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Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental Central Asian country with a smaller part west of the Ural River in Europe. It is the largest landlocked country in the world by land area, with a territory covering 2,727,300 square kilometres. It is bordered by Russia, People's Republic of China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Despite its size, Kazakhstan is quite lacking in significant historical sites. It is, however, the richest country in Central Asia. The capital Astana is the second largest city. The largest city is Almaty and the former capital. 


What to see & do

Bayterek - Bayterek is a 105-m tall tourist attraction in Astana. The structure functions as both a monument and an observation tower. The shape of the tower symbolizes a poplar tree holding a golden egg. There is an observation deck 97 m above ground level, offering panoramic view of Astana. 

Central State Museum of Kazakhstan - The largest museum in Almaty is Central State Museum of Kazakhstan. It is also one of the largest museums in Central Asia. The museum features a very significant collection of Kazakh archaeological, historical, and modern cultural and political artefacts. 

Almaty Television Tower - Almaty Tower is a 371.5-metre high steel television tower in Almaty. It was built between 1975 and 1983, on the high slopes of Kok Tobe Mountain. Almaty Tower is the world's tallest free-standing tubular steel structure. There are two observation decks at the heights of 146 m and 252 m.

Karagandy Zoo - Karagandy Zoo is the city of Karaganda's state zoo. Established in 1936 and currently covering 107.5 acres, it is one of the oldest and largest zoological parks in the country. The most famous resident of the zoo was the 'talking' elephant Batyr, who died in 1993.


How to get around within Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is abundant in local transportation, with buses, trains, planes, taxis, and rental vehicles available. The local buses aren't very on point with the schedule and are often crowded during the peak time, but during other times buses are quite convenient and cheap. It would be easier for tourists to take the bus if you can speak some Russian or are with someone who can. The train is the best way for long-distance travels between the main Kazakhstan's main cities. Sometimes it can take up to 24 hours to get from one place to another (especially between Almaty and Astana, end to end), but the journey is a wonderful experience in itself. The ride is fairly comfortable and travellers in Kazakhstan are very friendly, so you're most likely to meet new friends there. If you'd rather take long-distance buses, note that although they are faster, they are less comfortable. 


How to get there

The largest international airport serving Kazakhstan is Almaty International Airport, located approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Almaty. The flag carrier serving Almaty Airport is Air Astana, which links the city to Abu Dhabi, Bishkek, Moscow, Delhi, Beijing, Istanbul, Bangkok, Hannover, London, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, Tashkent, and Hong Kong. The airport is also served by Asiana Airlines, British Airways, China Southern Airlines, Czech Airlines, flydubai, Etihad, Hainan Airlines, KLM, and Lufthansa.  

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