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Travel Blogs from Ulan Bator
... structures, traditionally (and to this day) lived-in by nomadic Mongolian herdsmen, dotted across the vast expanses. They're heated by a log-fire and very very cosy, especially when the temperature dipped to -10 degrees over night! Luckily a man would come in at 3am to stoke the fire to keep it going (and before any of you dirty minded people comment, that is not a euphemism for anything!). We got there early on Monday morning, and after a quick ...
... After going through about five cars we were gruffly turned back and told to go to the other end where I was dismayed to learn that the bar I had seen earlier was in fact the restaurant. On our way back to our compartment we heard some people speaking English and asked them what they knew about the food situation. Turns out both couples, all sharing a second class compartment which consisted of two bunks and a table (you gotta really like your friends to ...
... a time as we swayed over a gorge. Once we made it to the other side, we were greeted by a beautiful temple with a Chinese style sloped roof. It is so quiet and peaceful in the temple, as you would expect from a temple created for meditation. Sitting on top of the mountain among the clouds, you really felt a little closer to heaven. That is, until the temple custodian grabbed my arm to show me some particularly graphic depictions of hell involving a man and a ...
... under a lovely evening sky before a gorgeous sunset over our camp for the night.
An easy day driving back to UB via Hustai National Park. By this time we were all pretty exhausted and the rain had been coming down pretty hard for some time. We drove in stating the fact that if it was going to take us hours to find the Wild Horses we had come to see, we would maybe prefer to head back to UB. Fortunately it took us no more than 5mins after entering the park to ...
... occupied by the Chinese, whose influence on temples is clearly visible architecturally.
Soviet monoliths of functional grandeur and industrialisation are also clearly visible. The Cyrillic writing is an ever present reminder of the mark Soviet Russia has made on the country.
It is a surprisingly bustling city. We spend our time wandering the busy streets, being quizzically starred at by locals, enjoying Chingis Vodka (names ...
Other places to stay in Ulan Bator
PO Box 46A-314, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $12
Byangol district, 1st microdistrict. Building 22, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $12
Bayangol District, 3rd khoroo, Teeverchdiin St, House-7, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $16
Tserendorj street Building 63 Apt 10-12, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $30
Gandan Ger District Gandan tuul 2-22, Ulan Bator | Hotelfrom $12