Central Asian Journey – Traveling the 'Stan' Countries

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This short travel clip takes you from the Caspian Sea to the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. It was made on a trip crossing the ‘Stan’ countries in Central Asia: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and finally Kazakhstan.

Formerly part of the Soviet Union, the countries are now following distinctly different paths. Kazakhstan is probably the most promising of the Stans, at least in terms of ‘our’ Western economic model. Traditions remain strong in certain areas, but the Russian influence is apparent in almost all corners of this region.

Traveling in the area doesn’t come without challenges, but if you prepare well, it’s quite likely you’ll have the trip of a lifetime. From the streets and palaces of Ashgabat to the empty highlands of the Pamir ranges, from the Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan to the modern office towers in Astana, and from the waves of the Caspian Sea to the green pastures of Kyrgyzstan.

The music that accompanies the images was made by Kevin MacLeod, as part of the Creative Commons series.

‘Autumn Day’ by Kevin MacLeod (http://www.incompetech.com)

Copyright of all footage: Hoffer Media