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DESTINATIONS | 11x Why You Must Visit Mongolia, RIGHT NOW!

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Have you ever thought of travelling to Mongolia, or is it on your bucket list already? We can tell you: you must go! Mongolia is one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries and has one of the last surviving nomadic cultures. A more pure, authentic experience is hard to find in a world where nowadays no place seems undiscovered. We travel to this amazing diverse country in spring 2017 and here’s our list of 11x why you must travel Mongolia, RIGHT NOW!

  1.  Nomadic people & culture

Mongolians are arguably the most friendly & warmhearted people in the world. We are welcomed open-armed everywhere. It doesn’t matter that they do not speak English; they speak with their warm smiles. Mongolia’s culture – one of the worlds last surviving nomadic cultures – is world famous. We get the opportunity to stay with nomadic families in their Ger; an adventure to never forget. Because of its beautiful open culture, Mongolia’s people make the country feel surprisingly accessible and warm (even during the cold spring!).

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  1. Untouched by modern life

Except from the big capital, Mongolia is untouched by modern life and more importantly: undiscovered by mass tourism. This will soon change, as the country is increasingly popular and infrastructure is getting better quickly. This is the place to go, now. A more pure, authentic experience is hard to find in a world where nowadays no place seems undiscovered.

  1. The feeling of being the only one

With a population of only 3 million people and a size of 1.6 millions square kilometers (605k square miles), Mongolia is the least densely populated country in the world (only 1.97 people per square kilometer, or 5.1 people per square miles). We drive hours seeing nothing but limitless open space, and visit the most incredible places without other tourists around; it makes you feel like you are the only person in the world.

  1. Nature

If you love the outdoors, Mongolia is your paradise. The nature is incredibly diverse and driving though Mongolia amazes us every minute. From the beautiful desert steppe and incredibly sand dunes in the Gobi in the south, to the mountainous regions in the west, to the lakes in the north: Mongolia’s nature will never bore you.

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  1. The West

Most tourist go from the capital to the Gobi desert in the south, or to Lake Khuvsgul in the north and they miss out on the best part of the country: the west. The more we travel west, the friendlier the people become; we drive into the Kazakh area. These people are known for their hospitality and… for eagle hunting! We visit the family of the Eagle Huntress and have the funniest experience drinking vodka – they are Muslims and cannot drink strong alcohol, so we have to finish a bottle. Not only is west-Mongolia known among Mongolians for the Kazakh people, it is also famous for its nature. Our driver proudly tells us that you don’t have to travel all of Mongolia: all things can be seen right there, in the west. Mountains, sand dunes, and lakes: everything!

  1. Animals

On the country side you will not see normal traffic jams, but traffic jams created by herds of cows, sheep, goats, horses or camels, who are simply standing on the road. We are especially lucky during our travel since we experience moving-season. In spring all nomadic families move, with all of their stuff and life stock. There are animals everywhere. And the beauty is that nomadic people do not (need to) keep the animals together by fences, but just out in the ‘wild’. There are also many real wild animals living in Mongolia like the famous Prezwalski horse, snow leopards, yaks and gazelles!

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  1. Adventure is out there

Travelling in Mongolia is one of the most adventurous travels we have ever done. There are no real roads, no shower, no toilets, and no electricity for seventeen days. We are totally off the grid and living the nomadic life ourselves. It is tough, but amazing. We have the time of our lives!

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  1. Wild camping

With adventure comes wild camping, and –peeing and –pooping. Where you want and whenever you want; out in the open without anyone around you for miles. And though wild camping could be tough because of weather conditions, the starry skies are totally worth it. They say Mongolia is the land of the blue sky; to us it is the country of starry skies.

  1. Beauty of the season

Mongolia is called the country of the blue sky because it has over 250 sunny days a year! The summers are hot and the winters extremely cold. And in spring, the weather is everything. Literally. In the Altai Mountains in the west you can see all four seasons from snow to sun to rain in just ten minutes. Every season shows a different Mongolia. The winter shows a beautiful white wonderland, the summer its green mountains and spring its newborn animals jumping around happily.

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  1. Ulaanbaatar

Although it is the coldest capital city in the world, Ulaanbaatar – or just UB – is a lively capital with a rapidly growing population. Nowadays almost half of Mongolia’s entire population lives in UB – no wonder the rest of the land is so empty. It is crazy to think that UB is also Mongolia, as the feel is the opposite as that from the countryside. The capital attracts young people from the rural areas and this makes the city feel alive!

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  1. Nadaam festival

A famous time to travel to Mongolia is during the National Nadaam Festival. Every summer this festival is celebrated as the festival of the Three Manly Sports: wrestling, archery and horse racing. We are looking forward to returning to Mongolia one day and seeing this happening!

See more? Take a look at our Mongolia Gallery. Curious where you can find the best coffee in Ulaanbaatar? Read it here.

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Are you thinking about travelling to Mongolia? Do it, you won’t regret it! If you have any questions about our trip, feel free to ask anything. And be sure to check out Indy Guide for more info on Mongolia.

39 Comments

  • Hanneke

    Eindelijk tijd om jullie nieuwe website te bewonderen als trouwe fan! Ik heb er van genoten en blijf jullie volgen. Het ziet er prachtig uit en jullie zullen er veel werk aan gehad hebben.

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    • Roxanne Weijer

      Lief dankjewel!

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  • Willem Heyckers

    Mongolie ziet er zo prachtig uit en noch zo authentiek. Ooit plannen gemaakt om van Moskou naar Peking te gaan maar nooit van gekomen. Na het lezen van jouw verhalen misschien toch maar weer werk van maken.

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Ja gaaf! We hebben over de Trans Mongolië Express ook blogs geschreven, was echt een unieke ervaring!!!

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  • Tanmaya Godbole

    Omg, this looks amazing!! I need to visit Mongolia ASAP before it changes by tourism as you said. Stunning pictures!

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Yes girl, go out there! It’s so weird, we drove on road that weren’t there the year before. Crazy fast changing!

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  • Aneesha

    I’m in absolute awe of your photography! Need to visit Mongolia now!

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  • My Ticklefeet!

    Ever since I taught a few kids in a Mongolian orphanage via skype a few years ago I have been wanting to go to Mongolia. Your photos are very inspiring to make it happen finally. What month would you recommend going there?

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Wow, that’s amazing! We loved April since it was all so fresh (we’re big Spring lovers), but we’d love to come back for the Nadaam festival or simply see the greenness during September (end of high season, but still nice temperature). It’s really what you want to get out of it!

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  • Lindsey

    This is literally amazing! I had no idea Mongolia was this awesome. Definitely going on the list!

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  • cheerstoawonderfulworld

    I want to go so badly now! Mongolia still feels like an undiscovered destination and I really like those places…

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  • thelifeofasolivagant

    This makes me so excited, I am in the process of planning a trip to Mongolia right now. And hopefully it will land on the Naadam festival dates 🙂

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  • thatanxioustraveller

    Okay, you’ve definitely convinced me! I’d seen Mongolia on television shows and been intrigued by it, but this definitely tips me over the edge – it looks so beautiful! Great photography!

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  • lavie22

    I Loved Mongolia! It looks much colder than when we were there in August! It’s amazing how different UB is compared to the rest of the country. Thanks for sharing and beautiful photos!

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Haha it probably was a lot colder (sometimes -10 celsius during night). We’d love to come back when it’s greener!

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  • Anya Carion

    I was in Mongolia in July and ahh this post is making me miss it! Everything about this post- yes! Mongolia is seriously such a well-preserved, incredible place! I want to go back so badly!

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Aaah we get it! We really want to go back and see it when it’s green and with the Nadaam festival!!

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  • Sarah

    I have never thought of visiting Mongolia, not because its beauty doesn’t interest me, I just hadn’t heard much about it before. Thanks for sharing, as It has now been added to my list.

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      We always hear people talking about wanting to go, but never of people who actually go! But it is such a wonderful place!!

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  • nanahalager

    I would love to go there! I have seen other posts with pictures from Mongolia and it just looks so beautiful and wild 🙂

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  • Karen

    You’ve sold me on it. What an intriguing place to go. Thank you. Kx

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  • Carmelatte

    OMG! I love this lovely post <3

    Carmelatte

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  • Kate Korte

    Wow, I had no idea about Mongolia until this post – thanks for putting it on my radar. Also (blogger nerd moment) I love the format of this post, you’ve made it super readable and easy to get the main points. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Happy to get another country on your (probably endless) list haha. And thank so much! We’re still pretty much figuring out what works, feedback is always welcome <3

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  • Anna Pauliina Paananen

    These pictures are awesome! And Mongolia has been on my list for some time. I’d like to gallop in the desert with the Mongolian horses!

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  • Eus

    Wij deden hier o.a een gobi dessert tour….fascinerend landschap

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  • kimberleygriffioen

    Wauw, ziet er echt heel indrukwekkend uit. Wil ik zeker een keer naartoe!

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