Updated: Feb 1, 2020
By: The PH Team
Tourism in Turkmenistan is still a relatively new idea. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the country has gone through three decades of isolation from the international community and from tourism in general.
Turkmenistan is known to be one of the world's least-visited countries and way off-the-beaten-path for even the most frequent of travellers.
Avaza Tourist Zone
Avaza is a tourist zone in Turkmenistan, known officially as the Avaza Tourist Zone. It is located on the east side of the Caspian Sea, 12km west of Turkmenbashi city. The city of course, is named after Turkmenistan's ex-leader and president for life - President Niyazov (Turkmenbashi).
The zone was commissioned by current President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, who sought to imitate Dubai's development boom and create a recognized zone for international tourists.
The surrounding desert landscape is breathtaking and has been referred to as a moon-like landscape. Most excursions into the mountains and the coastal resort towns begin from this dusty and historical town.
The Avaza Tourist Zone was launched at the two-day 'Tourism and Travel International Tourism Exhibition and Conference' in late 2019, which brought foreign delegations from all over the world to the Caspian Sea.
The country hopes that it will boost tourism numbers to this little-known and hardly-visited secretive State in Central Asia.
Turkmenistan has planned to expand the number of tourists who visit the country through new types of tourism such as ecological, recreational, sports and equestrian.
The idea of Avaza is to create modern and comfortable conditions for the arrival of international tourists, primarily from Western countries.
The Avaza Tourism Resort is the country's first free economic zone, where tax and customs privileges are granted to various foreign citizens and companies.
The Caspian Sea
The coast of the Caspian Sea is famous for its wonderful sandy beaches, clean, crystal water, abundance of sea flora and fauna, which allows for locals and tourists alike to enjoy various water sports and the beautiful scenery the region has to offer.