Kyrgyzstan is one of the small and beautiful countries in Central Asia that people almost forget about. Almost 95% of the country is covered in mountains. Spectacular nature, traditions, welcoming people. Kyrgyzstan has so much to offer and everything is so incredibly cheap.
But why people got surprised and somehow scared when we told them we would travel to Kyrgyzstan? And where are all the tourists? Those questions we asked ourself, coming to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, by plane from Bangkok via Novosibirsk in Russia. Where are all the backapckers we met in Southeast Asia?
Is it the "evil" ending -stan that evokes a "dangerous" country, or is it because 80% of people are Muslim? Or is it the Soviet history and the fact that most of the people don't speak English? We have no idea, but we know that Kyrgyzstan is a amazing and safe country that will amaze you with stunning nature and incredibly friendly and hospitable people.
The legend says that when God created the world, he gave all people a piece of land to live. He forgot the Kyrgyz people, so in the end they got a piece of land so beautiful that God wanted to keep it for Himself at first. It is a legend, but when you are finally in Kyrgyzstan and you get to the mountains so beautiful that you could never imagine, you will believe it!