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Mongolia (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Michael Kohn
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1 Jun 2005 Lonely Planet Country Guides
Let the adventure begin! Ride a camel across the sun-scorched Gobi, feast by moonlight at the bottomless lake of Uureg Nuur, and experience traditional archery and wrestling at the Naadam Festival. Escape to the ends of the earth in the footsteps of the first Mongol nomads. All you need is a strong pair of boots and this bestselling guidebook.
- Find Your Way - detailed maps and GPS coordinates for hundreds of key sites.
- Connect With The Locals and sleep in a ger, Mongolia's famous felt-tent abode - expanded reviews describe the country's best ger camps.
- Stride Across The Steppes with our inspiring itineraries through the Land of Blue Sky - witness magical monasteries and spectacular ice canyons.
- Talk The Talk - our Language chapter makes communication easy.
- Get Under The Skin of Mongolia with dedicated Culture and History chapters packed with fascinating insights and little-known facts.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th Revised edition edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740593596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740593595
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 5 Oct 2007
By G-man
Format:Paperback
I'm currently on a business trip in Ulaanbaatar, whcih I have thoroughlky enjoyed BTW. I'm glad I took this book with me as it has proved pretty invaluable since I got here. Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful and complete 3 Sep 2005
By Alfredo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Some of the negative reviews on this website actually got me wondering whether I should buy this book or not. Now that I'm back from the trip, I have no doubt about it: it's pretty much a must. Had I not brought the book along, I would've had to keep borrowing other travelers' copies during my visit. The information's extremely useful and complete, whether you agree with every single comment or not. I'm not familiar with other similar guides on Mongolia in English, but every foreigner that I met there seemed to be carrying a copy of this one.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mongolia's development hotly debated 4 July 2006
By Jim Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think one of the reasons why this guide book comes in for criticisms has to do with Mongolia's mixed development since the collapse of communism. There was initially a great deal of optimism that the economy would take off and that Mongolia would become another asian tiger. At that time the Ghengis Khan hotel was thrown up. But in fact the country has endured a topsy turvy road to economic stability, with widespread poverty and crumbling infrastructure. People look at China, and its breakneck development, and think Mongolia must be improving at the same pace.

Tourists seeking the sanitised and comfortable journey they can experience in China, end up feeling very disappointed. Tourists must be forewarned: Mongolia is still an adventure destination and one that takes an adventurous spirit to tackle successfully. Don't expect things to work well, or food standards to be high, or the infrastructure to be new. It is a ramshackle country with a fantastic culture and great people.

The people's pride comes in to this. Being a democracy, Mongolians hotly debate the state of their country, and many are not happy with the path taken so far. This pride and anger comes out in its attempts to pretend the place is more advanced than it is, or to take offence when people comment frankly on the true state of the capital. But it is better to tell the truth because then people will know what to expect. I can think of equally volatile debates over guidebooks about the UK. But I had to agree with LP,since its writers point out the true state of a place.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a note - reviews below do not apply to the new edition! 27 Jun 2005
By Scooter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Note: the reviews posted below apply to the old (2001) edition of the Mongolia guide. This new edition (2005) is truly better in terms of content and usability compared to the old version. I will use it on my trip to Mongolia this year with confidence.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have found this book to be very helpful. 27 Aug 2005
By Karen B. Nolan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I used this book to prepare for my visit to Mongolia and I continue to use it as a great reference resource while here. I have recommended "Lonely Planet Mongolia" to several others here visiting Mongolia.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 July 2007
By Buzzard - Published on Amazon.com
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In the past year I have spent six months in rural Mongolia. There is not much choice of guidebooks in English and we are fortunate that Lonely Planet has put out a small book that nevertheless conveys an awful lot of really good information. My copy was in constant use. On my visits to Ulaan Baatar I found the guide to be indispensable. Practically everything worth visiting was listed and described.

For a lot of western travellers, Mongolia will be a fairly daunting experience. The book identifies potential difficulties and suggests how to minimise problems. That being said, Mongolia is a great place to visit - fascinating coutry and wonderful people.

If you are going to Mongolia, "Don't leave home without it!"
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