Synopses & Reviews
Kazakhstan is vast the ninth-largest country in the world yet there is relatively little information available in English about the attractions of this remarkable country. With the Kazakh government seeking to promote the development of tourism, publication of the Bradt guide is timely.
Located between Russia and China, the state of Kazakhstan possesses an incredible diversity of natural beauty; this guide includes arrangements for visiting natural parks and reserves and special features such as singing sand dunes and the Sharyn Canyon - Asias equivalent of the Grand Canyon.
Key historical and archaeological sites are also given due prominence, Kazakhstan having been inhabited since the Stone Age.
About the Author
Paul Brummell is a career diplomat with the UKs Foreign Commonwealth Office and is currently Ambassador to Kazakhstan and non-resident Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. Previous posts have included Turkmenistan and he is author of Turkmenistan: The Bradt Travel Guide.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter 1 Background Information; Chapter 2 Practical Information; Chapter 3 Astana and Akmola Region: the New Capital; Chapter 4 Almaty: Kazakhstan's Big Apple; Chapter 5 Almaty and Zhambyl Regions: the Seven Rivers; Chapter 6 Karaganda Region: the Yellow Steppe; Chapter 7 East Kazakhstan: from the Irtysh to the Altai; Chapter 8 The Northern Regions: a Land of Wheat Fields and Birch Woods; Chapter 9 Aktobe and West Kazakhstan Regions: the Northwest; Chapter 10 Atyrau and Mangistau Regions: on the Shores of the Caspian; Chapter 11 The Southern Regions: Along the Syr Darya; Appendix 1 The Kazakh Language; Appendix 2 Glossary; Appendix 3 Further Information; Index