Ulaanbaatar Travel Guide

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

  • Black Market

    This is a good place to visit, especially if you are looking for local itmes to buy. Here you can find everything and is possible to bargain.When I travel I don't like shopping, but used to bring something traditional of the country. Here, I bought Mongolian vodka and cashmere sochs.In this markets I have found a great traditional guanz, where I...

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  • The Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts

    This museum, renowned for the works of G. Zanabazar (1635-1724), which include the statues of Sita Tara, the Five Dhayani Buddhas and the Bodhi Stupa, was founded in 1966. It has 12 exhibition galleries covering the arts from ancient civilizations up to the beginning of the 20th Century. The exhibition hall regularly hosts the works of contemporary...

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  • Suhbaatar Square

    Сүхбаатарын талбай is the central square of Ulaanbaatar. Its name came from Damdin Suhbaatar, the leader of the Mongolian revolution in 1921. An equestrian statue of this leader stands on this square directly in front of the Government Palace.The...

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  • National Museum of Mongolian History

    This museum offers a good introduction to the Mongolian culture and gives you some idea of thinhs you expect to see in the countryside.

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  • Walking Tour - Lonely Planet

    As described by Lonely Planet, this walking tour starts and finishes in Suhbaatar Square [1] and is 5km long. Unfortunately I had no time enough to make it as I wished to. I didn't visit any museum and I just saw part of the Gandan Monastery as it was too late.Making this tour, we pass the National Museum of Mongolian History [2], the General...

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  • Attend a Dance and Music Performance

    When the owner of my guest house initially suggested attending a performance of the Tumen Ekh Ensemble I was pretty skeptical, imagining a kitschy and probably low quality performance for the tourists, but I was pleasantly surprised and glad I went. The troupe performed a variety of types of traditional Mongolian songs, dances, and musical numbers....

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Ulaanbaatar Hotels

Ulaanbaatar Restaurants

  • Mongolian Food

    This is a kind of local resturant I love to find when I am travelling. This is genuine local food made for local people. In my language, we call this kind of restaurant Casa de Pasto.The dish I ordered, meat balls with rice and salad, was delicious!

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  • Cool cafe

    No actual theme of Amsterdam but western food can be found hereIt's a cool cafe with terrace looking out into peace avenue, the Main Street We stopped by for lunch. Panini was 7000 (£2.30) and milkshake 4000. Abit pricey by UB standards but a nice cozy atmosphere

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  • Steakhouse

    The Steakhouse does western food and so is a little pricey. It's on baga toirog.I had a set lunch menu for 12000(£4) and Anya's pasta was 13,500.English spoken and good service.

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  • Local food

    Modern Nomads is a mongolian food chain.Our bill was 21,000 for two. I had veggy noodles.Food was decent enough and a beer 3900(£1.30).

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  • 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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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

  • Bus from Ulaanbaatar to Mörön

    There is at least one daily bus from the capital to Mörön. It leaves from Dragon Bus Station. The trip takes about 14 hours and the ticket costs 32.000 TG (October 2014). I was informed the bus leaves at 10:00.I didn´t make this trip, but travelled from Mörön to Ullaanbaatar.

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  • Bus from the airport to the city

    There are two bus lines travelling from the airport to the city.For urban buses, acced to "Íèéñëýëèéí íèéòèéí òýýâðèéí ñүëæýý-үéë÷èëãýýíèé øèíý÷èëñýí òөëөâëөëò" on the home "ýõëýë" page.When I arrived at the country, I went to the city by taxi. Usually they charge about 20 USD, but you can bargain. Returning back home,...

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  • 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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Ulaanbaatar Shopping

  • National drinks & cashmere

    If you think Ulaanbaatar is not a modern city, you are completely wrong. In this city you can find all kind of shops, restaurants & hotels, from cheap to expensive ones offering different qualities. Talking about goods, you can find all sort of them.This modern building, in my opinion, with at least 6 floors, is the largest shopping mall in...

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  • 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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Ulaanbaatar Local Customs

  • Mongolian Language

    If you don't want to bring a Conversation Guide with you, I advise you to bring some phrases to facilitate your communication, unless you wish to visit the country using only tours provided by travel agencies.I hate to carry things and always I travel with the same backpack. For me, about 4kg is more than enough to carry.I have made a Conversation...

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  • 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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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 Hotels

    34 Hotels in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar Off The Beaten Path

  • Terelj - in a Yurt/Ger

    We had the good fortune to be able to arrange a stay with a husband and wife in their yurt/ger for 2 nights. We hired a driver who took us to our accommodation and we were warmly greeted by our hostess Solongo. When her husband came home, arriving on his horse with a wooden saddle, he was dressed in the traditional deel, a thick padded coat. It was...

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  • Art Invention Centre of Children

    If you have a few days in the city, I strongly advise you to visit this centre. You will love to see paintings made by the children who come here to develop and explore themselves in art.Unfortunately I did not take any picture of the paintings just for one reason: I thought I shoud not do it. In this centre, the exhibition features many paintings...

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  • 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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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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Naadam Festival , July 11-13
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Ovoos
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
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Gandan Monastery
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Naadam festival
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VISIT THE GANDANTEGCHENLING MONASTERY
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ULAAN BAATOR : MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
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ULAAN BAATOR :NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MONGOLIAN HISTORY
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The Bogd Khaan Palace Museum
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Natural History Museum of Mongolia
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Gandantegchinlen Khiid
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Terelj National Park - Rock formations
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Terelj National Park - Nomads
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Sükhbaatar Square
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Terelj National Park
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The National Museum of Mongolian History
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Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts
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A Little Bit of Italian in UB
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Cashmere Shopping/Souvenirs
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Pick pocketing
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Pickpockets and bagsnatchers.
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Just like home!
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More Pizza
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Pizza! Even in Mongolia
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Overrated, but still acceptable.
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If you're going for authenticity....
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Back in the USSR
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Where's the grass?
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Lenin Statue
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Zaisan Memorial
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Gandan Monastery
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Sukhbaatar Square
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TransMongolian Railroad
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