As the UK weather becomes ever more extreme, we are increasingly considering lodging in our own cabins. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, or just a place to come back to at the end of the day. As with anything else though, there are good and bad cabins in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It’s important that we know what we’re getting into before booking a lodge.
A good place to start is with what type of climate that we are expecting. The temperature in Mongolia varies drastically throughout the year, so plan accordingly. If you’re expecting an extremely cold snap early on in the season, you might want to book somewhere far away from the bazaar. This isn’t just about costs either, bear in mind that you’ll also be relying on transport to get yourself to your accommodations. You’ll likely find that your hostel is only several kilometers from any town or city.
When it comes to eating, Mongolia is famous for their nomadic culture. Many of the dishes served are vegetarian. This means that while you’re travelling you’ll have plenty to choose from, however if you’re not prepared to munch into something raw, Mongolia is renowned for its cuisine.
What you drink will vary depending on where you’re staying. There are many places within easy reach of Makhancha, the capital, and plenty to choose from too. One of the best things about Mongolian cuisine is that they use local produce. Whether it’s fresh fruit meat or milk, you’re unlikely to leave the comfort of your lodge without some of it!
The most common meals include things like Khovsgol (liver and onion soup), Zavoor (beef and cabbage soup) and Sadalgaram (potato dumpling). There are also plenty of side dishes to choose from as well. At many lodges there are tea and coffee services. This can be a nice break from the main course and can be accompanied by some local beer.
The accommodation will vary depending on the level of luxury you desire. From budget to deluxe lodges you’ll find all the comforts you need. For those who want to stay closer to the centre of town, Mongolia Travel will provide you with lodges in Munkhala and Irla. There you’ll find cosy, comfortable rooms, internet access and all the modern amenities you could ask for. If you like, you can even book rooms in apartments and rooms in town itself.
As far as activities are concerned, you’ll have plenty of options. Some of the best known ones include trekking, horse riding, ice skating, hiking, golfing and more. Some of the lesser known activities include ice dancing, bungee jumping and swimming. If you want to get active but don’t want to go out all day, you can always rent bikes and go for cycling tours around the area.
When it comes to food and drink, Mongolia offers up a variety of culinary delights. Some of the best restaurants can be found in the capital of Ulaanbaatar. The fresh seafood is ideal any time of the year, and you’ll find lots of exciting Asian dishes. Of course, traditional Mongolia cuisine is also available everywhere. It’s made using local ingredients and is generally quite tasty. When in Ulaanbaatar, make sure to sample the special ‘Kiyos’ wine that is made within the county.
Of course, there’s no way you could say Mongolia isn’t a popular tourist destination anymore. There are all kinds of wonderful lodges available from which you can escape for a few days, and many of them feature their very own cabins. These are quite common, and they vary in both size and location. For example, the best places to stay in Choragetan are still in the city, while places like Taldy are outside the town. Other locales include Khovsgol, Tov, Khatgarvat and Shepte.
What is also refreshing about these cabins is the fact that they remain independent. You can rent cabins in Mongolia throughout the year, and the prices do not rise, so the overall experience is quite affordable. However, you should book in advance. As with anywhere else, booking in advance increases your chances of having a cabin of your own when you reach Mongolia.
Travel to Mongolia should be a real highlight for you and your entire family. As a former capital of the Mongolian Empire, this country still holds much of its ancient traditions. Some of these traditions, of course, can translate into English for those who speak English as a second language. But for everyone else, it’s just one of those countries that you’ll never get to visit. That’s why it’s always good to come back and explore what makes this country so special.