Kazakhstan is the world’s largest landlocked country, and the eighth-largest country in the world. Since 1997, the capital is Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana. It was moved from Almaty, the country’s largest city. Both cities have plenty to discover and worth spending a few days. Almaty, is a long-standing trading hub whose landmarks include Ascension Cathedral, a tsarist-era Russian Orthodox church, and the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, displaying thousands of Kazakh artefacts. Nearby is the Altyn Emel National Park, Charyn Canyon, Shymbulak, and Kaindy Lake.