Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide | Best Things to do in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide | Best Things to do in Kyrgyzstan

Hey guys we’re in Kyrgyzstan. Yeah, new country for both of us so that is
pretty exciting. First time in Central Asia so we are stoked
to be here. Yeah and over the next few days we are going
to be horse-trekking in Song Köl so we’re going to take you along but before we get
there we’re making a little stop. First up Burana Tower right here. So we’re going to climb to the top. Are you ready? Yes. The first day of our tour was mostly a travel
day, so we just enjoyed the scenery, caught up on sleep, and experienced our first Kyrgyz
traffic jam. We also go our first taste of Kyrgyz food
with a massive lunch featuring all types of spreads and dishes. From there, we did a short hike in the outskirts
of Kochkor and then checked into our guesthouse for the night. (Traditional music of Kyrgyzstan) So good morning from Kochkor. We did a home stay here last night which was
a lot of fun. We got to watch a music performance and eat
amazing food. So we’re just going to enjoy breakfast now
and then go horse-trekking. And we’re wearing our cool hats. Yeah, so can’t wait to do that. Let’s get started. Yeah. Alright so we just arrived at the first camp. We’ve had lunch and now we’re going to pick
out a horse and begin the trek. Yeah! Okay so it is time for a little update. How are you feeling? Hahaha. Well, I’ve been getting tenderized on that
horse. Yeah. Like we’ve been riding for over three hours
now and after I got off of it I could barely stand up. Like I almost collapsed. I almost fell. Obviously we are not trained at doing this
but it has been a lot of fun. The scenery has been awesome, the weather
has really cooperated so this is over the halfway mark and we’re really looking forward
to reaching the Yurt for supper. Hello! Hey little guy. Hello! Hahaha. So we made a new friend and we’ve arrived
at camp. We’ve arrived at last. So we’re at our yurt and we’re going to eat
dinner. We’re getting ready for dinner and this guy
is our entertainment for the night. Woo hoo! So it is now bedtime. The boys are in one yurt and the girls are
in the other and this is what it looks like. Little tour. There we go. And we have loads of blankets because it is
freezing cold tonight. Brrr. Hahaha. Good morning. I don’t know about you but I slept really
well. We were in separate tents. Yeah, it was men only and women only. And it was so cold that you know we just bundled
up in these big thick blankets and I think everyone just was like out like a rock. Past out right away. Seriously. And we went to bed early. Yeah because the horse riding took a lot out
of us and we had a nice big meal and then a little bit to drink and then just it was
fantastic. So this is the start of day two. So we’re going to be riding again about five
hours today. I’m feeling pretty sore so we’ll see how that
goes. But it should be fun like the landscapes have
been amazing all the way. And the weather has been awesome too so I
think we’re going to have another really good day. Mmmhmmm. Let’s do this. Pup, want to come say hello. Are you feeling shy this morning? It’s okay. We can be friends. We were introduced yesterday pup. Oh. Alright welcome to MTV cribs the yurt edition. Yurt edition. So we’re going to show you what is going on
in here. Alright. This is like the men’s sleeping quarters last
night so we were all sleeping here. Looks pretty messy. It is properly messy. We all just woke up. We’re just getting ready for breakfast and
this was the awesome stuff we had last night. We had some vodka. You guys were drinking Vodka? Yep. We didn’t get any. What? We were having Vodka and we were having that
special milk. Ah, the mare’s milk. Yeah, that tasted a bit like alcohol. And you know what I’m noticing? It looks like three of you were cuddling over
here. You know what? The three of us shared that little area and
then there were two other guys here. So. Yeah, and as you can see. That is how it is when I’m away. And we could have fit a lot more in here too. Yeah. But yeah like just check out the yurt. It is pretty cool. We have natural light coming in in the morning. And yeah, we’re going to be staying in a yurt
again tonight. I know. Woo hoo! Round two coming up. Okay so we’re taking a little break. Time for an update. Tell us about your horse today Sam? Okay, so we went really high today. Like we went up really steep hills and my
horse was really struggling. It was like ha ha. It was panting the whole way but even more
so it was farting. The whole way up. And guess who was behind. I was. I got to breathe it all in. You got a few whiffs that is for sure. On our second afternoon of trekking we made
it to Song Kol, our final destination. We arrived shortly before sunset, so after
dropping off our packs and warming up with tea, we made our way down to the water to
watch the sun work its magic. Hey pup. Hi pup. Let’s be friends. So we finally made it. We arrived. So it is day two. It is the end of our horse-trek and this is
Song Kol. Viola! And you know what is funny? They told us we should bring a bathing suit
in case we wanted to take a dip. But as you can tell it is freezing cold and
there is no way I’m going in to the water but I am going to dip my finger to see you
know just how bad it is. One finger. That is all. Ah. You know what I think the air may be colder
than the water. Wish you brought your bathing suit? Well, no because it would be pretty brutal
when you get out and you have to dry off but this isn’t so bad. Greetings from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! Hello from Central Asia. It is our first time here and we are going
to be spending a few days here in the capital. So we’re going to take you on a little tour
and show you fifteen things to do around Bishkek (Бишкек). It should be fun. First up, we visited Ala-Too Square (Ала-тоо
аянты – Площадь Ала-Тоо), which is the central plaza in Bishkek. While there isn’t much to do here, it’s
one of the city’s major landmarks, plus they also have lots of benches and water fountains
where you can take a quick break. From there, we crossed the street and made
our way over to the State Historical Museum. So unfortunately the state museum which you
see right here behind me is closed for renovations so we won’t be able to go in but I hear there
is a statue of Lenin hiding out back so we’re going to see if we can find that. Let’s go. On an unrelated note if you’ve never watched
the movie Goodbye Lenin you should. It is in German but it is pretty good. I just remembered that because we’re visiting
the Lenin statue. Another place you’ll want to visit in Bishkek
is the Osh Bazaar (Ош базары). It may not be the biggest in Central Asia,
but it’s a bustling maze where you could easily spend a few hours. We had no problems at the market, but we were
warned by several locals to ignore the fake police who may ask to see documents and camera
permits. So keep that in mind if you encounter them! It is shopping time. Next up we’re at the Osh bazaar (Ош базары)
and you can find everything here. We’re seen fresh produce, snacks, chocolates,
clothes. Right behind me we have an entire aisle dedicated
to dry cheese balls. It is this really popular snack. It kind of tastes like salty goat cheese. Not my favorite but if you want to try it
come here. 150. Can I get. Half a kilo of dates. Half a kilo of fresh dates. And I paid just 100 Som which roughly is about
a dollar fifty. And like look how many dates I got guys. All for yourself. Because I’m not a fan of dates either. Ah. No. We’re not dumb tourists. We’re not dumb tourists. Maybe Sam is. Those were Sam’s horrible acting skills right
there. My goodness. We are going to visit an abandoned casino
and nightclub. But you know what? There is a lot of people hanging out here
and I feel like we’re going to get kicked out because these people look like construction
workers or security guards. Anyways let’s try. First impressions? It smells bad. I think people hang out here overnight. Yeah, they may hang out here and do things
but there is also a lot of broken things all around so I think it is going to be cool. Let’s go take a look. I think graffiti as well. Ah yeah, nice graffiti over there. Okay so we just came across children playing
in here. So if kids can get in I think we can too. If you do come here I would suggest closed
shoes. It is all broken glass. Hello. Hello. Directly across from the abandoned casino,
you’ll find Victory monument which was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of World
War 2. The three curved arcs represent a yurt, and
the sculpture of a woman standing near the eternal flame is meant to symbolize her waiting
for her husband and sons to return from the war. Okay so this morning we are checking out Erkindik
Park. And I think this is Sam’s favorite park that
we’ve found so far. I’ve been going jogging here everyday sometimes
twice a day. So and I’ve kind of come at all times of day
and on weekdays and also on weekends. And this park is completely different throughout
the week. Yeah, you can catch people enjoying coffee
or having ice creams in the afternoon. And it is basically like these two little
parallel boulevards lined with trees. It is really pretty so we’re going to show
you. Oh my gosh they have peanut butter. Audrey they have peanut butter. Peanut butter. This is Sam in his happy place. Ice cream and a swing. I’m here on a bit of a solo mission. Out of all the things Iv’e really wanted to
do in Bishkek this is right at the top of my list. I’m going to check out a public bath. Woah. That was refreshing. So I just spent probably one or two hours
in the public bath. And it was pretty awesome. It reminds me a lot of the Korean public baths
in the sense that it is gender segregated. You basically go in, you take off your clothes,
you put on some flipflops, you get naked and you go check out these basically steam rooms,
there is a sauna. But what was really awesome at this place
it had these little hut like buildings over here. That is actually where you do basically your
polar plunge swimming. And that is freezing cold water. And when I was going to go in for the first
time I was kind of like tiptoeing in with the latter and this guy came by and shoved
me in. So I got the full on experience of feeling
really cold after being hot for a while. So yeah, it was a pretty cool experience. It cost 300 Som. So not too expensive and if you’re in Bishkek
(Бишкек) and you’re up for this type of thing definitely check it out. So we are going rollerskating in Bishkek. And I don’t know how to roller skate. Neither do I. Can’t start. Can’t stop. I can’t roller skate but Sam seems to have
picked it up. There he be. It is like Bambi on skates. This is so different from ice skating. So the question is what do you prefer? Roller skating, inline skating or ice skating? Are you kidding me. Of course inline skating and ice skating are
way more familiar for me. But I have to say I’m starting to get the
hang of it a little bit near towards the end. But I decided to wrap it up a bit early. Those teenagers are just way too agile for
me. Yeah, don’t want to break any bones today
huh? No. Ha. We missed the start of opera and ballet season
by just a few days, however, if you’re in the city at the right time, that’s something
you could consider doing. Chilling like a villain. He be chilling like a villain. Where are we? And what are we doing? Any why are you making that face? I have no idea. We are at the Q cafe. Right over there. Q cafe. You can’t really see it but it is there. This is a place where we met up for coffee
with friends like two or three days ago. Yep. And it is really good so we’re back again
and we’ve got some beautiful looking lattes. Lattes. With art. And we’re just waiting for cake and muffins
basically. Cake and muffins. Woo hoo. Dessert is here. Yes, so I’m going to start with this. Sam’s cake. It looks crumbly. I think they call it Dvorak cake. Yeah, I didn’t get the name. Mmmm. It is like a fluffy cheesecake almost. And it is crumbly. With icing sugar on top. That is nice. Um, I am a fan of your cake Sam. Do you remember whose cake that is? You’ve just had a second bite. Alright since you’re on like a bit of a piggy
role why don’t you try your muffin. Your muffin. There we go. Is that pumpkin? Ooh. Wow. Oh wow. That is strawberry. Real chunks of strawberry. Mmmm. That is good. With coffee. Perfect midday snack. And if you’re craving a short escape from
Bishkek, you can always plan a day hike to the nearby mountains with the Trekking Union. So two funny things. We had to sign a waiver in order to join this
trek and there were two particular points that kind of jumped out at us. First, we had to agree that we wouldn’t run
away during the hike but it is like. You know how much we like to do that so. That was almost a sticking point. Where are we going to run? And number two we had to promise we wouldn’t
drink alcohol. Haha. But again alcohol on a twenty five kilometer
hike. I feel like that is just asking for trouble
and we barely have enough water so. In other words we have to dump out the moonshine
that is in my backpack, right? Ha. Ah, I got my shoe wet. Now I’m going to be hiking 25 kilometers with
soggy shoes. This is not a good start. As far as food goes, there’s plenty to sample
ranging from grilled meats to dumplings, and noodles to mixed rice, plus there was one
drink that really left an impression on us. So we’ve decided to be a little bit adventurous
with what we’re drinking and we are having kymyz (Кымыз). We’re having kumis (Кымыз). Do you want to tell us what that is? This is basically considered the national
drink here in this country. In fact, the city of Bishkek (Бишкек)
was named after the paddle used to churn this and it is basically it is mare’s milk. It is fermented mare’s milk. And that is all you’re having? That little sip. It has a slight amount of alcohol. Sam. Yeah, we’re taking it easy here. So. Let’s try it. It has a very strong smell. Okay. Well? So imagine like the saltiest milk you’ve ever
had that has also been slightly watered down and tastes a little bit alcoholic. You can taste a little bit of the alcohol. So that is exactly what it tastes like. Mmmm. Mmmmm. And we’ve got a liter of that just to ourselves. Alright so Sam tell us a little bit about
the food here in Bishkek. So we’re standing outside a restaurant called
Red Cow and this is one of the most popular places to have steak. And what we’ve found here in Bishkek (Бишкек)
is that there is some amazing International Cuisine. We’ve had really good Japanese, we’ve had
really good Korean, we’ve also had really good traditional food here as well. So this is a city for foodies. Tonight for dinner we’re going to go to one
of our favorite International food places. It is called Chicken Star. It is a Korean restaurant that specializes
in Korean style chicken. And I’m all ready. I’ve got my Hanwha Eagles hat on. Alright go team Korea! Woo. Beer has arrived. This one is called Zhivow. But the thing is can you say cheers in Russian. That is the true test. Tell me what it is. I don’t know. So no. Gumbai. So we are at Save The Ales. Save The Ales. And I am saving an ale right here. A pale ale. Yeah, an IPA. There is a really cool craft beer scene emerging
here in Bishkek (Бишкек) and I can’t wait to try this one. With our time in Bishkek winding down, we
made a visit to Oak Park which is full of sculptures, and then we also visited nearby
Panfilov Park (Панфилов көчөсү – улица Панфилова). So next up we’re at Panfilov Park (Панфилов
көчөсү – улица Панфилова) and this place if full of rides. We’ve just had a big lunch so we’re debating
whether or not we should get on some of these little roller coasters and other things. Oh. And that’s a wrap for our trip to Bishkek
(Бишкек). As you can probably tell from this video,
this city is the kind of place that you experience as opposed to ticking off attractions, so
it ended up being a fairly relaxing trip after a few busy weeks of travel around Kyrgyzstan
(Кыргызстан – Киргизия). As always, if you have any suggestions of
things to do in Bishkek, feel free to share your tips with fellow travellers in the comments
section below. See you next time! Hey guys we’re at the World Nomad Games (Дүйнөлүк
көчмөндөр оюндары) in Kyrgyzstan (Кыргызстан) and this is basically
like the Olympics for Nomadic Games and Culture. So we’re going to show you around. We’re going to be hear for several days but
first the Opening Night Ceremony. Things kicked off with a massive celebration
at the stadium, where there was live music, dancing, and even a special appearance by
Steven Seagal. The following morning we went up to the jailoo,
also known as the pasture, where they had set up a folk village so visitors could wander
around and learn about Kyrgyz culture. After catching the opening dance, we set out
to visit the various camps, each showcasing a different region. Okay so up next we’re heading into a camp
that is all about Kyrgyz culture so we’re going to be seeing some musical instruments,
tapestries, games and maybe even some of the food so let’s go do that. So we’re seeing lots of food preparation happening
across the camps here. Yeah, we sure are. We have locals preparing their own stuff. I think this guy has got a lamb going in the
back. And we had a really nice lunch in the food
tent. We had Plov with lamb. Basically it is like kind of rice with lamb. Yeah. Really tasty. Yum. Yum. So I think that was probably the strangest
competition we’ve seen so far. Tell us about it. Possibly the most painful. So this guy was basically doing somersaults
on broken glass. He lied down on top of it and they put like
a kettle ball on his stomach and then a jackhammer came down on it. Like that’s gotta hurt man. That was random. Okay guys this is day three of the event and
this is the one I’ve wanted to watch the most. This event is called Kok Boru. Yes, so this is a really popular game in Central
Asia and it is actually the National Sport in Afghanistan. And it is basically two teams competing on
horses kind of like polo but instead of using a ball they’re using a goats carcass. Yeah. And they’re tugging at that carcass and we
can’t wait to show you what it is all about. Yes, definitely interesting. At the end of the match, the winning team
gets to eat the goat so the animal doesn’t go to waste. It was also nice to see that some of the winning
teams shared their goat with their opponents. That being said, kok-boru isn’t the only
horse game at the event. There are also horse races for adults and
children alike, as well as a game that closely resembles basketball on horseback, so you
can take your pick. Alright, so we’re back on the pasture tell
us the plan for today. Back to the pasture this afternoon and it
looks like we’ve got some cool kind of sporting events. There is going to be something with eagles
and also archery, so we’re thrilled to check those out. Hey pup. It is excited. Oh my it is excited. Aside from all that, in the sporting complex
they had a variety of wrestling events, that were fascinating to watch. Well sadly it is over. The World Nomad Games (Всемирные
игры кочевников) have ended. Yeah, it was quite the event though I mean
we’ve been covering it here for several days and it has been awesome. And now is the closing ceremony so we’re going
to show you a bit of that. Yeah, so there is going to be a concert happening
right over there. And that is going to be the end to the party. So it is lunchtime here in Bishkek (Бишкек),
Kyrgyzstan (Киргизия) and today we are going to be having a feast. We are going to be sampling all of the traditional
dishes that we’ve been eating over the last three weeks because that is how long we’ve
been traveling in the country. So we’re ordering a big spread. This is probably enough food for like five
or six people but Sam and I are going to try and eat it all and just showcase what Central
Asian cuisine is all about. So we hope you enjoy. So we’ve decided to be a little bit adventurous
with what we’re drinking and we are having kymyz (Кымыз). We’re having kumis (Кымыз). Do you want to tell us what that is? This is basically considered the national
drink here in this country. In fact, the city of Bishkek was named after
the paddle used to churn this and it is basically it is mare’s milk. It is fermented mare’s milk. And that is all you’re having? That little sip. It has a slight amount of alcohol. Yeah, we’re taking it easy here. So. Let’s try it. It has a very strong smell. Okay. Well? So imagine like the saltiest milk you’ve ever
had that has also been slightly watered down and tastes a little bit alcoholic. You can taste a little bit of the alcohol. So that is exactly what it tastes like. Mmmm. Mmmmm. And we’ve got a liter of that just to ourselves. The strange thing is I don’t know if Sam managed
to get some bread crumbs into the milk or if that actually belongs in there. No, that is just how it is. That is just how it is with brown chunks. It has some chunks in there. Brown chunks in the mare’s milk. Alright. Hahaha. Arrghh. Bit of an acquired taste? Oh man. It tastes like cheese. Like salty cheese and it is fizzy. This is the one thing that we’re trying for
this video that is for you guys. I mean we probably wouldn’t order this on
our own but it is a very important part of the culture here. An acquired taste I’d say. Yeah. We’ll leave it at that. Yeah. We’re starting our meal with some bread. Yeah. So this is like the traditional Kyrgyz flatbread. And you can find this basically at every meal
that we’ve had here. Bread is like a very important part of the
meals. And especially when we were staying in the
yurts we were eating this a lot. So let’s just dip it in here. A bit of here. It looks like sour cream. Yeah. Mmmmm. Yeah, it comes like a creamy butter actually. It is a little bit sour but not too much. Mmmm. And that bread is really good. You can tell it is homemade and fresh. Aside from the flatbread we also ordered Samsa. So I’m just going to break that open. And our Manti (манты) is coming. Look at this. Oh wow. Look at that. It kind of reminds of an empanada. So you’ve got like a bread exterior and it
is filled with meat and chopped onions. Oh, it looks good. It is nice. How does it taste? It is really savory and peppery. Lots of ground pepper in there. So this is actually a snack that you pick
up at a truck stop. It is really popular and it is super cheap
as well and really filling. You can also get vegetarian ones. I had one that was filled with potatoes. Next up we got a plate full of manti (манты). It is manti (манты) time. And of all of the Kyrgyz food that basically
we’ve had over the last three weeks this is one of my absolute favorites. It is basically like a steamed dumpling. If we take a look down here I’m going to dissect
it here for you. So this one, we ended up getting pumpkin,
so I don’t know if you can see the orange in here. Oh, look at that. You can see the pumpkin puree in there. Well more liked diced pumpkin. More like diced pumpkin. That is true. So you can get, of course you can get a pumpkin
but you can also get all kinds of different ones. Like a lot of the ones that are most popular
are actually with meat. Yeah, so there is beef, lamb and you can also
get potato. Yeah, so whatever you want to get it is available. Alright, so let’s try this. Mmmmm. Oh my. I’m going in for a second bite. Mmmmm. Oh, it is just delicious. Such good dumplings. Like, wow. We were just in Korea not too long ago eating
Mandu which was a Korean dumplings and so this is a perfect fit for me. Transitioning from there to here. So I am now moving on to the Lagman (лагман)
and this is a noodle dish. Sometimes you can get it as a soup but I opted
for the fried variety. I like the fried one the best. I know. This one is really good. So it comes with chopped onions and peppers
and we’ve got some chives and meat. It is a little bit of everything. This is one of your favorite dishes isn’t
it? Mmmm. One of your favorite Kyrgyz dishes. Yeah, and apparently it has Chinese roots. Chinese origins. So it kind of reminds me a little bit of a
stir fry. It is really good. And the beef is so tender oh my gosh. That was good. Wow, it looks like there is a lot of cut up
scallions (green onion) too. And the food keeps on coming. It sure does. Next up we’re basically trying the fried-rice
so if you look down here we have the Plov (плов). Plov or Pilaf. Pilaf (плов) too. It is called both here. And it comes typically with meat so you see
some meat here and you also see peppers. It has onions. It has carrot. It has different kinds of seasonings. Dill. It smells nice. Yeah, and it is prepared in a massive cast
iron cauldron and what was really cool is when we were covering the World Nomad Games,
just behind these like tent type of restaurants you could see it being prepared. And it was just like this massive cauldron. It was really cool. It is a really popular dish. We ate a lot. Really popular dish. We really have. Mmmmm. Yeah, that is really good. It is savory but it is also a little bit juicy
with the different peppers. So, a really nice taste. We had nearly forgotten about the Shashlik
(шашлы́к) with all of the food at the table but is has finally arrived. And that is kind of embarrassing because really
this is the star of the meal. This is what I’ve been looking forward to
the most. So this is your classic skewered meat. This is like super popular in Kyrgyzstan. You can find actually restaurants that specialize
in it. And you’re classic shashlyk (шашлы́к)
restaurant you’re going to find like a small little restaurant outside and you’ll see a
guy out on a grill just whipping up a whole bunch of these. Yeah, like it also a popular street snack. You can buy it on the street. Yep. And typically it is lamb but we have ordered
beef. We decided to mix it up and go with beef but
the lamb one is delicious. We tried the lamb last time and it was. I’d probably recommend going with that one. So here is the beef one anyways. Mmmmm. Are you getting those smoky flavors? So smokey. It has got a lot of flavors, a lot of salt. It is a really juicy meat. And it reminds me a lot of anticuchos in Peru. Yeah. So if you’ve tried that in Peru then you have
an idea of what this tastes like. Well, except anticuchos are organs and this
is actually a really nice cut of meat. That is true. But the taste both of them is awesome. Yeah. And we also got a pot of tea since we weren’t
huge fans of the mare’s milk. We figured we needed something to wash all
of the food down. Um but yeah typically at the table the youngest
person is in charge or pouring tea for everyone. So if you’re having like a big family meal
or you’re out with friends that responsibility could fall on you depending on your age. And also while we were doing the yurt stays
we realized that tea plays a huge role in hospitality here. So when you’re a guest one of the first things
they do is like offer you tea and they keep filling up your cup until you are about to
burst. It is literally the first thing and the second
you’re done your cup. Like they are ready to refill, right away. The host is on top of it. On top of it. Your teacup is filled up. Hahaha. So how is the tea? It is good. It is green tea. So typically you get black tea when you’re
in a yurt but we went for green. So we’re almost done the meal. Any particular favorites? So stuffed. Um, the shashlik (шашлы́к) was amazing. That was so so good. It was so juicy and they don’t really put
a lot of spices on the beef but it just has like that natural flavor so that was really
nice. It was smokey, tender flavor. Love that. It was good. And also the rice. I’m usually not a very big fan of rice but
it was really good. It was like wild brown rice so that was really
tasty. Yeah, those are two of my favorites as well. And I’m going to add that I really like the
manti (манты). The pumpkin dumplings. Of course. Dumplings. So that wraps up our feast of feasts. It was an amazing like traditional Kyrgyz
meal. We ordered so much food that we’re actually
taking a lot of it home. This is probably enough either for three or
four people and in terms of the price it came to one thousand two hundred Som which right
now is seventeen US dollars. So that was incredible value. I mean we got three different kinds of drinks,
we got tea, we got a liter of Pepsi, we got a liter of mare’s milk plus all of that food
that we showed you including the bread, the dumplings, the meat, the rice, the noodles. So you can come here and have an epic feast
and it is not going to cost you a fortune. Good morning from Kyrgyzstan (Кыргызстан). It is time for a day trip because we’ve been
spending a lot of time at the World Nomad Games and it is time to get out and get to
know the country a little bit. So we’re taking a day trip to Karakol (Каракол). We’re going to be doing some hiking, visiting
waterfalls. Yeah, it is going to be really cool. I mean we’ve seen quite a bit of the country
but we haven’t been to that area yet so we’re really excited about it. Let’s go. Okay, so we have been driving for about two
hours and we’ve almost made it to Karakol (Каракол). Right now we’re in the outskirts and we’re
stopping at the Nikolay Mikhailovich Przhevalsky museum and basically this was a guy who wanted
to be a traveler. So I can relate to him. Um, he was from Russia but at the time Russian
didn’t have the permission to just you know go off and wander around on their own. So this guy decided to join the military and
he proposed to be the first person to explore Central Asia and reach Tibet and his proposal
was approved so he was funded by Russia and today there is a museum dedicated to his work. After a short visit to the museum, we then
continued on our drive towards Karakol (Каракол), where our first stop was the Dungan Mosque. So in order to visit the Mosque you don’t
just wear a scarf. You need a full cloak. This will be interesting. Alright. Let’s put this on. Fancy. It is like velvet. There we go. I’m ready. Wow, cute. The mosque gets its name from the Dungan people
who are Muslim, but of Chinese origin. The building is quite unique because you can
see the two cultures colliding; it contains elements of a traditional mosque, but at first
glance it looks more like a Buddhist temple. So now we’re visiting an Orthodox Church and
that was really close to the mosque so let’s go check it out. Let’s go. We then went to the Holy Trinity Cathedral,
which is in the centre of Karakol (Каракол). Just remember, girls need to wear a head covering
and boys must take off their hats in order to go inside. From there we continued to the Karakol Market
in search of food. If there’s one dish the town is known for
it’s Ashlyan Fu, a cold noodle soup with spices and jellies. There’s a whole alley in the market that
specializes in this dish; so be sure to try it. Alright so we’ve had a pretty busy morning
of sightseeing. Now it is time for food. Yeah, we’ve worked up a pretty big appetite
and the coolest thing is we’re going to go eat inside of yurt. A yurt. For lunch we had Dumlyama: a dish with potatoes,
cabbage, onions, peppers, and meat. We also had boorsok: which are little pieces
of fried dough that go really nice with jam. So we’ve stopped off at this kind of cool
scenic area that is called Jeti-Ögüz and nearby there is apparently some fantastic
hiking. Yeah, and the name translates to seven bulls
so I don’t know do you see any bulls over there? You know I see in the rock formations. I think I see more than seven things. We had really been looking forward to hiking
along here, but unfortunately, this is the part of the tour where we ran out of time. This also means we didn’t get to see the
waterfalls we had heard about, so if you do decide to visit Karakol (قاراقول),
don’t do it as a quick day trip like we did! Alright, so we are back in our hotel and that
was a pretty busy day I have to admit. Um, the distances are quite long so we spent
a lot of time in the car and we did get to see some cool places but we didn’t spend as
much time as we would have liked. Yeah, I think it is the kind of place where
you want to give it a few days so you can see the surrounding areas and also that town
is really known for hiking so if you’re in to outdoorsy stuff go there and explore it
properly. Yeah, maybe spend like two or three days in
Karakol (Каракол) see the surroundings, hike, trek and yeah really explore it. That would be our suggestion. Yep. Tata. Well good morning. It is Saturday here in Bishkek (Бишкéк)
and it is our last day in the city so we figured why not get out of the city get close to nature. So we’re going to be doing some hiking. Yeah, it is basically a day trip. We’re joining like a hiking group. Yeah, the Trekking Union. Yeah, they go every week and we’re just going
to be doing like I think it is a pretty leisurely hike but it is going to be really scenic. I really hope so. Fingers crossed. So ending off here in Kyrgyzstan (Кыргызстан)
on a high note hopefully. Let’s go. It is go time. We have arrived at the starting point. Today we’re hiking Issyk-Ata Gorge. And now get this. We signed up for what we thought was a thirteen
kilometer hike. They’ve just told us it is twenty five and
we’re going to be out all day. So I feel like this is a bit extreme. We’re not that fit. We’re not that prepared so it’ll be interesting
that is for sure. I hope we have enough water. Status update. Status update. We’ve been hiking for like twenty minutes
and it is getting really steep and we’ve lost our group because we’re too slow apparently. So two funny things. We had to sign a waiver in order to join this
trek and there were two particular points that kind of jumped out at us. First, we had to agree that we wouldn’t run
away during the hike but it is like. You know how much we like to do that so. That was almost a sticking point. Where are we going to run? And number two we had to promise we wouldn’t
drink alcohol. Haha. But again alcohol on a twenty five kilometer
hike. I feel like that is just asking for trouble
and we barely have enough water so. In other words we have to dump out the moonshine
that is in my backpack, right? Ha. Time for a status update. So we’ve been hiking for a while and the weather
really changed on us quickly. It started raining, the winds started coming
and this is a really fast hiking group so we’ve really had to pick up the pace so we
haven’t had many updates but we’re taking a little break here and the group is way ahead
of us but we don’t care at this point. So as far as hiking in Kyrgyzstan is concerned
it is amazing. It is like world class. You have all of this rugged scenery and there
is not a lot of people hiking here so it is an amazing opportunity for anyone who is looking
for kind of an off-the-beaten-path type of destination. So we’re actually going to start heading back
now for two reasons. First of all the weather is changing rapidly
and it looks like it is going to start raining. Yeah, and we’ve also lost our group. Yeah, they disappeared. We were a little bit slow-pokey because we
were taking photos and we just got left behind and now it is time for us I think we need
to head back so yeah there is a few other straddlers. Like four of us who are slowly making our
way back to the van trying to retrace our steps. So I think that is it for today’s outing. Overall, a really good day of hiking. Tata. So it is time for another apartment tour. Right now we’re in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. We’ve been traveling around the country for
three weeks and we’ve spent ten of those days here in the capital. Yes, and this happens to be our favorite spot
out of the two or three different places we’ve stayed in the city. So we’re going to show you around. Let’s go. So getting in here is like going into Fort
Knox. So much security but we feel really safe even
with all of these keys and special magnets. Hahaha. Let’s go. Beep. Beep. Key sounds. But before we give you the apartment tour
we need to have breakfast and they make a delicious breakfast over here. Yeah, we’ve been having basically a feast
every morning. Uh-huh. And today they switched it up a little bit
which is cool. We’ve been having omelets previously and kind
of rolled up crepes with jam but if you take a look down here you can see we’ve got fried
eggs, it looks like we have some ham, tomatoes, cucumber and then we have a different style
of pancake here and it looks like little dollops of jam. We have toast, we have orange juice. Juice. And coffee. Is it coffee or tea? It is coffee. Oh, it is coffee. Again they switched it up. Oooh. But yeah that is a lot of food for two people. Look at the table. And the cool thing about this type of place
is that you kind of you get comforts of an apartment but we’re getting a little bit of
the service of a hotel. Like having breakfast prepared for us in the
morning. The best of both worlds. It really is. It really is. Alright, let’s dig in. Okay, grabbing some egg and a bit of ham. It is tasty. So now that we’ve had our breakfast it is
time for the grand tour so we’re going to show you around our one bedroom apartment. So come in. This is like I guess our little lobby area. Do you have a lobby area in an apartment. It is probably called something else. Hahaha. The cloakroom area. So this is where the shoes are kept. Shoes, umbrellas and you can hang up your
coats over here. And then it kind of goes straight into the
kitchen and we actually have a pretty nice modern kitchen. I really like it. Yeah. And we’ve got a washing machine. We do. That is like. When we decide to rent an apartments as opposed
to staying in a hotel that is like the number one feature. It is one of the best things aside from having
our own fridge of course too. So we have an electric range so we can cook. We have a kettle, no microwave but we haven’t
really needed that. We’ve mostly been eating out. Oh, guess what? We do have one. Hahaha. We haven’t needed it though in all fairness
because we have been eating out a lot and we’ve been having our breakfast served to
us as well. So yeah, this is our little breakfast nook. This is where we have breakfast every morning. Yeah, as you can see the dirty dishes. Okay, next we’ll show you the bathroom since
it is right across from the kitchen. So here we go. Tada. So we kind of have like this walk in shower. This shower, I have to say is like. Open it up for us. It is almost like a 5 star shower. Like the quality is incredible. The water pressure. Like check out that thing. It is huge. So yeah, that is our bathroom and then I’ll
take you into the bedroom. This is just a one bedroom apartment so it
is pretty small. Come in. So yeah, I guess you could call this like
the bedroom slash living area. So we have a double bed but we also have some
couches over here where we can work do our thing on the computer. Um, so yeah I mean it is enough space for
two people. It is really all you need and we have a bit
of storage as well. We haven’t really unpacked our stuff since
it is a short stay. Yeah. And the weather has been really nice so we
haven’t had to unpack much of our cold weather gear. We’ve got storage, a TV and we have a little
balcony. I’ll show you that. So I’ll just move these away. This is actually where I put the laundry out
to dry because it is pretty hot out there. And I’ll show you the view. You basically look out over the courtyard
which is cool. Yeah, there is like a little playground for
kids and then way off in the distance here. The zoom will take a little while you can
see it is kind of either an unfinished or an abandoned building. And that is kind of a major landmark because
we stayed two blocks from there at a hotel before. So totally recognize that building. So that is a wrap for our little Bishkek apartment
tour. Yeah, so basically it was really cool staying
here because I felt like we got to a little bit of window into the culture. The Soviet Era complex apartment buildings. Like these massive buildings. We’re getting to stay in here and even though
we’re like on the first or second level. First level. We’re not near the top it is still really
cool and it is just like whenever you can stay in apartments as opposed to a hotel it
is always like so much better because you feel a little bit like you’re at home, you
have more space you have more amenities, you have kitchen where you can wash your clothes. So whenever we have that opportunity we tend
to take it. Yes, oh and another important thing it is
cheaper than the hotel too. So now if you’re thinking of traveling to
Bishkek (Бишкек) or perhaps moving here now you have a better idea of what the apartments
look like. Yeah, exactly. So I hope you enjoyed this tour and if you’ve
been to Bishkek (Бишкек) before let us know what your apartment experience or
hotel experience was like. Bye.

100 thoughts on “Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide | Best Things to do in Kyrgyzstan

  1. Tourists come better on the lake Issyk-Kul. It is a great warm. Kyrgyz translated it as Hot-Lake. Here is a link about the lake is- Welcome tourists!

  2. Great video as always guys! I am planning a trip through Eurasia this summer and will spend about two weeks in Kyrgyzstan.  I've been doing a lot of research, but wanted to see how things were for you guys. As of now, I am planning to visit Bishkek,  Issyk Kul lake and Ala Archa National park. Do you guys have any other suggestions of places to see? I will be flying into Almaty Kazakhstan and planning to enter Kyrgyztan by land from there. I was wondering how the boarder crossing was and if you guys took the same route into the country? Any additional info on your expereince would be awesome! ^^

  3. Wonderful Video and great introduction of Kyrgyzstan, I haven't seen much more than Bishkek and Ala-archa during freezing winter. Thanks so much for giving me good ideas what to do next time.
    …and yes, renting an Appartment is truely nicer, cheaper, and what they say, safer than Hotels.

  4. hello your trip looks great we will be there in august… could you say what restaurant in bishkek was it where you had the big fist? it looked good..thanks

  5. Great video! How many days was your trip for? How did you plan your accommodation and travel? Was everything planned by an agent or sth?

  6. I was born in Kyrgyzstan and soon after moved to canada where i now live. I feel like its such an underrated country

  7. Hello!Guys I am a travel agent from Kyrgyzstan, I invite you to have beautiful holidays in one of fantastic place in the world. We do all organizations for you. Whatsapp number +996776021963, [email protected]

  8. Great ! Fantastic ! I wish channels like CNN or NGO will present videos with such amazing quality. You guys make a perfect couple. congratulations !

  9. kyrgi(기러기)'s land(ttang) by korean. wild goose birds's territory. kirgyzstan.
    meaning is messenger of sky.

  10. fuck this country worst cop better watch all your stuffs when cops want to check stuffs

    there too many reports that cops steeling

    and stay out of dark ally in biskek and osh reason the worst city in all ussr country

    how did u land that country in first place

    fuck Kyrgyzstan fuck kyrguz peoples

    i been there i got robbed by peoples many time the land of goats peoples are also goats they still lives in mountains like there parents lived too

    they will never changed

    pidaras blat suka blat ani bse oni se bran 🐐🐐🐐🐐

  11. Hi

    I'll be in Kyrgyzstan in September, really looking forward to it. I notice in the description you have a Kyrgyzstan playlist, but where is it? Has it been set to private or something? It's not with your other playlists!


  12. Thank you guys for amazing travel guide about Kyrgyzstan. I will surely refer this guide to my friends who keep asking me what to do there.

  13. thank you very much for the wonderful video, though it's not clear what's going on, but I wrote this with Google translator

  14. Thank you )))) We are always glad to see tourists like you. And I hope after this video at least more than 50 000 people will know about Our beautifull country some of them will visit because of you! Thanks a lot!!!

  15. My wife and I love your videos. We travel a lot ourselves and are considering starting to vlog also. We are planning a trip to Kyrgyzstan next year and I wanted to ask you how did you travel in between cities/places? Was it difficult/expensive getting from place to place?

  16. Great video, I really enjoyed it. I've seen other blog type travel vids before but most of the time the travelers come off as snotty, obnoxious and/or pretentious and you two were absolutely not that at all, so kudos to you both. In fact, this was very fun to watch. Kyrgyzstan is a country that I have dreamt about visiting for years now (along with all the other Stan countries), and who knows, maybe even work there for some time (I teach ESL). Anways, greetings from a Yankee in Argentina!

  17. How much does apartment or hotel cost ?
    Its chipper but how much it cost ?
    Nice & beautiful to look this video ! Spectacular views !

  18. I love my Kirgjzstan,I was born there in Kyrgyzstan, but I live in Europe at the moment

  19. Hi! My Friend and I are planning to head to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for our college graduation trip. Which tour were u guys on? And do you book the tour only after you arrive in Kyrgyzstan? Thanks!

  20. Come to Kyrgyzstan in the summer.Go to the lake Sary-Chelek.Post perhaps this is the most beautiful lake in the world.welcome season 2018!!!

  21. 8:08 I swear in God … I wont be able to resist the feeling of taking a dip in that … You shouldn't missed it.

  22. It's wonderful video .. really good one and I just have suggestion for u to add the cost of this activates and food .. hostels or hotels … this will be great and very helpful

  23. You are very good ancores.but you have not mentioned any thing about crime and law and interaction with lacals.transportation.but nice video.will you answer my questions.

  24. Фильм аябай жакшы, бирок кайсы кок мээ переводчик которгон. Тупые уроды.

  25. Туристтерди озунчо башка лагерьде тосуш керек. Кайсы бир чабандын уйуно тоспой. Алардын нормально туалети, жуунуп тазаланган жери да жок. Жердин баары малдын бок сагы. Анан калп эле мактанып коюшат. Эх… эх.. кыргызбайлар….

  26. My girlfriend comes from Kyrgyzstan and that's why I watch videos about this wonderful country. БААРЫНАРГА САЛАМ 🇰🇬

  27. You are filming yourselves much more than Kerkizestan. So, you could do it staying at your home rather than going all the way down to Kerkizestan

  28. Thanks for the great video! How did you arrange your horse trek to Song Kol Lake? I'm planning a visit this summer and your itinerary looks a lot like one offered by Pegas Adventure — did you use a tour group? If not, what would you recommend?

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