Mongolia Warnings and Dangers

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Mongolia Warnings and Dangers

  • Black Ibex Tours a nightmare

    I want to file a serious complaint against the Black Ibex travel company. I have photographs and emails to prove what I am going to tell you. Dates of travel – left July 7 returned July 18, 2011. I have been in 43 countries all over the world and traveled with many many tour companies. Black Ibex was the worst I have ever traveled with. Here are...

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  • Changing money.

    On the train from Beijing, once over the border the restaurant car will have been changed from the Chinese one for a Mongolian one. If you're lucky, they may still accept smaller Chinese yuan notes, but if you go in there with no change, they'll offer to change it for Mongolian tugruk. DON'T accept - the rate will be approximately half what it...

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  • Take a flashlight!

    Power failures are common in Ulaanbaatar. The lights went out while old Cliffie was shopping in a department store. The lights went out while he was drinking in a bar. And, more dramatically, the lights went out as he entered his hotel late one night. He had to climb 11 floors in a pitchblack stairwell to get to his room. So don't forget to take a...

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  • Traffic

    Traffic in UB gets very bad virtually any time of the day. Black spots include most of Peace Ave (the main east-west road through the city) and Chinggis Ave (which is the only road over the railway). It gets even worse when it rains as it took us a long time to do a short distance when it was raining. I was quite surprised by the standard of...

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  • Pick pocketing

    I had heard and read reports of many pick pocketing tails and backpack slashings before I went to UB and so was a little paranoid that something might happen to me whilst there. So to combat this I only took my small camera (albeit in my pocket) and a map wherever I went. There are certain off-the-beaten-track areas in the city which I would,...

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  • Naadam - National Holiday

    The biggest event of the Mongolian year for foreigners and locals alike is the Naadam Festival held during three days in July - normally 11th, 12th and 13th. During the three days, few restaurants and shops open and virtually no-one works so be warned.

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  • Riding horses

    In our team's experience, the horses were brought to us and we rode them. The horses themselves only listen to their owners' commands, which is fine, I guess. The problem was that two of the horse owners (or their helpers) were playing with us -- two of our women companions almost fell off their horses because the yelping sounds of the owners...

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  • Riding horses

    In our team's experience, the horses were brought to us and we rode them. The horses themselves only listen to their owners' commands, which is fine, I guess. The problem was that two of the horse owners (or their helpers) were playing with us -- two of our women companions almost fell off their horses because the yelping sounds of the owners...

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  • Pickpockets at the Black market

    Beware of the very brazen pickpockets of the Black Market in Ulaanbataar, these guys work in teams and have very little finesse somtimes, for a laugh stick a low value note in an obvious pocket get your mates to do the same, and place your bets. And the lucky pickpocket gets his lunch.

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  • Vodka - the 2nd pest of Mongolia

    When the Russians introduced the Mongolians to vodka, the Mongolians took to it like airag - in the same volume. They did not change their glasses' size.The result is a deep abyss of alcoholism and drunkenness penetrating Mongolian society.For travellers this may not have more effect than the occasional binge and drinking fun and party. It may...

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  • Pickpocketing at the Black Market

    Tha Black Market, UB's main outdoor market place, might not be very black, but it certainly has its dark sides - pickpocketing being one of them.Prepare yourself before going to this place, and only open a wallet that has an amount of money in it that you are able to part with. No valuables in pockets or backpack pockets etc. When you shop or trade...

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  • 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....

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  • Pickpockets in Ulaan Baatar

    I can confirm that pickpockets are a menace in Sukbaatar Square and the surrounding streets.I was attacked twice but managed to defend myself and my property. My partner and I were also pickpocked in the lift of the State Department Store while going up to the 6th floor. Use the stairs its safer. I attached chains connected with a digital padlock...

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  • Changing money.

    I was told that Mongolians just set whatever price that they feel like for the day, and exchange money that way....This was true on the train where people will come on board in Russia, near the last stop before Mongolia to exchange Togrog for Ruble. I thought 30 Togrog for 1Ruble was a fair trade...it wasn't. When I arrived in the capital the rate...

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  • Sand In Your Eyes

    At certain times of the year sandstorms are quite prevalent in Mongolia. The spring, which is when we travelled, is one of those times. Be prepared to run for shelter if you see a sandstorm appearing. The sand will get into every nook and cranny and infiltrate the delicate insides of your expensive camera equipment. We were in quite a few...

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  • Political unrest in Mongolia

    Mid-January 2006 sees some severe political unrest in UB, with coalitions breaking apart and party offices destroyed by dissatisfied demonstrators. It is unclear what the outcome will be, and how it may affect travellers. There are updates and news on events on these sites:Contact: Guido Verboom, consultant for INMongolia Ltd., telephone: 00 976 99...

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  • The Plague

    Plague ("The Black Death") is endemic to Mongolia, in fact it is one of the main reservoirs of the disease. There are three main strains of this terrible bacterial plague in the world, and the Mongolian/Central and East Asian one is about the worst. Especially the cute and cuddly marmots harbour the disease and it is spread via fleas. Just think...

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  • The Runs

    Some people who travelled with me in Mongolia got sick from the food. In order to avoid this one can observe some hygienne rules.1. Never drink local tap water. Buy bottled water that you can trust has not been refilled with tap water.2. Wash your teeth with bottled water.3. Don't eat ice-cream as it may contain tap water.4. Always make sure no one...

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  • Immunisation

    I didn't feel particularly threatened or endangered by anything. However, if I was to go again, I would get a couple of immunisation shots. This is because you end up living a lot outdoors, and you feel safer, knowing you have taken your precautions. Also, it is best to feel at your ease and come in contact with people, food, outdoor experiences....

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  • Pickpockets

    Pickpockets operate in twos or threes on the crowded buses in Ulan Baatar. If you feel someone nudging you towards another passenger, just before the bus is coming to a stop, hold on tightly to your wallet. They will jump off the bus so fast that you'll never be able to catch them.

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  • Supporting structures of Mongolian ger

    When you are in the Mongolian ger, do not lean onto or shake the wooden supporting structures or the whole ger may collapse, causing injuries and embarassment. The locals also find it rude to do that, so take note.

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  • Unpredictable Weather

    The weather in Mongolia is very unpredictable although it is generally sunny. During summer, the temperature differences between day and night can be great, so bring some warm clothings even in summer. Also bring some insect repellents to ward off insects which are of abundance during summer.

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  • Bumpy Roads

    The roads in Mongolia are generally bump and long distances, so be prepared. Try to shift around to avoid blisters, which happened to me during the 7-8 hour ride from Karakorum back to Ulaanbaatar. As for toilet breaks along the way, you will just have to do it in the natural sorroundings.

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  • Dogs

    Dogs are a real hazard all over Mongolia. They may be attached to a city home or a ger family, but rarely as pets. They are watch dogs and generally in a foul, protective mood. To visit someone in a ger or compound Mongolia, shout "Hold your dogs!" before venturing near or getting out of the jeep or off the horse.Now, what was that in Mongolian,...

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  • A physical tourist trap

    The Ulaan Baatar heating system is by hot water piping from coal-fired central heating plants. There is an underground pipe system supplying the city with hot water, and access to these pipes is by manholes.Very often these are opened, the manhole cover broken and for other reasons not known to mankind not in place. Hundreds of street kids live...

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  • NON PARTIRE DA SOLI NELLA STEPPA...

    NON PARTIRE DA SOLI NELLA STEPPA: rischio di perdersi, di perdere il cavallo, di farselo derubare, di essere alle prese con bestie selvatiche. Meglio essere accompagnato da una guida se possibile.SE AFFITATE UNA JEEP:gli autisti non sono tutti competenti e a volte si rifiutano di postarvi in certe zone per vari motivi: in realta ? perche la loro...

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  • DON'T GO ALONE...

    DON'T GO ALONE in steppe as you can loose your way easily especially if you are with horses, in that case you need a guide, also because maybe they will steal you yours horses...IF YOU RENT A JEEP:sometimes the drivers are not well-versed in directions so they will make all kinds of excuses not to take you somewhere: the truth is that they don't...

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  • NE PAS PARTIR SEUL DANS LA STEPPE...

    NE PARTEZ PAS SEUL DANS LA STEPPE:risque de se perdre, de perdre le cheval, de se le faire voler, d'etre attaque par des betes sauvages, mieux etre accompagne par un guide si possible. SI VOUS LOUER UNE JEEP:Les chauffeurs ne sont pas tous competents et refusent parfois de vous emmener dans certains endroits en invoquant divers pretextes: en verite...

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  • Hepatitis is rampant

    Ensure you are vaccinated against Hepatitis A, and if you are staying for some time, the B as well. Hep C is also around.It seems that after the communist dicipline broke down, freedom caused these food and sex-related diseases (respectively) to bloom. You may come in contact with Hep-infected blood through car accidents, which are very common.

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  • Glass shards!

    Broken vodka bottles and and sundry party remains are everywhere along roads and settlements in Mongolia - do not walk barefoot!

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  • 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....

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  • September

    It seems, that winter starts already in September in Mongolia. It was very cold at the end of September. In the night the water was frozen. But the colours of the trees were spectacular!! On the meadows were many flowers blooming.

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  • Drinking

    Mongolians love to drink Vodka, its about 1 dollar in the countryside for 1 liter. Many men drink until they pass out or get thrown out. Drinking tips:If offered a shot, turn down the first shot. dip your finger in the vodka and tap your finger in the 4 directions of the compass in the air. Then hand it back(right hand only) to the host. Now if...

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  • WILD HORSES

    My impression is that horses in Mongolia are wilder. During our stay at Gachuurt, the kind Mongolians offered to let us ride their horses to cross a river or whatever. However, in one incident, a horse with my friend Pablo on it panicked and galloped away at top speed. Pablo steered the horse to a slow-down and jumped! He managed to get out of this...

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  • HEALTH TIPS

    If you go to the countryside there could be diseases such as the Black Plague. This occurs when people kill and eat wild marmot. I suggest you do not partake of this meat.If you find yourself in a plague area the place may become quarantined so you wouldn't be able to leave.As a precaution I would be vaccinated against most diseases (such as...

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  • VIOLENCE

    I have been asked many times if Mongolia is a safe country to travel in and I believe it is. Having said this I would hope that anyone travelling in Mongolia would take similar precautions to those they take in their own country. I would refrain from walking around Ulaan Baatar late at night unaccompanied. In the countryside beware of drunken young...

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  • Money - Clothes

    Be careful and take warm and light clothes. Also an umbrella with you !!!What else. Change your Russian Roubles (if you have) in Mongolia and before leaving Mongolia please change your Tugrits (mongolian money) there before leaving coz no other country takes them back..... i have them still with me so...

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  • The only danger in Mongolia is...

    The only danger in Mongolia is usually oneself. Watch where you step or wear boots: I saw some poisonous snakes.Some people are afraid of eating marmot (because of the bubonic plague). I did eat it and I'm still alive...

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  • LEADER:LT STINTONAfter the...

    LEADER:LT STINTONAfter the public beheading of chancellor joyce for betrail LT STINTON was put in charge a slightly crazy leader but good leader

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  • Be very careful of the water. ...

    Be very careful of the water. The plane from Hohhot to Beijing leaves before the restaurant opens and they supply a box breakfast of a ham and lettuce sandwich. I took a single bite before I realized that the lettuce may have been rinsed in water. It was. Luckily I had so little that with an Alka Seltzer and two Pepto-Bismal tablets I was fine in a...

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