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Any Advice At All

by LaurenAnita

Hello! In the coming months, it is a good possibility that my family and I will be living in UB for business, and none of us really know what to expect. Where can we expect to live? What will it be like? What are the educational possibilities for a student who wants to transfer from overseas? What's the healthcare like? Any thing you can tell me that would help would be amazingly helpful and appreciated.

Re: Any Advice At All

by GyuriFT

I would strongly look at the opportunity to get one-year multiple-entry Russian and Chinese visa.
UB is very interesting destination for short-term. As for long-term stays: the good news is that the trains to Russia and China are frequent, comfortable and cheap.

I.e. for major cultural events, variety, etc. most expats in UB look for Beijing or Irkutsk.

Not sure, what your focus as student is. If orientalist, history, Ural-Altaian languages, archeology, paleontology, social studies - than probably UB is fine. With computer science, math, physics, biology - there clearly Russia and China are among world's leaders and UB can't compete with them. Luckily, both places are close and both languages are 100% worth to learn.

If you look at the results of math olympiads than you will see, what I mean. UB is improving, but not there yet.

Re: Any Advice At All

by GyuriFT

... also Air Mongol has cheap flights to both Beijing and Moscow. It's a great little airline and you can use the opportunity to see both China and Russia for cheap. Or maybe study in either place.

Re: Any Advice At All

by LaurenAnita

Thank you for your great advice :)! So do you believe it is acheivable to live in UB and do school in China? I really wanted to start studying Chinese again, and of course there would be no better place. Also, my mother sent me on the mission to discover what the healthcare is like, could you tell me about that?

Re: Any Advice At All

by GyuriFT

You will probably live where you study.
As for healthcare... don't have high expectations. For the routine stuff it's adequate. But my expectations aren't to high.

Ask the embassy people in U.B., best is in person. People often tell more in person.

Re: Any Advice At All

by FreddyDENEUX


It is better you send emails to Mongoian trvel companies. It is very simple and all email lists at web page.

good luck

Re: Any Advice At All

by TomJenner

I have just left UB, having lived there for two years as a teacher. Our healthcare was covered by the school insurance. We used SOS medical, which has several good foreign and local doctors, but they have limited facilities and all major problems had to be dealt with overseas. It is expensive if you are not covered by insurance. I believe the Korean hospital is also quite good, and a lot cheaper. I heard somewhere that the British embassy does not send families to Mongolia, because there is not adequate healthcare for children.
There are plenty of options for accommodation in Mongolia, but it will depend a lot on your budget. Most expats live in apartments, that are quite costly (we paid 1000 US dollars per month for a decent apartment, but nothing special). There have been lots of new apartment blocks built recently on the south side of the city that are quite nice.
You can get most things you would want in the shops, but you have to search around a bit and the prices are higher for imported items. You would need to bring any specialist items with you.


Travel Tips for Ulaanbaatar

New houses

by yumyum

Ulan Bator is growing very fast. You can see on the picture in the foreground that the rich people build a whole new part of town. Lots of locals from all over the country move to UB, so the parts with the yurts are also growing which is bad as there are no sewage systems there.

The Natural History Museum is...

by Peter1975

The Natural History Museum is nice to visit. Here you can find information about animals like huge birds and wild horses, the minerals and oil found in the desert and you see skeletons of dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs. Nice museum.

Manzshir Khiid in a protected area

by sachara

46 KM south of Ulaanbaatar is the Manzshir Monastery. The monastary, established in 1733 had more than 20 temples and housed 300 monks. During the Stalinist purges of 1932 the monastery was reduced to ruins.
The monastery lays in the Bogdkhan Mountain Protected Area, where the wildlife is protected from hunting.
They told us , that in Mongolia every year nearly 500 people are coming to hunt, paying $ 25.000 for 14 days, also allowed to hunt snowleopards.
We didn't see any wildlife, but we enjoyed the scenic valley with streams, pine and cedar. trees..

Just like home!

by happyhourkid about Nayra Cafe

If you're a westerner and worried about what you are going to be able to eat in Ulaanbaatar you can just eat at this place and you'll be all good. This place is a combination convenient store, which is on the first floor, and coffee house/cafe which is on the second floor. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but they had lots and lots of coffees, teas, lattes, all that garbage. But they also serve fruit juices, soft drinks, etc. No alcohol unfortunately, but this is the kind of place you would normally go for breakfast and lunch anyway.

Nayra Cafe is also a wireless spot, so if you have an Ipod Touch like me, or you have a laptop (not the most anticipated accessory for a backpacker although I did see it believe it or not), you can come here and use the internet while you eat or drink.

The menu is pretty extensive and the staff speaks decent English. Lots of sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts. On any given day, you'll see Westerners here more than anything but it is also popular with many Mongolians, mostly the women folk. Peanut butter balls, potato soup and french fries : )


by swesn

The museum contains very interesting exhibits of, what else, Mongolian History.

The ground floor displays the cultural items related to Mongolia, the ger, farming implements, horse saddles, musical instruments, items related to Buddhism.

The second floor is wonderful. It contains the traditional costumes and head-gears from the various minority groups of Mongolia. All very interesting.

The third floor is, to me, a little boring, mainly historical photos, documents, etc...

Better to spend more time at the first two floors at the visual displays.


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