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Kok Boru Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival - Woman horse rider


Cultural and National Show in Talas

Local people in Talas would like to formally invite you to our Cultural and National Show in Talas held at Kyzyl Moinok Jailoo. Visitors will experience a true nomadic experience

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Eagle Hunting Festival

Experience the traditional and beautiful art of eagle hunting in the Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival in 2020. Central Asia is the birthplace of eagle hunting and has been in existence

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Kok Boru Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival - riders


Kok Boru & Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival

Experience the excitement at the Kyrgyz Traditional Games Festival where you will discover the exhilarating sport of Kok Boru! It is a game where two competing teams of horse-mounted players

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Apple Hostel cultural night


Cultural Night at Apple Hostel

If you ever wanted to learn more about the unique culture of Kyrgyzstan, come to Apple Hostel for an evening of discovery. Learn more about Kyrgyz culture in this FREE event.

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How to use Public Transport

To any new visitor to Bishkek, using public transport can first seem overwhelming but it’s incredibly easy to use where you’ll be using it like a local! There are three

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Aigul and Apple Hostel for a better and greener Kyrgyzstan

As someone eager to promote the warm culture and green nature of Kyrgyzstan, Apple Hostel manager Aigul actively participates and volunteers in Kyrgyz social life and tourism. Aigul organizes free

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Navigating Western Bus Station

Bishkek’s Western Bus Station is confusing for both travelers and locals. It is a big area with multiple different bus bays with specific buses going to different areas of Krygyzstan

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How to get to Apple Hostel Bishkek (Video Directions)

Getting to Apple Hostel Bishkek isn’t always easy but the handy videos below will help you easily navigate through the city and to our hostel in no time. The video

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Atelier cuisine

Nous vous invitons à participer à nos ateliers de cuisine ! Vous avez 2 options :  dans la cantine de notre hostel : 500 soms par personne (4 personnes minimum)

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20 common questions about traveling in Kyrgyzstan (and the answers!)

You are thinking about going to Kyrgyzstan for your next trip? Will be your first time there? You’re asking some questions around and nobody is able to answer? Great! This

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How not to get (completely) lost in Osh Bazaar

The bazaar was built around 1983. It is built in the structure typical for Central Asia: A roofed market is located in the center while indoor halls for selling surround

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Travel healthy

In some areas, stay healthy while traveling can be a challenge. Although it’s one of the most beautiful region on the planet, Central Asia is one of these risky areas

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Things to do in & around Cholpon Ata

Historical Museum (across the road from Apple hostel) Entrance ticket: 50 som per person ~ 2 hours. Open: From 9 am to 5 pm. Cultural Center Ruh Ordo (directions on

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Things to do in and around Bishkek

  Osh bazaar (Ошский базар) Info: Osh bazaar is one of the largest bazaars in Bishkek, conveniently located 10 to 15 minutes away from the hostel. Here you can find everything

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Cholpon Ata

Cholpon Ata, which stands for “Father Star”, was named after the famous astrologist who happened to live here many years ago. You will also see a memorial right after you

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Bishkek

Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the center of fashion, politics and a»better» life for locals. There is a steady internal migration from rural areas to Bishkek during the past

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