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Mongolia

Mongolia’s Diversity

“Outer Mongolia” has become shorthand for, at best, somewhere obscure or hard to find, and at worst a desolate wasteland in the middle of nowhere. But Mongolia, sandwiched between Russia to the north and China to the south, is a diverse place which boasts a vibrant capital city, Ulaanbaatar, and incredible natural wonders like Gorkhi-Terelj or Altai Tavn Bogd National Parks. It also contains the fifth largest desert in the world: the Gobi, with its stunning Khongor Sand Dunes, which stretches into China.

Encounters that take you there.

Before there were guidebooks, 18th- and 19th-century authors wrote “stranger’s guides” to cities and countries, pamphlets and books that combined helpful tips with particular and offbeat advice and context: the best boarding houses alongside bits of history, preferred brothels as well as ways to avoid pickpockets. These guides were far removed from a modern, sanitized Fodor’s—rather they were personal, eccentric and intimate portrayals of place.

Stranger’s Guide is a modern version of that idea—a publication that reveals the intricacies of places across the globe, through both local and foreign eyes.