BananaHunter wrote: Uzbekistan for sure is my top choice. There are actually tours and multiple You Tube personalities have made video blogs of it. The country has been opening up for tourism since the dictator died a couple years back and the new guy actually seems to give a damn about the country. Great food and some nice sites. The other 2 are not very developed for tourists and it is more for the adventure seekers. You can still find some youtube videos of these 2. Maybe check those out and decide for yourself.

Cant comment on prices as I haven't been to any of the 3 but Uzbek is on my dream list. You can find tours online and the prices are listed. If you do it without a tour I imagine you can budget about 30% less than the tour price and add flights.
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swagwalk wrote: Thanks. I'm actually looking to do this solo i.e. just plan my own trip. Georgia has some current ongoing unrest.
You won't be in any of the places that have issues. It is safer than Mexico and more people speak English unlike the 3 on your list. I bet Turkmenistan has the same safety issues in some regions bordering Afghanistan. Doing it solo if you don't know any Russian and only speak English may cause some challenges.
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Azerbaijan is the best. However, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are not safe countries for tourists Why are people trying to get problems?
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bgerardo12 wrote: Turkmenistan make sure you follow the visa process. 9/10 visas get declined. Best bet fly in fly out like China for 72 hours. That way it is much easier to get the visa. Ashgabat is such an interesting city, reminds me of Pyongyang if you had the ability to travel around without escorts
And if you may escape out without any issues which can be arise without any reasons
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I found this which was a pretty good read with lots of detailed info on solo travel in Uzbekistan.

https://www.mywanderlust.pl/uzbekistan-itinerary/

I was debating to go but flights seem rather inconvenient. I should probably combine Uzbekistan with another nearby country to make the flight worthwhile so it needs to be at least 2 weeks.

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