Mistake No 1: Trying to get the cheapest tour to Mongolia
How to choose based on price ?
- Search on the internet to find at least 3 companies offering the kind of tour in Mongolia that you want.
- Contact each of them to get a price. Make sure you know the size of the group that the price is valid for. If you are travelling alone and they only run a trip if it has at least 4 people in the group, you need to know if they have got other bookings or if you are expected to find 4 people yourself.
- Compare the per day price (divide cost of tour by number of days).
- Make a note of what is included / not included in the price.
Mistake No 2: Not checking if your chosen company are all that they seem
Don't forget that copying and pasting text, photos and videos is easy. Lots of people can make a website, but that doesn't mean they know how to run a tour. Before booking a tour in Mongolia, ask questions about your route, the scenery, accommodation, logistics, distances.
Mistake No 3: Not understanding the situation
Mongolia is still a developing country. Even though you will see enormous wealth in the centre of Ulaanbaatar, the infrastructure in many areas is still poor. You shouldn't expect things to be standardised or without risk or comparable with other Asian countries. Come with an open mind, a peaceful manner and joyful attitude and you will be welcomed wholeheartedly. The history of Mongolia, its economic situation, the weather and culture are unique, so enjoy it for what it is, without always understanding the whole situation.