There is a reason why the country of Georgia is becoming more and more popular! This Georgia travel guide provides all the information you need to know before visiting the country, and you should definitely do so as soon as possible.
Incredible food, ancient wine culture, unparalleled mountain scenery, charming city and old-fashioned hospitality. Georgia has everything.
Georgians are enthusiastic and welcome the willingness to overcome language barriers. There are also wines-many wines and many homemade wines are made using recipes thousands of years ago.
The population of this small Caucasus country is increasing rapidly. It has nature and history. English was not common among the previous generation, and it was a bit of a language barrier for some tourists. The locals are very welcoming and welcome tourists. However, before going to Georgia, you should know a few things. Continue reading this Georgia travel guide.
What you need to know before going to Georgia (the country)
I have to say, I do n’t know what is the reason, it may be because there are too few English letters. You can often encounter places with the same name.
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Georgia (Georgian: ქართული ენა)
The capital is located in Asia and Europe, and the capital is located in Asia. However, because of its cultural influence, it is also considered to be a European country. It was once a member of the Soviet Union and officially became independent on April 9, 1991. The country passed a new constitution on August 24, 1995. The country was named “Georgia” and was a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Because of the 2008 South Ossetia War, Georgia made a decision to withdraw from the CIS in accordance with the resolution passed by the parliament on August 14, 2008, and completed the formalities on August 18, 2009, officially withdrawing.
About 3.7 million people live in the country, of which about one million live in the capital, Tbilisi.
The main ethnic group is the Georgian ethnic group, and the other major ethnic minorities are the Armenian, Russian, and Azerbaijani ethnic groups; the official language is Georgian, and the local residents are also fluent in Russian; most people believe in Orthodox church, and a few believe in Islam.
Citizens of 94 countries can visit Georgia without a visa. If your country is on this list, you can travel to that country for one year without a visa. This means that you will get a stamp on your passport at the airport or land border crossing without having to fill out any visa forms or pay any fees.
If you must obtain a visa to travel to the country. Well, obtaining an electronic visa is relatively simple. Go to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to apply .(you need USD 20.5).
Best time to visit Georgia
Spring (April / May) or Autumn (September / October) is ideal. In summer (June–September), it can get hot and overcrowded in the cities.
During the summer (June to August), everyone, from beach tourists to hikers of various backgrounds, flocks to the Caucasus countries. Accommodation prices are rising and often appear in places like Batumi.
Georgian is a national language that uses Georgian alphabets. Some scholars believe that the Georgian alphabet was invented in 284 AD by King Farnavaz I, King of the Caucasus Kingdom, and is one of the oldest characters ever discovered.
Although the alphabet is beautiful, it is difficult to read. Although it is indeed worth trying, most visitors will not learn it!
It is not necessary to know the letters of travel in Georgia, but it is useful to learn some simple pronunciations in Georgian.
Many people, especially the older generation, most speak Russian. It is entirely possible to speak Russian only, but because the relationship between Russia and Georgia tends to be tense, not everyone will be happy to speak Russian. The truth is that Russian is more useful than English across the country.
Currency in Georgia
You can exchange currencies at the bank, but we recommend that you look for exchange points on the main streets of the city. A. Kazbegi Street in the Saburtalo district of Tbilisi is packed with these points, and interest rates are always higher than banks. The currency code for Lari is GEL and the symbol is ₾.
The singular of Lari is Tetri. We have both: coins and Banknotes.
Current coins are: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Tetri and 1 and 2 Lari;
Current Banknotes are: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Lari;
Lari is the only legal means of payment on the entire territory of Georgia.
Ask for directions
The Georgians are very enthusiastic, they are very open and helpful. However, Georgians may be shy at first, especially when they think that language barriers make it impossible to communicate. Don’t let that stop you.
I suggest you prepare a book so that you can communicate using graphics.
If you go to any place in Georgia and ask about their route, they will most likely draw a simple map to show you the way!
Yes, Georgia ’s drinking culture is worth mentioning. So strong. For example, a restaurant waiter once told me “A Georgian man can drink four liters of wine only at dinner.” I was stunned.
Women are free from the stress of drinking, but men are not so lucky. At dinner, or other social occasions, drinking is considered a masculine behavior, so unless you are a believer in a certain religion or cannot participate for other health reasons, please be prepared to faint.
Georgia is a religious country. Orthodox Christians make up more than 80% of the population. Muslims make up 10% of the population.
For most Georgians, religion is part of daily life. As always, as a guest, it is your responsibility to respect their religious beliefs. If you declare that you have no religious beliefs, most Georgians will not be offended, but many will not understand. In large cities, such as Tbilisi, people may not ask you about your religious beliefs, age, etc., but in small towns, people may talk about it.
Having said this, I want to express my point of view. I think age, income, and religion are all topics that can be discussed. Because it is there, whether you want it or not. In some countries the people are very simple and honest. So please don’t bring the values of some big cities to this place. (New York nouveau riche) Some of your actions may be disrespectful to people in some places.
When visiting the church, don’t expose your arms and thighs.
Georgia Food and Drink
Bread, cheese, nuts, and wine. That more or less summarizes the type of cuisine in Georgia. If you have visited Moscow or Ukraine, then you will be familiar with the food here.
The food is delicious and cheap … but at the end of your trip to Georgia, you might miss the wine and food!
Some famous dishes include:
- Khachapuri – a kind of cheese bread.
- Lobia-a kind of pie
Traveling in Georgia is always accompanied by wine, even for a few days I have been in a semi-drunk state. Because Georgia considers itself the birthplace of wine. Yes, the wine here is delicious.
I want to focus on –Chacha! ! !
Chacha is a local wine … I am impressed, and I still shudder. Although you can buy it in the supermarket, But! The Chacha, created by the Georgians themselves, is the highlight.
To know the power of local people, the alcohol content of the homemade version may be as high as 60% -70%, so please be careful when someone provides you with their secret weapon. In a place like Tbilisi, my state is that the drunk state for lunch has not been lifted, and the wine for dinner is here again.