My partner and I just returned from a memorable two weeks in Mongolia. We experienced many things that we only read about or watched on videos, including a few little surprises that nature provided (hint: it includes a young foal in the back of our car).
Early in our trip, I lost a travel document which put the rest of the trip in jeopardy as we had all our flights and accommodation booked in advance. Mona, our travel manager at Ayan Travel, seamlessly stitched together an alternate route for us whilst my embassy sent a replacement document to me. We covered central Mongolia overland, visiting Kharkorum and the Gorkh-Terelj national park, and when I was able to fly again, we carried on with the rest of our itinerary. In retrospect, we might have made even better use of our time with the rearrangement.
The guides we had were mostly summertime part-timers. In Mongolia, this is no knock on their expertise - we had a practising dentist, international relations graduate, and English teachers bring us around. Their standard of spoken English ranged from being passable to downright excellent, and they freely offered us their own take on the sights we were seeing without canned or memorised scripts. Most of them grew up in the countryside, and were proud to show us the land and animals that they knew and loved. Even with that in mind, it surprised me to see that each of them knew how to ride a horse! I liked the personal touch the guides added to our trip, like taking us into their home to meet their family and enjoy some snacks together. Many of them waved Hi to passersby on the street, and we felt safe in the knowledge that we were in the hands of a local who knew the other locals, and can provide us with good advice if we wanted to eat or walk to a certain spot in their town.
We were well taken care of throughout our adventure. Mona did an excellent job of making us comfortable, and never left us feeling stranded in a country that is so open and vast, often with no animal or human in sight for miles. I will recommend this tour company to family and friends, and of course Mongolia is an absolute must-go for anyone who likes wide open spaces, mountains, and friendly locals.
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