Hotel in Almaty
I can't help on the length of time for the visa - I already had mine before I got there.
We met a trucker before getting to Almaty who recommended, I think it's called Hotel Wagan, on the M39 into the city (Raiymbek Avenue).
From memory, it wasn't expensive although no secure parking (Just parked the bikes outside the hotel reception)
I've looked on Google earth and think it's at -
43 degs 14 mins 58.16 secs North.
76 degs 50 mins, 44.17 secs East.
Say hello to David for me - we went for a few
s with him and a super Thai meal in 2008.