The reason we originally fell in love with Central Asia is a story in itself and occurred many years ago now. The short version is as follows – we decided after watching one too many episodes of Top Gear that we should attempt to drive around the world. After a short period of planning and buying a car in order to do it, we left Melbourne, and eleven months and one day later, we arrived in Scotland. During this overland adventure, we had our first taste of the former Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and of course our favourite, Turkmenistan .
From the very start, we wanted to get access to and take people to places that foreign tourists had never been to, or that foreign tourists have rarely visited, and that’s what we have worked on doing.
It’s been tough work, especially as we pride ourselves on developing relationships. As such we’ve had to travel extensively through the region to maintain good working contacts with our partners and friends. On one such occasion for example, a connection in Kyrgyzstan wasn’t replying to our emails (yes we do have electronic mail here!) so we took a quick four hour drive plus a border crossing to go and see them.
If you join us in any of our destinations - Turkmenistan , Uzbekistan , Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan , Tajikistan , Afghanistan , Pakistan , Syria , Lebanon , Iran , Iraq or Saudi Arabia , you know that we are right here in the region knowing what’s going on on the ground, and giving you the best and most relevant advice as details change.
Unlike the Central Asian Lonely Planet, the advice won’t be three to five years out of date.