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Gobi-Marathon

Inner Mongolia, China
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rekabeus wrote a review May 2011
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution3 helpful votes
Our visit to Mongolia would have been great if it wasn't for the 'wild goose chase' that a particular travel agent took us on... After being loaded onto 3 buses (ours didn’t have a baggage area so the luggage was loaded onto the back seats – thankfully the driver didn’t have to hit the brakes suddenly or we would have had some rather large missiles flying around. Heading for a monastery and some other sight-seeing, our bus driver decided to drop us at our hotel so we could check in and then meet up with the other two buses, who didn’t know where we were – no communication! We eventually caught up to them after spending 1 ½ hours in an un-airconditioned bus in 35 degree +++ temperatures, being jolted along bumpy roads and gravel tracks, breathing in the glorious dust and pollution fumes. When we did catch up to the others we discovered them on a 3 km walk to a monastery which turned out not to be a monastery anymore anyway, and were they really P…. OFF!!!!! I think the idiot tour guide just wanted to torture us all. You don’t know how much I wished I’d stayed at the hotel and not wasted 6 hours in the heat, doing nothing constructive and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. Tempers were certainly frayed all around, but in true hash spirit it didn’t take long for most to get back into their usual jovial manner. On the way back from the ‘monastery that wasn’t‘ one of the buses grounded out and everyone had to disembark so the driver could get out of his predicament. Welcome to Mongolia! No thanks at all to the unhospitable tour guide: Mr. Joachim Goettel, Company Gerel-Ust, Ulaanbator
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