Ulaanbaatar Travel Guide

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    Wrestlers at the Naadam Festival
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    Lenin Statue, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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    Gandan Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Ulaanbaatar Things to Do

  • Sukhbaatar Square

    Sukhbaatar Square has a number of monuments--Dimdin Sukhbaatar, a leader for independence for whom the square was named, along with Chingghis Khan and some of his generals. The parliament is on one side of the square, as is the opera house. The square was festive and fun—some people were singing, and kids in pedal cars were racing around while...

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  • Naadam Festival , July 11-13

    Naadam is Mongolia’s “4th of July” and it is a huge 3-day event in Ulaanbaatar. If you are here in mid-July, it is a "must-see." The opening ceremony was very colorful and full of happy people, and I really enjoyed it. It lasts several hours. (My travelogue has more photos.)The games begin after the opening ceremony. The 3 “men’s games” are...

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  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

    Terelj National Park is about 50 miles NE of Ulaanbaatar. The park is very scenic, with a river winding through it, and lots of rock formations. People who stay overnight can rent gers to stay in. We saw yaks there. Available activities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, etc.Just before we reached the park, we passed a sign for the Chinggis...

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  • Gandan Monastery

    The monastery was founded in 1838. It was damaged in Stalin’s time, but the main temple wasn’t destroyed. The huge Buddha statue in the main temple is only about 15 years old, because the previous one was taken to Russia and melted down for war materials. The new one is copper and bronze, and almost reaches the high ceiling. There are prayer wheels...

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  • Naadam festival

    first of all, i would like to mention that Mongolia is a wonderful place to journey. During the summer time, there are lots of Naadam or three men's competition organized in every Mongolian's administrative units. So if you want to engage in one of them, you can visit Mongolia from middle of June until end of July. I can organize a wonderful...

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  • VISIT THE VAST GENGHIS KAHAN SQUARE

    ULAN BAATAR Located in the city centre and easy to find is this vast Square known locally as The Subaatar Square.Sitting and looking over all that walk here is the foreboding and huge figure of Genghis Khan and on either side of him are two mounted warriors for his safe keeping.What an imposing figure that he must have been at the peek of his...

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Ulaanbaatar Hotels

Ulaanbaatar Restaurants

  • Best Vegetarian Restaurant

    There are now about 10 different restaurants that are 100% vegetarian in Ulaanbaatar. There are also about 7 other towns and cities throughout the countryside with vegetarian restaurants.The most popular of these seems to be the "Luna Blanca" which is only one block from the central square (Parliament House). Go to...

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  • Great Asian stir-fry BBQ!

    Asian BBQ Good value restaurant. Guests can select their own meat and also choose vegetables, spices and sauces. Large hotplate where the cooks stirfry the meat and vege selection of each guest, while guests watch. Then if you would like to go back for seconds, that's okay too (at no extra charge. Very tasty meal. Other salads from buffet available...

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  • A Little Bit of Italian in UB

    We went to Marco Polo before the droves of people ventured in. It was nice. We got to pick our own table. The waitress's spoke English and here's why... there is a strip club upstairs... which wasn't open at the time but many service men come to the restaurant to eat and then head upstairs so she told us she learned English (besides what is...

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  • Just like home!

    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,...

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  • More Pizza

    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...

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  • Pizza! Even in Mongolia

    This was one of two pizza places we frequented in Ulaanbaatar, the other one being Pizza Broadway. Planet Pizza is definitely the more "Fast foodish" of both of them, and a little cheaper also. Not the best quality ingredients but if if you like your pizza thick crust style, you'll be happy. After all, pizza's pizza. don't get your hopes up-No...

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Ulaanbaatar Nightlife

  • Hottest clubs in UB

    Well, these are the hottest clubs in UB for today (Flux and Silence). Flux is a great place to chill out and relax...DJs mostly play trance, house, sometimes hiphop and r&b. People usually gather between 12p.m. - 1 a.m. And party continues until 4 a.m.People there are really glamorous. Entrance ticket is 7000 tugriks for men ~ 6 USD and 5000 for...

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  • Night or Day

    I have nothing different to say than other posts. If you want something familiar beside the food (although the food isn't the same as Ireland/America/Pub Fare), you're alllll good. All sorts of folk at this place. Plus FREE WiFi. A little more expensive by UB standards but worth it. Smoking is okay for all the smokers of the world. Hard to find...

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  • Grandest Irish Bar in a Town full of...

    This place en fuego. Constantly busy everytime I stopped in. Generous mixture of Mongolians and Westerners, who were usually embassy personnel or people in on business trips. Whatever you want to drink, they've got it, including Guinness. And the food is pretty good as well. They make this cheddar bacon cheeseburger with salsa that I can't...

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Ulaanbaatar Transportation

  • Every Car in UB is a taxi!!!

    This was definitely a first for me. If you need a ride somewhere, you can literally get in anybody's car and get lifted somewhere just as though you were in a taxi. It's like a real life version of that one video game Grand Theft Auto. This is a pretty cheap way to get around also, especially if you are short on time. The going rate is around...

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  • TransMongolian Railroad

    By far the best way to get to UB from either Russia or China. Sure it's a 30 hour ride from Beijing, but the first class cabins are comfortable and it is an unbelievable way to see the Chinese and Mongolian countryside. The train makes a few stops along the way in a couple Chinese cities and remote Mongolian towns and it's a great way to see a lot...

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  • Trans-Mongolian Railway

    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...

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Ulaanbaatar Shopping

  • Significantly cheaper furniture store

    Not really something tourists would be interested in, but it might be helpful to folks who are staying in Ulaanbaatar for more than a few weeks such as seasonal workers related to the mining industry. Generally, furniture selection is poor and it is very expensive in Mongolia, perhaps because of high transportation costs to this vast and land...

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  • Whatever you want or need

    Even if you're in town for a couple of days you'll most likely find yourself stopping here a couple of times. Definitely one of the priciest places to shop, it's one of the closest places you'll see to an American style shopping mall. It occupies several floors. Mongolian souveniers are generally found on the 5th floor. It's also a great place to...

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  • Swap-O-Rama, Mongolian Style

    Now this place was something else. Endless stands selling basically everything and anything. Fake everything-watches, handbags, wallets, you name it. The scene was very dirty and muddy from the snow the day before. Puddles all over the place. Wear some water resistant boots if you've got them. Watch out for scandalous pickpocketing pricks-they're...

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Ulaanbaatar Local Customs

  • Gers

    A lot of Mongolians--even in the city--still live in a ger. They are one large room, and bigger than they look from the outside. The one I visited had beds, a table, a stove in the center, and electricity. The door in a ger always faces south, and the most honored guest is seated on the north side. A ger can have anywhere from 4 panels up to 10 or...

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  • Language

    Mongolians now use the Cyrillic alphabet (with two extra letters) but Mongolian isn’t a Slavic language. It is in the Altaic language group, most closely related to Turkish. The old script, Uigarjin, is still used in some places in Chinese Inner Mongolia. It looks like vertical squiggles.

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  • Ovoos

    Ovoos are religious sites (Shamanism) and can also be landmarks. Travelers might circle it 3 times, approaching from the left, to ensure a good journey, and then add a rock or bit of cloth to the pile.

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Ulaanbaatar Warnings and Dangers

  • NEVER BE WITHOUT BOTTLED FRESH WATER

    MONGOLIA I found when in Mongolia I always made sure that I had adquate amount of fresh bottled water. I found that the fine dust that permeates everywhere here gets in your eyes, and throat..it is imperative to have fresh bottled water on hand always..The dust storms seemed to be quite prevelant and normal to see the locals out cleaning up...

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  • NEVER BE WITHOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE.

    MONGOLIA When travelling to / through Mongolia make sure that you have adequate travel insurance. No place in the world is without its dangers and this is no exception. The best policies are for cover for medical, accident, theft and repatriation...I make sure that I have all these when travelling especially in most of Asia..The thought of an...

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  • BEWARE OF BAG SNATCHERS AND PICKPOCKETS

    ULAN BATAAR Well they say that this is one of the worlds capitals for thieves and pickpockets.I must agree ..So,. Be very aware when travelling here of this common activity. Ulan bataar like all places one must be aware of its dangers. All Hostels amd Hotels warn their patrons of the strong possibilty of having there belongings stolen. I found at...

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Ulaanbaatar Tourist Traps

  • NAADAM FESTIVAL

    Many tours booked from outside of Mongolia offer REALLY EXPENSIVE tickets for the most celebrated festival in Mongolia - the Naadam Festival held from 11 July to 13 July. At Nassan’s Guesthouse, Nassan seemed to be able to buy the tickets at the local price of T2000, subject to availability. The Opening Ceremony is quite tacky actually. Besides the...

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  • Avoid carrying your knapsack...

    Avoid carrying your knapsack on the back, there are a lot of pick pockets cutting your bags with knife.

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Ulaanbaatar Off The Beaten Path

  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

    Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, about 80km (50 miles) north-east of Ulaanbaatar in the region of Tov Aimag, is a deservedly popular destination. At 1600m, the area is cool and the alpine scenery is magnificent. Terelj was first developed for tourism in 1964 and 30 years later it became part of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. One of the most visited...

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  • Nomadic life

    15 minutes by car you can reach city outskirts and see families who live nomadic way of life, you can talk to them (better with guide), you can try some food specialities (for small fee), make photos with them, play with children, horse riding. Very non-western atmosphere.

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  • Untraditionally Mongolian

    Aids is a real problem in the developing world and billboards have been erected in Ulan Bator to promote the use of condoms and safer sex.

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Ulaanbaatar Favorites

  • Another route

    Well, I don't know how many time do you have, but maybe you could consider to fly to Beijing and take the TransMongolian train to Ulanbatar. Well, I know it's like one day inside the train, but it's one of the most venerated trainlines in the world, so maybe it could be interesting. And the flight price much lower for sure.Just giving another...

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  • Phone Boxes

    There are no public phone boxes in Ulaan Baatar. Instead, you see lots of people sitting in the street with cordless telephones - and this is actually the Mongolian version of a public phone box. Especially around the Sükhbaatar Square we saw many ‘phone boxes’. I don't know the rate for calling a number in Europe.

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  • Central Post Office & Communication...

    This large building on the south-western corner of Sukhbaatar Square is the main post office and communication centre. You can make phones calls (which are a lot expensive than via internet phone places such as the one on nearby Baga Toyruu near the UB Guesthouse) and use the internet (which again is a lot more expensive than internet cafes around...

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