About Kazakhstan and why this country ?
No …I haven’t seen Borat movie , and from what I heard about it, I don’t think it is the best reference to make you feel like visiting the country.
I first went to Kazakhstan in 2009 for about 15 days and again in 2010 for a week. Why this country? Hard to explain when you arrive somewhere and you say to yourself… “I must come back and visit this place”… Considering the area, the wild side that prevails and the landscapes, the bike seemed the right way to proceed. This country has both a modern 21st century feel and a striking ever present aspect of former satellite of the Soviet Union.
Also beautiful landscapes, mountains, forests, deserts, steppes, lakes…
Kazakhstan is a country in Central Asia, bordering Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. It is composed mainly of steppes and five times larger than France (9th country in order of size) although four times less populated than the latter. It is also the richest countries of Central Asia, because of its large deposits of oil and gas.
The monotony of the steppe and its lack of historical sites can put off visitors. However, Kazakhstan is an excellent starting point for a bit adventurous stroll around Central Asia, in the mystery and solitude of moors.
|Area||2 720 000 km² of which 47 500 km² of water|
|Population||16 million (2010)|
|Language||Kazakh (official) 64.4%, Russian (official) 95% (est. 2001)|
|Religion||Muslim 67%, Russian Orthodox 24%, Protestants 2%, Others 7%|
|Time Zone||UTC+5 to UTC+6|