Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe. Being a former Soviet country, it is not easy to get around some misconceptions about this beautiful little country.
Here are 5 common mistakes people make when traveling to Moldova and tips on how to avoid them, all from personal experience.
1. Moldova is not Russia
About 10% of our customers seem to believe that Moldova is populated by Russians, which is of course false. Russians represent only about 9% of the total population, being the third ethnic group in Moldova (there are more Ukrainians than Russians in Moldova). However, the Russian language is known by a large part of the Moldovans.
2. Moldova is not as poor as you think
Coming to Moldova, some people tend to think that Moldova is a country where you can get something for $ 5 (just like Slovakia was portrayed in the 2004 film EuroTrip). It is indeed true that some things are much cheaper than in the USA for example, but not all. You will see a lot of luxury cars in Chisinau, more than you might think.
3. Don’t stop at the first hotel you heard of, do your research
In Chisinau, there are more than 30 different hotels, ranging in price from $ 50 to $ 240 per night. Some of these hotels are old and were built during the Soviet era. The rates are quite high but don’t expect much luxury.
Research the Internet. There are some comprehensive online Chisinau hotel guides, compare rates, pay attention to photos and descriptions. It is better to spend 10 minutes on research than to curse the hotel for a few days.
4. Do not taste Moldovan wines and champagnes
Well, it’s obvious to fix this problem: taste them. A bottle of wine costs an average of $ 4 to $ 7, with the finest wines being between $ 10 and $ 15. The best advice would be to visit restaurants that have Moldovan cuisine. Ask the locals or the reception, you will surely get good recommendations.
5. Do nothing you wouldn’t do at home
This is probably the best advice I can give: do nothing here that you would not want others to do in your country. All general rules apply here, as in any other country. Treat people with respect and you will also be treated with respect.
Do not judge a book by its cover, this applies very well to Moldova, a country where you can spend quality time and enjoy some of the local attractions.