HOW TO STAY SAFE IN MONGOLIA?
Is it safe in Mongolia?
Mongolia is one of the safest countries in the world where you can travel with no worries. But, even despite that fact, you must plan and know some instructions for staying safe in Mongolia. There are some small problems that you need to be aware of. I hope it can be helpful for you.
ALCOHOL IN MONGOLIA
Many people in Mongolia, doesn’t matter in the city or countryside mainly men drink alcohol more than normal. So, it is not recommended to stay long with locals and drink too much vodka or beers if you don’t know them well. It doesn’t mean that locals get crazy when they are drunk. Just any unpleased words in your conversation could drive into simply conflicts. Drinking few cans of beer or sharing a bottle of vodka with your tour team such as your guide, driver or chef will not harm your trip probably even it will make your team understand better or it helps you to become more respectful each other like a friends entire the trip.
Walking on the streets and hiking in the national parks on your own will not bring you problems with locals. We would recommend you just stay away from drunk people like everywhere in the world.
TRAVELING ALONE IN MONGOLIA
If you are a man then you can travel on your own with no problems. But, if you are a woman or girl it will bring problems to travel alone on your own. Make sure that you are dressed very simple and all your sexual parts of your body such as chess, legs are covered by clothing as those things may bring local drunk guys try to flirt with you despite you don’t like it etc. Mongolian people like tourists and always have positive thoughts about them. If you are in trouble people around you always rush to help you. Mongolian low respects tourists and police will be doing their best to defend you. Especially if you are a white person you will look for nomads unusual and they may always ask you to take a picture with them.
IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF MONGOLIA
Mongolia has a big land despite its very small population. Half of the population lives by splitting into the countryside. People choose remote parts and corners to travel as those places are most beautiful. So most of the touristic destinations are with no mobile reception, wifi or internet. Before you start your trip do not forget to send your important e-mails or notify friends or family. Also, make sure that you have enough personal medications if you use medication often.
PICK POCKETS IN MONGOLIA
Mainly they are in Ulaanbaatar (the capital of Mongolia) city pickpockets are everywhere. They are in the crowded markets department stores and on the public bus. When you are in those places make sure that you are holding your bag in front of you not on your back. Make sure that your purse, passports any other documents are in your safest pocket. Chess pocket would be the best option or inside your bag that you are holding in front of you. If you spot them in the action please do not try to mess with them. If you see how they are stealing from someone in front of you try to stay calm as they go with a group of 4-5 people nearby so they may avenge.
I may skip some small things but I hope those are all the main information about safety in Mongolia. I wish you all the best and good luck when you travel to Mongolia!