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Old 04-27-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
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Ulaanbaatar

Planning a trip to mongolia, in July for the games(3days). Looking at hiring bikes , just simple stuff. going for about 2 weeks total , catching a train from Bejing to Ulaanbaatar then fly out. wadurekon are the things we cannot miss, it's a big place by the looks, with lots of plains, bit like Australia i suppose, just a S#$T load colder.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:29 PM   #2
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Doing some sightseeing in Beijing? July the weather will be fine, Beijing will be sweat box as every summer.
Below some links to bike rental companies around incl. guided tours based out of Ulaanbataar.
Beautiful country - great people, been a few times for business and riding / driving with my own vehicles (4x4 / motorbikes)....

http://www.drivemongolia.com
http://www.bikemongolia.com
http://www.drivemongolia.com

***no affiliations with any bike rental or tour company***
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:17 PM   #3
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contact this bloke http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=934465 Anders "Åmme" Berglund... he lives there - I'm sure he could give you all the local tips you need... even some ride/guide suggestions.

Anders and his brother Mike are two swedish mates of mine (Mike and I were trailriding just last weekend together actually) who both work in the mining/drilling industry. Anders has been based in Ulaanbaatar now for a number of years... he worked out of there during is and Mikes successful DAKAR 2015 training campaign, and is very well engrained in the local riding/rally scene.

I am sure if you drop him a PM an introduce yourself, that Anders would be happy to help out.
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:17 PM   #4
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I didn't have much time/opportunity for tourism when I went to Mongolia on a work trip so I can't provide much advice aside from suggesting you visit the State Department Store in the UB, and the Parliament Square. They're about 4 blocks from each other.

Fair warning about Ulaanbataar traffic behaviour though - the number of cars in UB has tripled in 5 years and consequentially there are some innovative and "interesting" interpretations of the road rules and general road safety going on there. I saw a few red light runners on nearly every light change, and pedestrian fatalities are increasing at a rate of +100 year on year.

Probably a lot safer outside of UB. Have fun!
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:01 AM   #5
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Races To Places by Lyndon Poskitt = http://www.racestoplaces.com

Don't forget to watch all the episodes but the one that really stands out....
Races To Places The International Rally Of Mongolia Special
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j1kDIyTFo3s
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:29 AM   #6
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Some great links and info here fella's, thank you a bunch!!
I have seen some of Lyndon's race there , " that was'nt marked on the road book"moment .

But for me this time? im just up for relaxed adventure /culture /food and all of that inspirational viseral stuff!!! and maybe a sheeps testicle ..... when in rome.

I 'd love to see some of Bejing (story goes's Genghis starved the joint to it's Knees), but i rekon it'll be a short stop , 2 days maaaybe.

Thanks again
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:23 PM   #7
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+1 to TSC's post

I met Anders out of the blue while in Ulaan Bator a couple of years ago, top bloke.

If you can get out of the city for a couple of days it's a truly amazing place, stunning riding/scenery, people are fantastic.

While in the city got stung by pick pockets, didn't feel/see a thing, so watch your stuff.

PS. DON'T, repeat DON'T ride on the footpath, the local constabulary don't like that too much and the fine is 5000 togrug (local currency) which was about $3.50AUD. DAMHIK.

EDIT: they make their roads out of potholes outside of the city and off the main thoroughfares, which is always fun, and outside the city there are no real roads as such, just tracks across the countryside, brilliant stuff.

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Old 04-29-2015, 01:22 AM   #8
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Cheers Yety, TSC's tip is looking good.



Sorry to hear about the pick pocket .

Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:03 PM   #9
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Some interesting facts for you G2,

Mongolia-

1.566 million sq km
3 million people (of which roughly 1/2 live in Ulaanbaator)
6600km paved roads
3900km graveled/improved roads
40000km cross country tracks
19th largest country

It really is a beautiful place.
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:13 AM   #10
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Some interesting facts for you G2,

Mongolia-

1.566 million sq km
3 million people (of which roughly 1/2 live in Ulaanbaator)
6600km paved roads
3900km graveled/improved roads
40000km cross country tracks
19th largest country

It really is a beautiful place.
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There are no Rolls-Royces registered in Ulan Bator (old spelling).
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:14 AM   #11
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Also, don't call him Genghis, it's pronounced Chinggis and don't drop your money with Chinggis' face down. They see it as an insult. The road south out of UB into the Gobi is mostly new bitumen now. The Marco Polo bar in UB has more than a few cuties as well.
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love it!!sounds like my kinda place.ill be bring some of those coins home.
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