As a post Soviet Union nation, Tajikistan is open to welcoming tourists to experience the local culture and hospitality. Follow the social etiquette, stay aware of a few health issues and be alert for potential crime. World Nomads gives you this guide to having a safe trip in Tajikistan.
A word about Kazakhstan's weather: cold. It's in the northerly part of Central Asia and gets bitterly frosty in winter, as low as -12 Celsius (summer, on the contrary, gets quite toasty at around 30 Celsius).
When it comes to personal safety in the central Asian country of Kazakhstan, you'll find there are some problems. Transportation, scams, thieves, and corrupt police are just some of the issues you might find.
Throughout history Uzbekistan has been part of the ancient trading route from Asia to Europe, but travelling along the Silk Road these days isn't quite as romantic, wild and adventurous as it once was.
Turkmenistan - about the size of Spain and home to roughly five million people - remains a tightly controlled police state, so understanding the realities of travelling on the ground will mean an easier trip, and less surprises all round.
Get ready to do battle on Kyrgyz roadways! It can be quite a trying time navigating the underdeveloped road system and dealing with aggressive drivers who are largely ignorant of traffic laws.
If you can battle your way through the political instability and crime risks in some of the urban areas, you will have some health and environmental hazards with which to contend in Kyrgyzstan.
In addition to its precarious political situation, Kyrgyzstan has some other risks that can make travel dangerous for foreigners. You should watch your back the minute you arrive in the country.
Kyrgyzstan sits in Central Asia and has suffered spates of political violence in recent years. Escalation in inter-ethnic tensions has led to violence and death, with 2010 being a particularly rough year.