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How safe to travel in Kazakhstan for a solo female traveler?
Posted September 10th, 2012 - 1:13 pm from Hong Kong Island, China
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Posted September 11th, 2012 - 11:24 am by from Almaty, Kazakhstan (Permalink)
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Posted September 12th, 2012 - 2:11 am by from Leuven, Belgium (Permalink)
I'm not a solo female traveller, but here's my view: I would agree that it is quite safe in Kazakhstan, although sometimes it might not feel that way, especially when men get drunk on the train for instance. Still, you have to watch out: the Kazakhstan Peace Corps had the highest rate of rapes of all PC's worldwide. West Kazakhstan is more conservative, more violent, and there is a lot of unrest lately, a large gap between rich and poor angering a lot of the recent immigrants. I don't mean to scare you, really, nothing will happen to you, but you should be wary.

Posted September 14th, 2012 - 1:50 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
I ve just cross Kazaksthan 2 weeks ago.
I feel it was absolutely safe for boys and girl.
Even if in small villages!

Posted September 15th, 2012 - 12:56 pm from Hong Kong Island, China
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Posted September 17th, 2012 - 8:39 am from Zaragoza, Spain
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Posted September 18th, 2012 - 5:11 am by from Stuttgart, Germany (Permalink)
I am traveling for almost three weeks now in Kazakhstan and I always felt save. Most of the time I was surrounded by couchsurfers or my local friends though.
If you travel by train it should be pretty save. Other passengers are friendly and curious and it is normal to get invited for tea or lunch. I agree that drunk men can be annoying, even for males. But I am sure in case someone is getting really aggressive other passengers will assists you.
Even in a place with bad reputation like Arlask I met only helpful and friendly people.
Maybe you should claim you are married (even if you are not), because you will here this question frequently.

Posted September 18th, 2012 - 12:40 pm from Zaragoza, Spain
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Posted September 24th, 2012 - 2:43 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
Thank you for the advice! I didn't pose the original question, but I plan to be traveling in Kazakhstan for a few weeks starting in early/mid October and was wondering the same thing. I would also love to meet up with other people-- other travelers, or people who live locally-- while I am there!

Posted January 15th, 2013 - 12:52 pm by from Shymkent, Kazakhstan (Permalink)
Thank you for asking this question!! I'm travelling to Shykment next month and I was thinking about the same thing.