Shymkent Tourism, Kazakhstan

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Shymkent (Kazakh: Шымкент/Şımkent, شىمكەنت), known until 1993 as Chimkent (Uzbek: 'Чимкент', چىمكېنت; Russian: Чимкент), is the capital city of South Kazakhstan Region, the most densely populated region in Kazakhstan. It is the third most populous city in Kazakhstan behind Almaty and Astana with an estimated population of 629,600 in 2011. A major railroad junction on the Turkestan-Siberia Railway, the city is also a notable cultural centre, with an international airport. Shymkent is situated 690 kilometres (430 mi) west of Almaty and 120 kilometres (75 mi) to the north of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 603,499 (2009 Census results); 423,902 (1999 Census results).


A place in Kazakhstan, Shymkent is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. To explore Shymkent, set aside 1 to 2 number of your days. You'll be coming back for more!

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Facts and Stats for Shymkent*

  • Shymkent: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Shymkent for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Shymkent.

    • Burglary and Theft 62.5 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.5 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 100 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 75 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 50 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 62.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 62.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 62.5 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 87.5 (Very High)
  • Living in Shymkent - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 39.84 (Low)
    • Climate Index 68.54 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Shymkent

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Shymkent

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 36.49 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 36.49 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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