Many of the best attractions lay outside of Almaty itself, but below are some ideas for things to see within the cities limits: The nature that surrounds Almaty is all reachable by vehicle, or by hiring a private/shared taxi.
Add or subtract the given number of hours to/from Almaty time to get the time in these cities.Note: Time zone differences will vary during the year, as different countries observe DST during different periods.We even saw one dude carrying a Samurai sword on the street. They do random traffic stops and look for excuses to intimidate a bribe from you. Out of our crew, two of us were arrested for bogus reasons and had to go the route of a bribe to avoid and further complications.Several times during the trip we asked ourselves if it was worth it.They are very possessive of their women and have strong reactions to foreigners dating their prized angels. These guys are built, students of MMA fighting and ready to throw down quickly.
Tit is not uncommon to see men carrying knives in public. The police will be looking to make a quick buck from you.Almaty is Kazakhstans largest city, just behind the capital city of Astana.With many Soviet relics still intact, Almaty offers a somewhat dull, but energized center that is full of bustling cars weaving down and maneurvering the always under construction center.Be sure to first confirm with the driver when getting in to the taxi, that they are willing to take you to the further away distance to where you’d like to go.It can happen that they will change their mind, or simply not notice you’ve requested a 1 hour away drive into the mountains.In the evenings, it can cool off quite a bit, since Almaty is located very close to the Zailiyskiy Alatau mountain range.