IF YOU PLANNED AHEAD for your trip to Central Asia, you were smart enough to get all your visas in your home country, leisurely, by mail. If not, prepare to be on very familiar terms with the capital cities of the region.
Being the only country in the region to offer visas on arrival, Kazakhstan is the obvious entry point for a trip through the Stan’s. Though the capital is Astana, the Uzbekistani embassy is in farther-south Almaty. It’s also a funner and cheaper city. Head there for your visa servicing needs.