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FAQs and travel tips

When is the best time to travel to Mongolia?

May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam festival. June, July and August is considered the high season for tourism, best option is to make sure your bookings well in advance, especially if you wish to travel during the Naadam festival.

How do I get to Mongolia?  

There are two ways to get to Mongolia, by air or by train. All direct flights come into Ulaanbaatar-most of them from Berlin, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Istanbul or Beijing, provided by MIAT (Mongolian Airline), Aeroflot, , Korean Airlines and Turkish Airlines. The famous Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar is also particularly exhilarating way into the country.  

How do I get a Mongolian Visa?  

Visas for leisure travel to Mongolia are quite easy to get, usually granted for a one month’s stay. it can be obtained from Mongolian embassies or consulates in your country. If there is no Mongolian Embassy in your country, one month visas can be obtained on the spot once you arrive at the airport or railway border points. There will also be a visa fee of 53$ US. We will supply an official confirmation letter (by email or post) for your visa application once you book a trip with us.

Is Mongolia a safe destination to travel?

Mongolia is one of the safest places in the world, but be aware of theft of your money or goods in public places in Ulaanbaatar and during public holidays. The cases are rare in countryside Is Mongolia a good place to travel with kids? Kids should at least be 2 years old. Weather conditions, bumpy roads, standard meals (mostly meat) and sanitary facilities are not ideal for very young children.

Do I need travel insurance?

We recommend you to take travel insurance prior to your travel in case of tour cancellation, injury, illness and loss of personal possessions or money.

Do I need vaccinations?

Mongolia is generally healthy to travel and no specific vaccinations are required. However some vaccines such as hepatitis A, B, poliomyelitis, typhoid, tetanus and rabies are recommended to be done few months before departure.

Are there any medical services available?

Visitors to Mongolia should be in good health condition and able to engage in a reasonable amount of physical activities. Medical services are only available in provincial centers, towns and soum (administrative unit) centers. Be sure to bring an adequate supply of any prescription medication you are on tour. Diarrhea and altitude sickness are common for travelers to Mongolia.

What shoud i pack?

Are you planning to pack your staff? This is of course depends on the type of trip you are taking, its length and the time of year. We recommend travelling as light as possible. The luggage limit on domestic flight is 15 kg, with a 2-3$ per kg surcharge depending on your destination. You can leave any items which are unnecessary for the countryside trip at the hotel. Some hotels charge for baggage storage, some not. Here are few things maybe you will find it helpful for you. Suggested checking lists for clothes: A sturdy, comfortable boots for walking Rubber slippers to wear in Ger camps Rain coat Warm coat or jacket Scarf, hat and gloves (not in July or August) Casual pants or shorts for man Couple of casual dresses for woman Long & Short sleeved T-shirts, shirts and sweaters (from each 2-3 pcs) Headscarf or sun hat, and sunglasses. For extra necessary items: Suntan lotion, lip balm Common toiletries-included toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and soap etc. (Mongolian tourist camps do not provide those things but you can buy them also from Mongolia). Sanitary napkins, razor or maybe hair dryer Mosquito spray, ear plugs, helmet (if horse riding) and a sleeping bag (depending on the type of trip) Water plastic case with 1 liter of capacity First aid kit or medicine box. Pocket knife Small electric converter and adapter plugs Watch with alarm, Night light Camera, film, binoculars.

What is the hotels like?

Hotels in Mongolia are star-rated by international standard, from one star to five stars. A 4-star hotel is just like any typical same standard hotels in Europe, or better: private bathrooms with tubs, TV, central air conditioning, direct long distance calls, restaurants service meals around-the-clock, post, shops, sauna, fitness, commercial center and beauty parlor are also available. 

What is the tourist camps like?

The tourist camps use traditional Ger (National dwelling of Mongolia) for accommodation and these sleep 2-4 people. The Ger camps also have a separate washing block that contains western style shower and toilet facilities. There are also laundry, restaurant (apart from dining you can also charge up camera batteries or other electric items), and souvenir shop.

How’s the food?

In Ulaanbaatar, there are variety of Mongolian, Western, Asian cuisine restaurants available, serving food at reasonable prices. In countryside, all tourist camps provide western style buffet with juice, milk, eggs, sausages, cereals, and Mongolian traditional and organic milk products for breakfasts. Lunch and dinner are Mongolian traditional meat meals and European popular food.

Is the tap water drinkable?

Tap water is not drinkable except in some of the hotels. All hotel rooms and camps are supplied with a thermos of boiled water, to make tea or drink as you wish. Bottled water is recommended. It can be purchased for about $0.25 to $0.75 per bottle everywhere. Also we will supply mineral water during your trip.

About money and currencies

Most of the major currencies (EURO, GBP, CNY, JPY, and RUB etc) are exchangeable to Mongolian National Currency (MNT) at any bank in Mongolia or most of the hotels in Ulaanbaatar. Mongolian National Currency is Tugrik. You can check the rates from following link:

http://www.golomtbank.com\en\home\rates

https://www.khanbank.com/en/home/rates

http://www.tdbm.mn/en/exchange

http://www.xacbank.mn/en/calculator/rates

Only a few banks accept and issue Traveler’s Check, but Credit cards are preferred over the Traveler’s Check. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB cards are acceptable in all major towns, also you can withdraw cash from any ATM.

Can I use credit card?

You can use credit cards in the larger shopping centers and HOTELS IN Ulaanbaatar. In the countryside, USD and Euros can be exchanged in banks (low rate) and are accepted in some touristic service organizations. It is wise to exchange some money before leaving Ulaanbaatar.

Should tourists tip?

It is common to tip when on tour. The amount depends on the length of your trip, the number of staff members on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. If you enjoyed your trip, giving a tip is a way of showing your gratitude. every staffs on the trip should to receive your gratitude to the staff. Tipping staff of tourist camps, restaurants and hotels is commonplace and will not go wrong.

Can I communicate home from Mongolia?

You can call home from your HOTEL ROOM in Ulaanbaatar and use wireless at your hotel. Hotels also have business centers or internet centers at an additional fee. Prepaid international calling cards are commonly used. GSM and CDMA are both used. Internet cafes are available at 600-800 MNT per hour in Ulaanbaatar and in provincial centers. Cell phone service is widely available throughout the 21 provinces and over 330 soums (administrative unit) of these provinces. You can send post cards from post offices of provincial centers and from Ulaanbaatar, but it may take some time before they are received.

What are the most spoken languages in Mongolia?

Most Mongolians older than 35-40 years speak in Russian as they were taught it at secondary school. Younger generations speak in English. The official language is Mongolian. Some people speak in Japanese, French, Korean and German.

How far in advance should I make my travel plans?

Reservations including airfare must be made at least one month prior to travel. A typical package should be booked at least 3 months in advance. Those that include specialty items such as Naadam festival, as well as a visit to Ice festival in Khuvsgul Lake & Golden Eagle festival packages should be booked earlier as the departures are limited and sell out quickly.