Oguz Kent

Former Sofitel hotel in Ashgabat. Now Oguzkent is under local management but it is still one of the best between deluxe hotels in Ashgabat. Rooms and restaurant, breakfast are excellent. Service is good. Prices are the highest between other deluxe hotels in town. Location - in the center. Road can be often closed during National holidays


The good location can attract the visitors who would like to stay near the administrative and public centre of the town. Service and cuisine are on high standards

Grand Turkmen

The centrally located hotel, is under the Turkmen tourism board management. It has just across the street the shopping centre Altyn Asyrand Russian bazaar and only 10 minutes drive from airport


It is 1,5 km to the west from center and 8 minutes, drive from airport. It can be good staying choice for travelers, looking for a combination of the price and facility/ service


It can be choice for travelers on tour, having car service included. The facilities have been recently renovated


Guest house, where some rooms have been renovated for foreign travelers. The good location of the hotel, near the public and administrative centre, is an advantage.


Hotel in Mary (administrative centre of Mary region), is managed under Turkmen tourism board. It is advised to book a room at this hotel, well in advance

Avaza. Caspian Sea

Hotels have been built as part of National resort project, at Caspian sea coastline in Avaza. It is 15 km from Turkmenbashy town


If you travel through Balkan region of the country and still have long distance to your destination, it is good idea to have O/N at this hotel


Simple hotel in Dashoguz, is managed by local state travel agency. The rooms and services are average, but if you have one o/n in the area before to continue your trip or before to leave Turkmenistan, we recommend you to stay there


Hotel in Turkmenabat. If you visit Koytendag/ Kugitang reserve or have car travel to Dashoguz via Dayahatyn caravanserai, it is good to stay there before to continue your trip


The latest and the richest between luxury hotels in Ashgabat, starting to invite guests in 2013. It boasts the panorama view to Ashgabat, what is quite impressive at night


Recommend this hotel in Dashoguz as the best available in the town. The rooms are good and still new. Swimming pools and sauna are available. Breakfast and service are average. Stil, it is good option to have overnight after Kunya Urgench sightseeing or before to drive in Karakum desert, Darvaza gas crater direct prices SGL 75/ DBL 100/ TRIPLE 120. Travel agent can have discounts


Big and still new hotel. Good option for few nights in Mary. Central location, across the bay bazaar. Near the park and is not far from the History museum. Rooms and facilities are good. Swimming pool is available. Service and breakfast are moderate. Wi-Fi is available but often it does not work. Compare other hotels in the town we recommend it as best option. Prices can be different between the travel agents. Direct price SGL 70 USD/ DBL 90 USD

Travel to Turkmenistan - the country in Central Asia. It borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran and via Caspian Sea have access to the ports of Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan. The main territory is Karakum desert what come into Gyzyl Gym desert in its north-east, to Caspian Sea at its west, Kopet Dag mountain range at its south and to Kazakhstan Ustyurt plateau in its north



The main Turkmen landmarks:



  • Ashgabat (Ashkhabad) - the capital of the country (having Guinness World Record for its white marble architecture of the buildings): Independence park and monument, Neutrality monument, Constitution monument, Alem Ferris Wheel, Oguz Khan fountain complex, Telecom Tower, Cable car, Wedding palace, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, Lenin monument


Akhal Region:

  •    Nisa UNESCO World heritage site (one of the Parthian Royal Fortresses, dated to III c.B.C)
  •    Turkmenbashy mosque and mausoleum in Kypchak (15 km to the west from Ashgabat)
  •    Akhal Teke horse sport complex (to see the best of Turkmen horses)
  •    Kov Ata cave with underground lake
  •    Nohur Tribal Village in the valley of Kopet Dag mountains
  •    Erbent (Yerbent) village in Karakum desert
  •    Anau Seitjemalatdin mosque and XV c fortress remains (local pilgrim place)
  •    Abiverd Silk Road Town remains
  •    Nadir Shakh fortress
  •    Sarahs fortress and mausoleums
  •    Meana Baba mausoleum



Mary Region:

  •    Merv UNESCO World Heritage History park (Erk Kala- Alexandria of Margiana, Gyaur Kala - Antiochia of Margiana, Sultan Kala - town of Seljuk Kings, mausoleums of Mukhammed ibn Zeid, Sultan Akhmad Sanjar, shrine of Yusuf Hamadany, Timurid Ivans, Gyz Kalas castles, ice houses, sardoba reservoir)
  •    Gonur Depe archeological excavations (also known as Margiana or Margush, Bronze Age country)
  •    Talkhatan Baba mausoleum - Seljuk Achitectural Masterpiece


Lebap Region:

  •    Amul Silk Road Town remains
  •    Kugitang mountains, Dinosaur plateau, Kyrk Gyz cave


Dashoguz-Kunya Urgench Region:

  •    Kunya Urgench UNESCO World Heritage History park (Khoresm Shakhs Capital)
  •    Izmukshir fortress (Silk Road from Merv to Khiva)
  •    Ismamut Ata mausoleums
  •    Shasenem fortress


Balkan Region:

  •    Kara Kala Nature sites in Kopet Dag mountain (Sumbar river valley, lunar landscapes)
  •    Dehistan Silk Road Town, Mashad-Messerian mausoleums
  •    Mud volcanoes Chyakishlyar, Akpatlawuk, Boyadag
  •    Yangy Kala canyon, Yangy Suw, Gozli Ata and Kemal Ata mausoleums
  •    Caspian Sea resort in Awaza




Tours in Turkmenistan:



  •    History and cultural tours on the Great Silk Road routes. You can plan it together with Uzbekistan or Iran. Group travel or individual trips. Standard programs or itineraries as per interest, requirements for planning and budget


  •    Modern architecture, leisure at Caspian Sea, stay with locals in mountain village travel options


  •    Adventure trips in Karakum desert. Four WD car trekking from Caspian Sea to Darvaza gas crater, Gonur Depe Bronze Age archeological site


  •    Hiking Itineraries in Karakum desert or Kopet Dag mountains


  •    Akhal Teke Turkmen horse riding tours in Karakum desert


  •    Sport Trips: Running in towns of the country or in Karakum desert, Golf playing in Ashgabat, Hockey playing with Turkmen Hockey clubs


  •    Bike trips. Cycling itineraries inside of the country




Border crossing check points of Turkmenistan:



  1.    Ashgabat International airport / visa obtain at airport OK (LOI required)
  2.    Bajgiran- Howdan border, 45 km from Ashgabat / visa obtain at the border OK (LOI required)
  3.    Sarahs border from Iran / visa obtain at the border NOT available
  4.    Gidrolium border from Iran / visa obtain at the border NOT available
  5.    Gyshgy border from Afghanistan / visa obtain at the border NOT available
  6.    Farap border from Uzbekistan- Bukhara / visa obtain at the border OK (LOI required)
  7.    Dashoguz border from Uzbekistan- Khiva / visa obtain at the border OK (LOI required)
  8.    Kunya Urgench border from Uzbekistan- Nukus / visa obtain at the border OK (LOI required)
  9.    Turkmenbashy port / visa obtain at the border OK (LOI required)




Travel Planning Periods:



The end of March - April- May are the best periods to travel in Turkmenistan. When the temperatures are starting from +15 C.....and come to + 35 C in May. Rains are possible in March. In April- May, the rains become warm but short heavy showers are often in mountains or area close to it


Hot period is starting in June +35...+40C. What continue to increase up to +50C in shade, during July month. Coming back to +35...+40C in August


In September, the temperatures become again warm +25...35 C. The rains are rare. October month can be different from year to year, warm +20...+30C or with sudden changes in the temperatures +5...+15 C and cold rains



Letter of Invitation (LOI)


LOI process takes 2-3 weeks in Turkmenistan State Migration Service. Whe the commission approves it, you can get visas at any Turkmenistan embassy/ consulate or directly at certain borders (see above - border crossing point).

Turkmen travel agencies can apply for LOI as part of travel services package. Conditions and prices can be different at any travel agent.


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Wish you good travel in Turkmenistan and hope to meet you here



How to travel to Turkmenistan? Frequently Asked Questions
Transit visa- a transit visa application can be made by a traveller directly to Turkmenistan Embassy/Consulate in any part of the world. Duration of transit visa is up to 5 days. 
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Tourist visa/Advantages: 
Normally, the duration of tourist visa, it is arranged up to 15 days. What makes it possible to visit all country as per idea, interest and budget. It makes travel in Turkmenistan more interesting, combining differents elements of interest (culture, adventure, ecotourism, nature, trekking, hiking, horse riding, geography trips). Flexibility of price and travel conditions are still remain but finally it depends on a travel agency you choose, as it can be different. Visa obtain place is free and you can choose at your convenience. Period can be flexible up to one or two months, arranged in advance in letter of invitation. Itinerary can be also changed inside of general itinerary applied in letter of invitation. Read more pls click here



Tours to Turkmenistan


 Tour description

Travel planning to see Nowruz holiday celebration in central Asia. The revival of the nature after cold winter and awake in the colorful and warm period of the Spring. March 21, visit Nowruz village, what is open only one day a year, 18 km from Ashgabat. It is appears there like by magic and disappears next day, transforming back into green hills of pre Kopetdag steppes. Here, you can see the culture of Turkmen tribes, listen their folklore music, taste the nomadic meals, participate in big event of Spring holiday...

Dates: March 20-27, 2019

starting 1065 USD to 1221 USD

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 Tour description

This trip offers sightseeing in Turkmenistan, together with trekking in Karakum desert. Cross the desert from Caspian see to Murgab river, see the old caravan routes of Great Silk Road. Visit natural sites – Yangy Kala canyons, Darvaza fiery gas crater. Meet the semi nomadic people deep in the desert. Enjoy the Turkmen oasis and limitless of sand barchans. Get knowledge of ancient history of Margiana, Merv..and modern white marble architecture of Turkmenistan (Ashgabat, Turkmenbashy, Awaza, Mary, Turkmenabat). Cultural, nature and adventure

Trip dates: March 21-28, April 22-29, May 7-14, May 20-27, June 4-11, August 3-10, August 23-30, 2019

Guaranteed departures from 4 persons..., starting 900 USD to 792 USD

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Tour description

Tour to Turkmenistan: History, Nature, Archeology, Modern architecture and Culture. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites Nisa, Merv, Kunya Urgench, archeological excavations in Margush and remains of Silk Road town in Messerian plain...

Dates: March- October, 2019

2 persons group 1668 USD p/p

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Tour description

Budget trip in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Cultural program, a piece of adventure at Aydarkul lake and in Karakum desert, Darvaza gas craters. Visit history and archeology UNESCO sites in Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Kunya Urgench, Merv. Cultural exchange with local people. Discover the white marble architecture of Ashgabat. Program is flexible, with possibility to change as per request


Dates: January- August, 2019

starting 1705 USD, 18 days Uzbekistan- Turkmenistan

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Tour description

Turkmen Akhal Teke horse festival and exploration of the main natural sites in the country (Yangy Kala canyons, Kugitang mountains, Caspian Sea, Darvaza gas craters). Participate in the event to see how the old cultural traditions entwine with the peculiarities of the modern Turkmen State in central Asia region... 




Dates: April 27- May 08, 2019

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 Tour description

Transit trips around Turkmenistan. These options based on previous travel requests. The programs are flexible and number of days or itineraries can be changed as per traveler requirements or planning. Any hotel or guest house in Turkmenistan can be changed as per request. Camping in desert is ok... 


Period: January - December, 2019

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