As Uzbekistan keeps promoting the image of the country and its tourism potential internationally by attracting more foreign travelers to visit Uzbekistan’s tourist sites, one more famous newspaper has published an article dedicated to Uzbekistan.
The Straits Times, the largest print media in Singapore, has published a detailed article about Uzbekistan titled “History, culture and $1 taxi rides: Why hidden-gem Uzbekistan needs to be on your bucket list”.
The article by Clara Lock, based on her personal experience during her trip to Uzbekistan, remarks that the new hotels and transport links make it easier to travel around Central Asia, which remains affordable even as its tourism industry is up-and-coming.
The author notes that tourism in the country has a huge potential and today offers a highly developed infrastructure for those visiting Uzbekistan for travel and business. The publication highlights the rapid development of the tourism industry, which, along with traditional Uzbek hospitality and the rich historical and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, makes the country an increasingly attractive and relatively inexpensive tourist destination.
“Infrastructure development has made domestic travel in the landlocked country faster and more comfortable,” the article says. “Spanish-made high-speed trains run between the capital Tashkent and the Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, but seats are in high demand, so you need to book them in advance.”
It is noted that today the country can present a variety of types of tourism for those planning a trip to Uzbekistan, including ski resorts, ecotourism and ethno tourism, and even trips to the dried-up Aral Sea.
Besides portraying the colorful and rich bazaars of Uzbekistan, Clara Lock writes about an unforgettable trip to the Tashkent metro, where each station is akin to a work of art. Of course, the taste of the legendary Uzbek pilaf, a royal dish that is available and loved in Uzbekistan by every resident and guest, does not remain unmentioned by the author.
The abundance of souvenirs and local carpets sold in the colorful Uzbek bazaars that reflect the richness and originality of Uzbek folk arts and crafts also did not leave Singaporean journalists indifferent.
Clara Lock describes her visit to the ancient architectural monuments of the historical cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as the most indelible impression during the trip to Uzbekistan, strongly recommending Singaporeans to visit Uzbekistan.
Other significant tourism reforms in the country, such as visa-free regimes for many countries including Singapore, being established starting from 2016 until today, were especially highlighted as another measure making traveling to Uzbekistan a lot easier and hassle-free.
For reference, The Straits Times is Singapore's flagship daily newspaper in English by SPH Media, one of Asia's leading media companies. Founded on July 15, 1845, the newspaper comprehensively covers the main news of the country and the world. The daily circulation of the newspaper makes about a million copies.