Why visiting Mongolia will change your perspective on travel

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

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 …

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

Mongolian visa stamped in Zamiin uud

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 …

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Antai hotel, Erlian. China to Ulaanbaatar part 2!

9.5 hours in a hard seat of a Chinese train may not have been our worst China travel experience, but when we pulled up at Erlian station at 7.23pm our first priority was to beat the wave of Chinese people to the cheap hotels! We needn’t of worried. Wherever the mass of people disappeared to, it wasn’t the budget hotels. After discovering that the Hotel next to the station charged …

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

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 …

How to get your Mongolian visa in Hohhot (China)

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This is the first part of our guide for budget travellers trying to get from China to mongolia. For most passport holders (USA excluded, lucky bastards!) you will need to get a visa for Mongolia. There are 3 places in mainland China to do this: Beijing, Hohhot and Erlian. In July 2013 we chose Hohhot, a city in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia, to get our same day visa. …