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RE: Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
@Marco- I never went to Strings. So I can't really comment.

However, from what I heard off the grapevine, it was a freelancers place where Mongolian girls went to "catch rich businessmen." The mongolian "high-society youth" mostly avoided this place. Apparently it was popular w/Japanese, Korean and Russian business dudes.

Taken w/a grain of salt, this might be the place where I would do better. Analogous to thailand. Thailand I did best in places known for foreigners than for local people, because the girls -freelance, curious, or just out to have fun- go specifically looking for foreigners.

Edit- I seem to do poorly w/Russian women in nightclub/dark bars setting. So this means zilch to me. I also didn't see many Russian girls out in UB.

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(08-06-2012 06:05 PM)nomadicdude Wrote:  There is good nightlife in Ulaan Baatar and the girls are hot. I've been almost everywhere in Asia and I'd rate UB as one of the top three cities for hot Asian girls. You of course have to go in the summer, when its warm and the girls all walk around in short skirts.

The thing is that most of the foreigner bars/clubs cater to hookers. Most girls you see in clubs are ho's especially in a club like Stringers which is a famous hooker place for foriegners.

There also is a major anti-foreigner thing there, so you have to watch your back especially if you are white. Go google about it before you go. You don't want to fuck around with a Mongolian guy.

Yeah, Mongolian guys don't like to see foreigners with Mongolian girls. Three guys jumped me once when I was out with my Mongolia wife but they had no chance against me. I am 7'4 (187 cm) and a Karate Black Belt!
I hope their hospital bill was expensive.
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I'm a bit confused to hear so many of you chime in about how big and bad the Mongolian men are.

I understand that they have a very masculine culture, proud of their Genghis Khan descendancy and all that, but when you look at the average height statistics, nearly every site lists a number for Mongolian men from 5 foot 5.5 to 5 foot 6.5.

Are they stocky, muscular short dudes who just have a menacing way about them? Are these stats off? Just curious here. I'll likely be going to UB next summer, and would like to know what I'm getting into, if something arises.
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just aggresive. They get drunk and like to fight. I'd see one fight every other day walking around at night. Nobody bothers to break it up.

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Do girls speak better Russian than English there?
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(06-28-2015 09:50 PM)mau man Wrote:  I'm a bit confused to hear so many of you chime in about how big and bad the Mongolian men are.

I understand that they have a very masculine culture, proud of their Genghis Khan descendancy and all that, but when you look at the average height statistics, nearly every site lists a number for Mongolian men from 5 foot 5.5 to 5 foot 6.5.

Are they stocky, muscular short dudes who just have a menacing way about them? Are these stats off? Just curious here. I'll likely be going to UB next summer, and would like to know what I'm getting into, if something arises.

Mongolian men are tough. They all can fights. They all wrestle as a past time pretty regularly, but also get into brutal fights over stupid shit all the time. And boy they can really take a hit. They don't carry guns, but they'll do crazy stuff like pick up a pipe or try to hit you with their car. And the Mongolian police will largely agree with their actions. (Who's cousin do you know that will take responsibility for some foreigner turning Mongol women into whores?)

Any guy that walks around UB with a Mongolian girl is looking to get his ass kicked, very badly. They hate foreigners in general, but foreigners fucking their women even more.

I'm with a Mongolian woman, and have a lot of Mongolian friends and I'm still very careful in UB.
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Good to know. I'm doing Mongolia soon. I guess the key is to do some work on the heavy bag before I go...

Lance -- did you ever actually get into a fight in UB when you were with your girl? Or when you walk around with a girl do you just get guys who step up, say shit and try to act tough?

I also saw this: http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/01/in...ital/8137/

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"Were there things about the city that you found difficult to adjust to?

The racism and xenophobia that I encountered. There’s a movement of nationalists that have the harebrained idea of keeping Mongol blood pure. They beat up foreigners while wearing replica SS Nazi uniforms. If they spot a male foreigner with a Mongol woman, they would target her too. In my experience, nothing physically harmful would happen usually but I always left these confrontations angry and disheartened."

In any case, making male Mongolian friends, or meeting girls in discrete locations (my hotel room) sounds like a necessity in central Asia... But not that much you can do really -- to get a flag you need to interact with Mongolian girls. Maybe I'll refrain from porking girls publicly.



(08-26-2015 03:08 PM)Lance Blastoff Wrote:  
(06-28-2015 09:50 PM)mau man Wrote:  I'm a bit confused to hear so many of you chime in about how big and bad the Mongolian men are.

I understand that they have a very masculine culture, proud of their Genghis Khan descendancy and all that, but when you look at the average height statistics, nearly every site lists a number for Mongolian men from 5 foot 5.5 to 5 foot 6.5.

Are they stocky, muscular short dudes who just have a menacing way about them? Are these stats off? Just curious here. I'll likely be going to UB next summer, and would like to know what I'm getting into, if something arises.

Mongolian men are tough. They all can fights. They all wrestle as a past time pretty regularly, but also get into brutal fights over stupid shit all the time. And boy they can really take a hit. They don't carry guns, but they'll do crazy stuff like pick up a pipe or try to hit you with their car. And the Mongolian police will largely agree with their actions. (Who's cousin do you know that will take responsibility for some foreigner turning Mongol women into whores?)

Any guy that walks around UB with a Mongolian girl is looking to get his ass kicked, very badly. They hate foreigners in general, but foreigners fucking their women even more.

I'm with a Mongolian woman, and have a lot of Mongolian friends and I'm still very careful in UB.
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(08-27-2015 05:04 AM)_Cicero Wrote:  Good to know. I'm doing Mongolia soon. I guess the key is to do some work on the heavy bag before I go...

Lance -- did you ever actually get into a fight in UB when you were with your girl? Or when you walk around with a girl do you just get guys who step up, say shit and try to act tough?

TLDR: Never got in a fight, avoided them by not antagonizing the locals. Mongolian guys can and will fight dirty, don't piss them off.

I think that the most important thing is to remember that Mongolia is a VERY different country than the US.

Regarding violence, I've only been in Ulaanbaatar during the summer, which as another poster pointed out, is when all of the affluent Mongolians under 30 or so return to the City from the US, Canada, Europe, etc and they do have a moderating influence, particularly in the clubs.

I never got into a trouble when I was there, but I was always in places like hotels, people's homes or with a number of other men with me along with my girl (usually members of her family or her friends.)

Walking around with a Mongolian girl during the day won't, in my (limited) estimation get you attacked, but every block or so, some man or woman (often older) will call her a whore, a bitch or a slut. If you're out and about long enough, some guy will come up and confront her about being a "foreigner's whore." (Unlike a girl from most anywhere else in the world, the Mongolian girl will not take that lying down and will begin to respond violently to the man, shouting and threatening him. [You won't know what to do, and before you know it it's over, dude will be on the ground clutching balls, anyway. Mongolian girls are tough, too.])

At night, it's a bit different, add serious amounts of alcohol (you know, as opposed to the three or so beers you had at lunch) and you're now talking about the potential for serious violence. They aren't interested in fighting fair. Oh yeah, and they can fight - because they do it all the time. Your average Mongolian florist - he's been in a fight in the last few weeks. Three out of the nine men that I hung out with had bruises on their face. I regularly saw fights just driving around UB and saw them every night at the end at clubs. People don't intervene unless they have a personal connection to someone involved. Security saw their job as protecting the club, not the street outside.

It's actually quite dangerous, as I understand it, just to be a solo Mongolian guy alone out clubbing - let alone a foreigner. People are not friendly to strangers - at all - in the country. You must have a personal connection to the group in order to really get to know people. Mongolians are suspicious even of their own kind. (Perhaps even more so.)

There are several clubs that are frequented by foreigners, so you pretty much can go hang out there, I guess. There still might be some problems, but really, if it's a foreigner friendly place, the girls are hookers. (Of which there are a lot in Mongolia.) I'd be careful coming and going from the club, as alcohol is involved, and some drunk guys might just decide to jump a lone foreigner. I'm going to assume that you don't want to (just) bang hookers, though...

The other problem with fighting , as I understand it, is that some Mongolians are looking to extort foreigners by picking fights and then suing or pressing charges and then demanding a bribe to drop the charges. So be careful and make sure you can afford to pay a big bribe if you need to.

The key is to build friendships with Mongolians - particularly men and to get introductions through them. For all of their blatant racism and Xenophobia, they are an incredible people with a remarkable culture and a passion for life. A key part of Mongolian culture is the close association of manhood and hospitality; To be a man is to be a gracious host. They're a very generous people and if you're their guest, they will see it as a personal responsibility to show you a good time and treat you as best they can.

I was treated incredibly warmly by my hosts and bought one meal in three weeks last time I was there. They took me everywhere and showed me everything new. Every night and every day was the personal responsibility of my hosts. I loved it there, but I have no idea how they would have responded if I was just some guy's college friend and I suggested that I wanted to meet girls.

To a Mongolian, non-Mongolians, and Western men in particular, seem like a bunch of cold-hearted, weaklings and pussies; They can't drink, they don't take risks, and they're passionless. Most young Mongolian guys work out and have style. (Not always great style, but style, nonetheless.) It helps if you know how to ride a horse and if you can swim. They also like to wrestle, but you'll never be able to keep up, as they've been doing it since they were able to walk. The best thing to do is counter that perception - build up your tolerance to vodka (no face-making, either), do whatever crazy shit they do and understand that there's worse ways to die than while doing something really fucking risky in Mongolia. That will earn their respect, if nothing else, and will increase your chances with their women. (Their women really care about masculinity. Perhaps a bit too much...)

On the plus side. Women outnumber the men considerably in UB. This has the effect of requiring women to be fairly aggressive and, consequently, fairly slutty. This dynamic, plus the lack of any significant christian influences on the country, mean that Mongolian women are very forward, aggressive and horny. This means that Mongolian men of any significant prospects, are drowning in pussy and often behave pretty badly. It's pretty normal for guys to slap their girlfriends, wives, mistresses around.

It's not uncommon for members of "The 76" (the 76 members of the ruling elite of the country) to have multiple mistresses that are 17-20, regardless of their age. Most Mongolian men, and an increasingly large number of women, who come from affluent families, are not really interested in marriage any longer. Infidelity is so widespread and there's no real concept of divorce like in the US. A woman is expected to just put up with that. The atmosphere is very hedonistic and male dominated in that respect (in most respects, actually.)

Mongolian women are extremely feminine, sexy and are generally outgoing. With them comes about as much drama as a Korean, but they tend to be a bit wilder - more like Korean - Americans. Many speak English, but Russian is still more common in the over 40 crowd.

Mongolian women are generally very interested in caucasian men, so, the main challenge is just getting around their men. The women don't generally have a problem with race, so it's pretty much fine if there's a very high ratio of women to men, which is quite plausible at most times in UB, and you were careful coming and going from the clubs.

Lots of Mongolian girls are very flirty, and often DTF if not around other Mongolians. Every Mongolian girl I've fucked enjoys sex, is ok with discrete NSA sex, knows how to suck dick fairly well, although same as elsewhere in Asia, cum swallowing is less common, but is also easily corrected. They seem to like it rough as a group.

For LTR potential, that one is a tough one.

There are significant cultural differences that I think many men will find offensive; To most Western men Mongolian women will seem far too practical at best, and outright Mercenary at worst. Mongolia is a fairly poor country (although growing rapidly) and Mongolian women are fascinated by western movies, clothes, styles and music (particularly hip hop and EDM), so a western guy has certain advantages, but most Mongolian women have seen enough to be shrewd and tend to expect a guy to put out if they're going to put out. (For nice girls, this means that they understand that their beauty is fleeting and won't fuck a guy they aren't serious about who's just looking to put a pin in his map.) Mongolians love labels, status symbols and are very bling-y. All this means they're really into power, money and status.

Mostly, they worry a great deal about how their family and friends (and the broader Mongolian community) will perceive their behavior and this is what keeps them from being more promiscuous. There is a huge emphasis placed on "keeping the blood pure" even in schools, and certainly from most of their peers. Your best chance with a Mongolian girl is when she's not around other Mongolians.

The kind of guy that's going to be visiting Mongolia (probably) is going to be sufficiently masculine (unless you're an auditor or something) to be attractive to a Mongolian girl, but if you're not really a take charge kind of guy, it will erode her respect for you in relatively short order and there can be problems. Most of the Mongolian-White couples I've seen haven't held up because he "isn't strong enough" for her (and also, the guy was punching way above his weight in a fair fight on looks). What they perceive as "masculine" is a higher bar than what most of us would. The other issue is that most Mongolian women have zero interest in a career - virtually all want to be a stay at home mother. (Most women in Mongolia marry and have children in their early 20s.)

A lot of Mongolian guys aren't even really interested in their own women. (Ironic, given their Xenophobia.) The couple of Mongolian players I know are the only Asian guys that I know regularly date outside their race.

As a reputation, they are very high maintenance as girlfriends and the relationships don't work because they're incredibly demanding that you spend money on them (like a lot of Asian girls) and they're constantly insulting their boyfriend's manhood as a way of pushing buttons.

As a general rule, Western men become entranced by a Mongolian woman's coquettish sexuality and charm and their exoticism - they can often have very western features, and generally have very pale, white skin. They often speak English with heavy Russian accents. They are generally quite loyal (like all women, until they're not.) To summarize, they're basically Korean by day, Russian by night.

But, their materialism, hot tempers, and wildness rubs a lot of guys the wrong way eventually. You'll definitely need to be a party animal to keep up with most Mongolians and this will exhaust most western guys. They also seem to be a moody people overall compared to most whites.

Mongolian men's blatant, and frequent, cheating, makes them insanely jealous by nature and suspicious of boyfriends and husbands. I've seen couples work when the woman basically doesn't live around too many Mongolians and the guy is pretty Alpha. Mongolian men are also very jealous, and most Mongolian families are, by Western standards, high in drama. (Soap Opera drama.... Mexican Soap Opera Drama)

They also have a tendency to get fat. I've seen some skinny ones - like all Asians, a certain percentage of them is incapable of gaining any weight, but most tend to get chubby at an early age due to the high carb, high fat diet of meat and milk. Best teeth I've ever seen in Asia, or outside the First World for that matter. (Must be all the milk.) Regularly have seen perfect, white teeth with no gum recession. An increasing number of Mongolians girls I know are starting to become gym rats, but my observation would be that they often have bad habits that offset the anti-aging benefits of being Asian.
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^Excellent post, thanks.

I'll have male hosts there, which should help, and I think I'll have prospects for introductions to girls outside of a bar/club setting. On the other hand, I'll miss the summer returnees, which is a shame. Sounds like it might be worth it to hit a mall or something and do day-gaming and give out my number Naughty-Nomad style, perhaps with more discretion, without the risk of having to fight drunk Mongolian guys. I'm too intrigued with what the night game is like not to at least check it out, but it definitely sounds dangerous. I can see myself getting a lot of attention from girls but it sounds like to be the alpha of the club I'd also need to fight for it, like in an actual troupe of gorillas. I'll definitely grow the beard out for Mongolia...
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^Linking my post-visit data sheet: https://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-50552.html
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Hi there, I am a German scientist (40 y) and I was a couple of times in Ulan Bator (UB) and also the steppe for work. I work in nuclear safety and gave training courses to mongolian authorities and their military/secret service. Well I never was very successful with women but still I present my experiences here:
- As typical westerner (german) you are an absolute exception in mongolia and women are very attracted or at least interested in you
- however, mongolians are shy and most of them speak only mongolian or russian eventually. I think mongolian women are hard to seduce since they dont want to lose their face and are not experienced with foreigners. but maybe other guys more successful with women than me make better experiences
- there is nothing beautiful in UB. It is very dull and boring and most of the year also cold.
- mongolians in general seem to me very stand offish and reserved (after a few vodkas this changes however)

to summarise, I cannot recommend visiting mongolia. Only very educated people speak english (I assume most of the guys here are not interested in educated women) and normally the women are very shy and bond closely to their families.
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Any other recent UB reports? I am seriously considering going there for in summer 2019 for 3-6 weeks.
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I might be going to Mongolia in June. Any updates to what has been shared here? Some of the comments are old.
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Well, it's the worst traffic city I have ever seen. It appears to have know expressways or limited-access highways of any kind. People drive around on streets.

Mongolians drive on the right side of the road. Curiously enough, the Japanese cars there also have the driver on the right. This was probably half of them.

The city has lots of North Korean refugees and lots of Korean restaurants. They gave me big portions when I ate there.

Amttai is a good Korean restaurant not far from the Holiday Inn, which is where I stayed.

Caffe Bene is a nice local coffee shop, which has quite a few locations in town

Mongolia has no coins, only paper money.

The city is over 4,000 feet up, so you may need a day to adjust.

There seems to be a lot of growth. Buildings are going up everywhere. It felt like a city of 10,000,000.

The Russian influence is waning. I went to an ATM which had options for Mongolian, English, and Chinese.
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(06-11-2019 01:00 AM)puckerman Wrote:  Well, it's the worst traffic city I have ever seen. It appears to have know expressways or limited-access highways of any kind. People drive around on streets.

Mongolians drive on the right side of the road. Curiously enough, the Japanese cars there also have the driver on the right. This was probably half of them.

The city has lots of North Korean refugees and lots of Korean restaurants. They gave me big portions when I ate there.

Amttai is a good Korean restaurant not far from the Holiday Inn, which is where I stayed.

Caffe Bene is a nice local coffee shop, which has quite a few locations in town

Mongolia has no coins, only paper money.

The city is over 4,000 feet up, so you may need a day to adjust.

There seems to be a lot of growth. Buildings are going up everywhere. It felt like a city of 10,000,000.

The Russian influence is waning. I went to an ATM which had options for Mongolian, English, and Chinese.

Sad that the Russian influence is waning. Do you think between Russian and English knowledge one would have problems communicating with an average girl on the street, say someone between the age of 21-35?
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Following. I'll be there soon.
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The airport only has four gates and is one of the smallest I've ever seen. The traffic is absolutely horrible, even late in the evening. It's crazier here than Las Vegas. It took about an hour for us to get from the airport, and this was from 11am to noon.

The UB Cab requires 384 MB of space on my phone. That is more than twice as much for Uber. What gives?

Verizon phone service doesn't work at all here. AT&T does work here, but not very well.
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Any updates on clubs or bars?
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I’ve recently spent a little bit of in Mongolia and I thought I’d share my experience in the country, here it goes.


Visa & getting there:

I’m an EU citizen and I needed a visa, some other nationalities don’t need a visa but I did. I had to send copies of my flights, accommodation, medical insurance and my actual passport to the consulate of Mongolia in my country of origin and I had to paid 95 euros to get my visa. Add to that the cost of 32 euros of sending the documents by courier and having my passport returned to me by the consulate.
Expensive and complicated process. No online visa, no visa on arrival either as of July 2019.
I flew to Ulaanbaatar from Hong Kong with Mongolian airlines, MIAT, the return flight was about 500 USD.

Once I landed in Ulaanbaatar I had to wait one hour at immigration, lots of travelers and just two booths served by the police. When my turn finally arrived the police officer kept looking at my passport and said something on his radio, suddenly one other immigration officer approached me and very politely asked me to follow him. I was taken to a room with several other officers, they kept talking to each other, making calls, asking me questions and the whole process took 30 minutes, maybe longer. No one answered my questions. I finally cleared immigration and went to collect my suitcase, here I have to say that Ulaanbaatar airport is tiny, there’s a new one under construction; there was just one baggage carrousel and I couldn’t find my suitcase, I asked everyone but no one would help, after about another half an hour and out of desperation I knocked on a side door and some police officer made me understand some suitcases might be in another room, he walked with me there and my suitcase was there. I asked him why my suitcase had been put there but his answer was in Mongolian language so I couldn’t understand a word he said.
At this point I was tired as fuck, a friend of mine had been waiting for me all along outside. Found my friend, went outside to her car and she gave me a ride to my hotel.
As a side note, it was really cold out at night, about 5 degrees Celsius I figure.




Accommodation:

I spent the first five days in a hotel in central Ulaanbaatar, in the district of Sukhbaatar. The hotel was pretty decent and it cost around $50 a night. Really big bedroom with a huge living room, nice views of the city. I totally recommend this hotel, I can PM the name.
The breakfast was pretty good. The staff spoke good English and were very helpful. I had no issues of any kind.
The hotel was in a really good location, very near to the central square, very close to restaurants, supermarkets, ATMs etc.

I then spent a couple of nights in a traditional Mongolian ger in the Terelj National Park and after that back in Ulaanbaatar I booked the same hotel, everyone there calls it UB, by the way.

I will talk about my experience in the national park down below.



Money & getting around in Ulaanbaatar:

I withdrew cash with my bank card, plenty of ATMs in the city center. $1 equaled to around 3,000 Mongolian Tughrik. I didn’t pay much attention at what ATMs I was using, I think a couple of times I used ХААН Банк – Khan Bank, it allowed me to withdraw larger amounts, I think.

I found Ulaanbaatar to be pretty affordable, I’ll give a few examples of the costs there:
-Pack of smokes: 1 or 2 Dollars
-Taxi ride: 1 to 3 Dollars. People told me 1Km it’s 1000 Tughrik or 0.33 Dollars. I’m pretty sure I paid more than that, though. Still, taxis were very cheap. By taxis I mean private individuals who you flag down on the street and they give you a ride. Better to negotiate beforehand, for that you’ll need to speak Mongolian, if the driver is +40 yo, Russian might come in handy. Don’t expect them to speak English.
-Dinner for two people in an okay good restaurant, about 20-25 Dollars.
-Local beer Сенгур – Sengur in a bar around $1, maybe a bit more. I tried different beers, Sengur was my favorite. The cans are blue if you get them in a store. There was another beer I liked, there was a camel on the sticker on the bottle, I can’t remember the name.
-Nightclubs: I went to Mint one night, I got very drunk and I’m not sure how much I was paying for drinks but I don’t think it was a lot. Met lots of paying people, many guys bought me drinks, I bought some too. Lots of security guards in the club. Really good atmosphere.

I found it difficult sometimes to keep track of my expenses due to the fact that the denominations of Mongolian money go from 20 all the way to 20,000, so all the time I was carrying a lot of notes. Still, I can say UB is pretty affordable, compared to western Europe and even to most East Asian cities.



As other posters mentioned, the traffic in UB is crazy, there’s construction going on everywhere, something to bear in mind. I mostly walked, took taxis on the street and a couple of times I was given a ride by some girls.
The first few days in UB the weather was really nice and sunny, around 30 degrees, the traffic was fine. During my second week there it rained almost every day, then I got to experience the real traffic of Ulaanbaatar. It was fucking crazy. If you want to meet someone in the evening or if you want to go somewhere you need to give it plenty of time.
In winter, which pretty much starts in September and goes on until April/May, this is when there’s snow and ice, it gets even worse haha This is something everyone I talked to told me about and warned me.
As an example, a girl told me that in winter it takes her 3 hours in the evening to go from work to home, a distance of 3 or 4 kms at most. Let’s not forget that in Ulaanbaatar it gets really cold in winter, there’s ice and snow, so walking is for most people out of the question.

From my observations and what locals told me, I’d say the reason for this really bad traffic situation is that Ulaanbaatar is financially getting much better, lots of people are buying cars but the roads and streets are very narrow, therefore huge traffic jams occur in a city of less than 2M people. Also, no subway system, no trams, just buses.




Language:
Mongolian is the national language of the country. They use the Cyrillic alphabet, same as in Russia, but I think they’ve added some characters, there were some letters I couldn’t read. I speak a little Russian and for the most part I was able to read the names of the streets and names of stores and stuff like that.
In Ulaanbaatar some people do speak English, not everyone though. I met quite a few young people who could speak okay or good English, I also met lots of young people who could not.
People who are +40 will have some Russian language knowledge from back of the Communist days, I had some small talk conversations with drivers and supermarket employees.
I don’t think young people in Mongolia want to learn Russian nowadays, for them it's a thing of the past and they don’t want to be associated with Russia and the Communist times, you can’t blame them.
Most Mongolians were very helpful with me and tried to understand me, on several occasions I used Google translate and people were totally fine with it.

I bought a sim card at Unitel, the green mobile phone operator, it was good for 10 days. It cost me 25,000 T, or around 8USD. It worked perfectly in the city and in the countryside.



Food:
Mongolian food is based and all about meat and dairy products. I think I ate everyday beef and lamb. They have many kinds of milk and from many animals, they make lots of different types of dairy products. I’m not a huge fan of that so I only tried a few. I did try the fermented milk – айраг.

As I said, it’s all about meat in Mongolia. I tried a few dishes that I liked, I can’t recall the names.
I ate out every day, I can recommend a couple of restaurants in the city center.
-Modern Nomads has a few locations in town, the food is supposed to be sort of traditional. I liked the restaurant and the food was good, this is their website https://www.modernnomads.mn
-I went to this other restaurant, I liked it very much. BD’s Barbecue. A girl took me there and the food was really good, you could choose the kind of meat, the veggies, the sides, the spices, the different types of sauce and a guy would cook it for you. They also have a different section of the restaurant with salads, soups, other dishes, dumplings etc. Loved that place. I wanted to go back there but it never happened, time flies.

A few times I went to this kind of canteen, very simple places, food is okay and it usually comes in great portions. In Russia they have similar places. They normally only have a few things to choose from. People that eat here is usually middle or lower middle class, I think, or also people that want to eat something quick. The food sometimes is there already cooked. They have these canteens all over Ulaanbaatar, my favorite one was one very near Gandan Monastery, as you walk down from the monastery, it’ll be on your right hand side, about 200 meters from the temple.



The People:

Everyone I talked to and everyone I met ranged from nice to really nice. Everybody was very kind, friendly and hospitable.
Mongolians are physically bigger than other Asians, I saw plenty of tall and big dudes, not really the bodybuilder types but just big guys. People are generally active and even in the capital a lot of people go back to the countryside and they can ride horses, chop wood and so on.
I’m aware that Mongolians have a reputation of having a strong temper, saying so, I did not see any of that. I didn’t see any fights and everyone spoke quietly to each other. Had I stayed longer in Mongolia, perhaps I’d say a different thing.
About the girls I’ll just say that the average girl is definitely prettier than other Asians, they’re also taller and slim, most of them. Very cute faces.
The feeling I have is most Mongolians are very family oriented, with exceptions, of course, but the girls can cook and they do cook, they can look after a house and a family, too. I guess as the economy gets better these values might start to change, although I’d like to think there’s plenty of time till that happens to other countries’ levels, fingers crossed because I’d love to go back to Mongolia. I really liked this country.



Things to do and see in Ulaanbaatar:

Ulaanbaatar is a small city but it’s getting bigger, anyway, interesting locations are very near to each other, perhaps the only exception is Zaisan WWII memorial and the huge Genghis Khan statue which is 50 or 60 kilometers from the city.

I visited:
-Sukhbaatar square and the Mongolian Parliament.
-The National Museum of Mongolia.
-Gandan Monastery.
-Tsonjin Boldog/the huge statue of Genghis Khan.
-Zaisan WWII memorial.
-Choijin Lama Monastery.




Terelj National Park:

I didn’t want to spend all my time in Ulaanbaatar and I really wanted to see the countryside, the nature and the animals. I booked a 2 day trip to Terelj National Park, which is about 1 or 2 hours from UB, depending on the traffic and the weather. This trip was really awesome and I suggest everyone that goes to Mongolia goes somewhere to enjoy the countryside.
A driver picked me up in my hotel with a Prius and first drove me to the massive Genghis Khan statue, from there drove me to the National Park. I slept two nights. in a Mongolian traditional tent, or ger, rode camels and really enjoyed my time there. There was a local family in the park cooking the meals, good food for the most part.
For the transportation, meals, the ger and everything I paid $130 in total, someone told me this was very expensive, but I think it was totally worth it and I loved it.



Conclusion:

Mongolia is probably the country that has impressed me the most in recent years. The people and the nature are phenomenal. Although a short trip, I think I could even move to Mongolia but I foresee two huge problems for me: the weather and the traffic in Ulaanbaatar.
Anyway, it’s a fantastic country and I recommend everyone visit Mongolia once. I loved it.

I’ll be happy to answer any questions.


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