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What adventures does Mongolia have to offer?

05.20.2015
Topic Asian Travel

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There are plenty of exotic, unique and fulfilling vacations travellers can take to Asia. Some of the most popular hot spots on the world's biggest continent include China and Japan, though places like South Korea and Cambodia are up-and-coming favoured travel destinations. There are innumerable reasons why Asia is one of the most sought-after vacation spots - the community, the food, the historical value and so on.

Despite having all of these things readily available for jet-setters to take advantage of, Mongolia doesn't often seem to be on travellers' bucket lists.

Perhaps Mongolia is the best known secret in Asia. Travellers might simply not be aware of the interesting, exciting things they can do in Mongolia - and if they were in the know, there's no doubt Mongolia would be one of the most popular vacation destinations on the globe.

Get back to nature
Many of the most interesting things to do and see in Mongolia are directly connected to nature. If you're a nature lover and want to get up close and personal with animals, this Asian country might be the best travel destination for you.

According to The Huffington Post, individuals can head south and view the Gobi Desert, where they can ride double-humped camels. If you find yourself in the western part of the country, you might be able to view the habits of the Kazakh eagle hunters. On the other hand, if you'd rather spend time in the north, near Khuvsgul Lake, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, you might want to visit the Tsaatan reindeer herders.

Sample the food
The Daily Meal hailed Mongolian food as something everyone needs to try as soon as possible, and for good reason. While Mongolian restaurants aren't exactly common, those who have tasted some of the traditional meals know that they should be.

The source explained that Mongolian samples heavily from Russian and Chinese fare. Moreover, meat shows up in many, if not most, dishes, which is a result of the culture needing to stay bulked up and warm during rough winters. There is something for everyone - from those who are willing to be a little adventurous to those who would rather play it safe.

Meet someone new
The Huffington Post suggested that visitors to Mongolia make sure they take time to speak to nomads for a truly unique experience. They live in gers, which are portable dwellings, so they can pick up and leave when need be, along with their wandering animals.

The source said that this is one of the last places on Earth where a community is truly nomadic. One tip - the news outlet recommended bringing along a small gift if this excursion is on the list, as they are a very welcoming and polite people. Generally, they like speaking to interested travellers and will offer refreshments.

Embrace history
There are plenty of interesting places across Mongolia where history buffs can get their fix, but this is particularly true in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, specifically in Sukhbaatar Square. This area of the city was once known as Chinggis Khaan - the native way of saying Genghis Khan - though it was renamed for a Mongolian independence leader in 2013, Lonely Planet reported.

The source explained that this was the site of anticommunism protests in the 1990s, underneath the bronze statues of Sukhbaatar and Chinggis Khaan and near the plaque showing the past names of the capital city - Orgoo, Nomiin Khuree, Niislel Khuree and Ikh Khuree. There are other statues of famed Mongolian figures, including Kublai Khan, and the government buildings are located close-by.