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World's Strangest City (ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN)

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Have you ever heard of TURKMENISTAN before? If not, then get ready to learn about how strange it is here in my 170th country.

I've spent the last 24 hours roaming around the capital city of Ashgabat, and IT REMINDS ME EXACTLY OF PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA in just about every way possible. Huge fancy buildings with very few people inside, perfectly manicured gardens and boulevards with nobody on them and a this eerie feeling that someone is watching over your shoulder 24/7.

People had told me that Ashgabat was strange, but I had no idea to what extent it was until arriving here.... Find out everything you need to know about Turkmenistan's capital in this video!

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Central Asia/Turkmenistan (Highlights 2018) Part 28

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Turkmenistan:
Turkmenistan Turkmen: Türkmenistan,formerly known as Turkmenia, is a country 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. Ashgabat is the capital and largest city. The population of the country is 5.6 million, the lowest of the Central Asian republics.
Turkmenistan has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. In medieval times, Merv was one of the great cities of the Islamic world and an important stop on the Silk Road, a caravan route used for trade with China until the mid-15th century. Annexed by the Russian Empire in 1881, Turkmenistan later figured prominently in the anti-Bolshevik movement in Central Asia. In 1925, Turkmenistan became a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic (Turkmen SSR); it became independent upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Turkmenistan possesses the world's sixth largest reserves of natural gas resources. Most of the country is covered by the Karakum (Black Sand) Desert. From 1993 to 2017, citizens received government-provided electricity, water and natural gas free of charge.
The sovereign state of Turkmenistan was ruled by President for Life Saparmurat Niyazov (also known as Turkmenbashi) until his death in 2006. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was elected president in 2007. According to Human Rights Watch, Turkmenistan remains one of the world’s most repressive countries. The country is virtually closed to independent scrutiny, media and religious freedoms are subject to draconian restrictions, and human rights defenders and other activists face the constant threat of government reprisal. After suspending the death penalty, the use of capital punishment was formally abolished in the 2008 constitution.Wikipedia
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A country in Central Asia
Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert. It’s known for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road.

Ashgabat, the capital, was rebuilt in Soviet-style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honoring former president Saparmurat Niyazov.

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Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert. It’s known for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road. Ashgabat, the capital, was rebuilt in Soviet-style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honouring former president Saparmurat Niyazov.

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10 Wacky Things About TURKMENISTAN

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It's been a wild several days in Turkmenistan. In my opinion, this is (by a long shot) the world's most bizarre country.

In this video, I explain the 10 strangest things that I find about Turkmen culture -- from the thousands of white-marble buildings to the shockingly empty streets, a massive fire crater in the desert that hasn't stopped burning for 50 years and the heavy censorship of the internet.

Turkmenistan is essentially the North Korea of Central Asia. Both capital cities of Pyongyang and Ashgabat feel eerily similar when walking around. The only major difference is that the people of North Korea are oppressed, whereas the people of Turkmenistan seem to be warm, friendly and hospitable.

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Turkmenistan Tourism, Facts – Ashgabat Tourist Attractions | Places to Visit Turkmenistan

The history of Turkmenistan is largely mysterious on with the arrival of many invaders right from Arab invasion Russian Colonization, Revolution and Civil War up to the Soviet Union. They got their independence with the dismemberment of USSR. The city-state which was an epitome of the country was Merv for being a transit hub on the Silk Road. Turkmenistan was a country listed to be the least visited country in World and now Turkmenistan tourism is attracting visitors for its rich historical and cultural attractions. Some of the top Turkmenistan tourist attractions are Gates of Hell, Ashgabat, Ancient city of Merv, Karakum desert, Dasoguz Province, Gypjak Mosque, Turkmen carpet museum, Parthian settlement of Nisa, Wedding Palace.

Why should you visit Turkmenistan?

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Turkmenistan Facts

• Holds the Guinness World Record for the largest indoor Ferris wheel

• Turkmenistan has the 6th largest oil and natural gas reserves in the world

• Ashgabat holds the Guinness World Record for the most public pools in a single place

Dook international is the biggest DMC for CIS and European countries. Recently, Dook has just launched Turkmenistan tour packages: Turkmenistan 4 Nights 5 Days and Turkmenistan 3 Nights 4 Days. These packages are inclusion of Visa support (LOI), Transfer and transport, Guide-translator Entrance fees, Excursions per program, Traditional Dinner, Accommodation in hotel with breakfast, Indian food Lunch and Dinner at restaurants.

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Capital of Turkmenistan
Ashgabat is the capital of Turkmenistan. It’s known for its white marble buildings and grandiose national monuments. To the northwest, the sprawling Ruhy Mosque has a vast gilt dome.

The central Artogrul Gazi Mosque is modeled on Istanbul’s Blue Mosque. Examples of traditional weaving are displayed at Turkmen Carpet Museum. The Wedding Palace is a series of star-shaped tiers topped by a giant golden globe.

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Best Attractions and Places to See in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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List of Best Things to do in Ashgabat

Gypjak Mosque
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Turkmenistan Independence Monument
Ashgabat National Museum of History
Monument Arch of Neutrality
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts
Tolkuchka-Basar
Ashgabat hippodrome

Spending $20 at a Turkmenistan Market

Ashgabat Turkmenistan is a strange place. I have never seen so much gold and marble in my life, but the streets seemed empty. In this Turkmenistan travel vlog, I join my friend Lexie Alford and make a trip to a local Turkmen market called the Russian Bazaar. Here, we tried street food, interacted with the locals, and witnessed some real culture.

I say real culture, because Turkmenistan is known as the North Korea of Central Asia. The president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has a tight grip on the country, and it's very hard to get off the normal tourist path.

Beside our hotel was a local market, we asked our guide if we could visit, and he said if we really wanted to we could, but not to bring a camera because of police. The locals had been so nice to us, so thought we would take a small chance.

One more thing to note. After I posted the first Turkmenistan travel vlog in Ashgabat, I had said that we had our US dollars exchanged to Turkmen Manat at 1 to 13. Locals commented that it's actually suppose to be 1 to 20. It's funny though, from an atm it's 1 to 3.5.
Very happy we got our money on the black market.

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Highlights of our March 2015 Nawruz tour of Turkmenistan. We visited Ashgabat, Nohur, Darvaza, Merv, Gonur Depe, Mary and more.

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The TRUTH about travel in TURKMENISTAN – Ep 209

Is Turkmenistan worth visiting? This video shows you the main sights of Turkmenistan, the capital Ashgabat and the crater.

Turkmenistan is part of Central Asia. It lies between Uzbekistan and Iran. The culture of Turkmenistan has many similarities to the rest of Central Asia. It’s mainly a government city. Outside of the capital and the crater there are a few smaller cities, like Mary.

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UZBEKISTAN & TURKMENISTAN | Top Things to Do & See

We explored the best of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on an amazing 13 day trip with G Adventures. We were the first among a small group lead by a local guide to experience this tour that was new by G Adventures for 2019 and it did not disappoint!

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Turkmenistan-Ashgabat: Wide Empty Boulevards Part 4

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Ashgabat wide empty boulevards:
The capital city of Turkmenistan is over-the-top and outlandish, with white marble buildings flanking wide and empty boulevards, psychedelic government edifices looming over perfectly manicured gardens. Through the last decade, the country has prospered tremendously from their vast natural gas and oil resources. The government has since poured their wealth into reforming their capital city.
Lonely Planet describes Ashgabat as a cross between Las Vegas and Pyongyang — it’s easy to see how accurate this description is once you’re here. With the glitzy marble facades and bright neon lights, Ashgabat resembles Las Vegas especially by night. On the other hand, the artificially clean and new look, and the Stalinist-like regime that governs the country reminds me of North Korea. Coming to Ashgabat is like stepping into the future and yet knowing fully well that you’re stuck in the past. Turkmenistan is a relatively wealthy country but its people are still living in a controlled regime imposed by the government.
How did it get so bizarre?
A major earthquake in 1948 wiped out the entire city of Ashgabat, killing almost 110,000 people even though Stalin refused to admit that and reported only 14,000 deaths. Ashgabat was then rebuilt in the Soviet style. In 1991, Turkmenistan finally gained independence. It’s leader Turkmenbashi (an eccentric dictator of sorts who named himself the ‘leader of the Turkmen’) immediately carried out major construction plans to welcome in “the golden era of Turkmenistan”. The result is a brand new city with a jumble of lavish golden-domed palaces, Bellagio fountains, neon-lit monuments and Stalinist ministries of state.
Is it worth visiting?
Turkmenistan is the seventh least visited country in the world, receiving only 3,000 visitors per year. Many travelers choose to skip Turkmenistan due to the strict visa rules. You can only get a tourist visa if you join a guided tour and that means added cost and limited freedom (you can also get a transit visa but that’ll only give you three to five days in the country). I would definitely recommend a visit, especially if you are a curious traveler keen on places that are unconventional and under-theradar.

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Turkmenistan is a republican state in the south-western part of Central Asia. In response to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan before, Afghanistan and Iran to the south and Caspian Sea to the west. Wikipedia
Capital: Ashokbad
Area: 189,657 mi²
T currency: Turkmenistan manat
Population: 5.374 million (2015) World Bank
T official language: Turkmen language

Zooming in on TURKMENISTAN | Geography of Turkmenistan with Google Earth

In this series I'm zooming in on countries with Google Earth, and it's time to take a look at Turkmenistan! Google Earth gives information about cities, bordering countries, coordinates, distances, and I can use street view! Thank you, Google Earth, for showing us our beautiful earth!

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