JetSet Destinations: Mongolia


Mongolia, originally made famous by Genghis Khan who established the largest contiguous empire in history in the 13th century, is enjoying renewed interest. Because of the short travel season from May-October, tourism has slowly unfolded creating an inviting and authentic experience similar to that found in Bhutan.  Though it is most easily combined with China due to the airlift out of Beijing, expanding international gateways now include Seoul, Moscow, Tokyo, Berlin and Hong Kong.

As “the most sparsely populated, independent, largest country in the world”, Mongolia is an anomaly from its neighbor to the east, China, and the west, Russia.  Unlike its neighbors, Mongolia is one of the few true democracies in Asia (outside of Japan and South Korea) and practices Tibetan Buddhism, and does not require visa for visits under 90 days.

These cultural features combined with Mongolia’s unique natural heritage – such as its Gobi Desert, truly unique and mystical landscape, Lake Hovsgol (containing approx. 1-2% of the world’s freshwater reserve) and the eastern steppes (10 times the size of the Serengeti in Africa) – make the destination an enticing frontier to explore!

To learn more about travel to Mongolia, please contact Julia P. Douglas: