Mongolia with kids

Traveling in Mongolia with kids

What does Responsible Travel recommend?

Traveling in Mongolia with kids is a certified adventure and if you embrace the fact that getting anywhere is half the fun and settle into long journeys along bumpy roads with a bit of travel scrabble and some colouring books then thatís your only battle won. The food is a bit mutton heavy, so bring some favourable snacks to ease the transition, and your surly teenager might suffer internet withdrawal for all of five minutes, but kids of any age will soon forget their western trappings when faced with the absolute freedom of Mongoliaís irresistible wilderness.

Activities for families in Mongolia

What to do with little ones

Staged at the National Recreation Centre just outside of Ulaan Baatar, the Tumen Ekh Ensemble cultural show may be touristy, but itís also a really professional evening that will have imaginative little minds gripped. With brightly colored costumes, dramatic throat singers, graceful dancers and contortionists that bend in inconceivable ways, itís utterly captivating from start to finish.

Whether your kids feel like learning or have a case of fidgety fingers, the Museum of Natural History will keep them entertained. Stuffed animals fill the rooms, as do knobs to push and buttons to press. The museumís trump card is the two dinosaur skeletons that loom menacingly.

There is little more intriguing for kids and their insatiable curiosity than discovering how other people live and staying with a family in rural Mongolia is an unmissable experience; from what they eat to how they sleep, Mongolian hospitality dictates that you will be involved in every aspect of traditional family life and youíll have the peace of mind that your money is benefitting them directly.

Traveling in Mongolia with kids asks the experts

John Williamson from our supplier, Zavkhan shares his advice on traveling in Mongolia with kids:
ďMongolia is absolutely a family destination. I have run trips for families the kids have had an absolute ball; itís the horse riding - galloping freely around the countryside - combined with a local culture thatís very welcoming and family-orientated that appeals. Culturally, Mongolia is the opposite of what most kids have back home Ė no electricity, no internet, no phone or screens. Removing them from all of their creature comforts is an incredible learning curve and theyíll find everything about the nomadic culture even more captivating without the distractions that are so readily available in their lives back home.Ē

Jess Brooks from our supplier, Eternal Landscapes shares her opinion on traveling in Mongolia with kids:
"Mongolia is a destination that naturally leads to adventure and exploration and kids can explore, run, climb and scramble to their heartís desire. From my own experience, Mongolia for families provides a trip where you have quality time together away from the pressure of emails and social media. A visit to the Mongolian countryside to stay with a local family and experience traditional Mongolian life will be the highlight of any trip for the entire family, comparing and contrasting each otherís way of life (kids love the fact that the children of some nomadic families actually have basketball hoops put up outside their gers!) Camping out in tents is also highly recommended - with a camp-fire, even better with a traditional Mongolian barbecue, and loads of shooting stars to count in the clear sky.Ē
For health and safety advice for traveling in Mongolia with kids, please see our 'Advice' page
Photo credits: [Horse and boyu: John Pannell] [Museum of Natural History - dinosaur: David Fowler] [Rural Mongolia family: Luciano][Cultural performance: harveypekar84] [Child at wood pile: Scott Presly]
Mongolia family vacation for all ages

Mongolia family vacation for all ages

Journey through stunning Mongolia with your family

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