How NOT to Cross central Mongolia overland – Moron to Olgii.

Tommo Fun

20 hours broken down and stuck in the Gobi Desert was not on our itinerary… and yet our dilapidated mini-van felt that it should be. Actually our van – I named it “Turquoise Disaster” – had quite a few opinions about travel that were contrary to our own. Its propensity to fill the cabin with petrol fumes. Its willingness to open its own windows, allowing sand and dust to engulf …

Epic Mongolia: 9,000 Landscapes from Ulaanbaatar to Khovsgol (With Video)

Tommo Fun, Video Blogs

9 days inside a Russian Military van crossing the epic and endlessly changing landscape of central Mongolia with 7 other people is certainly an experience! It may be challenging but it is certainly rewarding beyond anything we may have imagined before undertaking this journey. This second part of our trans-Mongolian adventure takes us from the capital of Ulaanbaatar to Moron (Pronounced Muren), just south of Khovsgol, Mongolia’s largest lake. In …

How to get from China to Ulaanbaatar (Mongoila) cheaply

Tommo Fun, Travel Tips

We’ve put together a 4 part series on how to reach Ulaanbaatar from China for under US$60 per person (The international train from Beijing normally costs $250). This is a quick post to summarise the costs and some links to help you read more in-depth about all of the stages we went through to make this happen. Visas Obviously visas are not a part of your transport costs but if …

The secret Naadam festivals you didn’t know about (Mongolia)

Megsy Fun

We discover that the Naadam you read about in the guide books is only one tiny part of Mongoila’s national sporting heritage. Getting outside of Ulaanbaatar to experience the real, local Naadams at the grass roots level is a unique experience, a world away from the tourist filled stadium of the capital. The Nadaam Festival, or as the locals refer to it  “Eriin Gurvan Naadam”, is an annual event (held …

Why visiting Mongolia will change your perspective on travel

Tommo Fun

As one of the least densely populated countries in the world, it will come as no surprise that Mongolia has quite a few open spaces. Moreover, the quantity of different landscapes we experienced as we traveled was unexpected and very rewarding. The most common way for tourists to get around is in a shared van. Anyone who has travelled in Asia will have experienced some poor quality roads at some …

Onward to the heart of Mongolia: Zamiin-uud to Ulaanbaatar

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Getting from China to Ulaanbaatar is certainly one of the trickier and more long winded immigrations we’ve encountered. This is the fourth and final part of our journey in which we find transport north and take our first ride on the Mongolian leg of legendary trans-Siberian railway. But first of all, we need some tickets and we have arrived very late after our border crossing. Zamiin-uud ticket fun There have …

Mongolian visa stamped in Zamiin uud

How to Cross the Border: Erlian (China) to Zamiin-uud (Mongolia)

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Getting from Erlian (China) to Zamiin-uud (Mongolia) is perhaps the strangest border crossing we have ever made. Though everything went relatively smoothly, it certainly wouldn’t have been as easy if we hadn’t done a little research in advance! This is the complete A to B story of how we made it… Getting Around Erlian We’d been led to believe that getting sleeper train tickets from Zamiin-uud to Ulaanbaatar would be …

From Hohhot to Erlian by train. China to Ulaanbaatar part 1!

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We pushed our way through hundreds of Chinese people clambering to get through the entry gates to the platform and headed towards the train… The ticket for a 9.5 hour journey to the Mongolian border had been surprisingly cheap and we were about to find out why! It cost us only 29 RMB (about $5.50) per person to get two hard seats on train 6856 from Hohhot in Inner Mongolia …

Kyaukme Trekking by Motorbike

VIDEO: Kyaukme Trekking by Motorbike to meet the Palaung tribes (Myanmar)

Tommo Video Blogs

Our 3 day Moto-trek from Kyaukme in Burma’s Shan state was one of the best experiences we had during our whole month travelling through Myanmar. Dogged by storms and some of the worst roads in the world (“Road” is a poor word to describe them) we powered through and got to homestay with real Palaung people in the mountains, eating home cooked food, learning about their culture and enjoying a …

Kyaukme trekking by Motorbike

Palaung people Homestay – 3 day Kyaukme trekking by motorbike (Non-Touristy)

Megsy Fun

For 3 days the only other tourist we saw was one guy, Eric, who was travelling with us. From massive valleys filled with tea bushes, to villages above the clouds and eating with local Palaung People in their kitchens, our 3 day adventure covered some of the roughest “roads” we’ve ever seen. Along with the most amazing views, this trek is one of our best memories of Burma. Myanmar is …