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The southern city of Shymkent acts as a center of regional commerce and trade, and, as a junction on the Turkestan-Siberian Railways, offers good onward connections to other popular destinations. Lying in the middle of the desert in the largest landlocked country on the planet, Shymkent has a welcome number of green spaces and tree-lined streets. Rebuilt during the Soviet era, the town offers one of the livelier atmospheres in the country, with trips to traditional bazaars a particularly rewarding experience when sightseeing in Shymkent. With our custom trip planner, Kazakhstan vacations can be built around trips to Shymkent and other destinations in Kazakhstan.
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The accommodations in Shymkent huddle together in the town center, set mainly in blocks built during the Soviet restoration of the city. These range from simpler options to luxury ones, with the latter traditionally overlooking the greener parts of town and offering a range of extra facilities, including spas, pools, and restaurants. Budget hotels sit in less attractive spots, with grittier but comfortable surroundings, free Wi-Fi, and good access to many of the main urban sites.
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