"Atyrau" Atyrau by Jules2102

Atyrau Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 20 photos


Landed here in the dark so never saw the scope of the place..... Was this a good thing or a bad thing.... mmmmm.
Being here quite a few weeks and now and there really isnt much to do or see.
Here because the husband works here.... meet up with some of the other wives for lunch and yes the ladies do that.
Here for(Nauryz) the Kazakh New Days Celebrations , will add photos at a later date.
The costumes, the dancing the food.... just beautiful.
Atyrau is an old dirty and dusty place, but new structures and housing popping up all over, but still doesnt hide the poverty that is here... People are warming now to the westerners, but Im still warned it is a dangerous place. So do not walk about out of your safe zone, and keep a guard up at all times....
There is really nothing to do here, and I mean nothing.
Nothing to see, a few statues a mosque, a church...
No shopping malls, a few shopping centers but not as we know them. And a few do have one or two international items (Tetley teabags).
But do remember, if your young or free and single, well here the later really doesnt have to apply.....
That Atyrau has the highest rate of T.B. and Syphilis in the country.... But I do not find this surprising as the 2 main hobbies here are Sptting, and thats morning noon and night.... male, female, young old....
And the other..... shagging.

Nauryz celebrations

A Day of celebrations,

How Cold.!!!!!

If you plan on coming here and will be here in the winter months bring your THERMALS....

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:still trying to think of something.
  • Cons:Dont be flash, dont flash the wallet or jewellry, dont upset the locals, or your just asking to be mugged...
  • In a nutshell:Give the place 60 years and hopefully with all the new foriegn companies moving in... they might just get there.
  • Last visit to Atyrau: Mar 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Apr 30, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    I am sorry that the locals gave you the impression that our two main hobbies are spitting and shagging, but I am not sorry to tell you that as an expat you just look down at people. Have you tried socialising with the locals to argue that all we do is what you say we do?! Have you tried finding out more about the country (town) you live in now? Your text screams "white supremacy"!

    Well so you know (otherwise you would not find out because you think we arrogant and useless animan), we do live a socially active life, travel to the nearby town on the weekends to explore the country (even though we are from here!), most of us are highly educated, well travelled and intelligent people! As to what you can do in this place, well take a ride towards the remains of the ancient town Saraichik, or go to Naryn Sand Wave - endless sandy dunes. A real desert with high dunes and magnificent patterns created by wind on sand. Go to Caspian sea, for god's sake. In Atyrau itself, visit local museums - they will open up your eyes about our rich culture, values and history! There are loads of buildings of historical value!

    You say we are warming up towards the expats? FYI, we are a very friendly nation and have no such thing as racial or national intolerance! Our people go miles out of their comfort zone to make an expat feel good and at home even if they do not speak English! Come on, you just do not want to find our about us, and allienate yourself! But that is your fault, not ours! You are on our land, but we are equals!

    We are a hard-working nation that is making our way out the struggles, and we pride ourselves on our family and life values! Those who shag and spit (as you say), every nation have their own chavs, including yours! I have seen the world, and I know what I am talking about. Do not generalise and give people wrong impression!

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    Oct 1, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    i like your brutal honesty LOL. most VTers leave out any of the negative stuff and say all the nice things in the world when its really a s*** hole. good page :)

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