f you made it up to Mary after the ‘delightful’ road ride (probably all the construction materials have been used to build another surreal edifice in the capital and there is no left to fix the road) from Ashgabat you may need a safe place where to rest. Rahat Motel’s rooms need a brush up, the toilets are a bit archaic but the place is safe, good value for money, the reception welcoming and helpful and there is also a little TV. The motel is next to a truck stop on the road to the southern border and just a short taxi from the town centre. The double room was 43 US$.
If you fancy to see the ruins in Merv ask a taxi driver to bring you there and show you around (cost 40US$)