Is Mongolia a safe destination?
Mongolia has one of the lowest crime rate in the world and is considered a safe place by majority of governments and institutions. Mongolian people are known for their nomadic hospitality and will gladly help you in any way they can. But that doesn’t mean its 100 percent safe here. There is of course the pickpockets in major urban areas, especially in packed markets and bazaar. Also it is advised not to linger after dark since sadly most of Mongolians suffer from alcoholism and you will encounter drunk people on the street.
How to get to Mongolia?
The major ways to Mongolia are by train and by air. Flights are all year around run by National Flag Carrier MIAT Mongolian Airlines to: Berlin, Moscow, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Irkutsk .Some additional flights are scheduled to Osaka, Nagoya and Busan during the summer time. Foreign Airlines such as Aeroflot, Air China and Korean Air are operating flights connecting Ulaanbaatar with Moscow, Beijing and Seoul.
The legendary Trans-Mongolian railway which connects Moscow and Beijing passes through Ulaanbaatar. The Mongolian railway runs to Ulaan- Ude, Irkutsk, and Beijing
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How is weather in Mongolia?
Mongolia is often portrayed in the Western Media as the coldest and remotest part of the world. But it’s not true. Though winter last from November to March, - 30 Celsius cold weather lasts only one month, from mid-December to January. The rest of winter temperature fluctuates around -10 -14 Celsius. Winds are a regular feature of Mongolia, with rarely a day without a slow breeze of 4-9 meters per second. In summer cool winds come mostly from north- west and west bringing in some relief from summer heat. However, sudden collision of warm and cool air masses results in sudden heavy rains .One specific of the weather, visitors to Mongolia should be aware of, is the drastic drop of temperature from day to night. It is strongly advisable to carry a sweater or even light jacket towards the evening. It can become especially chilly at night in South Gobi.