|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$0.51|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$267.50|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$4.17|
|1 Pair of men leather shoes||$140.00|
Found on the western shores of Issyk-Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan, Balykchy is 1,900 meters above sea level. During the era of the Soviet Union, it was a major hub for transport and industry such as rail terminal and rail junction manufacturing, ship building, and wool processing. It was also the chief terminal for the fishing fleet operating in the lake. Today, Balykchy remains to be the strategic gateway to Issyk Kul. Cheap flights to Balykchy bring in the people involved in commerce into the city. Tourists also regularly pass through the city to access the tourist spots along the lake. The city receives visitors especially during the peak seasons for adventure travel and ecotourism in the area.
Balykchy is a major crossover route. The main road that connects the Kyrgyzstan capital city of Bishkek and the Chui valley to China, which was also a section of the Great Silk Road of ancient times, cuts through Balykchy. This same road proceeds to traverse Naryn province’s high altitude mountain ranges in Kyrgyzstan’s central areas toward the Torugard Pass on the border with China. Other roads connect Balykchy to the other parts of the country. One road encircles the north and south edges of the Issyk Kul and goes to Karakol. The other goes around the east side of the barren Kungey Alatau range and proceeds to the southeastern tip of the country of Kazakhstan. Imagine long winding transport roads neatly carved on the sides of colossal mountains and you have a practically accurate image of Balykchy.
The skies, mountain ranges, the Chui river, and the lake are the top tourist attractions in Balykchy. There are numerous adventure thrills that can be had at these natural landscapes. Cheap flights to Balykchy bring in these eco tourists and adventure travelers. But ask the local folk and they would say that the docks are what the town is all about. The port is another busy entry point to Balykchy. A good number of regional tourists come in through this means. There is also a train from Bishkek that passes by Balykchy on a daily schedule. The train ride is one of the most panoramic train travels in the world because it winds along breathtakingly gorgeous mountain passes. Hotels in Balykchy comfortably accommodate the travelers and tourists that come visit Balykchy for its sheer beauty. Some of these popular hotels are the Hotel & Resort Calm Harbour and the Karven Issyk-Kul.