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  • 15-03-2023 6:08pm
    Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,953 Mod ✭✭✭✭

    I was browsing around on google maps and randomly landed on Mongolia. I started checking out the largest city - Ulaanbattar. If you drop the guy into street view you very quickly notice something pretty strange. The amount of cars is staggering. In some places there seems to be more cars than free road space. Has anyone here been there and can explain what is going on?


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,953 Mod ✭✭✭✭iamstop

    Virtually no green spaces and I am starting to wonder if bikes are illegal. Couldn't find a single cyclist. What gives? Very strange place.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,848 ✭✭✭randd1

    A friend of mine spent a year teaching out there before moving onto Malaysia.

    She said there's virtually no public transport, and due to it being sparsely populated, everyone drives. It wouldn't be uncommon for a family of 6 to have 3/4 vehicles, especially in rural parts.

    She also said flagging people for lift is usually nailed on that they'd give you a lift and you're supposed to sit in the back very quietly. Drop them a fiver/tenner depending on the distance as a thank you is the custom.

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    Bucket list place some time 🙂

  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,953 Mod ✭✭✭✭iamstop

    When I was along the north coast of Jamaica there was a similar system. You get to meet the locals and chat to pass the time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,695 ✭✭✭✭One eyed Jack

    You’re after reminding me OP of a place I’d often heard of as a child - Outer Mongolia!

    For no particular reason, it never occurred to me to ask, if that’s Outer Mongolia, where’s Inner Mongolia? It was like it just didn’t exist. But it does! It’s just not called Outer and Inner Mongolia any more.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,574 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Strangely OP I too was googliing Mongolia earlier ! A bit close encounters-like

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,228 ✭✭✭Poochie05

    Was lined up to go there in June 2020 and then Covid happened ☹️ so still on my bucket list.

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    Much the same in Ukraine and Russia. Colloquially they call them "Gypsy Cabs", all it really means is that anyone who owns a car can cruise around picking up fares if they need to earn a few extra bucks for themselves.

    Generally speaking you recognise them as they will be driving the budget cars, ie the Ladas and so forth and they drive along the kerb. You don't make the thumbs up hitching gesture, you hold your hand out flat. The next driver going in the same direction as you will pull in, and rather than an official fare (since there's no licence) you just agree to make a "personal donation" to his petrol bill for giving you the ride.

    Similar operation with the moped/scooter riders in SE Aisa, Thailand, Philippines, etc. People are resourceful, they need money, you need a ride, you'll find each other without too much fuss.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,587 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    I was going to mention a car might be needed to reach Outer Mongolia 😂 but I wasn't convinced I remembered that correctly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 507 ✭✭✭Daisy 55

    There about 17 years ago. Arrived on Transsiberian railway. Got taxi from train station to yert we had booked. About 10 mins in taxi..2 accidents on route by being bumped by other cars. Roads were crazy. Intersections you just drove into and plowed your way through. Worth a visit…bumped into a fella we had known a few years back😀

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  • Registered Users Posts: 507 ✭✭✭Daisy 55

    Inner Mongolia is actually in China

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,089 ✭✭✭Lavinia

    A very dear friend of mine moved there about 8 years ago.. I wanted to visit but the cost of the two way ticket is insane.. 😶

    Either way I'd love to visit Mongolia sometime.. pics they are posting on their fb page are so lovely..

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭Andrea B.

    There was an annual drive from London in rough cheap cars.

    I know someone who done it 20 years back. Scary stuff.

    I guess shaky now with the Russian stuff.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,574 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Damn You op . I’d love to go now but I’m still getting emails about my wanna go Antarctic trip . Plus I’m not sure if hobbling on a walking stick is allowed 😡

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,381 ✭✭✭Yurt2

    Little to no public transport. Was there in winter, punishing weather and the air pollution was wild. One of the ugliest capital cities I've ever been to - nothing to do either. Country is huge though and I suppose in spring one could go out in the wilds of the steppe and experience more "traditional" Mongolian life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,056 ✭✭✭✭Esel

    ^ Apt username! 😃

    Not your ornery onager

  • Registered Users Posts: 571 ✭✭✭orourkeda1

  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,953 Mod ✭✭✭✭iamstop

  • Registered Users Posts: 571 ✭✭✭orourkeda1

    Wow Burger Joe.

    Wow Burger

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,985 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    They should be reported for being an illegal taxi. 😋

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