Mongolia has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, compared to the US and Europe. Also, the country is considered as a safe destination. Mongolian people are known for their very welcoming and nomadic hospitality.
Just in case of your belongings might get stolen, you might have to keep them in money belt or lock up at your hotel. If you would travel with your backpack, you should keep an eye on it when traveling in the city, especially on your passports and cameras. It’s very troublesome, if your passport or expensive things got stolen.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MONGOLIA?
You may check our trip calendar to pick up the best season to travel Mongolia. Every season has it’s own beauty and special events. If you’re considering winter season with lot of snow and New Year’s Eve, and national holidays like Tsagaan sar, you’ll love to travel from October to March. We offer many activities on our winter travel packages. Check here..
If you’re considering the warm and hot seasons to travel you may travel between May to September. Our summer travel packages vary, as it is the most travel-making season in Mongolia. The best time to visit the Gobi is June or September. Check here to find out the perfect travel package for you.
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HOW TO GET TO MONGOLIA ?
Flying to Mongolia usually requires one or two stops en route, and you are likely to spend some time in either Bĕijīng International Airport (PEK) or South Korea’s Incheon International Airport (ICN). Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) and Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport (IST) are possible stops if you are coming from Europe.
However, there will be a several direct flights such as Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong,Tokyo, Moscow, Berlin, Bangkok and Istanbul.
The Trans-Mongolian train from Moscow or Beijing makes a particularly exhilarating entry into the country. There are domestic flights and trains from the city Ulaanbaatar to the other parts of Mongolia.
MONEY AND CURRENCIES
The Mongolian Tughrik (MNT) is the currency of Mongolia.The exchange rate has been ranging between 2600-2800 Mongolian tughriks against 1USD. Euro rate averages 1.4-1.5 of USD rate. Make sure to change money at banks or exchange offices in Ulaanbaatar as it is not always possible in the countryside, especially euros and other currencies. Make a note that damaged notes and older notes before 1995 may not be accepted. Credit cards are accepted in large shops and supermarkets in the city. We advice you to have cash in your wallet for making purchases at smaller shops in the countryside.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
It is strongly recommended to get life and accident insurance. We will serve you with an insured vehicle, tour guide and the driver.
WHAT KIND OF PLUGS IS USED IN MONGOLIA FOR ELECTRICAL GADGETS?
The standard voltage in Mongolia is 220 V. Mostly sockets that accept round twin forks are used. If your gadget plug has flat forks you need fork adapter/converter.
INTERNET AND TELECOMUNICATION MONGOLIA?
Wi-fi hotspots are almost everywhere in the cities. In villages you’ll need to ask “Internet Cafe” around. It costs about 1000-2500 tughrik per an hour. Every aimag capital has an internet cafe at the central Telecom office.
3G, 4G are available where you can get a sim card from local operators, such as Mobicom, Unitel, G-mobile. By 2016 all towns and villages are connected by mobile services completely. GSM and CDMA both used. Pre-paid International call cards are widely used.
WILL I ABLE TO SPEAK PEOPLE IN ENGLISH?
The official and spoken language of the country is Mongolian. Many people have Russian as their second language as they were taught this at school. An increasing number of people are now also speaking English. It is appreciated by locals if travellers learn some basic Mongolian before their trip. A few words are surprisingly easy to master and will help tremendously in communicating with local people.
HOW ABOUT ACCOMMODATION?
We highly recommend our own luxury resort called “Terelj Mountain Lodge” which is located in Terelj National Park, 52 km outside of Ulaanbaatar city.
Day-by-Day accommodation types are indicated in each tour program. In Ulaanbaatar we provide 4/5 star hotels on comfortable double room base with breakfast, whilst we arrange tourist camp, tented camp, or herder- family stay in the countryside. Tourist camps offer hotel-styled mongolian gers for sharing 3-4 persons per a ger.
I WOULD LIKE TO STAY IN NOMADIC FAMILY- IS IT POSSIBLE?
Yes, It is possible. The number one reason to visit Mongolia is that the most of travelers love to spend their time with local family, learning different culture while you are staying with them. Depending of what regions you are going, you will explore different cultural experiences of nomadic lifetsyle such as Kazakh nomad family in western Mongolia, reindeer herders in Taiga of northern Mongolia, Gobi desert and Khangai regions families in central Mongolia.
WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR VEGETARIAN AND SPECIAL DIETS?
If we informed about it in advance, we will be prepare special meal for you.
ARE THERE WESTER TOILETS ARE AVAILABLE?
You can use western-style seated toilets in the settlements and towns located in every 100-150 km along the main roads from Ulaanbaatar and the tourist camps and hotels that we have arranged to settle, there will be shower and seated toilets.
WHAT TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS ARE AVALIABLE?
Mostly 4 x 4 Japanese Jeep are arranged for touring outside the city and spilt by 2-3 people per vehicle. It basically depends on the number of people. If there are more than 5 people, we will arrange other vehicles like Hyundai Star-x, and buses.
IS THERE ANY RESTRICTION ON DOMESTIC FLIGHT?
On the internal /domestic/ flights there is a weight restriction of 10 kilograms (22 lbs.) for checked baggage and 5 kilograms (11 lbs.) for hand carried luggage. Overage charges will be about $2.5per kg. Make sure to know your luggage weights and prepare it before your domestic flight in Mongolia.
HOW MUCH DO I TIP AND TELL ABOUT TIPPING ETIQUITTE?
Though by definition a tip is never legally required, it is recommended when you are on tour. It depends on how you like our tour!
PLEASE GIVE ME PACKING SUGGESTION?
Please, be informed of Mongolian weather before your travel, and do not forget to take thin jackets and trousers to protect from the wind, moisturizing lip balm, moisturizing masks, rain boots, insect repellent oils and the flash lights. Read more…
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