Where we’ve been

A night with Mary and Merv in Turkmenistan

Spectacular, isolated ruins with a dark past and a lack of facilities; Merv, Turkmenistan might be the epitome of Central Asian tourism.

Uzbek cuisine: anyone for plov?

Plov, bread, kebabs, green tea and wine - let's talk about Uzbek cuisine!

Crossing into Turkmenistan at Farab

Turkmenistan is not an easy country to get a visa for - and crossing into Turkmenistan is no simpler!

Spellbinding Bukhara on the silk road

Winding lanes and facades which glimmer like a mirage in the desert... welcome to Bukhara.

Do a day in Doha! How to spend a Qatar stopover

What would you do with a day in Doha? Here's how to spend a day in the Qatari capital!

The fabled silk road city of Samarkand

Samarkand's greatest architectural monument was the seat of power for one of history's most bloodthirsty tyrants.

Tashkent, the city that nearly wasn’t

Tashkent was levelled by an earthquake in the 60s, and much of its history was consigned to become more secrets of Central Asia...

Osh; Kyrgyzstan’s historic, troubled second city

Osh, Kyrgyzstan's second largest city, is also its most historic, but it finds itself in a fateful knot of borders.

Kyrgyz cuisine: not for the faint hearted

Anyone for fermented mare's milk? Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Kyrgyz cuisine!

Dodgy dealings on the road from Bishkek to Osh

The road from Bishkek to Osh is a glorious mountain drive; relaxing, until you think you've arrived at a Kyrgyz drug den...