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Olkhon Island the largest on Lake Baikal

Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal At 72 km long, Olkhon Island is the largest island on Lake Baikal and home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the region. The island is under the supervision of the Pribaikalsky National Park. The settlement of Khuzhir is the...

Experience the New Trans-Siberian Railway

From Bare Bones to Unrivaled Luxury: Experience the New Trans-Siberian Railway   More than 150 years ago, plans for an internationally known legend were first set in motion. Though construction on what would ultimately be the Trans-Siberian Railway didn’t begin for...

Best Time to Take a Trans-Siberian Railway Trip

Check This Off Your Bucket List Scheduling the Best Time to Take a Trans-Siberian Railway Trip The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world and one of the most exciting ways to tour Russia and Asia. There are three routes available, and the longest...

Mongolia and Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan, Mongolia's obsession Mongolia is obsessed with Genghis Khan (also named Dzjengis Khan), having been denied the chance to celebrate their national hero under the Communist rule. There are hotels, shops, brands of vodka, and even car tyres named after him…...

Naadam Sports Festival in Ulaanbaatar

Naadam Festival The Naadam Festival is held for 3 days each summer in Ulaanbaatar, and starts on the 11th of July. There are several alternative Naadams held in the capitals of different aimags (provinces) – some on different dates. Mongolia is administratively split...

The Gobi desert Mongolia

Recommendations: If you have booked a trip to the Gobi, or plan to go there, we recommend that you bring plenty of sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and drink lots of water during your Gobi trip! But note evenings can be cold so also bring a decent fleece.

Horse riding in Mongolia – 13 Tips

Horse Riding Mongolia Horse riding in Mongolia is normally possible to arrange through any local tourist ger camp and throughout the year. However during winter the animals may need to be rested, depending on the availability of winter fuel. The Shuren ger camp at...

Travelling Mongolia

Mongolia – a unique destination, very different to its two giant neighbours China and Russia. It is many peoples favourite Trans-Siberian stopover. The open steppe, searing deserts, huge clear blue sky, warm hospitable people, genuinely nomadic culture and starlit nights

Mongolian Culture and Traditions

Greetings in Mongolia A traditional method of greeting, especially in the countryside, is for the younger person to hold their arms out, palm up, and grasp the older person just in front of the elbow. The elder does the same, but with palms face down. This is done...

All about Mongolian Gers

The ‘Mongolian ger’ has evolved from ancient times to suit the needs of the Mongolian people following their herds in search of new pastures. The collapsible and easily transportable ger continues to be used in modern times, but it is quickly giving way to more...

Is the Trans-Siberian Railway safe?

Tips to have a safe Trans-Siberian journey In general a Trans-Siberian trip doesn’t present any serious safety issues for you or your belongings and it is extremely rare that we hear of any incidents. However, be aware of the points below as you travel and you are...

Mobile Phone and Photography
during the Trans-Siberian Tour

Mobile phone use during the Trans-Siberian Tour Mobile phone usage is high in Russia, Mongolia and China and coverage is accordingly better than most expect. Much of the time on the train your mobile phone should have reception if you have a roaming facility on your...

What to wear during the Trans-Siberian Tour?

What to wear during the Trans-Siberian Tour? What clothes to pack? Below are some recommendations on specific clothing considerations for the various seasons. However, it must be stressed that there is nothing definitive about this and on rare occasions it can snow in...

A once in a lifetime experience – Trans-Siberian Tour

My honey and I completed a 14 day Trans-Siberian Railway adventure that was designed by a web-based company called Monkeyshrine. After reading reviews on Trip Advisor, on various ways to create a Trans-Siberian adventure, I decided Monkeyshrine had the expertise

The wonders of Lake Baikal, deepest lake in the world.

The wonders of Lake Baikal, deepest lake in the world. This narration is about a trip that Quang and Dick Francisco took from Beijing China across Manchuria, Siberia, Russia booked via a Monkey Business, Trans-Siberian Tour specialists. The trip started on the 13 of...

How is the Trans-Siberian railway food?

Trans-Siberian railway food - dining in 3 countries The good news is that even if you travel the Trans-Siberian direct that you’ll still get to taste the food of whichever country you’re passing through. The train remains the same throughout your journey but the...

Visiting Oryol

Visiting Eagle (Oryol) - Orel Russia. We have many strange requests for adding in destinations along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Orel Russia - Often a customer will look at a map and decide that somewhere like Tomsk for instance, is a place roughly intersecting the...

Listvyanka – Russia

Listvyanka, Russia. Nearly all of our guests will stop in Irkutsk as part of their Trans-Siberian Tour and will stay for a few nights on the shores of magical Lake Baikal. The majority of these customers will visit Listvyanka, which is a small village on the shore of...