Mongolia Favorites

  • Wild rosemary everywhere!!
    Wild rosemary everywhere!!
    by Willettsworld
  • Favorites
    by Willettsworld
  • Favorites
    by Willettsworld

Mongolia Favorites

  • Films to watch

    Before I set off for Mongolia, I watched a few TV programmes that centred on the way of life of the Mongolian's as well as showing the beauty of the country. It may be an idea to check them out before you set off so as to get some idea as to what to expect.Firstly, one of the best for showing the landscapes is Long Way Round which stars film star...

    more
  • Getting a tour when in mongolia?

    You can sort it out when you're there. They usually need only 2 days to organise everything. It's best though to have a clear idea of your itinerary in advance.We booked with Tserentours, they charged lumpsum fee of $130 per day for 2 persons in a jeep with guide/driver all in (based on camping & excl. special requests). Then you can go wherever...

    more
  • Opinion about agency Ger-to-Ger

    We used their services just a month ago (Blue Lake trek) with overall positive opinion. a few comments for consideration:* Ger-to-Ger says 85% of the price goes to the families where you stay with and that guide you. That's good to know, also to avoid abuse of Mongolian hospitality. F.e. most regualar agencies employ a local guide for the whole...

    more
  • Mongoian visa's

    You are able to get visa issued at Mongolian border when you arrive Ulanbator.I am 100% sure, i have helped few travellers before and one of them was Canadian.You need invitation letter from your host in Mongolia sent to the Airport customs before your arrival and, you should hold the copy in your hand.The letter should have clear information about...

    more
  • Genghis Khan - The man

    Not many historical figures are bigger than their country but Genghis Khan (1162-1227) was certainly one of them. In the west he's always been perceived as a great statesman and warrior of the Mongol empire who knew of no limits or boundaries. He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia and he pursued an aggressive...

    more
  • Surfacing roads

    When you leave UB and the towns, the tarmaced roads will simply end in the middle of nowhere. This particular road, on the way to Ogii Lake was actually being worked on with several trucks delivering roads and such like for the road surface. It's good to see that roads in Mongolia are being built but it'll take them a long time to complete the...

    more
  • Dirt tracks

    Ever watched the film "Back to the Future" and the scene where the Doc returns from the future and visits Marty and Jennifer? Marty says to him "You don't have enough road to get up to 88mph". Doc replies, "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads". Well, it's kind of like that in Mongolia, minus doing 88mph and the time travelling, that is!...

    more
  • Camels

    Umnogobi province is home to part of the Gobi desert and, of course, you'll see plenty of these guys walking around along the dirt tracks. These are Bactrian camels that normally have a fury neck during the winder but this is sheered for wool during the summer. Mongolian's capture wild camels and it takes a year for them to be obedient but well...

    more
  • Horses

    Horses are everywhere in Mongolian but most of them belong to people and are not wild. The wild one's are caught and tamed but it takes a very skilled horseman to do this. It's no wonder that Mongolian's are said to be the best horseman in the world. Whenever we encountered them, on our tour, we would stop the car in order to take pictures of them...

    more
  • Wild mushrooms, rosemary and chives

    When you're outside Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia has some of the cleanest air I've ever encountered. When we travelled between Karakorum and Ongi Temple in the Gobi desert, I kept smelling this wonderful fragrance that I just couldn't put my finger on what it was or where it was coming from. We stopped where some other tourists had stopped and I got...

    more
  • MONGOLIA in countryside

    During the Naadam Festival in july the Stadion and 50 km from Ulanbaatar the racing on the hill. Many-many very friendly people around us with jurtas, children, horses.........it is amazing. The sky full of stars around me. Falling stars a lot, peace, silent, the wonderful pastel color of fields and montains......and early morning to wake up and...

    more
  • *Here is How to Know Who is...

    Have you even heard about Mongolian Blue Spot All Mongolian kids have a blue spot looks like a bruise on the back when they born which is passes from mother to mother. When baby gets one year old it just fade and disappears, but in case it has stayed all these years through Century to Century...Simply to know when they born by this unbelievable...

    more
  • *Four Seasons in Single day*

    Remember Spring? It has come again bringing the new love for the heart of lonely one, peace, quiet, solitude, nature, the sky, the clouds, the barren trees, the cold stare of winter's emptiness and soon it will bloom in an explosion of new life, speckled with garish colors, animals, birds, leaves, flowers and more flowers, running water gets free...

    more
  • *Reindeer people* Rarely reached by...

    Tsaatan people Darhad valley has to be the most tranquil place in the world cradled among rounded snow capped mountains, glaciers, fast flowing rivers, amazing rock formation, and crystal clear White lakes seem the place of my dream, the view of the surrounding area looks absolutely different from other part of Mongolia, because of Siberian cold...

    more
  • White Moon a time when Mongolians get...

    This is celebrated around February depending on the traditional lunar calendar of that year . Tsagaan Sar is the finest holiday for elder people, It is more family occasion, everyone makes great efforts to visit to their relatives. The festival continues 3 days begins such a early in the morning and finish late in the evening,In that time...

    more
  • MONGOLIAN HOMESTAY

    I wish to pay a special tribute to this wonderful young family whom I stayed with for a month. They made every effort to make me feel at home in Mongolia and arranged my many excursions both in Ulaan Baatar and the countryside. They cooked wonderful Mongolian meals for me every day. I will never forget their kindness and love.picture: Batenkh...

    more
  • LANGUAGE TIPS

    Here are some of the Mongolian words that I learned that I found useful during my month in Mongolia.Hello, how are you - sain bainaa uu?? I'm fine - sain Thank you - bayarlaa You're welcome - zugeer Let's go! - yavi! Yes - tiim No - ugui and a favourite one to use on herders (or as a joke to my city dwelling friends...)I hope your animals...

    more
  • Warning: Erdenebat Boris (Eric) – UB...

    Be careful from closed a deal, like Car Rental or organized tour, with Erdenebat Boris (Eric) – UB Mongolia. According to my experience (and also my friends) he abrogative preliminary agreement regarding tour conditions. For example: Vehicle not same vehicle booking, Driver not English spiking, extra payment contrary to the agreement and so on. Mr....

    more
  • Candygram for Mongolia

    There's Ulaan Baatar, or "Red Hero." It's a city of almost one million, containing almost half the country's population, and comprising mainly of ancient, crumbling Soviet-style buildings, wood shanties, and felt gers (probably the sturdiest structures in the city). You see huge pipes running about, as the Soviet-built central heating system is...

    more
  • Banks.....

    The feeling that you can dissapear into Mongolia and never be found!Not neccesarily a favorite, but an FYI....some banks are open 24 hours a day in Mongolia. Changing money should never be a problem, especially at a hotel! Sharing a lunch with a Mongolian family in their Ger, and how proud the father was to have his picture taken in his home!!!

    more
  • WEATHER / CLIMAT / CLIMA

    WHEATHER continental with hot summers (important rain in the North West mountains) and very cold and hard winters. In U.B., during summer you can have 40?C and during winter ?40?C. During spring the wind can be very strong or blow very hard. The best season to visit Mongolia is from May to begining of October.In summer, take with you some warm...

    more
  • Horseride to the Fake Gobi

    Nearby to where our first nomadic family lived were some dunes which they referred to as the Fake Gobi, well, our guide referred to it like that, the nomads didn't speak English. The family owned a herd of horses and our host went to get one so we could ride out to the dunes. The Mongolian horses are small and pony sized and roam wild until they...

    more
  • Mongolian Wildlife

    There is quite a good opportunity to view wildlife in Mongolia, we saw everything from foxes, to vultures, owls and wild donkeys. There were also red deer, gazelles and ibexes. We weren't always able to get a picture of the wildlife though we tried when we could. The wild ibex escaped our camera lenses as did the wild donkeys. We did come across an...

    more
  • Moonrise over Gobi Desert

    We spent two nights with a nomadic family near Khongoryn Els and it was on our first night that we had the unexpected pleasure of watching a huge red moon appear over the horizon and rise into the sky. It was an absolutely beautiful sight and I'd never seen anything like it before. We were lucky enough to have our cameras to hand and were able to...

    more
  • Camel Central

    I absolutely love camels and any opportunity that allows me to see them makes me very happy. We saw camels everywhere, wandering freely and also being ridden around the country. When we stayed with the camel herding family in the Gobi Desert there were numerous baby camels who were so adorable. They were tied to ropes which were staked down while...

    more
  • Toilet practice on the steppe

    Not really my favourite thing, but it has to be done sometimes: you are in the middle of the steppe and there is a pressing toilet need...You say: "Mör harren!!!!" and the driver will stop at a suitable place and the rest of the Mongolian-speaking passengers will respectfully either join you or look the other way.Mör harren means something like "I...

    more
  • Visa cost

    In 2003 it took me 24 hours to get a 14-day visa to Mongolia via the honorary consul general in Oslo, and this was done through a travel agency that also issued the air ticket. Cost was NOK 700 (about USD 100 at the time).

    more
  • Wanna stay forever!

    Waking-up in the morning in Mongolia's countryside hearing the birds singing or the cows moo-ing next to my bed (on the outside of the ger offcourse, but it sounds very close:-).Walking the mountains in the countryside enjoying the silence and the thousands kilometers of land around me...i'ts just a happy feeling I can't describe!

    more
  • Books, Travel Guides & Movies

    - A very nice movie that shows a lot about nomad life in the Gobi is a German - Mongolian production: "The Story of the Weeping Camel".- A very good book about modern Mongolia in general, some history, an introduction to local customs and also a travelogue is "In Search of Genghis Khan" by Tim Severin. - The travel guides that I used were Lonely...

    more
  • Mongolian three-week itinerary

    This is what you can reasonably expect to manage during a three-week visit to Mongolia:Under construction

    more
  • Mongolian one-week itinerary

    This is what you can expect to manage with one week's time at your disposal in Mongolia:In practical terms, you have 5 days. This is what you can do:With such short time, it's definitely best if you can organise and book your trip, accommodation and other services needed before you leave home. That puts a lot of uncertainty into the bin. UB is a...

    more
  • Mongolian weekend itinerary

    Here I will outline what you can expect to be doing when on a weekend-trip to Mongolia:Be sure to have hotel/guest house bookings made before you arrive - don't waste time on such things during your UB weekend!If you arrive, say from Beijing on the late afternoon flight, get installed in your hotel, meet the travel agent/contact and confirm your...

    more
  • Mongolian transit visas

    Getting a transit visa and tourist visa for Mongolia is easy. The costs are USD 15 for a transit and USD30 for a tourist visa (with 7 days processing time). A transit visa was valid for 7 days in the country. There was also a USD 5.00 document fee added at the embassy in Irkutsk.Double the price for next day delivery.Getting a visa at the border...

    more
  • Ms Zolzaya, the tour manageress

    Ms Zolzaya is a very sweet and nice lady, the tour manageress, who followed us throughout to take care of our needs in this rugged land of Mongolia. Don't be fooled by her looks, because she is a very rugged lady who is very good in horse riding!

    more
  • Sammy, the tour leader

    Our tour leader, Sammy, is a very good tour leader who took care of the group very well. He even managed to help us safe some money by negotiating with the airport people in China during our transit. Sammy has been to Mongolia a few times and know the place very well. I am very happy to know him as a friend.

    more
  • Mr Battulga, the bus driver

    Our bus driver, Mr Battulga, is a very friendly, cheerful and nice guy who is very good in singing. He was a former Mongolian wrestler, so we are quite safe to have him around. It was really nice knowing him.

    more
  • Sunrise & sunset

    Because Mongolian mainly consists of open spaces, it is a very good place to watch the sunrise and sunset, which can be very dramatic. However, you may have to wake up very early or wait until late in the evening if you are going during summer.

    more
  • No speak Mongolian? Solution:

    Unable to make myself understood in Mongolia (apart from a few Russian words - but that's not very popular...), I resorted to sign language and the Lonely Planet Mongolian Phrase Book.Sign language for a European in Asia is normally doomed, but surprisingly not in Mongolia: it was easy! The explanation lies probably in the Russian influence over...

    more
  • Picnic, swimming & enjoying the summer

    The summer in Mongolia is warm but short, and therefore Mongolians love to enjoy summer while it lasts. Sometimes you can see families having picnics at the grasslands, going for a swim by the stream or river and drinking Vodka in celebration of the warm season. I have such an experience with one family and it was really a moment to remember.

    more
  • Mongolian Art

    Mongolian art is very colourful and you can observe it around you when you are travelling e.g. inside of a ger, the door of a ger, souvenir shops, traditional clothings still worn by many people in Mongolia.

    more
  • Variety of landscapes

    Mongolia is a country with a variety of landscapes which I enjoyed, ranging from grassland to desert to alpine scenery. In the remote western regions of the Altai Mountains, some of the mountains are snow-capped permanently with beautiful glaciers.

    more
  • Reliable driver 3

    under construction....Tsetserleg-Kharhorin-Ulaan BaatarSon of the driver no 2Knows the central parts of Mongolia centring on Tsetserleg and Arkhanghai.Good driver.Contact via restaurant...

    more
  • Reliable driver 2

    will get back to this3 days on the road Tsetserleg-Tsherkhin Tsaagan Nuur-Tsetserleg.Local driver No EnglishContact via restaurant....

    more
  • Reliable driver 1

    We employed Monoola for the full day trip and more from UB to Tsesterleg vil Lake Ogii. His English is limited to "yes", "no" and "soup", but his knowledge of the roads seemingly all over Mongolia is impressive. He knows the sightseeing spots and eateries and will go to great lengths to please.The jeep he used was immaculate and without any...

    more
  • After a dusty day - bathing in rivers

    After travelling miles and miles in a bumpy jeep over dusty steppe and powder-dusty tracks, it is just soo good to rinse off in a river or creek. It may be cold out, but you feel so good when snuggling up, clean, in your sleeping bag afterwards.Ensure that you're alone before going in nude, and also check that this is not somebody's drinking water...

    more

Mongolia Hotels

See all 34 Hotels in Mongolia

Top Mongolia Hotels

Ulaanbaatar Hotels
293 Reviews - 853 Photos
Hovsgol Nuur Hotels
4 Reviews - 18 Photos
Harhorin Hotels
9 Reviews - 71 Photos
Gatsuurt Hotels
See nearby hotels
Erdene-Dzuu Hotels
22 Reviews - 140 Photos

Instant Answers: Mongolia

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

92 travelers online now

Comments

Mongolia Favorites

Reviews and photos of Mongolia favorites posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Mongolia sightseeing.
Map of Mongolia