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Product Details

  • Series: Country Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741045789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741045789
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reynard on December 21, 2010
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I've been to Mongolia five time between 2005 and 2010. I book my travel arrangements through an established eco-tour company. And I would still not go to Mongolia without the latest Lonely Planet Mongolia guide.

Yes, it's badly out of date now due to being two years old and the fact that Mongolia is changing rapidly. (Much of the current print edition content appears to be on the LP website, but includes restaurants like the UB Deli, which have been out of business for at least two years.)

The history and culture sections are really well done. This is important since many people, especially Americans, don't really know much about Mongolia except for Chinggis Khan and his horde (and the knowledge is incomplete, too) The descriptions of the land, people, sights and parks match what I've seen on my trips. The author knows the country well.

The directory section in the back puts a lot of really useful information in one place and should be read by anyone planning to go to Mongolia for the first time. I do a quick review before a trip.

I found the maps to be somewhat frustrating. There are parts of the Ulaanbaatar maps which make it hard to see where some things are. In general, the maps need to be higher contrast since they aren't easy to read quickly or in less than bright light.

I'd like to see more on contemporary music, which is vibrant, fun and gives a special look into Mongol culture.

The restaurant section for Ulaanbaatar has worked well for me. I found the descriptions accurate and helpful and have been to about a dozen of the places listed.

The telephone section needs a thorough overhaul. Mongolia has skipped a whole generation of technology and gone straight to cell phones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pellerine on December 31, 2010
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I used the Lonely Planet guide for two trips to Mongolia and found it to be very useful. OK, doesn't have everything but not sure a single source could have everything and this is just to supplement your trip there I am assuming and that in deciding to go to such a place you understand that things are a bit different there - especially if you are from the west.

Mongolia is a place to go of you want to experience life as you have not experienced it elsewhere. It is truly unique, but again, if you are unfamiliar to such nations (the "stans" and central asia).

It's a guidebook - it's not going to answer anything, but this doesn't take away anything. Part of the journey my friends as well as part of the destination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChillsnThrills on June 22, 2009
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I believe I am the first visitor to take the new, 2009 book to Mongolia. I printed it out 1 week after it came out and jumped on a plane to Mongolia. It is the MUST HAVE book for cruising through the country. The UB portion is spot on, and the transportation section in the back is exceptionally accurate. However, if you compare the old version to this one, quite a few restaurants had reviews that were not revisited. While the restaurants haven't really changed, the reviews are stale. For the rest of the country, the authors have done an exceptional job of describing a vast open space. No one else I met in Mongolia had anything other than the LP. PS, I stayed at the Golden Gobi.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Pitzen on August 14, 2009
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I have lived in Mongolia since 2006 and have been traveling here since 2004. It's clear that some of the info is outdated. Places and prices of course change from year to year. But it's also clear the writer was given incorrect info at the time of writing. Always check info before traveling to Mongolia or places in Mongolia. The Chingiss Khan statue near Terelj park for example, is far from the 13th century camp and there is no accommodation for tourists. UB2 hotel in Terelj was remodeled in 2008 and has terrible service. Food is expensive and not tasty.
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By onlychild on November 14, 2012
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I went to Mongolia in May/June 2012, and I saw I wasn't the only one who had this older version of Lonely Planet. We all spoke to each other about how much of this book was already well out of date. It's changing so quickly in Ulaan Bataar (aka "UB")! Do yourself a favour, and go for a much newer guidebook. You'll find descriptions, locations, and costs a lot better represented.

P.S. I *love* Mongolia. I will be going again!! ..with another guidebook.
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