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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2016
Travelling alone  (3 Answers)

Hi,
I'm planning to travel to Mongolia next May. Probably spend about 3 weeks. Really want to enjoy living in the open, staying with a nomad family, hiking, etc. But it's my first time there. How safe to go alone? What happen if I get lost? Any local to be my guide?
Pls advise ?

Thank you very much!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2016
Traveling to UlgII

I m planning a trip to Mongolia in August. Would you recommend flying to ULGII and spend a few days?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2016
weather in August  (2 Answers)

Can someone please advise what the weather in August and September is in Mongolia


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2016
visa on arrival to mongolia since jan 2016  (1 Answer)

Hi,

I;m a portuguese citizen living in Dubai. There's no Mongolian embassies here or on the surrounding countries so I can't do a visa in advance. I read a lot about visa on arrival and contacted many organizations/embassies/government companies but I only got contradictory information. Some say it's possible to get a visa on arrival if i have an invitation letter, others say it's not possible to get a visa on a arrival and I won't be able to get in.

Does any of you as traveled to Mongolia with a visa on arrival since jan 2016?

Thanks for your help,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2016
Local guides  (2 Answers)

I'll be spending a week in Mongolia. Has any of you worked with _local_ guides they can recommend?
Thanks for any feedback!! (based on your own experience, please)
Koen


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2016
Selenge - Eg estuary  (2 Answers)

Hi,

does anybody know the name of the river that flow into the Selenge, opposite to the Eg river estuary?

with the best wishes
TM


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2016
Western Mongolia  (2 Answers)

Hey all,

I am planning a trip to Western Mongolia, will be 2 travelers and are looking for a reliable tour guide in Bayan Olgii area. There are quite a few but who has been there and done a 10days tour with hiking, horseback and camel in the area? Any good experiences you wanna share?
Thanks for the help,
jasmin


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2016
Western Mongolia

Hey all,

I am planning a trip to Western Mongolia, will be 2 travelers and are looking for a reliable tour guide in Bayan Olgii area. There are quite a few but who has been there and done a 10days tour with hiking, horseback and camel in the area? Any good experiences you wanna share?
Thanks for the help,
jasmin


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2016
From Hovsgol lake in Mongolia on land to Baikal lake in Russia

Hello everyone,
We are planning a trip to Mongolia and Russia- Siberia this summer. And we want to make our trip only on land (don't use airplanes). Our route will start from China- Beijing, then by train to Mongolia- Ulan Baatar, then by public buses or whatever is possible on land to Bulgan-***-Hatgal and Hovsgol lake. Then from Hovsgol lake we want to proceed to Russia- Baikal lake.
And the shortest way from Hovsgol to Baikal passes the border between Mongolia and Russia at Mungiin Daba. The problem is that I have read somewhere that foreigners (not Mongolians or Russians) cannot pass this point. And it is a problem, because we don't want to back again on the same road to Ulan Baatar, then from Ulan Baatar to go to Baikal.
Does anybody know some information about this border point Mungiin Daba? Is there some way we can pass it? Or if not, is there some other border point nearby, without need to back to Ulan Baatar? No airplanes, only on land.

Thanks :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2016
From Mongolia to Seoul - prefer covering Genghis Khan path  (1 Answer)

I arrive in UB on a Sunday, and then going to Seoul a few days later. I'd like to cover the Genghis Khan trail if possible, which goes east - then could continue on through Manzhouli and into Hurbin where there are flights to Korea.

I'm not sure if it makes sense to keep moving east, or just to take day trips from UB and then leave to Korea from UB.

Has someone else does this or have advice on it? It sounds like you can't get to the Genghis Khan sites without private transport though? That would make it hard for me to just take trains/buses eastward and hit sites on the way through.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 02, 2016
Beijing to Ulaanbaatar on a Sunday?  (3 Answers)

Hello travellers!

I arrive in Beijing airport at midnight Saturday night and then will be ready to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Lonely Planet says that MIAT flights should be about $175 but they are actually $260 and does not leave until 9:10pm on a Sunday.

The train from Beijing to Ulaanbatar does not seem to run on a Sunday either.

Is there any way to get to Ulaanbatar from Beijing on a Sunday any cheaper than $260 and/or earlier than late Sunday night?

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2016
Exchanging Mongolian Tugriks to GBP  (6 Answers)

Anybody know where I can change my excess Tugriks back to UK pounds, US dollars or Euros ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 24, 2015
Train from Mongolia to china  (11 Answers)

Anyone know if we can get to major attractions in China by train from Ulaanbaatar.
Trekking for a while and want to add China trip starting in late July.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2015
one week solo trip in Mongolia  (6 Answers)

Hi

I plan to travel to Mongolia in the end of August and probably stay for an week.
Wonder if anyone will travel there at the same time so we can share tour to reduce the package price?
And I fond there are many different agent run tours, and the price is so different.
Do you think I should book tour now even I am still oversea or I better go there and get resources in hostels?
I am interested in horse trekking, and staying in ger with local family this kinda of trip.
Being solo female traveller seems not easy to plan budget trip in Mongolia...
Would appreciate any kind of advice.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2015
Tour companions for 6/7 days in Mongolia  (5 Answers)

Hello everyone! I'm a female solo traveler from Singapore and I will be heading to Mongolia from 15-23 June! I really want to go to the gobi desert but the tours I've checked online are super expensive for solo travelers. I would like to ask if I would get cheaper options when I arrive at UB? Hope to find people to join me on the tour too!! Contact me at melissatan315 gmail ! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2015
Ulaan Bator,Mongolia  (6 Answers)

I am planning to take the train from Beijing to Ulaan Bator in Mongolia.

What is your experience in this journey?

Any advice?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2015
Budget travellers to Gobi and Central Mongolia  (2 Answers)

We are two Brazilians and are arranging a tour to Gobi and some places in Central Mongolia by Jeep from 16.05 to 24.05. The program is being drafted by our agent. Does anybody with adventurous spirit and backpacker style interested in sharing the costs with us? If yes, we could check this possibility with the agent who is organizing everything for us.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2015
Any thoughts on UB being worth a visit this time of year next week?  (1 Answer)

Could take the opportunity of visas now not being required for Mongolia at the present to exit China for the upcoming end of my 30 day visa in a few days time - but if the place is all iced up and bleak with not much to really experience because of it, nor do i want to injure myself any further hence Ive not gone up to icey Harbin as im recovering from a bad ankle sprain.
any thoughts or opinions on whether to go while im handy here in Beijing and flights are not particularly expensive at the moment - well about 180 pounds flying Beijing to UB and same from UB to Shanghai.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2015
7 DAY TOUR / HELP!!!  (14 Answers)

Hi!
Im going to Mongolia in May for a 7 day trip there.
Does anyone have suggestions of what to visit and specially contacts of guides?
We are looking for an authentic experience, which include sleeping in local's home and having a real adventure.
We are backpackers so our budget is limited.

Thank you so much!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2014
Any danger?  (3 Answers)

My daughter may be joint the peace corps and traveling to Mongolia this year. Should I be worried for her safety


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2014
Any advice on how long to stay?  (2 Answers)

Hi all!

I'm planning a solo travel to Mongolia this coming Summer, but I'm conflicted on how long I should stay. I really want to see the amazing landscapes, animals roaming around the countryside, as well as see how the nomads live.

Preferably, I want to do this trip as solo as possible not relying on tours...but I realize a lot of sights are unavailable to tourists unless we go with a tour. So I am willing to compromise where necessary, but do you guys have any tips on trying to do a Mongolia trip solo? And how long would you guys recommend I stay? I'm thinking between 2-3 weeks.

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2014
Anyone to join a tour in Gobi desert in october 2014

Hello !!!

Nicolas and I will be in Mongolia from October 14th.
We would like to share the cost of a car and driver for a trip in Gobi desert with 1 or 2 persons.

If you are interested, please let us know :-)

Lucie


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 16, 2014
fuel for trangia  (1 Answer)

hello!
i would like to take a " trangia" - an alcohol burning portable stove- with me during my travelling in Mongolia. Who know if i can buy alcohol fuel for using it in Uliastay?
Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2014
Looking for companions to share the 13 day tour "Gobi + Lake Khuvsgul" From 24/8 to 5/9  (2 Answers)

Hi,

We are two Vietnamese female and looking for companions to share the 13 day "Gobi + Lake Khubsgul" tour from 24/8. Tour itinerary is as following. Our tour operation is Khongor Expedition. Cost for group of 3 will be 81$/person/day, group of 4 will be 75$/person/day. The more people join the less cost per person. If you are interested in joining us, please email me at [email]

24/8. – Drive UB to Baga gazriin chuluu
25/8. - Bayanzag flaming cliffs
26/8. - Drive to Khongor sand dune
27/8. – Camel riding at khongor sand dune
28/8. – Ongi monastery ruins
29/8. - Orkhon valley
30/8. - Terkh White lake
31/8. - Drive to and visit *** city, centre of Khuvsgul province.
1/9. - Horse riding at Khuvsgul lake, in a beautiful green meadow
2/9. - Continue Horsetrip at Khuvsgul lake, visit a local family of reindeer herders
3/9. - drive to Khutag Undur, hiking at Uran-Togoo volcano
4/9. – Drive to and visit Amarbayasgalant
5/9. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

Thanks
Anh


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2014
Kazahk Tours- Mongolia  (1 Answer)

Anyone had experienced travelling with Kazahk Tours from Ulgii? Any feedback would be appreciated as I am about to join them for a trekking tour of Altai Mountains.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2014
Looking for Guides  (2 Answers)

Hello I have found older blogs of this question? My wife son and myself are traveling to Mongolia July of 2015. We are looking at what to do and have found a lot to do. We are looking for suggestions on guides. We like the adventure and not high maitance people. Any affordable local guides you would recommend would be appriciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2014
Hatgal - Irkutsk  (1 Answer)

Hey, I was wondering if there was a way to get to Irkutsk from Hatgal without going via Ulaanbaatar. When I go to google maps I can see that there is a road leading off the north of Khovsgol that goes to Irkutsk. Is there a ferry and bus transit between the two cities? I don't have a car so i'll be using public transport.
Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2014
Nadaam festival  (1 Answer)

Hello everyone,

Kindly asking for some tips or suggestions on what things to do in Ulaan Bataar, and mainly on how to get to the Gobi as I heard there is also a Nadaam festival. Appreaciating always for some help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2014
Buddhist Monastery Accommodation  (1 Answer)

Is anyone familiar with a buddhist monastery in Mongolia that offers accommodation to short-term guests? 1 - 2 weeks? I will be traveling Mongolia in October 2014.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2013
Fancy a kazakh tour from Olgii!  (5 Answers)

I have organised what looks like a really interesting week long mixed tour leaving from Olgii on August 27th, going into the mountains, a bit of horse trekking, meet local people like Kazakhs and eagle hunters. Also the people who run it have a very good reputation. Might you be interested in coming along?! If so please drop me a line and I can give you more information - it will be far more economical (not to mention fun!) with more people, so the more the merrier!! Lotty x



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