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Entering A Mysterious Exclave You’ve Never Heard Of ( In A Soviet Bi-plane )

Earlier this year myself and Alina tried entering an Uzbek exclave surrounded entirely by Kyrgyzstan. If you saw the video you will know that we were not allowed in. But we don’t give up that easy…And so when we discovered that there was a new flight route started up from Uzbekistan to the unknown exclave of Sokh we decided we would have to investigate and try to get in somehow to see what lay there beyond the mountains. Oh and it just happened to mean flying on an old Soviet bi-plane. How could anyone resists such an adventure?!

Buckle up for a Soviet adventure in the mysterious land called Sokh.

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Avoid this Soviet Exclave!

If you look at a detailed map of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia you will see some strange shapes appearing in the very south of the country. These are the Soviet formed exclaves belonging to both Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They were formed in the 1950s to answer the question of what to do with small regions which were ethnically diverse from the Kyrgyz Republic the people had found themselves living in due to Stalin’s map making.

These exclaves had always intrigued me and I wondered what life was like in them. However there is zero information online about visiting them. However I am always up for a wasted journey so I hired a car in northern Kyrgyzstan and drove 1000kms to one of these exclaves to see if foreigners were allowed to enter or not.

Join me on a wild adventure towards the mysterious mountain exclave of Shohimardon…

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Would You Drive This Mountain Road? ??

I left Kyrgyzstan’s worst hotel and headed towards the high peaks of the Ala-Too mountain range on my way towards the radiated town of Mailuu-Suu. And for once I had a friend with me. Join me on a Central Asian road trip…

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Inside Maylisuu: Central Asia’s Closed Uranium Town ☢️

The Soviet Union had a policy of closing towns and cities of strategic and military importance off to the outside world. Even non-Soviet residents could enter Maylisuu due to its Uranium mines which were so important to the nuclear weapons program. Well I decided to head to deepest Kyrgyzstan to see what a formerly closed city looked like back then and see how life was progressing now. Join me as I become one of the few foreigners to enter Maylisuu

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I Slept In Kyrgyzstan’s Worst Hotel ??

Ever wanted to know what life was like in mysterious Central Asia? Want to see what kind of hotel rooms a couple of $ will get you? Well join me as I drive across Kyrgyzstan in search of a town called Miley Suu and on the way meet a host of characters in the semi-abandoned villages of the country. Oh, and I found a nice apartment block for us all to move into.