I was pretty nervous about arriving in China... there are few places so utterly different from England, and from most countries I've visited! The language, the culture, the food, everything about it would be a brand new challenge to me. But I love a good challenge.
Gorkhi Terelj National Park is considered one of the most beautiful parts of Mongolia and it's only a short 55km drive from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
While Mongolia is famous for the vast Gobi Desert, it's not all there is to see by a long shot. Picture endless steppe, rolling hills, lakes and rivers, dotted with herds of wild horses and ger camps. It's beautiful, dramatic and deserted. I joined a 15 day tour from Ulaanbaatar through Golden Gobi for $535 …
I love exploring new cities when I get the chance. There's always something to see and do, enough to keep you busy for weeks! At least, that's what I thought until I got to Ulaanbaatar.
Visit the largest island in the world's deepest and oldest lake.
If you only have a short time in Irkutsk, make sure you see Lake Baikal by riding the Circumbaikal Railway!
Hiking in the most popular national park in Russia.