Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s most economically advanced nation. Its largest city Almaty is reminiscent of Europe with its avenues, many cafes and modern shopping centres. Visit Zenkov Cathedral, an architectural marvel constructed from wood. Kazakhstan also enjoys stunning landscapes of lakes and mountain ranges. Fans of the outdoors are spoilt for choice with several hiking trails including those around the Zailiski Alatau mountains south of Almaty and from the Big Almaty Lake.