28 Comments

  1. Anna
    January 28, 2018 @ 2:35 am

    Wow, fascinating article, and what a bizarre country. I never knew any of this!

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  2. Tara Twyman
    January 28, 2018 @ 8:41 am

    Wow! I did not even know about this place! Definitely one for the risk/adventure traveller 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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    • dankiteski
      January 28, 2018 @ 11:33 pm

      Yes, Tara, it’s definitely a place to visit for the adventure traveler! 😀

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  3. Cliodhna Ryan
    January 28, 2018 @ 9:35 am

    This is a really interesting article. I had never read anything about Turkmenistan so it’s interesting to hear about all the historical sites that you visited, despite the tight police control. Did you meet many other tourists while you were there? What are accommodation facilities like?

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    • dankiteski
      January 28, 2018 @ 11:36 pm

      Yeah, Turkmenistan is a country with a rich history that definitely deserves a visit. I didn’t meet many other tourists but I know the Government has been putting some efforts to attract more tourists in the past few years.

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  4. Islandvacations
    January 28, 2018 @ 10:44 am

    I’ve never known about Turkmenistan except the fact that it is country within Central Asia. Until I read this blog vividly describing the country in a concise but elaborate manner. Thanks much for sharing this. It means a lot to a Filipino history buff like me who is used to island life, in contrast to desert life in Turkmenistan, living in a democratic and populated country.

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    • dankiteski
      January 29, 2018 @ 10:56 am

      Thank you so much for your comments. I’m really happy that you liked the article. Getting to learn a lot about countries and cultures really different than our native cultures is the best thing about traveling, isn’t it? 🙂

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  5. Tara
    February 2, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

    I found this piece SO interesting! I’ve never read ANYTHING on Turkmenistan from any bloggers I follow. It’s so refreshing to read about a new place (for myself). Thank you for all of the great tips to bear in mind.

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    • dankiteski
      February 5, 2018 @ 10:43 am

      Thanks Tara, I’m always happy to hear that people are enjoying the content I create. 🙂

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  6. Rachelle
    February 2, 2018 @ 6:05 pm

    I was actually just looking at Turkmenistan on a map the other day, so I think it was fate that brought me to your post. 🙂 Turkmenistan has such an interesting history and is such a blank spot on the map for me, especially since there are precious few posts about this country. Interesting that you have to have a guide with you at all times. Although it might be nice to have an interpreter around!

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    • dankiteski
      February 5, 2018 @ 10:46 am

      Hi Rachelle. Yeah, absolutely! Their system is far from what I would call perfect and it’s one of the most tightly controlled countries in Asia. I think it even comes close to North Korea. And the personality cult of their leaders is quite similar. However, the historical significance of that territory is huge and it’s definitely a place to visit if given the chance.

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  7. Shaily
    February 2, 2018 @ 8:41 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know there is a place named Turkmenistan and that too so fascinating and beautiful! The city is dipped in rich history. The best site is the ‘door to hell’ – the fire burning since 50 years. That’s incredible!! Although there are a lot of risks involved, the city is still a worth visit. Thanks for providing an insight into a completely new world.

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    • dankiteski
      February 5, 2018 @ 10:47 am

      Yeah, a lot of people don’t. It’s one of the most isolated countries in the world and there are a lot of added (unnecessary) costs for people that want to visit Turkmenistan. However, it’s always nice to have a different experience and a new perspective. After all, that’s what traveling is all about. 🙂

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  8. Marquita
    February 2, 2018 @ 11:03 pm

    Wow just wow! I never knew how controlled this country really is. I don’t know if I could visit right now but the tips are great if I do. It lets you know all the ins and outs of what to do or not to do.

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    • dankiteski
      February 5, 2018 @ 10:49 am

      Thanks Marquita! It’s always good to hear such positive comments 😀 I hope you’ll get the chance to visit. Don’t be worried about security. Wanted or not, the guide will be there all the time and I think the police officers are much more tolerant towards girls 😀 If you get the chance to visit, go for it

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  9. Ilona
    February 3, 2018 @ 3:25 am

    Wow, another person who has been to Turkmenistan! And you have seen so much more of the country than I have. I wish I’d had the time to go to Merv, I would have loved to see that place.
    Also, I got in trouble with the police just a couple of hours after arriving. Fortunately, they only deleted everything on my camera and didn’t arrest me. Hahaha.

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    • dankiteski
      February 5, 2018 @ 10:50 am

      Haha, yeah! There’s not too many of us. All the unnecessary nuisances repel a lot of people that would normally visit. Getting in trouble with the police is so typical. They don’t allow to take pictures of everything. However, I feel they’re more tolerant towards girls. If it was me, maybe I’d get arrested 😀 😀

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  10. Ian P
    February 3, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

    I admire a true adventurer and in going to Turkmenistan, you have certainly earned that title. Opening up the world for others to follow! Well done.

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    • dankiteski
      February 5, 2018 @ 10:52 am

      Hi Ian, thanks for the comment. It always feels good reading to comments like yours. It makes me feel I’ve done a good job. As for Turkmenistan, it obviously isn’t the typical vacation destination but an adventurist explorer would surely appreciate Turkmenistan’s historic significance.

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  11. Yvette Benhamou
    February 5, 2018 @ 12:06 am

    The Door To Hell has long been a place of interest, but I had little other knowledge of Turkmenistan. This piece was so interesting! From learning about the “ferries” to the needs to procure a guide to the separate (and likely bugged) rooms needed for unmarried couples, you paint a vivid picture of a unique, and unusual country.

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    • dankiteski
      February 5, 2018 @ 10:54 am

      Yes, I think if it wasn’t for the Door to hell many people wouldn’t even know Turkmenistan exists. It certainly is an unusual, tightly controlled country but it’s always an amazing experience to see something different and see things you couldn’t possibly imagine or thought you could only see in movies. That’s what traveling is all about.

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  12. Turkmenistan Travel Agent
    February 28, 2018 @ 6:33 am

    Great post and pictures. Ashgabat is a great city to travel and explore.

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  13. Brendon Tutor
    May 23, 2018 @ 9:01 am

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    • dankiteski
      May 23, 2018 @ 10:28 am

      Thank you, Brandon! I really appreciate it!

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    • dankiteski
      July 26, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Andrew. I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

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  15. marco
    November 9, 2018 @ 3:32 am

    Hi Dankiteski!!

    What can I say, SOLD IT! I wanna go to turkmenistan!! 😀

    Your article is simple yet complete and exciting, really liked it.

    Do you have any information about getting a transit visa ? I’ve heard that since late 2017 is getting a little easier but I don’t quite know where to start. Somebody says to send your application from uzbekistan but I’m not sure if I wanna get down there withour having a visa first 😀 even because I need a visa for Uzbekistan too and normally they ask you for the visa of the country where you are heading to in order to provide you a visa themselves.

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    • dankiteski
      November 14, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Marco and sorry for my delayed response. I’m glad this article inspired you to visit Turkmenistan. You’re absolutely right- you shouldn’t get down there without having a visa first. You can never be too sure in both, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. I would definitely suggest getting a visa before ever setting a foot there.

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