This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Osh. To help you make friends with Osh before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Osh is located in the Fergana Valley region of Kyrgyzstan and is most famous for its large and very colourful Silk Road bazaar, which is one of the biggest on the Silk Road. The bazaar is open everyday, however it tends to be busiest on the weekend. There are also several monuments, Russian churches, and museums to explore in the town. If you like hiking, there are opportunities to hike the Sulamain Mountain, which towers over the city.
There are plenty of accommodation options here, from fancy five-star hotels to guesthouses and hostels in Osh. Some guesthouses even offer dorm rooms, as well as home-cooked meals. Guesthouses offer the best options if you want to get a glimpse in the local life. Another option is a homestay in a yurt (a nomadic tent). Hostels in Osh are the next-best budget option, especially for solo travelers. All Osh hostels tend to have hot-water showers, though the showers also tend to be open in the room with the toilet (no doors or cubicles), so the bathroom floor is usually constantly wet. Some places offer free bathroom shoes for use. The majority of Osh hostels will also have a Western toilet, as well as squat toilets available. Toilet paper cannot be flushed anywhere in the Stans.
Beds vary in comfort; usually the cheaper the place, the worse the mattress. Rooms are usually clean and towels and soap are often provided. Take care not to drink the tap water in Osh. Not all accommodation options will offer complimentary water, however this can be easily and cheaply purchased from most shops.
Written by local enthusiast for Osh hostelsKelly Sheldrick