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Moynoq is a city in Qaraqalpakistan. This town used to be a prosperous fishing town, but since the Aral Sea disaster it is a poor town with lots of problems, not least health risks caused by pollution and unemployment, as fishery was the only resource.

Get in[edit]

You can get there from Nukus. Taxis charge about US$60 for a day-trip from Nukus, which can be shared among up to 3 passengers in comfort. In summer, be sure to hire a car with aircon. And always bargain politely over the price, which must be agreed before departure.

There are few buses a day from Nukus, leaving at 9.00 am, 11.00 am and 1.00 pm from bazar. They leave when they are full, there isn't a set timetable. Expect bus to be packed with tones of other stuff (flour bags, empty bottles etc). Arrive early as they get filled up quickly. The price is 10000 sum (September 2016).

Get around[edit]

On foot or by taxi - it is not a big town.

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The monument for Aral Sea - there is a monument near what used to be a bank of Aral Sea with a board telling the history of Aral Sea. Al Gore was in this place. There is also a fleet of rusted trawlers there, still lined up in the desert where once the quay stood. A better-preserved trawler is nostalgically displayed at the bus station. The Aral Sea is now (2008) 100 km. distant, and still shrinking, the level dropping about a metre per year.

The abandoned fish factory, which used to provide work and now is abandoned, the equipment left there to rust.

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  • Hotel Oybek, 30 Kazakhbayev str, +998-61-3221868. The only hotel in town, it provides registration. Other, smaller guesthouses are around if registration is not needed, ask a taxi driver. Don't expect anything comparable to western standards. SEEMS THAT ONLY HOTEL IN CITY IS CLOSED. BIG PADLOCK ON THE DOOR (September 2016)  edit
  • Homestays. The Koshkarbai homestay ($10/night) does no longer accept guests (September 2016). You might try Makhmudjan Aitzhanov ($15/night with dinner and breakfast, $20 with lunch). Although you should come late and leave early. No more registration possible.  edit


Avoid drinking tapwater. The water supply is heavily polluted with defoliants, pesticides and fertiliser.


Get out[edit]

There is at least one bus everyday which leave Moynoq at 9.00 am and cost 10000 sum (September 2016) to Nukus (4h), 5000 sum to Kungrad (1.5-2h). Ask around in the bus station in Nukus to comfirm this as it seem to change quickly.

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