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nightlife in Ulaanbaatar
I'm going to be in Ulaanbaatar in October 2008 and I arrive on a Sunday afternoon and leave the next Thursday. So unfortunately I won't be around over a Friday and Saturday weekend. Is there still some decent nightlife to be found on a Sunday through Wednesday night? If so, which nightclubs or bars are recommended?
If the nightlife shuts down during the week, is the weekend nightlife good enough to make it worth changing my travel arrangements to put me in Ulaanbaatar over a weekend?
I appreciate the info. Thanks everyone!!!
Re: nightlife in Ulaanbaatar
I went out on a Tuesday night in Ulaanbaatar a couple of years ago. Started at the Cent Pub & Bar and ended up at the Strings nightclub with live music. Great fun.
Re: nightlife in Ulaanbaatar
I don't think you have to change your arrangements, only because of to enjoy nightlife in UB. All pubs, night clubs are open week around. Great choices are Irish Pub (true one near the Drama Theater),Metropolis nightclub, or if you wish to see mongolian girls stripping, its worth to peep in Marco Polo strip bar. Of course there are plenty of bars and nightclubs, but these are best ones. Cheers
Travel Tips for Ulaanbaatar
There are a few internet cafés. They are very crowded and very slow. Sometimes you are not able to get anywhere, so you just have to slow down to Mongolian pace and be patient. I always used one on Baga Toyruu Street, not far off Peace Avenue.
Naadam Festival - Horse racing
There are normally six categories of horse racing depending on the age of horses: for example, a two-year-old horse, called a shudlen, will race for 15km, while six and
seven-year-old azrag and ikh nas horses race for up to 30km. There are no tracks or courses; it is just open countryside. Jockeys - boys and girls aged between 5 and 13 years old - prepare for months for special races, particularly at Naadam. Horses are fed a special diet for weeks beforehand. The competition is not without its dangers: in 1999 a young rider was tragically killed during one of the horse races. Before a race, the audience, all decked out in traditional finery, often sings traditional songs. The young riders sing a traditional anthem called a gingo before the race, and scream 'goog' at the horses during the race. The winner is declared tumnii ekh, or 'leader of ten thousand' which the last horse is given the title 'Complete happiness'. The last two year old horse is given the title 'Rich stomach' and praised together with the winning horse.
The Trans-Mongolian Railway runs for 2215km between Ulan Ude on the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia, with the Chinese city of Jining, by way of Ulaanbaatar. The line was built between 1949 and 1961 and in most of Mongolia it is single-track and in China dual-track. The gauge is 1520mm in Russia and Mongolia and 1435mm in China meaning that as change of gauge is required at the Mongolian/Chinese border.
I took train No.24 on a Thursday morning at 08:05 from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing (which you arrive at 14:05 the following day) and it was one of the best train journeys I've ever done. I had reserved a 'soft-class' sleeper at the International Railway Ticketing Centre across the road from the main railway station in UB. The train carriage I was in looked very new and my compartment, (which I was lucky enough to have all to myself for the whole journey), featured two bunk beds on one side and an armchair in a corner on the other side with a table in front. Two compartments share a toilet which is located in between the two with a door from each so as to access it (you have to remember to lock the next door compartments door when you go in!). I was staggered to find, not only a WC and sink like you get on a plane but also a shower with a detachable head! The journey to Beijing is beautiful and really has to be done if you're thinking of travelling between the two capitals. I've written more about it on my Mongolia page.
If you're still in a Pizza mood, you can try the American Ger'll (which I didn't have the chance to do) or you can go to Pizza Broadway, which is of much better quality than Planet Pizza. They offer plenty of seating, whether it's upstairs or downstairs. The service is about what you'll get used to in Ulaanbaatar. Not lightning quick, but tolerable. You can drink until your heart's content here as well. It was here that I also experienced the occasional power outages of UB.
Terelj National Park - Rock formations
The Terelj National Park has two famous rock formations named for the things they look like: The Turtle Rock (Melkhii Khad) and the Old Man Reading a Book (Praying Lama Rock).
It's easy to see why the Turtle Rock is called the Turtle Rock, but you have to look a little closer to see the old man reading a book...
It's possible to climb the Turtle Rock, but we didn't do it.