Travel to Mongolia – Episode 603

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Travel to Mongolia - What to Do, See and Eat in Mongolia

Hear about travel to Mongolia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Patricia from about travel to this remote destination.

Patricia says, “This was a dream come true for me. I have been horseback riding since I was little so a destination that features horses is high on my list. The reason why we wanted to go to Mongolia was because of the stunning landscapes. We love the outdoors. Thanks to its nomadic lifestyle, anyone who is interested in great scenery and wants to learn about one of the few nomadic peoples in the world, Mongolia is the place to go.”

Patricia started her trip in the capital of Ulaanbaatar where they enjoyed the Gandantegchinlen Monastery with one of the tallest Buddha statues. They also enjoyed the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan (also known as the green palace) and the black market. At the black market, you can buy anything from “your vegetables to your furniture to your saddle to your sunglasses”. At Sükhbaatar Square, you can see statues of Genghis Khan and his two sons. A number of festivals happen in this square.

After that, they quickly headed out into the countryside with a car and hired driver. They went to the Gobi Desert out past the roads and road signs. You head to the Gobi through Dalanzadgad. The two major sites are the Flaming Cliffs where you can search for dinosaur bones and Khongoryn Els (Singing Sands) which are the largest and most impressive sand dunes in Mongolia.

They also visited the old capital of Karakorum which was founded by Genghis Khan as the first Mongolian capital. It was the capital before the Mongols conquered China and moved the capital to what is now Beijing. You can still visit the Ongi Monastery (a UNESCO site) where Mongolia was declared to be Buddhist.

Patricia also had her chance to go horseback riding, sleep in a yurt and visit the wild horses at Hustai National Park. Hear why this off the beaten path destination is worth the trip.

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Show Notes

Ze Wandering Frogs
Episode 111 (Mongolia)
Gobi Desert
Gandantegchinlen Monastery
Choijin Lama Temple
Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan
Naran Tuul (the Black Market)
Sükhbaatar Square
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Tomb of Genghis Khan
Flaming Cliffs
Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs
Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes (Singing Sands)
Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park
Camel Riding
Yolyn Am
Ongi Monastery
Erdene Zuu Monastery
Orkhon Valley
Horse Riding In Mongolia
Ger / Yurt
Google Translate with Offline Translation
English Mongolian best dictionary app
English Kazakh dictionary app
Tövkhön Monastery
Hustai National Park
Gobi Desert Hiking


on Travel to the Island of Crete in Greece – Episode 601 Dilan wrote:

I love your podcast, I listened to some episodes several times!

Chania is like my second home and we keep going back there every year. Best beaches I have been in are Elafonissi, Balos Lagoon, Afrata, and Seitan Limania. We are based in Agii Apostoli near Chania, very quiet and filled with small local beaches and traditional taverns. We love it!

I loved this episode but let me just say this, because it is bothering me inside:

It is Rethymno, or RethiMNON. not RethyMO. So Chris… you were pronouncing it correctly ?

Greeting from Ireland
– Dilan (Polish/Turkish who grew up in Germany)

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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

3 Responses to “Travel to Mongolia – Episode 603”

marie douglas


Absolutely beautiful, a trip to Mongolia is for sure on my bucket list!!

Logan M Gelowitz


Camels are such sweet animals, such a must see when traveling to Mongolia!

Ashley Hoober


Mongolia is so beautiful. my brother did a program there and we went to visit him as a family! been wanting to go back for a while

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