#MakeKyrgyzstanGreatAgain: Meet Aigul – Founder of the Apple Hostel Bishkek

About the kyrgyz hands-on-mentality and a young entrepreneur. Let’s introduce to you: Aigul Kubatbekova.


Aigul is 26, works since she is 6 years old and has quite a lot of business experience. From a hairdresser shop to a dating agency, she has tried it all.

In Kyrgyzstan, she tells us, it’s pretty easy to start up a company. There are not many bureaucratic obstacles and the atmosphere is one of try-and-fail. In addition, the kyrgyz people are very active social media users and this makes reaching them simple. All this creates a perfect starting point for this inventive young woman.

Aigul really lives the concept of proactivism – also one of our urban-nomad-values.


Aigul came up with the idea for a hostel in 2012 – at a time when there were few hostels in Bishkek and not a single one at Issyk Kul (the most beautiful lake in Kyrgyzstan). That’s where Aigul opened up her first hostel and it became quite well known amongst backpackers through word of mouth and blog articles. And last year she was able to open up her second hostel in Bishkek – the Apple Hostel Bishkek.

Where to?

More and more tourists from all over the world start to explore Kyrgyzstan – and Aigul enjoys showing them old kyrgyz traditions and creating new ones. This, and also the climate, living close to her familiy and the open structures make it easy for Aigul to stay in her native country. It’s in Kyrgyzstan, where she can bring life to hear ideas – of which she has many, many more, she tells us with a wide smile.

Photographed by photographer photographer Ksenia Les.

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