You can get a marshrutka next to Victory Park. (On the park side of the road.) However, if the marshrutka is full it won’t stop, or you will have to get to Ak-Suu standing up. The trip lasts about 25 mins. If you would like to make sure that you get a seat, then you should go to Ak-Tilek market and take a marshrutka from there. I will show you on the map, as there’s no street name 🙂
Once you reach the small village of Ak-Suu, please ask locals for directions to Ak-Suu resort. You should see some signs directing you to the resort and you can follow these as well. From the place where the marshrutka drops you off to the resort, and even further, is a nice and pleasant walk. It takes between 20-40 mins to reach a green place where you can hike. There should be a single path that will take you the resort. You do not need to pay to enter. Once you pass the small houses (these are actually part of the resort, where you can have hot bath/thermal water, which are NOT FREE) the small path leads you to hills where you can keep trekking. There is only one path, so you will need to take the same path to get back to Karakol.
Sorry, there’s no exciting information or legend about Ak-Suu. It is just a cute and green place where locals go for hot baths. This trip shouldn’t take a whole day. It may take about 3-4 hours.
Transport cost: 20KGS/one way by marshrutka
Taxi cost: (for a whole car) 500KGS one way & 900 KGS for return (taxi will be waiting you for upto 2 hrs with no surcharge )
CЕЛО АК-СУУ – Ak-suu village
КУРОРТ АК-СУУ – Ak-suu resort (“Kurort Ak-Suu” that’s how you pronounce Ak-Suu resort in Russian)