Why Kyrgyzstan is my favorite country in Central Asia
After traveling for three months in Central Asia and being able to visit four countries, I can safely say that Kyrgyzstan is my favorite. I managed to visit Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan as well, and although all of the countries are lovely, there’s just something about Kyrgyzstan that makes my heart skip a beat. Out of all those countries, I’m most prone to visit Kyrgyzstan again, and here’s why.
The landscapes are out of this world
There’s no doubt that Kyrgyzstan is a breathtakingly beautiful country. Wherever you turn your head, you’ll see mountains. If you’re a fan of nature, I can’t think of a better place for you to visit. Some people even dare to say that it’s prettier than Switzerland! Although I don’t have enough knowledge about that matter, I can safely say that it is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve visited. There’s something romantic about the vast landscapes in Kyrgyzstan, the changing scenery, all the lakes, the snow capped mountains and all the valleys. Kyrgyzstan is eye-candy.
The people are lovely
Kyrgyz people are so hospitable and friendly. I always felt so welcomed and there were so many times when people invited me to their home for lunch or dinner. Even though we couldn’t communicate most of the time, we tried to speak a few words and share our life experiences. Even if they might not have a lot, they’ll share everything they have with you. And that’s more than what you can say about many other countries in the world.
It’s so safe
Traveling as a female solo traveler can be a bit tricky sometimes. You don’t always feel safe and sometimes you cling on to people just to have company. But that’s not the case in Kyrgyzstan. I managed to travel the entire country on my own without ever feeling bothered. Although I did have hiking buddies, I was often going on buses alone and sometimes even in the cities. Not once did I feel like I had to hold on to my purse tighter or walk faster because I felt unsafe. And that makes your whole traveling experience much more pleasant.
There’s always something to do
Yes, hiking is probably the main thing to do in Kyrgyzstan, but even if you’re not a hiking fan, there’s plenty of things for you to do here. You could go explore the cities and marvel at the old Soviet Union architecture. You can take public transportation to stunning landscapes without having to hike. You can go to Issyk-Kul lake, swim and sunbathe all day long. You can go watch the nomadic games. You’ll never be bored in Kyrgyzstan and that’s what I really loved about this country. I still have so much left to see of it and I’m thrilled to return back one day.