Aqtau, Aktau, Shevchenko

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"Aktau, an administrative centre of the Mangistau region in Kazakhstan with a population of 185 thousand, is located on the coast of the Caspian sea. It was founded because of the developing of the natural resources (oil and gas) in 1963. In 1964 it was called Shevchenko after the last name of the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko. In 1992 the city was renamed in Aktau again. There are the Drama Theatre, the Museum of Local Lore in the city." Formerly on the Best Eastern Hotels website. [external link]: News, Nature of Mangistau [external link] in pictures.

Maps links [external link] of Aktau (not all of the links work)
Aktau Map with Kazakh nationality (click on map to see a larger image, shows location of Kazakhs) used with permission from World Map [external link].

Akimat of Mangystau Region [external link]: about the region, news, local authorities, economy, social policy, mass media, culture, tourism, photogallery. Slow loading.

City of Aktau [external link] has lots of information.

Ivanov [external link] pictures from Aktau.

Lyudmilla's [external link] photogallery.

Falling Rain [external link] has maps and current weather conditions (temperature, cloud cover and precipitation).

Yahoo Group: Aktau Families [external link]: "This is a group for families who have adopted from Aktau, Kazakhstan. It is also for anyone interested in adopting from this city and looking for information and/or support. The purpose is to provide an avenue for families with children from Aktau to keep in touch and provide assistance to parents who are currently adopting in Aktau. Aktau is a port city on the Caspian Sea in Western Kazakhstan." Very little activity since 2010.

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Wiki: Aqtau [external link]

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Visit Kazakhstan [external link] has information about the area, hotels, restaurants, etc.

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Ingvarr photo album [external link]


  • Aktau
  • Intourist
  • Victoria: 17 single/double rooms, continental breakfast included.
  • Rahat
  • Zheruik: "October 2004: private bath, hairdryer, refer, mini bar in room, room service, air conditioned, phones, TV, restaurant, bar, lounge, elevator, pool, recreational facilities, internet access, accepts credit cards.
  • Renaissance Aktau Hotel [external link], a Marriott chain. Internet access, in-room safes, one telephone line with voice mail, mini-bar, sprinkler system, individual climate control, satellite-TV and pay-per-view in-room movies, walking distance to shore.
  • Koktem: 19 rooms, AC, TV, mini bar, on the sea.
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