World's Strangest City (ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN)

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Have you ever heard of TURKMENISTAN before? If not, then get ready to learn about how strange it is here in my 170th country.

I’ve spent the last 24 hours roaming around the capital city of Ashgabat, and IT REMINDS ME EXACTLY OF PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA in just about every way possible. Huge fancy buildings with very few people inside, perfectly manicured gardens and boulevards with nobody on them and a this eerie feeling that someone is watching over your shoulder 24/7.

People had told me that Ashgabat was strange, but I had no idea to what extent it was until arriving here…. Find out everything you need to know about Turkmenistan’s capital in this video!

How many of you guys actually knew about this place? Would love to see a show of hands 🙂

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50 thoughts on “World's Strangest City (ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN)

  1. If there's one thing that blew me in a way I didn't expect, it was the pet dog thing. When you said pet dogs were not allowed, I thought that was very logical (I mean since when has a Muslim country been particularly friendly to dogs, given ahem the same reason the pig in journey to the west was banned in Malaysian cinemas just look at all the strays in my hometown), but then the reason was that a dictator doesn't like the smell!?

  2. As the name imprecise, Ashgabat is a very difficult and expensive place to live. Relatively compare to Hong-Kong. That's the reason there is no cars on the street and all the building apartment(flats) are empty.

  3. I was shocked when about a year ago I was watching a sports channel Eurosport (yeah I'm from Europe) and they ran a travel ad for Turkmenistan. Only saw it once though.

  4. I actually lived in Turkmenistan for my early childhood (3-4yr old) and it's actually nice 🙂
    I had internet and a nice apartment where I could see one of the landmarks from my window (I forgot which bc I was young)

    I haven't visited in a while bc of corona and I almost got stuck there once when I was 7 or 8

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