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Turkmenistan Flag The Republic of Turkmenistan (Turkmen: Türkmenistan Respublikasy), also known as Turkmenia, is a country in central Asia. It is bordered by Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Uzbekistan, and also has a coast to the West on the eastern shore of the landlocked Caspian Sea.

As of 2009, the population of Turkmenistan was estimated as being 5,110,000. The country's capital and largest city is Ashgabat, which, as of 2009, had an estimated population of 909,000.

Turkmenistan Country Details


Country Name Turkmenistan
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Central Asia
Flag Turkmenistan Flag
Principal Languages
  • Russian
  • Turkmen
  • Capital Ashgabat


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    Turkmenistan: Far Flung Places Travel Guide
    By Simon Proudman

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    The second edition of the bestselling Far Flung Places guide to Turkmenistan, with increased coverage of all major cities, and updated listings. Turkmenistan, a country once closed to visitors during its time as a Soviet republic, is now attracting more intrepid tourists. Beautiful ancient Silk Road cities contrast with striking marble-clad modern architecture. Mix in unconventional leaders, an overwhelming choice in types of vodka, and a massive gas crater burning in the middle of the desert. There is a lot to see and enjoy in this unusual central Asian destination. Detailed information of the cities and attractions with maps and invaluable contact information. Learn how to travel around and find the best places to visit, stay and eat.
    Turkmenistan: Adventures on the Silk Road
    By Simon Proudman

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    Turkmenistan is a remarkable country with beautiful and rarely visited ancient ruins from the Silk Road. Highlights include the ancient city of Merv, once the largest city on earth, the striking ruins of Gurganj, the marble and gold of modern Ashgabat, and the unique experience of the ever-burning desert gas field, the ‘Gate of Hell’. The rulers behave eccentrically; building gold statues of themselves, renaming bread after a Presidents’ mother, banning beards, gold teeth, facebook and lip-synching. Far Flung Places Guides provide an insight into the key places to visit, with historical context, travel tips and humor. Simon Proudman is a recognised travel writer and blogger, author of the popular travel site www.farflungplaces.net He is an historian with a travel addiction, who loves to explore exotic and offbeat locations, discover local food and drink beer.
    Turkmenistan: The Bradt Travel Guide
    By Paul Brummell

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    Turkmenistan: The Bradt Travel Guide
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    Turkmenistan is one of the few countries of any size left on the globe which is not the subject of a dedicated travel guide in English (major competitors cover Central Asia as a region). Yet, lying as it does at the heart of the Silk Road route, it is a historically and culturally rich land. Travelers can gain insight into the heritage with the clear itineraries supplied of the major archaeological sites of Merv and Konye Urgench and coverage of Turkmen pilgrimage shrines. For travelers looking to explore further afield, this guide spans the whole country comprehensively, including little-known sites such as the Yangakala canyon and the flaming crater at Darvaza. Turkmenistan is currently one of the safest countries in the Central Asia region, particularly where personal safety is concerned.

    Features include:
    >Information catering to all travelers: businesspeople, volunteer workers, archaeologists, and intrepid adventurers
    >Silk Road archaeological treasures, ex-Soviet era relics, and post-independence monuments
    >Horse trekking, how to buy Turkmen carpets, and other activities
    >Paperwork, visas, and how to surmount red tape
    Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan 1:1.35M/1.1M (English and French Edition)
    By ITMB Publishing LTD

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    Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan 1:1.35M/1.1M (English and French Edition)
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    hese three countries, bordering on Afghanistan, Iran, and China, have proved to be remarkably stable in a very volatile part of the world. They constitute the heart of Central Asia; a bit difficult to reach, but definitely suitable for adventure travel. Turkmenistan occupies one side of the sheet, and the other two smaller countries share the other side at a better scale. Turkmenistan stretches from the Caspian Sea to a major river (the Amuder) that forms its eastern boundary with Uzbekistan and its border with Afghanistan. An inset map of the capital just north of the Iranian border, Ashgabat, is included. The other side concentrates on the mountainous western Himalayan peaks, which are largely unexplored by outsiders. This is a region of trekking trails rather than highways, although the fabled Great Silk Road goes right through the middle of the map, from Kashgar in China to equally fabled Tashkent. Branches also go to Konduz, in Afghanistan, and to Dushanbe, while the northern route is shown as well (the Silk Road having several alternative routes). This side is still showing signs of the Soviet era, with Russian names occasionally appearing. No doubt, these are being changed over time. This is a very interesting map, of an of-the-beaten-track part of the world. It reflects the best information we have, but will improve over the next decade as more information becomes available.
    Turkmenistan. Georgraphical map. 1:1,300,000 Gizi (English and German Edition)
    By Gizella Bassa

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    Turkmenistan. Georgraphical map. 1:1,300,000 Gizi (English and German Edition)
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    Includes a 1:35000 map of Ashgabat.
    City Maps Ashgabat Turkmenistan
    By James McFee

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    City Maps Ashgabat Turkmenistan
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    City Maps Ashgabat Turkmenistan is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities and the list goes on and on. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city. This city map is a must if you wish to enjoy the city without internet connection.
    A Traveller's Tales, Closing the Circle, Turkmenistan & Iran
    By Ross Howard

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    A Traveller s Tales, Closing the Circle, Turkmenistan & Iran
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    This is a journey through one of two remaining Stalinist nations in the world: Turkmenistan. The other is North Korea. Both countries compete for the lowest international ranking in terms of human rights for their people. Turkmenistan is a tribal nation that fell into the grip of the Soviet Union in the 1920's and following collapse of the Soviet empire in 1991, joined other Soviet satellites in securing independence. It was a time when committed senior communists quickly converted to capitalism and competed in a made scramble for power. Today, it is a country moulded by the idiosyncratic views of its first President-for-Life who established a Personality Cult to consolidate his power and an iron fist to maintain that power. He was a President who issued a range of bizarre edicts including naming months of the year after his family, closing all the hospitals outside of the capital, banning gold teeth and expecting children to spend more time in the fields rather than at school. His successor seems no less enamoured with the governance model established by his predecessor and the attendance at rallies devoted to eulogising the President are virtually compulsory. The capital, Ashgabat, appears in the Guinness Book of Records as the most 'marbled city in the world' and the country is populated with numerous golden statues and tributes to the President, past and present. One presidential statue of gold rotated so that it continuously faced the sun. The marble and the monuments are funded by large reserves of oil and gas. The Karakum Desert occupies 80 per cent of the country and population centres are clustered around the limited sources of water which are under constant threat. We visit ancient sites and visit the several oases fed by rivers originating in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Our journey takes us along the Amu Darya, the principal river in Central Asia and the source of the Karakum Canal, the longest, navigable canal in the world, providing precious water to numerous locations throughout the country. Crossing the border to Iran, we enter one of the worlds few religious theocratic regimes where the Supreme Leader speaks directly to God and to question his message is a form of blasphemy, which can attract the penalty of death. But it is also a country where the people are amongst the most hospitable to travellers and they do not necessarily accept the wisdom of the clerics as a guide to their future or as a measure of their past. We visit a number of religious sites and learn more about Zoroastrianism, the religion that preceded Christianity by 500 years and Islam by over a thousand years. We learn about the martyrs, those who died during the Iran-Iraq War to defend the clerics and sustain their power who, in turn, were able to organise ready access to Paradise for their supreme sacrifice. We visit a number of locations in the east of the country including the Kalutes and the hottest place on earth with temperatures of over 70 degrees centigrade. We experience the qanats, the unique and ancient model for moving water underground for vast distances allowing desert villages to flourish and caravanseries to operate in support of ancient travellers. We move to the north and the Caspian Coast and visit the Castles of the Assassins and experience the differences between the southern deserts and the fertile lands and unique settlements along the coast. This is a journey of contrasts. Contrasts in geography and the interaction between the people and those who govern them. Contrasts between what those who govern believe and what those who are governed believe.
    Daily Life in Turkmenbashy's Golden Age: A Methodologically Unsound Study of Interactions Between the Tribal Peoples of America and Turkmenistan
    By Sam Tranum

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    In 2004, Sam Tranum moved to Turkmenistan, an isolated, totalitarian petrostate bordering Iran and Afghanistan, to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. That same year, the Economist magazine predicted his new home would be the worst place in the world to live, despite the fact that its leader, known as Turkmenbashy, insisted that his country was experiencing a Golden Age. This is the story of Tranum's nearly two years in Turkmenistan, dodging secret police, exploring ancient Silk Road cities, covertly teaching classes on democracy and human rights, and learning to appreciate fermented camel's milk.

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