Termiz today has an edgy, Wild West border-town feel. The expat crowd is a mix of aid workers, archaeologists, oil prospectors and German soldiers from the Luftwaffe base at Termiz airport. A steady flow of contraband from Afghanistan crosses the Amu-Darya here on its way to Europe. Throw in Uzbekistan's most paranoid cops and you have all the makings of a spy novel.
Lonely Planet Central Asia