|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.12|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$90.00|
|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$200.00|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$9.00|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.35|
|Pack of cigarettes||$5.20|
|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$40.00|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$0.24|
Visitors to Turkmenistan in Central Asia fly to Ashgabat, the capital and largest city before getting around the country. The city is serviced by the Ashgabat Airport which is also the home base of the country’s flag carrier, Turkmenistan Airlines. There are seven others airlines operating out of the airport and visitors can have their choices of cheap flights to Ashgabat by visiting their websites.
There are notable buildings in Ashgabat that merit a visit from visitors. The Turkmen Fine Arts Museum and the Turkmen Carpet Museum are known for their woven carpets collection, and the Ashgabat National Museum of History showcases the country’s history with ancient artifacts from the Parthian Empire and Persian civilizations. There are also mosques, the freestanding Ashgabat Flagpole which is the tallest in the world, the Turkmenbashi Cableway with its stunning view of the city from 1290 meter up, and the Turkmenistan Independence Park with its statues of the country’s famous personages. To complete the visit, visitors must go to the Tolkuchka Bazaar for a firsthand experience of shopping at the colorful bazaars. Things to buy are sheepskins (about US$10), men’s striped robe of red at US$ 15 and yellow and red carpets for US$150-250.
Hotel Nissa is a four star, family-owned hotel with air-conditioned rooms, Jacuzzi, swimming pools, Turkish sauna and gyms which is however somewhat overpriced in terms of its features and amenities. Other hotels in Ashgabat are the Hotel President, Hotel Grand Turkmen, the Hotel Azatlyk, Hotel Ahal, Hotel Nebitchi and the Hotel Ak Altyn where the American Information Services and several offices of the British Embassy are located. For cheaper accommodation, visitors can stay at the Dovranov Homestay with B&B and dinner.
Visitors visiting Turkmenistan can get in by plane or rail or by car. The Turkmenistan Airlines have international flights from Abu Dhabi, Kazakhstan, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and Uzbekistan. The other airlines that fly to the country are Aerosvit Ukrainian Airlines, Iranian Airlines, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, so tourists can book cheap flights to Ashgabat with any of these airlines. Choose early morning flights and save money because it is cheaper than mid-morning flights.