Tips

  • It is best if you prepare warm clothes as it can get cold suddenly in the Mongolian summer and fall.
  • Mongolian meals contain a lot of meat and they contain more fat and taste different to other countries’ food.  Therefore, if it is available, you can bring your own flavorings.
  • The following are things that you should take when travelling to Mongolian countryside: pain killers for stomachaches, wound sterilizers, anti-mosquito cream, sun cream, wet tissues, toilet roll, a summer hat, sun glasses, a torch, water-proof jacket.
  • If you are injured or sick in a tourist camp, you can be taken to hospital by car.  If it is necessary, an airplane can possibly land, but that is very expensive.  Therefore, it is recommended that you are insured for travel insurance in your own country or in Mongolia.
  • If you haven’t ridden a horse before, it is recommended that you do not ride a horse alone.  It is best if you are directed and guided by a guide or a horse owner.
  • If you happened to arrive by airplane – be careful choosing a taxi at the airport. Sometimes you will be approached by unofficial drivers, who will quote you an unreasonable price, so unless you are in a real hurry take the official taxi, which is right by the exit.  The same goes for those who arrive by train – sometimes the most experienced travelers can get ripped off by taxi drivers. The best thing you can do is call a cab – 1991, 1950.
  • Do not go off exchanging all your foreign currency at the exchange parlors at the airport or at the train station, they will quote you the most unfavorable rates in town. If you happen to have a Visa card, then you don’t need exchanges at all – you can easily withdraw any amount of cash from an ATM (within its applicable limits). The exchange rate quoted by ATMs corresponds to the rate of the bank that owns it. You will receive your money in Mongolian national currency and will have to pay a small commission. You can find out about the exact size of this commission from your bank.
  • If you are travelling across Mongolia for the first time then you should consider getting yourself a guide who knows his way around. You can find a guide at any travel agency. And if you happen to travel across Mongolia with our own car then you don’t really need a guide – GPRS will do fine.
  • Shopping in Mongolia is something you will definitely enjoy if you go to the right places. Paying by credit or debit card will be acceptable if you go to a supermarket or some boutique. If, on the other hand you wish to buy a painting, or a hand-made souvenir at smaller shops or at the fleet market you will need to pay in cash. All produce markets work from 10:00AM till 6:00PM, all super markets and shopping centers work from 9:00AM till 10:00PM. Only few stores are open 24/7.
  • If you happen to have an emergency situation you can call the emergency services – in case of a fire call 101, in case criminal activity call 102, and in case of a medical emergency call 103.
  • Excursions, entertainment, health centers are available through tourist agencies as well as in a private manner. If you arrived in Mongolia, don’t limit yourself to Terelj National Park – instead try to visit as much of the countries sites and attractions as possible in all the picturesque corners of the country. If you are travelling in a group then any tourist agency will be able to help you find a small bus to transport the group or even organize tours around the most interesting places. This way you can be sure you won’t miss anything.
  • As far as food is concerned, we recommend to visit the restaurants that make national Mongolian cuisine. The restaurants in Ulaanbaatar offer good services, delicious meals, and affordable prices.
  • People in Mongolia talk in Mongolian and some in English, so if do not possess any skills in one of these languages getting a guide would be a good idea, or at least a pocket dictionary. The service personnel at hotels and restaurants oftentimes can speak English only.
  • Don’t whistle inside a yurt (ger) or house belonging to a Mongolian.
  • Don’t let your feet point in the direction of the altar (which will be in the north side) when sitting in a yurt (ger).
  • Don’t let people walk over your outstretched legs tread on the threshold of the yurt (ger), when you walk over it.
  • Don’t lean against a support column furniture or wall of the ger stamp out a fire or put water or any rubbish on it; fire is sacred.
  • Don’t walk in front of an older person.
  • Don’t turn your back to the altar and religious objects at the back of the ger.
  • Don’t have long conversations in your own language in front of hosts who don’t understand it
  • Don’t point a knife in the direction of anyone (well should we say that?).
    Don’t pass anything to a Mongolian with just two fingers.
  • Be careful when you are in public areas such as market, shopping centers, museums and theaters, and also on public transport.
  • If you have lost anything or had something stolen you should report it immediately to the nearest police station or police officer.
  • It is better buy souvenirs, precious things, and cashmere and leather goods in shops and not from street vendors and get a receipt and custom certificate from the shop.
  • Please, do not walk around suburbs and dark places in Ulaanbaatar after 23.00 hours. If you do go out to nightclubs or bars leave your valuables in a safe place.
  • In the countryside you should carry your own first aid kit and any necessary medicines. Also take some canned and packaged food from Ulaanbaatar and other larger settlements.
  • Although there are fresh water rivers in Mongolia, you should drink purified or boiled water.
  • Do not litter the surroundings and always carry a bag for rubbish when traveling in the countryside. Do not harm the environment, flora and fauna.
  • Do not take photos or videos of anything or anyone without permission.
  • Do not make a loud noise or smoke inside of the Buddhist temple.
  • When entering a temple do not step on the door threshold.
  • Never touch the Buddha images and other things in the temple because these are considered sacred.
  • When traveling to Mongolia, it is important to take into account the vast cultural and language differences between that of your nation and Mongolia. It is possible to travel through Mongolia without the use of a travel service, but it is strongly recommended that you use the services of a travel agent for your own convenience and safety. Mongolia is experiencing rapid economic, political, and cultural changes, but is still very much closed to foreigners in the way that mobility through the country and access to certain amenities can be very difficult for a non-Mongolian speaker. By using a travel service such as ours, you can be ensured that your travel through Mongolia will be smooth and easy, and that you will experience Mongolia without having to deal with the frustrations and inconvenience with language and cultural barriers that you will experience if you elect not to use a travel service.