Living among Kazakh people I understood that the way to travel was the train; here people are not scared to take the train and travel for 24-48 hours!
So I wanted to have some adventures and decided to take the train and from Almaty go to Shymkent, the third city of the country, located in the South West of the country. I didn't play it exactly like a normal Kazakh because at the station I asked for the most expensive ticket for the night train (I paid it maybe 6-10 times more than the normal rate and I expected in this "coupe" to get all comfort. What a surprise when I saw the size of the cabin (in the normal rate cabin, it is the same size but instead of two beds it is 6 beds...). The 600 km have been done in 12 hours, and my back will remember that trip.
The heating system of the wagon is coming for each wagon from a coal boiler, so at the beginning the train is so cold and then during the night so hot as you cannot change the settings and windows are sealed!
Anyway I don't regret this experience but plane is not that much expensive and so much faster here...