I decided on Bishkek because I found some cheap Russian classes there,really cheap and the visa was the easiest of the 5 republics to get. I spent a couple of winter months there studying Russian by day and going out at night meeting women.
I dated university students almost exclusively ( I'm late thirties - Average looks ) and mostly Kyrgyz too for reasons I shall explain later.
Anyway I've leached enough info of you guys so want to kick off my membership with some info of my own to contribute to the forum. The options were the Southern Republics or Central Asian ones.
I decided to go Central Asia purely because the name just conjures images of ancient silk roads,vast deserts,remote mountain ranges and despotic leaders.
Luckily, on my first night out I met an expat who lived in the city for 3 years and he took everywhere I needed to go.