Continent: Central Asia

Currency: Kyrgyzstani Som

Capital City: Bishkek

Year I Visited: 2017

Every time I have to spell Kyrgyzstan, part of me regrets ever visiting there. However it’s a small price to pay for a country as incredible as this. Beautiful on a scale I can’t even describe with warm, friendly people and a manageable size that makes backpacking relatively easy. There is nothing about this country I didn’t like – go here before everyone else does.

My Kyrgyzstan Highlights

Here’s where I got to in Kyrgyzstan. Click the destination name for related blog posts.


A fairly quaint capital lies perfectly situated to explore natural and historical wonders nearby, including a gorgeous national park and a less famous leaning tower. There’s some delicious, hearty food to be had here too.


I don’t use the term ‘must-see’ too often but Karakol absolutely fits the bill. It’s a teeny tiny town situated amongst a series of natural wonders, some possible in a day trip, others worth exploring over several days.

Lake Issyk-Kul

For a quintessential Kyrgyzstani experience, grab a traditional yurt by the calm lakeside and escape reality for a few days by walking in nature. It’s truly unforgettable.

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