The Traveller team recounts some of the people, places and surprises that filled the year with unforgettable moments.
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Nigel Richardson goes off the map to the geological freak shows and dinosaur boneyards of the southern Gobi Desert.
How would you suggest we get from Mongolia to Moscow without flying on either Aeroflot or Air China?
Train travel, you can see why people romanticise it.
Immense landscapes and warm hospitality make Mongolia an adventure like no other, writes Louise Southerden.
Louise Southerden takes a trip back in time at a Russian bathhouse in Mongolia.
Louise Southerden encounters throat-singers, contortionists and wild nightlife in a surprising capital city.