5 Top Things to Do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Discover 5 top things to do in Bishkek. Bishkek is the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. Going to Kyrgyzstan was one of those places I went to experience that “kind of country.” And of all the countries I have been to, I would say Kyrgyzstan is the most “out there” for me, so far.

Luckily, after living in China, I was already used to being in a place where no-one speaks English.

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5 Top Things to Do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

1. Dordoy Bazaar

The first thing on my list of top things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan is the Dordoy Bazaar.

If you arrive in Bishkek from Osh by sleeper van then you will get dropped off here, but it may be too early to see anything. It’s basically an import market. Interesting and vibrant.

2. Ala-Too Square

Ala-Too square is basically a big concrete square with a few monuments and fountains and stuff. At night there’s lots of people selling flying light gadgets and things like that.

3. Zhirgal Banya (baths)

This is something that I didn’t do, but wish I had. Zhirgal Banya is a large big bath-house. you can also get manicures and massages there.

According to Wikitravel.org/en/Bishkek tickets are 80KGS and for 200KGS more someone will bath you.

Zhirgal Banya, Things to do in Bishkek, Survive Travel

This is not Zhirgal Banya. By ООО «АЗИМУТ Хотелс Компани» [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

4. See the Parks

There are big stretches of parks going through the city. They are quite helpful for navigation, but also very pleasant to walk through when walking around.

Bishkek Kyrgyzstan Parks

Parks in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

There is also the main park in the city with lots of fountains, statues and flowerbeds. It’s pretty nice and there’s lots of couples just sitting.

5. Osh Bazaar

The last thing on my list of top things to do in Biskhek is the Osh bizarre. The Osh Bizarre in Bishkek is definitely worth a look. Lots of food and teaming with atmosphere. All kinds of clothing, knick knacks, household goods and random stuff for sale.

Bishkek Travel Tips

Getting From Osh to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

To get to Bishkek from Osh get a minivan to Kara Suu. It costs 30soms. Walk towards the market past the mosque. Just past the mosque on your left is a bus station and just past that is where the minivans are. Just listen or ask for Kara Soo. You will be dropped off at the market. Pay the driver and just say Bishkek to him and he’ll point you to the sleeper vans. There are many vans there, just look around for the sleeper vans and haggle a price. We paid 800som per person, but we did not haggle.

Kara Suu Osh Kyrgyzstan

Kara Suu Osh Kyrgyzstan

The sleeper van left at about 1700, stopped for dinner on the way and arrived in Bishkek at the Dordoi market at about 0600. From there, catch a bus to town which costs about 12soms, depending on which bus you catch.

top things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

At the food stop on the way over from Osh

Catching Buses in Bishkek

The bus system in Bishkek is not very tourist friendly. There are not many timetables so you kind of have to guess the route and fare. Sometimes you give the money as you board, and sometimes as you leave, and the fare is not standard, i.e., it depends where you are going.

Some of the bus drivers can speak simple English so if you tell them where you are going they will tell you the fare. Bus drivers can give change.

top things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Taken in Bishkek

Cheap Accommodation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

If you need cheap accommodation in Bishkek we stayed at Sabyrbek’s Guest House as recommended on Wikitravel.org/en/Bishkek. It’s not flash, but is comfortable enough, and the owner and her niece are very nice people.

It’s a great location… once you find it. Use the GPS on your smartphone or take a look at the map (pictured) to walk there from Ala-Too Square.

There is a little cable on the outside of the big shed door that you can pull to lift the handle ‘lock’ on the other side, which will let you open the door. It’s a simple and clever makeshift lock.

Buses that go near there are the 10, 4, 213, 110, 35, 210, 195, 213.

Bishkek, Kygyzstan Ala-Too Square to Accomodation

Map from Ala-To Square to Sabyrbek’s Guest House

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