Though Northern Mongolia had a fair number of truly awesome spots, MOPOH was not amongst them. Oh wait, that was the Cyrillic name. The first indication something was strange was the English name: Moron. Second: horses riding down the streets (though I must admit that as usual this endeared the place to me a little) … Continue reading
Though there are monasteries liberally scattered around UB, my favorite was easily the one just down the street from my guesthouse/ ger camp in Ulan Baatar. Gandan Monastery The Ganden Monastery actually reminded me a lot of temples from my trip to Tibet a few summer ago. With all the bright colors and prayer flags … Continue reading
The last night of a four-day horse trekking trip, Dan attempts to ride one of the yaks our host keeps in his herds. He is not successful, but I am amused.
About half an hour into a ride from Moron to Khatgal in Northern Mongolia, our minivan was suddenly in need of immediate repairs. Two friends and I (one of whom was a Mongolian who claimed to have been known as “Batman” when he lived in Utah years ago) wandered over to the nearest ger to … Continue reading
Though the between-expedition days in UB ended up being way more about food and coffee and wifi than sightseeing, there were a few places I liked. One in particular was the central open area: Sukhbaatar Square. Especially towards the end of the days, there would be rollerbladers, strolling families, or trinket sellers at the foot … Continue reading
Travel Budget: Mongolia Mongolia ended up being far far less expensive than I expected before I went. Even while doing awesome stuff like renting a van for 10 days/ horse trekking around Khovsgol Lake/ outfitting all of your adventures with enough food to last the whole time, Mongolia didn’t cost much more than a mid-range … Continue reading
I expected Mongolia to be awesome, and it was even better than I’d imagined. I expected to spend a ton of money on getting awesome experiences out of the place, and accomplished the latter without having to spend much more than a trip through South East Asia. Most surprisingly, even at the tail end of … Continue reading