Beware of pickpockets !
Beware of pickpockets in Ulaanbaatar as I have heard that a significant number of tourists got their belongings stolen. Always put your money in several places and in front of you. Keep alert in crowded places as this is a real danger.
it's sad to say, but we didn't feel safe in the streets of ulan bator, especially when it's getting dark.
watch out for the street kids! they beg and they like to touch you and your bags. they run after you and won't let go. i just caught a little boy silently opening the zipper of my backpack while i was walking down the street. it happens that bags are cut open with a knife while you're carrying it!
in the city centre, these kids are everywhere, mostly boys. a friend of mine had to run away, when a group of 15y.old boys wanted to confront and trouble her.
don't give them any money, because they just buy drugs, cigarettes and alcohol with it. if you wanna help them, it's better to give them directly some food.
People and drivers
Generally, Ulaanbaatar is safe city, but you should know that the average alcohol consumption is high and there is no law that restricts people under 21/18's consumption of tabacco, alcohol and entrance to clubs.
You will rarely see people using seat belts and although government is trying its best to regulate city traffic, drivers might be not as understanding and careful, so always watch out for cars when passing roads. Also, expect traffic jams especially in downtown area.
BEWARE OF PICK-POCKETS AND THIEVES
Watch your belongings like a hawk. My friend had her bag stolen the minute we stepped out of the train-station.
At the Black Market, the pick-pockets, known as ALI-BABAS, are everywhere. They usually carry a sweater or jacket awkwardly across their shoulders to hide the stolen goods. The Black Market is crowded and there tend to be people pushing. The Ali-Babas know about your money-belts and will poke your backs to test for them.
Another friend had some pencils in his pocket and even those were pick-pocketed away.
During the Naadam Festival, the pick-pockets took advantage of the distracted crowds and made many attempts, especially on tourists. Yet another friend had the pockets of his pants (two of them, one on either side!) slashed and his money fell out. Just be careful!
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