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First of all, you must be prepared to such trip - it is 4 days long from Moscow to Mongolia (with changes), and you should get some stuff like electronic books or films. Also you should think about possibilities of recharging your electronical devices - charges are available not in all trains and not at each stations. After those choices, I recommend you ...


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Any recommendations as to where? Firstly, you should choose the trains. For now, you have such options: Direct train 020Щ(sch) "Vostok" ("East") Moscow (departure at 23:55 PM every Saturday) - Beijing (arrival at l5:32 AM every Saturday), do not goes through Mongolia. Direct train 004З Moscow (departure at 21:35 PM every Tuesday) - Beijing ( arrival ...


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You're very unlikely to get them rejected if you go through an agency, as they'll make sure you have all the right information before they submit it to the various government departments. I use http://www.visatorussia.com/ in 2008 to get a tourist visa, and this year for a 3 month double entry business visa, and both times they were fantastic. Both ...


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As I know, in Russia visas can be achived for two ways: By the invitation from some people or company in Russia, and I think this is not for you, because it not very stable way to get visa. By the touristic trip or voucher. This can be made by travel agencies. Try to choose famous one, like http://nevatravel.ru/ Also in some cities you can stay for three ...


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I've just come from there. Something interesting to note - unless you go really touristy - Mongolians traditionally use wooden saddles, something I was NOT expecting to see :) They and Kyrgyzstan share quite a lot of the same culture, including horse riding, and the nomadic / semi nomadic lifestyle. But at least the Kyrgs don't use wooden saddles ;) In ...


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From Tbilisi to Baku you can go via train #38/37. It goes every day, so there is no problem with that. From Baku you can get to Aktau (Kazakhstan) via ferry. People who used this ferry are saying it has no stable schedule, so you can contact ferry station by phone: (99412) 493-19-63 (99412) 498-10-13 Also you can go to Türkmenbaşy ...


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I was looking into the same journey recently and the best resource I found was seat61 http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian.htm#Visas I talked to one of the agencies they recommend http://www.realrussia.co.uk/ They knew what they were doing, they quickly responded and sent us quotes and paperwork for both my husband and I (Australian and English passports). ...


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Information about Russian trains schedules can be found at the official site of Russian Railways: Train #006Ь Moscow - Ulan-Bator departure at 21:35 every Wednesday, Thursday, arrival at 06:30 every Monday, Tuesday. Stop in Irkutsk at 23:25 every Sunday, Monday respectively. Train Fares #362 Irkutsk - Ulan-Bator departure at 17:15 every day, arrival at ...


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What I can tell you is that the road is actually open and looks very good. It's all the way through, even the last leg from Sainshand to Zamyn udd just opened 6 days ago. Further, in this presentation on page 17 created by an official of the road development body of Mongolia, before the construction was finished, it is mentioned that the average travel time ...


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You don't need a visa if you stay up to 30 days in Mongolia. From Mongolian Ministry of foreign affairs: Within the framework of the 100 days of the intensification of economy the Government of Mongolia approved a list of 42 countries with a visa free access to Mongolia. According to this decision nationals of these countries are entitled with the ...


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What you probably have is a duvet cover used as described in your fifth paragraph. Essentially you put blanket(s) in it with the idea that the cover is easier to wash than the blankets. Based on my basic knowledge of Mongolian history I would think that this was imported from Europe (Russia). This makes me wonder how often the blankets are ...


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I stayed at first in Idre's Guesthouse. It was basic, reading some of the reviews has refreshed my memory - the kitchen and bathrooms were small, but there was free breakfast and working wifi. Indeed, the hostel did organise tours and immediately asked if I'd like to look at their options, but I couldn't fit it into my schedule, and it wasn't brought up ...


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Accprding to this map below, you can drive from Beijing to Tuva, passing through Ulanbaataar, Bulgan and Naryn. There does not seem to be a very well established access from the west such as from Urumuqi however. The place where I found the map has some more general information on traveling through Mongolia. I found also a much more detailed map.


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Wikipedia is a great source for these type of questions, I always use it as a primary source to find which airlines fly to a specific destination. This enables me to narrow the search for an interesting fare. To answer this question I have entered "Wikipedia Ulaanbaatar Airport" in Google and I was directed to this Wikipedia entry: Aero Mongolia: ...


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Yes, it is. You can read so on some pages, for example this one: Mongolians greeting one another rarely kiss each other on the cheek. An older person will often grasp the head of a one younger during the greeting and smell their hair or face. This book has a whole section of the meaning of body odors in the Mongolian culture.


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Unfortunately, can't provide any english-language links. Try to contact this firm, they have amazing pack of offers, such as tour to the Lake Khövsgöl on horse or even hunting! You'll stay in lovely houses like this, they have sattelite TV there and traditional Mongolian furniture:


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In the end, I decided with Irkutsk. My reasoning: There is a Mongolian embassy in Almaty, but it's quite far out of town, and is a hassle to get to. Also, the Kazakh police concern me a bit, and being without a passport is stressful when they're around. In Irkutsk, you can pay for 1-4 working days processing, and it's in the center of town. It requires ...


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There's an Australian guy named Tim Cope who rode horseback solo from Mongolia to Budapest over three years around 2004. He now does guided treks in the area that you could join for about $5000. As one of the testimonials says: I cannot praise the whole team enough..... It was a dream come true: to ride in the wake of Genghis Khan, on a Mongolian ...


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There is a bus going from UB to Terelj. If I remember correctly, it runs once every 2 hours? (at least several times a day). We got our info in one of the bars/cafes that is run by an expat. (I don't remember the name , it is a cafe that kinda stands out. lots of wood, it somewhat resembles a mountian hut. They organise tracks and stuff.) the place is called ...


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A couple of friends made the full trip from Moskow to Vladivostok some years ago. They stopped at least at Yekaterinburg and Irkutsk, possibly Novosibirsk as well.


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The correct address appears to be : KM 3, Thadeua Road Watnak Village Sisattanak District Vientiane This would place it very close to the ambassadors residence, and in the same vicinity as multiple other embassies, including Japan, India, Singapore and Australia (which is at KM4, Thadeua Road). If you get stuck, I'm sure the staff at the Australia ...


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The cheapest I could find was Manila, Philippines. Prices start from $360 USD, I checked the price for two months from now and the prices ranges are the same. Also, few airlines offer similar prices. Regarding the VOA, AFAIK the VOA for the Philippines is a normal sized stamp.


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Your visa application may well be process immediately, on the spot! At least if you're from a developed country and applying in the low season. I'm Australian and applied in late November. I can't guarantee it will be the same for all countries or in the summer. The bad news if you're applying in the winter is that you will have to wait outside the ...


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Crossing the border by road does seem to be an option, but only at certain border crossing points. (The crossing specified by Google Maps, unfortunately, seems to be sandwiched between the two ones open to foreign nationals.) There are some reports that you can either get permission or "talk your way across" if you're feeling up to the task (and possible ...


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I have never been to Mongolia but I lived in China for a year and my technique worked pretty well. But as you said haggling is different from place to place. First I ask for the price and as usual the seller will tell you the price which is quite high because we're foreigners. What I do I will examine the thing I want to buy and how much I'm willing to pay ...


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The registration requirement for Mongolia is, as you say, and as several other sources quote, for tourists who plan to stay longer than 30 days there. They have to register within 4 days of arrival. Since you have got a thirty day visa, I can only assume that you do not plan to stay longer than 30 days, and therefore do not need to register. If you ...


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When I did the trip a few years back, I stopped in Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk (side trip to Baikal is definitely worthwhile), and Ulan Bator. Yekaterinburg is not a particular exciting city, but it provides a very nice (practically necessary) stop over. My general advice is to stop frequently enough that you don't spend more than 48 hours at a time on the ...


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Apparently the bus from Ulan Ude to Ulaanbaatar is about 8 hours. For some reason, when you travel by train, the border controls alone take 9 hours. I never really quite figured out why it took so long and bus passengers don't seem to suffer this. So a train to Ulan Ude and the bus from there is a good option. Another good reason to stop in Ulan Ude is ...


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MasterCard website (the owner of Cirrus) has an ATM locator service. Select the country and the city (an optional street name field also available) and you will get all ATMs in that area. If an ATM is listed, it is supposed to accept Cirrus cards as the title of the page indicates. MasterCard ATM locator service


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According my search, the Aeroflot has the cheapest price (near $900) for this trip, with 1 stop in Sheremetyevo (SVO): 15 August, $973 17 August, $877 17 August, $896 And I didn't find any flights in mid August for Air China.



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