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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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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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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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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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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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After some reading it would seem that two things are true. The Australian embassy site is correct, you CAN extend it, provided you enter on a J tourist visa type. This has to be done in person at the OINFC. However, the address provided is wrong. The OINFC moved in 2009, from the location near the Peace Bridge, to out of town, near Chinggis Khan ...


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There are calligraphers who sell their calligraphy in UB. For instance, outside the bookstore on 6 Floor of State Department Store there are often stands selling calligraphy. I can't say for sure, but I think they might be delighted if they found a foreigner who was interested in their work. And of course, it will also help them eke out an income if you pay ...


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Not physically in Mongolia, but since you have internet access: http://www.memrise.com/course/135213/classical-mongolian-script/ Tourists (or anybody) can lightly (or heavily) study Mongolian script in Inner or Outer Mongolia (or Outer, outer Mongolia). On a serious note, I think the best way to study a language is self-study (at your own pace) combined ...


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Mongolia has a visa-free policy for selected countries until 31 December 2015. http://www.mfa.gov.mn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3446%3A42-&catid=43%3A2009-12-20-21-55-03&Itemid=62&lang=en


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I managed to change money at a bank in Zamyn Uud even though it was Christmas Day! Nobody seems to have advertised exchange rates such as a handwritten or computerized sign. Since it was cold I just went in to the first bank and asked them if they could change tugrug to RMB. I did not shop around. According to coinmill.com the official exchange rate was 1 ...


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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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