Where a country’s recent dark past meets the ruins of its ancient history.
Salawmaleýkim! As soon as you arrive in Turkmenistan, you will see it’s a country shaped by its past. The capital, Ashgabat, is strikingly bizarre: full of gold statues, intricate fountains and towering monuments all dedicated to former dictator X. But beyond the city, you’ll find a country unlike anywhere else on earth. The Daravaza Gas Craters, a collapsed natural gas field, is also known as the ‘Gate of Hell’ and is not to be missed. Whether you want to explore rich archaeology sites, still dotted with pottery, or camp in the painted desert around Yangykala Canyon, VISIT TURKMENISTAN!