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Samarqand, Central Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
Samarkand is where the famous Registan can be found. Malika Hotel is a good place to stay in when in that area. Better shopping can be had in Bukhara though but, prices are cheaper in Samarkand.
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Samarqand, Central Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
First know that where ever you go you will be stared at. Especially if you have light colored hair, and blue or green eyes! The boys will follow you (girls) and want to talk to you, just keep walking and stay in groups, they won't bother you if you keep walking and DO NOT LOOK AT THEM.

Before you go do some research into the culture, if you are in Samarqand the people are a very generous people but they can be very superstitious they know who the tourists are and do not expect you to follow all their traditions but you should know somethings to keep things safe.
Girls: DO not look directly in any local males eyes.
do not go outside with wet hair this marks you as a prostitute
Also wearing tank tops with spaghetti straps does the same

know some phrases in Uzbek the market language if you want to do your own shopping.
Simple phrases like
How much is that? Necha sum?
What is this? Bu nima
NO. Yok
you wouldn't say no thank you if you don't want it. Sellers will come up to you and try to get you to come into their shop saying things like "very cheap" which may be all the english they know. If you want to go go, but if you don't just keep walking and shake your head saying "Yok"
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if you traveling around by taxi take a small notebook with you and ask your tour guide or who ever you are there with, what to say to get where, and back. It may not be the street it may be a building, and it may not be where you actually want to go. You may want to stop before actually getting where you told him to go. TO stop say
Shuyerda tohtatang. meaning stop here.
you can also say stop which in Russian is for emergency stop so if the driver stops abruptly i warned you! :-)
But being tourists they will expect you to stay with English
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Samarqand, Central Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
Before travel to Uzbekistan it was my main aim. To see Samarquand and die. But to be fair, it is nothing in comparison to Buxoro. So that why it is better do it first. It is normal city with monuments in different parts of old town. Except few monuments, my advice will be to visit main market and go on half day trip to Shahrisabz. I recommend hotel (or rather family guest house) called Bahodir. There is really family atmosphere and it is close to Regiestan. To travel between Buxoro, Samaquand and Tashkent I recommend using express train. Price is cheep, it takes only 3h, plov and tea are included, and u can watch DVD (in uzbek language unfortunately – but maybe I had just bed luck). In such train u will not be able to meet many locals, but if u don’t have time for long trip – use it. Much more better than popular Nexia!!!
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Samarqand, Central Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
An incredible place! We went with the travel company MIR, but two of us and a guide and driver. Wonderful architecture, music and dance...
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Samarqand, Central Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
Bahodir BB
Cheap, central, friendly, cosy and very communal. What do you want more? Spend another day in the courtyard sipping tea, eating melon and listening to stories probably...
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Samarqand, Central Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
If you time it right, you may be lucky enough to be invited to an Uzbek wedding. Uzbek's have a wedding season around the June-July period, which also co-incides with the hottest time of the year with temperatures rising to around 40 degrees celcius. Sometimes the term "wedding" may be used loosely. I was invited to a "wedding" that turned out to be an "engagement" and apparently the bride and groom never attend their own engagement party. The whole event is nevertheless videotaped so the happy couple can watch it at their own leisure. The generosity of the Uzbek's is incredible. But make sure you repay them with your modest dress, polite behaviour and a gift, even if just a beautiful bunch of flowers.
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Samarqand, Central Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan
Do not sing or whistle in the house, they believe you are calling evil spirits into the house, also if you sweep at night you might sweep in a wandering spirit. So no cleaning at night!
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