Ulaanbaatar Travel Guides

Everything you need to know to visit Ulaanbaatar in 2024, including up-to-date city guides, local tips, and the best articles to read on my Mongolia travel blog.

If Mongolia has been on the top of your travel bucket list, now is the time to visit. Take it from me and don’t wait any longer!

As an American expat living in Ulaanbaatar for more than six years, I’ve watched as the city has developed, and grown-up, over the last few years while still keeping it’s unique identity. Ulaanbaatar truly is a city unlike any other else.

For one, it’s an extremely walkable place to live. Which is good, because traffic is at an all-time high. If you stay in the city center, near Sukhbaatar Square, everything you need can be found just by walking 10 minutes.

The city is easy to navigate without getting overwhelmed. But, when you do, allow these Ulaanbaatar travel guides to help.

Mongolian Snuff Bottle

The Mongolian Snuff Bottle Explained

The Mongolian snuff bottle is an essential part of local culture, used in everyday greetings and for special occasions. We explain its history, what it’s made from, how to accept it from your host, and more.

Sukhbaatar Square

Sukhbaatar Square

A new urban park and musical fountain, one grand parliament building, and weekly cultural events and festivals, Sukhbaatar Square is where life and locals come together in Mongolia’s capital city.

Soviet Monument Ulaanbaatar

Zaisan Memorial

Only 612 steps stand between you and the best views of Ulaanbaatar at this Soviet monument.

Gandantegchinlen Monastery

Gandan Monastery

The “Great Place of Complete Joy.” If that doesn’t sell you on coming here, maybe the promise of throat chants and prayers by some seriously stylish monks who will zen you the fuck out, or the world’s largest indoor statue, will.


Foreign Embassies in Ulaanbaatar

From the US Embassy to the Embassy of Vietnam, these are the 18 embassies that foreign travelers will find in Ulaanbaatar, along with their addresses, phone numbers and links to their official websites.

Mongolia Souvenir Black Market

Ulaanbaatar’s Black Market

Locally known as Naran Tuul – a good name to know if you’re grabbing a taxi off the street to get there – Ulaanbaatar’s Black Market is about as far away from a tourist trap market as it gets. This is the real deal. Or maybe I should say, the real deel. (See what I did there?)