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  • Andy Honey

10 Compelling Reasons Why Mongolia Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Are you seeking an adventure that takes you off the beaten path? Look no further than Mongolia, a country renowned for its vast landscapes, rich nomadic heritage, and unparalleled natural beauty. From the expansive Gobi Desert to the rugged Altai Mountains, Mongolia offers an abundance of experiences for intrepid travellers. Here are ten compelling reasons why Mongolia should be at the top of your travel bucket list:

Mongolia field with goats and yurts

1. Untamed Landscapes: Mongolia boasts some of the most breathtaking and diverse landscapes on the planet. From rolling steppe and towering sand dunes to crystal-clear lakes and snow-capped mountains, the country's natural beauty is truly awe-inspiring.

2. Nomadic Culture: Experience the timeless traditions of Mongolia's nomadic herders, who have roamed the land for centuries. Stay in a traditional ger (yurt) and immerse yourself in the daily life of these hospitable people, learning about their customs, cuisine, and way of life.

3. Naadam Festival: Witness the excitement and spectacle of Mongolia's largest and most celebrated festival, Naadam. Held annually in July, this event showcases the country's traditional sports of wrestling, horse racing, and archery, along with vibrant cultural performances and ceremonies.

4. Gobi Desert: Explore the legendary Gobi Desert, one of the world's largest and most iconic deserts. Marvel at the towering sand dunes of Khongoryn Els, discover ancient dinosaur fossils at the Flaming Cliffs, and encounter hardy nomads and their herds in this rugged and otherworldly landscape.

5. Wildlife Watching: Encounter rare and endangered wildlife in their natural habitats, including the elusive snow leopard, wild horses known as takhi, and the majestic Siberian ibex. Mongolia's diverse ecosystems provide ample opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.

wild horses in a field in mongolia

6. Mongolian Cuisine: Delight your taste buds with the flavours of authentic Mongolian cuisine. From hearty meat dishes like khorkhog (slow-cooked mutton) and buuz (steamed dumplings) to dairy products like airag (fermented mare's milk), the country's culinary offerings reflect its nomadic heritage and reliance on hearty, nourishing foods.

7. Historical and Cultural Sites: Discover Mongolia's rich history and cultural heritage by visiting ancient ruins, Buddhist monasteries, and historical sites such as the Erdene Zuu Monastery, once the largest monastery in the country. Learn about the legacy of Genghis Khan, the legendary founder of the Mongol Empire, and explore the ruins of his capital, Kharkhorin.

8. Adventure Activities: Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or a nature lover, Mongolia offers a wide range of outdoor activities to suit every taste. Go trekking in the rugged Altai Mountains, horseback riding across the vast steppe, or camel trekking in the desert. For thrill-seekers, try your hand at dune bashing, rock climbing, or white-water rafting.

9. Stargazing: Experience the magic of Mongolia's pristine night skies, which offer some of the best stargazing opportunities in the world. Far from the glare of city lights, you can marvel at the Milky Way, spot constellations, and even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights during certain times of the year.

10. Hospitality of the Nomads: Last but not least, the warmth and hospitality of the Mongolian people will leave a lasting impression on you. From sharing a meal with a nomadic family to listening to traditional throat singing around a campfire, you'll feel welcomed and embraced by the genuine kindness and generosity of the locals.

My Top Recommendations for Budget Accommodation in Mongolia

Sukhbaatar Apartment - 2 bedrooms with kitchen and bathroom. Wifi included. Only 1.5km from Chinggis Square. Warm and Comfortable room for the winter months. The owners also offer guided tours.

Nomad Bed & Breakfast - Nomad Bed & Breakfast, Dalanzadgad offers accommodation in Dalandzadgad. Boasting an ATM, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and currency exchange for guests. The units at the guest house are fitted with a seating area. The rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. Guests at Nomad Bed & Breakfast, Dalanzadgad can enjoy a à la carte breakfast. The area is popular for hiking, and car hire is available at the accommodation.

Ulaanbaatar Apartment - Set in Ulaanbaatar, 3.8 km from Ulaanbaatar Opera House and 4.6 km from National Museum of Mongolian History, Cozy apartment&tours provides accommodation with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. Housed in a building dating from 2018, this apartment is 4.6 km from Sukhbaatar Square and 5.1 km from Chinggis Khan Statue. The apartment has a balcony, 1 bedroom, a living room and a well-equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster. Mongolia National Park is 5.2 km from the apartment, while Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts is 3.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Buyant-Ukhaa International, 12 km from Cozy apartment&tours, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Paradise of Backpackers - The apartment located in the heart of the city at the top floor. 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies with panoramic views of the city. Fully furnished, big-lounge dining and fully equipped kitchen. Bedroom 1 is a large room with a queen bed, bedsides tables and study desk etc. This room has a private bathroom. En-suite. Walking distance to the Seoul Street, cafes, restaurants, pubs, museums, the State Department Store, Genghis Square and Government Palace. Unlimited internet access.

Mongolian Inn - Attractively situated in the Sukhbaatar district of Ulaanbaatar, wide mongolia guest house is situated 3.1 miles from Mongolia National Park, 0.9 miles from Sukhbaatar Square and 0.8 miles from Chinggis Khan Statue. The property is around 1.1 miles from Ulaanbaatar Opera House, 0.7 miles from Government Palace Garden and 1.4 miles from National Amusement Park. Both private parking and free WiFi are accessible at the guest house.

Popular points of interest near wide mongolia guest house include National Museum of Mongolian History, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery and Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts.

Sukhbaatar is a great choice for travellers interested in history, friendly locals and culture.

Zaisan Apartment - Welcome to Zaisan Village - True luxury Stunning 2 bedroom suite, located at UB’s premium address. Offering 1270 sq. ft. luxurious suite in a picturesque community. Best location in Ulaanbaatar, 4 km from Sukhbaatar square. Open concept design with granite counter tops & a breakfast bar. Fully furnished and with parquet wood flooring. Spacious living room and 2 large bedrooms, comfortably fit king size bed with sliding closet doors. Control your in-suite heating and heat and hot water included. A den which can be easily used as a home office. The premium apartment suite with cutting edge appliances, large windows and a spacious balcony. Friendly, safe, quiet and impeccably clean neighborhood. Enjoy the playground for added convenience. Steps to public transportation and easy access to downtown and airport direct roads. Perfect for relaxing strolls or hikes to Bogd Mountain and forest area. You will really like it!

traditional mongolian people playing instruments

Mongolia offers a truly unique and unforgettable travel experience for those willing to venture off the beaten path. Whether you're drawn to its untamed landscapes, vibrant nomadic culture, or thrilling outdoor adventures, this extraordinary country has something to offer every traveler. So pack your bags, prepare for adventure, and get ready to explore the wonders of Mongolia. Could this be your next travel destination?


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