Chinggis (Genghis) Khan Statue

Located a short drive from Ulaanbaatar, the Chinggis Khan statue is one of the most famous landmarks of Mongolia. We paid a short visit on the way back to the capital at the end of a three day tour of the nearby national parks. The first thing we noticed was just how HUGE it is … Continue reading Chinggis (Genghis) Khan Statue

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Terelj National Park and Ariabal Monastery

The Terelj National Park is one of the most popular in Mongolia, famous for its rock formations and beautiful landscapes. I started the day wandering around the ger camp where we had just spent the night, soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the scene. Next, we headed out to explore, starting with the famous Turtle … Continue reading Terelj National Park and Ariabal Monastery

Khustai National Park

After spending the night at the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes, we continued on in our rickety van to the Khustai National Park, famous for it's wild horses. The national park itself is huge, and we didn't have time to explore it all. Instead, we drove through to a popular walking spot and set off to … Continue reading Khustai National Park

Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes

Having spend a couple of days exploring the highlights of Ulaanbaatar, I joined a small tour group to explore the national parks near to Mongolia's capital. Our first day was mostly spent travelling, arriving at the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes in the late afternoon. Our tour bus was a rather rickety and slightly uncomfortable van … Continue reading Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes

Trekking the Bodg Khan Mountain, Mongolia

On the train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, I got to know a really friendly Taiwanese guy who also ended up in the same hostel as me. Having spent a couple of days really exploring the city of Ulaanbaatar, today I teamed up with him for a private tour to the Bogd Khan Mountain for a … Continue reading Trekking the Bodg Khan Mountain, Mongolia

Mongolian National Academic Drama Theatre

Every evening at 6pm, the National Academic Drama Theatre puts on a performance of traditional music and dance. Although the ticket price did seem a little steep, I had really enjoyed the small performance of traditional music at my hostel the other night, and really wanted to see the full spectacle. The performance itself was … Continue reading Mongolian National Academic Drama Theatre

Dashchoilon Monastery

This more modern monastery is located just to the north of the city centre, and has to have been one of my favourite sights in Ulaanbaatar. The brightly coloured buildings are modelled on traditional Mongolian gers, although now made from concrete for durability. Apparently they originally formed part of the State Circus, perhaps explaining the … Continue reading Dashchoilon Monastery