Useful Travel Tips

Useful Travel Tips

Travelers, who have never been to Mongolia shouldn't fail to notice the following tips, which are essential for touring both the city and countryside, visiting a nomadic family.

Mongolia is one of the safest places in the world but like in many other countries tourists need to be aware of the dangers and apply common sense.

  • Be careful when you are in the market, shopping centers, museums and theatres, and also on public transport. We have pickpockets in Mongolia too!
  • If you have lost anything or had something stolen, you should report it immediately to your guide or the nearest police station.
  • It is better to buy souvenirs, precious things, cashmere and leather goods in shops and not from street vendors and get a receipt and custom certificate from the shop. Please ask the shops from your guides.
  • Please, do not buy anything precious, antique items and products of animal origin offered by individuals.
  • It is not a good idea to walk around suburbs and dark places in Ulaanbaatar after 23.00 hours. If you do go out to nightclubs or bars leave your valuables in a safe place.
  • Use only officially registered tour operators, if in doubt ask the Tourist Information center. Mongolia Travel Guide is a recognized tour operator.
  • Use only recognizable designated taxis (yellow) and buses.
  • You should carry a photocopy of your travel documents at all times. Never leave money, valuables and hand baggage unattended.
  • In the countryside, you should carry your own first aid kit and any necessary medicines. Also, take some canned and packaged food from Ulaanbaatar and other larger settlements.
  • Although there are freshwater rivers in Mongolia, you should drink purified or boiled water.
  • Do not litter the surroundings and always carry a bag for rubbish when traveling in the countryside. Do not harm the environment, flora, and fauna.

On the whole, Mongolians are Buddhist, but Mongolians are very tolerant of other religions.

When visiting Buddhist monasteries and temples, you need to take into account the following in order to avoid cultural misunderstanding.

  • Do not dress immodestly when you visit a Buddhist temple, and take your hat off
  • Do not take photos or videos of anything or anyone without permission
  • Do not make a loud noise or smoke inside.
  • When entering a temple do not step on the door threshold.
  • Never touch the Buddha images and other things in the temple because these are considered sacred.