164 € insurance, border taxes, road taxes and so on
21 € supermarket food
36 € restaurant food
8 € present
92 € visa
Highest point: 102 m a.s.l
Lowest point: 50 m a.s.l
Turkmen new Manat (there is a black market for the exchange but we changed our money already in Iran, because of safety reasons).
Average Petrol Price
~ 0.10 Euros per liter
1x wild camping
Between 21 and 38 degrees
Hot and sunny
Problems / Breakdowns
Probably the worst “tarmac” roads we have ever seen. Put all pot holes in the world together and throw in a granate, then you have their road conditions.
Visa: Everyone needs a visa in advance before entering the country. We organized ours already from home and we would recommend people to do this via a travel agency as we heard of so many who got denied. Specially two guys travelling together seems not a thing they like. Also pay attention if there are any events going on, as it is very likley to get denied as well.
Carnet de Passage: No carnet needed
Insurance: Obligatory, you pay for it when entering the country with all the other fees
Turkmenistan is a weird country. Its ruled by a dictator (President for life is what they call him) and you can feel that there are people watching you all the time. Thats the reason why it is very hard to get in contact with the locals, as they are not really allowed to have anything to do with you if it is not for business. The country is mostly (95%) desert and the Turkmen people drive like crazy on the road between the north and the south of the country. Thats why we saw quite a lot of accidents and car wrecks.
Here some very country specific information:
Read our infos about the visa! Make sure you don’t depend on it and have a plan B (like taking the ship from Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan)
Do not fill up petrol in Iran, even if it is already cheap. Turkmenistan is even cheaper. Make sure you fill everything up before you leave the country!
Take enough USD (all the fees at the border have to be payed with USD, same for the hotels in Ashgabat) with you and change a small amount BEFORE you enter the country. You won’t need much local currency anyway.
Some impressions of our time in Turkmenistan
Goodies we recommend for Turkmenistan
Make sure you bring a good travel adapter on your trip
As most people only speak Russian, this book helped us a lot!
If you want to have some food at the crater, you need a stove, as there is no restaurant
In search for a good, leight weight tent? Check out the one from LoneRider
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