At the crossroads of China, the Middle East and the former Soviet Empire, Central Asia remains one of the most rugged and adventurous regions of Asia. Besides breathtaking alpine scenery, historical Silk Road cities and barren deserts, what’s most remarkable in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is the people. Balancing between rural traditions and the slow approach of modernity, they exude the warmest hospitality. Here’s a look at some of the faces that make this crossroads of cultures such a rewarding adventure travel destination.
Chan Kit Yeng is a Penang-born freelance travel photographer and tourist guide. When she's not snapping pictures and playing with local kids in some off-the-beatenpath location, she can most likely be found hiking in Penang's remotest jungle thickets.
Marco Ferrarese is a musician, author and travel writer. He has written about overland travel and extreme music in Asia for a variety of international publications, and blogs at www.monkeyrockworld.com. His first novel, Nazi Goreng, is available at bookstores. Follow him @monkeyrockworld.