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Kazakhstan, larger than all of Western Europe!

Posted: Aug 24, 2013
Kazakhstan is the world's ninth largest country and is also by far the largest landlocked country. It does share an inland "sea", the Aral Sea, with Uzbekistan to the south. Sadly, little is left of this sea as it has almost vanished over the past 30 years. It also borders the inland Caspian Sea, which fortunately still has a lot of water. With an area larger than Western Europe, Kazakhstan requires a lot of time to explore. While it may not be the most exciting country in the world to visit, it does showcase some impressive flatlands, Kazakh steppe (grasslands), taiga (coniferous forests), rock canyons, snow-capped mountains, and deserts. The former capital, Almaty, is a fairly large and modern city with a population of 1.5 million inhabitants, of which half is Kazakh and one-third Russians. It is a nice city with bustling markets, museums, cathedrals, mosques and more than 120 fountains. READ MORE...  Photos of Kazakhstan