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Turkmenistan is one of the Turkic states in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west. An estimate of 5.3 million people, 85% of them being natural Turkmen, live in this country, which covers an estimate of 188,500 square miles, making it the world's 52nd largest country. Over 80% of the country is covered by the Karakum Desert and just between the desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range is where you will find Ashgabat, the largest city and the capital of Turkmenistan. Having gone through many civilisations for centuries, Turkmenistan has many remarkable historic and cultural sites and wonders.

What to see & do

Besides the vast desert, there are select places to visit in Turkmenistan and the best place to start with is Ashgabat, (‘the city of love’ in Arabic) a showcase city for the newly independent republic and is considered as one of the world's strangest places, owing to the presence of lavish marble palaces, gleaming gold domes, and vast expanses of manicured parkland. Notable places to visit in Ashgabat include the Palace of Turkmenbashi (the former President's place) which sits right at the Independence Square, the National Museum, and the Arch of Neutrality where you can find a 12-metre-high polished gold statue of Niyazov. From Ashgabat, jump over to the Dashoguz Province where you can find dinosaur sculptures in the town centre, and the colourful market of Bai Bazaar where you can shop for souvenirs and local delicacies. If you wish to see beautiful monuments and museums, you must head out to Konye Urgench where one of Central Asia's most beautiful buildings, the Turabeg Khanum Mausoleum, can be found. After travelling the cities, make sure that you head out to see the oasis of Merv where a collection of the ruins of several consecutively built ancient cities in the Mary Province can be found. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a major tourist attraction in Turkmenistan. While in Merv, you should also see the Mary Museum and the historic urban centre.

How to get around within Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is well served by buses and taxis, fairly because the price of oil is very low in the country. Large buses leave according to a certain timetable, while minibuses and taxis leave whenever they get full. As of writing, Turkmenistan has a 4,980 kilometre-long rail line which runs from the northern and southern borders. The Kazakhstan - Turkmenistan - Iran railway link is a part of the North–South Transport Corridor and is a 677-kilometre long railway line connecting Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan with Iran and the Persian Gulf.

How to get there

Ashgabat Airport, formerly known as Saparmurat Türkmenbaşy International Airport, is the biggest in Turkmenistan, and one of the only three airports that cater to international flights. As of writing, at least 150 different airlines offer direct flights to it and these includes the likes of Air France, Air Canada, American Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Airlines, to name a few.

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