Are you looking for somewhere different when it comes to planning next year’s travel adventures? Maybe you’re bored of South East Asia and want a break for a while, and in that case, have you considered visiting one of the most talked about Stan’s in Central Asia?

I am of course talking about Kyrgyzstan, which although rather difficult to pronounce, is surprisingly easy to get around, and probably one of the most rugged and untouched countries you’re ever likely to visit.

If you need a little more persuasion, here’s six reasons why you should be putting Kyrgyzstan on your visit list for next year.

Off the beaten track ticked, but so easy to navigate

You don’t need a visa to visit Kyrgyzstan, which we all know is a major plus point. On top of this, despite the fact that this is a definite off the beaten track destination, it is surprisingly easy to get around, with reliable and cheap public transport, and very friendly locals who will go out of their way to give you help and advice.

You will meet a lot of new people

Everyone is cottoning on to how great Kyrgyzstan is, so you are going to meet countless new people, all doing the same thing as you. These are like-minded folk, potential new friends, and you can easily share travel stories and tips, helping to enhance your own travels perhaps.

The scenery is like nowhere else on earth

Raw, rugged, mountainous, and downright stunning – these are just a few ways to sum up the scenery at every turn in Kyrgyzstan. Because 94% of the country is covered in soaring mountains, you will experience nature at its finest, with glassy alpine lakes, valleys and panoramas to blow your mind.

You can easily immerse yourself in the culture

You can do your bit for the country by staying in a home stay rather than a hotel, supporting the local community, as well as learning a huge amount about culture and traditions in this part of the world. There is no experience more enriching than that.

Landlocked but still has beaches

Yes, you read that right. Kyrgyzstan is landlocked but it is also home to the world’s second largest alpine lake – Issyk-Kul. This means you get to experience beautiful beaches during your stay, as well as amazing scenery.

Plenty of opportunities to get out and explore

Aside from the culture here, the outdoor experiences are probably the best, and you will find countless trekking opportunities, both on foot and on horseback, heading across some of that aforementioned scenery we were raving about earlier.

Are you convinced yet?

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