Armenia

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Language: Armenian (Eastern Dialect)
Capital: Yerevan
Population: 3,231,900
Currency: Dram (AMD)
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Armenia is a country in Western Asia.

Hitchhiking here is very easy, and safer in comparison to Turkey. Hitchhiking here is done by waving your hand to the ground to an oncoming car, but sticking out your thumb works just fine as well. Some drivers might want to charge some money and sometimes you might get picked up by unmarked taxis without knowing - however, if before you get into the car you make clear you are not going to pay you can avoid misunderstandings at the end of the ride.

The main point of consideration is the poor road conditions.

Sleeping

In most of Armenia one can put up a tent and sleep comfortably. It is sometimes possible to stay with Armenians, but they are often unwilling hosts. The nation's Kurdish population, on the other hand, is extremely hospitable.

Cheap but adequate hotels cost 5,000 to 6,000 dram, and it is possible to bargain at hotels.

Monasteries are more often than not mere cultural monuments, and not permanently inhabited by monks. At night, guards makes sure everyone leaves.

Border Crossings

There are three border crossings with Georgia, through the towns of Ninotsminda (Georgia), Dmanisi (Georgia) and Bagratashen (Armenia). There is frequent traffic between these countries, especially between Yerevan and Tbilisi

It is not possible to cross the border to Turkey or Azerbaijan. Near the border to Azerbaijan there can be unsecured fields of landmines and sometimes the conflict at this border escalates.

Armenia has one border crossing with Iran, Meghri. You have to be a bit careful on this border, if you are hitchhiking from Iran, as there is 5 kilometers of forbidden zone, which means that it's only possible to move there by transport. I was stopped by Armenian border military guys, when i was just walking on the road, they took me back to the border, and MADE me to take taxi out of this zone! So don't walk too much after border, as soon as you will see army tower, stop or go back and try to hitchhike.