5th Edition / May 2008
312 pp / 16 pp colour / 79 maps
Next edition due: May 2011
Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, may be a hotbed of progressive attitudes, but in the rest of the 'Land of the Blue Sky', life remains pretty much the same - horses outnumber people, nomads still move camp each season and on long-distance bus rides you'll be serenaded by passengers singing folk tunes.
Best activities: yak-carting, horse-trekking, hiking
In a land short on signposts, GPS coordinates locate the hotspots
Comprehensive Culture chapter with advice on local customs and etiquette
Rock climbing opportunities in the Gobi and mountain biking in Terelj and Khent
Lonely Planet author Michael Kohn recommends Mongolia as the kind of country where you can just turn up and be guaranteed adventure. Not a surprise when nomad culture is alive and their hero is Ghengis Khan.
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