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  • Series: Country Guide
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4 edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740593596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740593595
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo on September 3, 2005
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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Quinn on July 4, 2006
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on June 26, 2005
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen B. Nolan on August 27, 2005
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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.
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