Mongolia - Country Quickfacts
|Government:||Republic Parliamentary Democracy|
|Currency:||CAD$1 = 900 Mongolian Tugriks (MNT) and US$1 = 1135 Mongolian Tugriks approximately.|
|Departure Tax:||A tax of $12USD is required for international departures.|
|Drives on the:||Right|
|Electricity:||230 volts Ac, 50Hz.|
|Ethnic Groups:||95.35% Mongols
|Location:||Mongolia is sandwiched between Russia to the north and China to the south.|
|Official Language(s):||Khalkh Mongolian is the official language. Kazakh is spoken by 5 % of the population. There are also many Mongolian dialects.|
|Time Zone:||13 hours ahead of Toronto/New York and 16 hours ahead of Vancouver/Los Angeles.|
|Tipping:||Tipping is common in Mongolia at restaurants; 5-10% of your service fee is recommended. Travellers should recognise that menu prices often are often subject to a 13% sales tax that will be added to the final bill. If on top of this, you wish to leave a generous tip, then the ‘international rate’ of 10% is a very reasonable starting place. As a guide, the following rates are what you may like to consider per person for good service: For tour guides and drivers, we suggest the following:
Driver: MNT 500 per person per day
Guide: MNT 1000 per person per day
MONGOLIA FUN FACTS
- Mongolia is known as the “Land of the Blue Sky” and experiences 260 sunny days a year
- It is the world’s largest land locked country
- Its population of 3M is far lower than Singapore with 5.5M
- The first dinosaur egg was found in Mongolia in 1912 proving how they multiplied
- While they drive on the right in Mongolia, many vehicles are set up for the opposite
- Many cars are second hand imports from Japan
- You will be amazed by the number of English language signs in Ulaan Baatar
- Mongolia is a very safe country BUT beware of pick pockets, and never leave things sitting around unattended
- Traditional nomadic families don’t wander aimlessly. They move their herds to new grazing lands based on time of year rather than one of aimless wandering
- Genghis Khan’s original name was Temujin. He was renamed to recognize his greatness “King of Everything”
- In 1920 only 2% of the population were educated … now virtually everyone is
- Mongolia has 20M horses (approximately 17M livestock and a 3 month growing season
- Mongolia enjoyed a bloodless transition from Socialism to Democracy in 1989
MONGOLIA TRAVEL INFORMATION
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