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The Silk Road Compendium

8 things to do in Samarkand

Samarkand. City of Legend. Although these days most people have probably never heard of it. It’s in Uzbekistan, which in all fairness a lot of people haven’t heard of either. Samarkand was founded by the Sogdians, sometime between the 7th & 8th Centuries BC. It profited from it’s prime location on the Silk Road, and all sorts of things have been traded in its bazaar (still open today).


Wow what a country! This has got to be one of my favorite up and coming destinations. Get here before people start figuring it out!

About Chinese Trains

Trying to catch a train in China can be a somewhat daunting experience, from the preparation, to getting a ticket and even to get getting a meal onboard. In a country where there is often little to no English spoken, and miles of red tape to deal with, catching a long-distance train seems like a veritable nightmare at times. I’m hoping this article will make things a little bit easier.

Things to do in TurkeyWith the danger of the state of emergency past, very few visitors to Turkey and the very favourable exchange rate between the USD/AUD & the Turkish Lira there has never been a better time to visit Turkey.This is a place very close to my heart, after all I used to live there, and it was where I landed my very first tour leading job.These are some of my top recommendations.

Chinese Silk Road Towns

There are many stops along the way through the paths of the Silk Road in China, these are the ones I have visited and some stops that are worth making along the way.

Eating SafeWhile you shouldn’t let your dietary needs dissuade you from taking this incredible journey, I’m not going to sit here and tell you, “it’s all good” because it most certainly isn’t. This is an area of the world where you will have trouble trying to meet certain dietary requirements. I’ve designed this blog to offer practical information about safe eating while on this amazing journey.