ASTANA – new capital of Kazakhstan. updates for 2017

Kazakhstan certainly had the piss taken out of it by the film Borat. In reality it’s a fascinating and vast country ( the world’s ninth largest and two thousand miles by one thousand ) . It’s geography is hugely impressive and the former capital Almaty is surprisingly green, sophisticated and fun. This tour though is of the new capital Astana – only designated the national capital in 1997 and a strange experience of wide-open spaces, fanciful architecture and central planning ! That sounds unfairly critical – there are quality global-brand hotels and an intriguing time to be had ! This guide to Astana runs to thirty minutes…