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Mongolia 2017 – Ulaanbaatar Part IV

First museum in Mongolia, the Mongolian National MuseumIt is not only the continuously growth of the city with new buildings popping up everywhere, but the capital is also transforming to a modern city for young people. One may find numerous cafes, stores, clubs and other attractions for the young as well as entertainment centers and amusement parks for the children. Personally I enjoyed the National Museum of Mongolia where I could admire the ancient findings from the time of the Hunnu (Xiong-nu) and the Ashina-Clan. The Dinosaur museum was also a must see, especially for my daughter, as this museum houses the biggest dinosaur fossil collection in the entire world.

Hunnu Xiongnu Shaman Mountain Ulaanbaatar

My wife on the other hand was thrilled by the open air shaman center that lies in the heart of the city. It is a spiritual location, a holy mountain from the time of the Hunnes, blessed by shamans from around the world as sacred ground. Here you can spend a lot of time observing shaman rituals. But caution is required as this is a sacred place full of small surprises, so one should better not leave the existing path. We saw a snake there that had just caught itself a mouse. The snake was small but for us tourists it was mere invisible until Khangai pointed it out for us. Unfortunately this place is almost covered these days by the high buildings built around it and the construction companies claiming every free spot in the city. Hence this religious place is hardly viewable from the outside and has become somehow an insider gem that fortunately can still be visited.

Traditional Mongolian Food Restaurant in Ulan BatorIn matters of food you will have no trouble finding a restaurant in Ulaanbaatar suiting your taste. You will find a big variety reaching from traditional Mongolian cuisine, to Korean, Turkish delicacies or Halal food. Fast-food eateries are also becoming a thing and so you can buy döner kebap, pizza and the tourist attraction Mongolian Barbecue almost everywhere. I loved the Mongolian cuisine that resembled western food a lot but had a spectacular taste!

If you are a vegetarian, it is easy to find a restaurant were no meat is being cooked in the capital. When travelling outside of Ulaanbaatar better take some meat-free food with you from the city before leaving. In the worst case you will have to eat a bunch of really sweet pastry sold in the small stores that you can find along the Steppe. Mongols usually eat meat and it is through tourists that they learned that there are people who can’t or don’t want to eat meat. So a vegetarian might be new to them but they will do anything to help you not to starve. Mongolian Cuisine Khuushuur Buuz Boortsog Khorkhog BoodogIf you are a vegan though, it will be hard to find nuts or vegetable in the Steppe to ensure a balanced diet. So if you don’t bring enough food from the city you might have to prepare yourself to a period of fasting. What you could also do, is ask the locals to prepare you dumplings without filling or fry them only with onions – that shouldn’t be a problem.

Mongolia 2017 – Ulaanbaatar Part I

An adventurous family trip to Mongolia

Chinggis Khaan Parliament Ulaanbaatar Sukhbaatar SquareImportant information in advance!

As a German citizen you don’t need a visa to travel to Mongolia. For other citizenships check the following website to get more information on visa issues.

For your trip to Mongolia it is extremely important to have a good international travel insurance. It would also be wise to include a trip interruption and return plan because you never know what might happen on an adventure trip. But let me put you at ease as you will hardly see any criminality in Mongolia, as it is unlikely to be attacked by a wild animal in the Steppe. It is more important to take the needed precautions against Hepatitis A and B that are advised for exotic travel destinations. Furthermore it is advisable to prepare a good equipped medical kit in order to deal with the usual vacation sicknesses. But no need to worry, you can obtain all essential medication in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar.

Ulaanbaatar Улаанбаатар ᠤᠯᠠᠭᠠᠨᠪᠠᠭᠠᠲᠤᠷ Roter Held Улан-Батор Ulan-Bator Ulan BatorConcerning the flight, there are several airlines flying to Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian MIAT usually might be more expensive but it is a direct flight most of the times. Other alternatives are Air China, Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines. On our first trip in 2017 we chose MIAT and we reached Ulaanbaatar without any big inconvenience. The service and flight personnel were very polite. There was no trouble entering or exiting the country as the Mongolian airport staff and the flight attendants speak English. A little side note, it is advised to be able to read Cyrillic as in Mongolia the Latin alphabet is rarely used. Also note that if you have a connection flight to catch, make sure to book with a respectable amount of time in-between flights. The problem is not that you might lose your connection but that your luggage can not arrive simultaneously.

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