If you want to stay comfortably in Ulaanbaatar, the capital, the Palace Hotel is recommendable. It is 5 minutes drive to the very center of the city or a short taxi ride. it is fairly clean and comfortable and is a decent place to stay if you want more "western" style of accommodation. All rooms have TV, hairdryer, and at least a shower. Semi-deluxe rooms have a bath, and most rooms have a very nice view. The hotel has a restaurant, a lounge, a pub, and a shop.
That was our "hotel" and that was great ! You have a fire in the middle and somebody comes every morning to heat it. The food was very nice too.
There is no better way to get closer to the real Mongolia than by staying in a ger in the countryside.
Only here can one truly experience authentic Mongoian food. The airag (slightly alcoholic fermeted mare's milk) is fresh and the hospitality unbeatable.
US$5 worth of togrog a night (including meals) and some small token gifts are payment enough.
Cheap and genuine. People are friendly and will give all they have to you: food, cow *** or wood for the stove, 'conversation', tobacco...
Ger's are a lot more comfortable than I had thought, and the family I visited in Terelj were very hospitable. In Ulan Bator, I stayed in the Palace Hotel which was pretty good. If you are staying for a month or more, apparently renting an apartment is the cheapest option.
I paid for all my accomodation in one go, along with my guides fee and train tickets from China/to Moscow, so I don't know how much it all breaks down to exactly.
In the Terelj Nature Reserve, there are a pile of tourist camps, where you can stay in a ger. The camps are not exactly 'roughing it', but are actually quite comfortable at around US$15 a night. I stayed in a place called Terelj Juulchin Tourist Camp. The chef in the restaurant invited a few of us to her family's ger for a traditional meal of Boutz and vodka/beer.
There is a local bus that goes between Ulaanbaatar and the Terelj. I believe you can catch it from Sukhbaatar Square. I took it to get back to UB, and it cost 2000 Tgt.
5 $ a nighit in ger, 3 $ in dormitory.
Have five gers, a dormitory and a doubleroom. This is a great hangout for backpackers. Gana can arrange trips to the countryside, but be sure you get a good price. He's a tricky bastard, but nice. They also have english-speaking guides and you can use a kitchen.
This is me infront of a ger (otherwise known in the western world as a yurt. This is a traditional Mongolian house still in common use all over Mongolia. I recommend staying at least one night in a ger when you stay in Mongolia. They are very comfortable and have beds and a stove inside. Ger's in the city will also be equipped with electricity.
This is me inside a Jurte/Ger. Still most of the people in Mongolia live is this kind of house. Even in Ulan Bator you will find many Jurts.
In the middle there is an oven. So it is very warm inside even though it might be freezingly cold outside.
In Terelj is a hotel, where you rent those gers to stay over night. Gers are the traditional huts of the Mongolian people.
You can also stay in the normal buildings of the hotel. But sleeping in the ger is a great experience. Not really comfortable but nice and warm.
I stayed together with some people from USA and Europe together in one ger. It was freezingly cold outside. Every hole to outside was closed and the coal oven was burning in full heat. I think my headache the next day came from a toxication of the smoke.
UNDER THE GER
Divide traditional life with a family is an experience you must do. The atmosphere is so far from our life you seemes to dream awake.
you will be welcome and will be able to help and to see how nomads life and look after their animals.
To experience traditional nomadic life will give a magic and unforgetable touch to your trip: don't miss that opportunity. In the morning, before you leave, you should pay the lady around 5 USD/night/person including the lunch: cheese, mongolian soup, airak and milk as much you want (the driver will tell you the exact price). Take with you some presents who will be welcome as monads are far from towns. Appreciated presents, because they are useful, include: Swiss army knives, lighters, matches, candles, batteries for radio, pencils and pens, thread and sewing needles, cigarettes because Mongolian are fond of smoking. We take for children ballons, pencils, t-shirts, caps, never candy: think of their theeth cavities! Dentists are few and far beteween and very expensive!
DORMIR SOUS UNE YOURTE
partager la vie traditionelle des nomades rend votre voyage en Mongolie inoubliable et unique: c'est une experience a ne pas manquer. On paie a la maitresse de maison le matin avant de partir environ 5 US$ /p./nuit, inclus le repas du soir: fromage, soupe mongole, airak, lait en abondance (le chauffeur vous indiquera le prix excat a payer). Emporter de petits cadeaux qui seront les bienvenus car les gens dans la steppe sont loin de tout. Les cadeaux les plus apprecies car utiles sont: des couteaux de poche, briquets, allumettes, bougies, piles pour les radios, stylos, crayons, fil et aiguilles, cigarettes car les mongols fument beaucoup. Pour les enfants nous avions priviligie les ballons gonflables, les stylos et crayons de couleur, des casquettes, pas de douceurs car il faut penser aux caries et les dentistes en plus d'etre chers sont quasi inexistents ou loin...
DORMIRE SOTTO LA IURTA
dividere al vita tradizionale dei nomadi rendera il vostro viaggio unico e indimenticabile: é una esperienza da non mancare! si paga al mattino alla padrona di casa circa 5 USd a persona per notte incluso la cena: formaggio, zuppa mongola, airak, latte in abbondanza (l'autista vi indicherà il prezzo esatto da pagare) Portare son se piccoli e utili regali che saranno molto apprezzati perche lo si sa i monadi sono sprovisti di quasi tutto. I regali piu utili sono: candele, sigarette, accendini, fiammiferi, penne, matite, coltelli tipo svizero, batterie per la radio, filo e aghi per cucire. Per i bambini abbiamo portati penne , matite colorate, palloncini colorati, cappelini, tee shirts, nessun tipo di dolciumi o caramelle perche i dentisti sono lontani, scarsi e cari!
Gers, the moveable house where you can see out side Ulanbatol. It is the traditional homes found throughout much of Mongolia. Made from felt and wood cross hatch, these large round shelters are moved with great ease. Each ger has a number of beds and a stove in the center where most of the cooking is done. The ceiling has a retractable roof that can open and close, weather permitting. Floors may remain open so that you sit on grass or covered with rugs. As the cold weather approaches, additional layers of felt are added to the exterior walls
The Mongolian best hotel is the Bayangol Hotel.
With over 200 rooms Bayangol hotel is one of the oldest and the most experienced hotel of the Mongolian tourism industry. You will find anything quite like this that matches in granduer, comfort and style in Ulaanbaatar.
Bayangol Hotel offers you 190 junior suites with all comforts, including in house TV channel, refrigerator with mini-bar, bath and shower, central heating system, IDD phone. Rooms are elegant and styled.
19 Deluxe suits with all necessary amenities are available for your comfortable stay with us. Each suite has two comfortable rooms, with beautiful view to the city and the mountain.
In town, the Hotel Ulaanbaatar captures the spirit of a country not yet in a modern world. The best 'accomodations' however are out in the countryside and in the desert, on the ground or in the ger of a friendly stranger.
The cloth yerts had no facilities and were reserved for the Chinese who came to the grasslands. They had a large central show and toilet building. As Americans, we found that our yerts were made of adobe and had indoor plumbing. The beds were a little hard, as they are throughout most of Asia, but we slept well. Jackets are necessary.
No phones, no faxes, no outside diversions. A quiet pastoral area to unwind after a long flight, and the great hospitality of the Mongolian people.
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