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How to cross a road by foot in a country that drives on the "other" side of the road

If you travel a lot, it's a good idea to get in the habit of always, always checking both directions before stepping out, wherever you are, without habitually favouring either direction first: If it'...
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Satellite navigation in Mongolia?

Same as anywhere else in the world, in terms of the space-based GPS system and receiving the signals from those satellites. The main difference would be with A-GPS (assisted GPS) which can use wifi ...
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Is this sign in a Mongolian airport saying you can dispose of toilet paper in the bin?

No; this sign means you have to use bin for disposing of toilet paper. I used Google translator to translate the text on signs: 2nd sign means "Don't forget to flush". 3rd sign means "Use trash bin ...
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How do you drive from Asia to Europe?

Hanky Panky summarises it beautifully. In more detail, you're probably going to want to go Thailand-Myanmar-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan-Iran-Turkey-Europe, and you're going to want a reasonably hardy (...
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Is wearing shorts in Transsiberian trains okay

That's absolutely OK. Moreover, Russians' concept of appropriate clothing in trains is very very very relaxed; many people will wear clothing that they will never wear in many other public places (...
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Availability of vegetarian food in Mongolia

Traditional Mongolian food is very heavy on meat, particularly mutton, which is found in virtually every dish. However, Ulan Bator is large and cosmopolitan enough a city to offer vegetarian options ...
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Satellite navigation in Mongolia?

GLONASS system provides a real-time map of integral availability for the current day. Availability is measured as the percentage of the time during the day when you could get a reasonably precise fix ...
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How to cross a road by foot in a country that drives on the "other" side of the road

Always expect traffic from both sides. Always assume the lane you are going to cross is a one way street/lane and you do not know which way the traffic is supposed to go. If there is a safe point in ...
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Is Inner Mongolia safer than Mongolia?

I'm from Inner Mongolia. What people are saying in the comments are basically true. China has been making Inner Mongolia more Chinese for a while. Most people in Inner Mongolia don't speak Mongolian, ...
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"Cheek kissing" between men in Mongolia

I am from Mongolia. Mongolian's do tend to sniff cheeks as a lovely gesture. For example, I would sniff my parent's cheeks and my family's cheeks.
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Is wearing shorts in Transsiberian trains okay

I did a tour on the Transsiberian last year in early September. I was in shorts for most of the time (including the long station breaks). Nobody gave a damn. (I should add that it was entirely in ...
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Why is Google Search giving me different values for "Time zone [city]" versus "Time in [city]"?

It is mostly correct to say that the time zone of Ulaanbaatar is UTC+8. However, saying that is a shortcut, because a timezone is a geographical place with a certain rules regarding time, and UTC+8 is ...
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In Mongolia, what kind of vehicle is a jeep?

It's been a while for me since I was in Mongolia, but I'm quite sure that, in this context, 'jeep' still refers to anything that resembles a Jeep. When I was in Mongolia, the most popular 'jeeps', ...
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Is Inner Mongolia safer than Mongolia?

I never encountered anything unsafe in Mongolia but a friend who taught in UB for a year confirmed theft is a problem. Inner Mongolia is very different but you can sense some similarities but china ...
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Is it possible for non-Russian, non-Mongolian citizens to cross the border into Mongolia near Mondy, Russia?

We've heard back from our friend who also confirms that it's currently only open to Russian and Mongolian citizens. The official designation as "multinational" might be a vague translation or reflect ...
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Are post-2013 US $100 bills widely accepted in Mongolia and worldwide?

People and banks prefer the new notes. Some will not accept the old notes at all. Edit: To back up my answer: I have been collecting traveler updates from Mongolia and the larger region since 2010. I ...
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Is it possible to order airag at bars in Mongolia?

I had airag from a roadside ger (that was obviously tourist-friendly) in Ulan Bataar years ago, in late July or early August.
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Which plug from the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit should I use in Mongolia?

You need an adapter that looks like this one. The world traveler kit doesn't include such an adapter, it only has the "thin one" (type C), which should fit but it will be loose therefore not ...
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Is it ok for men to offer to shake hands with women in Mongolia?

There is a very detailed list of Mongolian customs at Mongolian Ways (interesting reading). Amongst numerous snippets of information and advice is: Mongolians touch each other more than Anglo-...
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Is it possible to get Mongolian currency in Sydney?

For all practical purposes, the Mongolian tögrög is a closed currency, meaning you can't buy it outside of Mongolia. I'm not quite certain why this is so, but probably because it seems to be illegal ...
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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

For the record, it is not necessary to go through an agency to obtain your visas, I've just completed the full troika of Russia, Mongolia & China and every application I made was accepted the ...
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Staying in the Mongolian countryside on a reasonable budget

There is little public transport in Mongolia, particularly if you want to visit the countryside. You can rent your own car, but that will be expensive. Plus, what happens when your car breaks down in ...
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Uber-style rideshare/taxi services in Mongolia?

The answer appears to be none: they're not allowed! There was a local startup called EasyRide, but per their last post on Facebook, they were "requested" to "pause" by the Mongolian Taxi Services ...
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China/Mongolia/Russia by rail with different passports

In general yes: it's ok to use one passport for country A and another for country B. Most border crossings consist actually of two independent check points: exit from country A (staffed and operated ...
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Obtaining Mongolian visa in Vientiane, Laos

there is not much info online so I want to help! I just went to the mongolian embassy in Vientiane. It looks closed but you ring the bell and somebody will come. I just had to fill a form and give my ...
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Charging mobile phones in Mongolia

Yes, Tom is right, you'll get more out of Google. Waka-Waka.com provides an example of such a common use solar panel as you might be a looking for. Most gers though, I found on our trip through ...
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Is it possible to apply for a Mongolian visa outside one's home country?

I've applied for and received a visa at the Mongolian Embassy in Bangkok and found the whole process to be straightforward. The following applied (may 2014): I'm a Dutch citizen. Visa application ...
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In Mongolia, what kind of vehicle is a jeep?

"Jeep" originally referred to a small US Army scout vehicle built by Willys-Overland during WWII. More then 640,000 were produced and they were immensely popular with all Allied armies for their ...
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