On the surface, it can seem like one big, grimy city. Scratch a little deeper though and you'll find a wealth of unique experiences that will give you a closer insight into this incredible country.
We spent around a week and a half here, before and after our incredible 16 day tour around the countryside. Click here to read about our top 8 experiences in Ulaanbaatar (and make sure you definitely don't miss out on number 7).
If wide open plains, crisp fresh water lakes, endless barren landscapes, or sweeping dunes is what you're after, Mongolia has it all. Its a country that always lands in our top 3 when people ask us the inevitable question of "what's your favourite country?" (an ever changing list by the way). Read all about our adventures, break downs, and close calls with wild Mongolian horses here, or if you've got some time to kill in Ulaanbaatar, check out our top 8 things to do here.
There was an epic amount of footage to squish into this seven and a half minute video, from the monumentus sights in Volgograd and Moscow, to one of the worlds most romantacised train rides, the Trans-Mongolian, to the incredibly vast, beautiful and breathtaking Mongolia.
Check it all out on the newly added 'monthly video'...Chapter 6 on the videos tab, or click here.
Its a pretty common route, jumping on the Trans Mongolian in Moscow, a few weeks enjoying the vast open spaces of Mongolia and then onwards to China, but if you are like us and travelling for many months, the logistics of visa’s can get tricky. We met so many travellers following the same path, but surprisingly little info online on how to apply for a Chinese visa from Mongolia. Many travellers are able to apply from their home country before the journey begins, but if you are like us and 5 months into the trip, this isn’t an option.
Travel blogs were the most useful source of information, but the application process seems to have changed from previous years and may have even become slightly more relaxed. Previous items such as a letter of invitation aren’t required now, which is thankfully one less piece of paper to worry about.
So, if you are an Australian applying for a Chinese Tourist visa from Mongolia, here’s the process. Note: This seemed to be the case for most other countries too, unless you are Indonesian and then you can only apply with a Mongolian permanent residency card (which makes it virtually impossible….this happened to an unlucky Indonesian in our travel group)
EMMA & PETE
We're just two Aussie's who met in London, married in Prague and travelled overland back to Australia.