Tolkuchka-Basar, Ashgabat

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Wander busy market streets and find anything your heart desires at Tolkuchka-Basar. The out-of-town chaotic shopping area offers everything from live sheep to embroidered clothing. Walk from one vendor to another to buy memorabilia, toys, and talismans made by the locals, but pay close attention to those selling carpets. Keep in mind that carpets older than 50 years cannot be exported, while others need an export certificate. Put Tolkuchka-Basar into our Ashgabat road trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ashgabat.
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  • This place is huge! And they seemed to sell just about everything. If you're going with a specific list of things to buy then it's best you go with someone who knows exactly where to find it because, ...  more »
  • That said, the impression that you will take the Russian Bazaar depends on the amount of bazaars that you've visited on your travels through Asia. If you're a traveller tanning probably disappoint, is not too large or original, it is not even pretty. If you have not gone too it can have its charm, the area of nuts and spices are interesting and you can buy goods at good price compared to Europe.
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  • If you are looking for a real lical shopping experience in Turkmenistan, go to Tolkuchka Basar. There is local jewelry and local fabrics for a very good price. As usual on this kind of market, negocia...  more »

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