The game plan was to go from Kazakhstan, to Kyrgyzstan, and then into Uzbekistan.
The flight from Almaty was less than $100 USD and took only 1 hour.
But upon trying to land the plane in Kyrgyzstan… we didn't land, so the pilot made a big circle around the airport, and tried to land again… but couldn't… for a total of 3 failed landing attempts.
After the 3rd failed attempt, tensions in the body were rising… would the plane have enough fuel to land in another airport? Were we going to crash and burn in the Kyrgyz mountains?
Luckily, our plane made it back to Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the entire flight received free hotel accommodations, dinner, and breakfast.
The next morning, a taxi picked me up, I got on the plane again, and long story short, we landed in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, safely for another adventure.
A Little About Kyrgyzstan
I asked my taxi driver, what did most people know and why do they come to Kyrgyzstan, which is an almost unknown country in the middle of Asia.
He said primarily for the mountains. I guess he is right, because the mountains are beautiful, but let's start with the city.
Congratulations for making it all the way down here 🙂
Kyrgyzstan is nice to visit for a few days. The barrier to entry is low, and you get a taste of a soviet-era country, within central Asia.
3 days maximum is all you need, before heading to your next destination, whether it's to Kazakhstan, or to Uzbekistan or Tajikistan.