Safety tips for Mongolia and travelling in general
♦ Always keep valuables on you or leave them in a locker in the guesthouse
♦ Don’t carry large sums of money
♦ Avoid going out on foot alone at night. Foreigners stand out and can be targeted because of their comparative wealth
♦ Be aware of pickpockets in the city, Ulaanbaatar is like any big city. Narantuul (The Black Market), the train station and busy bus-stops and crowded places are areas to be most wary.
♦ If travelling by yourself in the countryside always make sure someone knows where you are going
♦ Be wary of dogs. Most dogs are not tame in Mongolia and may run in packs. Do not try to pet them! If worried about a dog showing interest in you, copy the locals and carry a rock or stone to discourage it from following you.
The Ulaanbaatar City Tourism Board gives some common sense precautions to keep in mind:
- Please be alert by protecting your documents and valuable items while travelling via public transport or in public places
- It is recommended to use locker services for large amounts of cash and other items considered to be valuable
- Be vigilant of strangers, please do not respond to offers made by people whom you don’t know
- Avoid travelling during the late night hours, especially if in unfamiliar locations