1st Edition. Bradt Publications. 256 pages. Turkmenistan is one of the few countries of any size left on the globe which is not the subject of a dedicated travel guide in English. Yet, lying as it does at the heart of the Silk Road route, it is a historically and culturally rich land; and travellers can gain insight into the heritage with the clear itineraries supplied of the major archaeological sites of Merv and Konye Urgench and coverage of Turkmen pilgrimage shrines. For travellers looking to explore further afield, this guide spans the whole country comprehensively, including little-known sites such as the Yangakala canyon and the flaming crater at Darvaza. Turkmenistan is currently one of the safest countries in the Central Asia region, particularly where personal safety is concerned. ? First dedicated travel guide to Turkmenistan ? Caters for all travellers: business people, volunteer workers, archaeologists and intrepid adventurers ? Silk Road archaeological treasures, ex-Soviet era relics and post-independence monuments ? Horse trekking, how to buy Turkmen carpets and other highlights ? Paperwork, visas and how to surmount red tape.