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Tsetserleg (also spelt Tsetserlik, Tsetserlig or Cècèrlèg) is the capital of Arkhangai province.



The town is located in a beautiful forested valley in the Khangay mountains; it has a population of around 20,000, and is generally considered to be the most pleasant of Mongolia's provicial capitals.

Get in[edit]

By Plane[edit]

Aero Mongolia [3] operates several flights a week from Ulaanbaatar.

By bus[edit]

Buses for Tsetserleg leave from the Dragon bus station in Ulaanbaatar at 8AM every day. The ride typically lasts at least 7 - 8 hours, and tickets must be purchased a day in advance. As of July 2017, bus tickets from Ulaanbaatar to Tsetserleg cost 27,500₮ (around US$15) for adults, from August 2013, child ticket is 14,000₮ (US$9).

There are also microbuses that run between Ulaanbaatar and Tsetserleg. These are often very cramped (four across a bench seat), as drivers want to fit as many people in as possible to maximize profit. If possible, it is not a bad idea to pay for an extra seat to be left empty.

Get around[edit]

Tseterleg isn't very big. The city center and most hotels are in walking distance of the main attractions. If you don't want to walk, stand on the side of the road and stick your hand out. It won't be long before a car stops. Expect to pay between 500 and 2,000 T for rides around town.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Buyandelgeruulekh Monastery - the town's main monastery
  • Zayain Khüree Monastery - converted into a museum.
  • Aimag Museum - 5,000 + 5,000 still camera, 15,000 video camera

do[edit][add listing]

  • Attend an opera performance at the town's theater.
  • Arrange to stay with a herder family in their Ger (Yurt). The Fairfield Cafe and Guest House can help with this.
  • Lots to see (Arkhangai), (Great bicycle country. Hiking trip or contact the Fairfiew for a car and guide), [1].  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Woolen items made by local people.
  • There are a few stores near the bakery.
  • The town has a small art shop selling the work of local artists.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Nomad's Mongolian Restaurant. Located on the south side of townn on the main road by the Blue Market and Teacher's college. They offer a variety of Mongolian dishes, and some non traditional dishes as well (chicken is a rare find in restaurants outside of UB and Aimag centers). Prices are usually 8000 to 10,000MNT. Owner is a nice guy who speaks pretty good English as well.
  • Buyan's- Located a little west of the police station. Mongolian restaurant with some Korean dishes as well. They have fried fish but it's kind of a gamble to order. This is a pretty popular place with the locals.
  • There are many small restaurants offering typical Mongolian food. This is mainly meat, potatoes, rice and soups. They are cheap and offer a hearty traditional Mongolian meal, though don't expect much fresh vegetables. In hotel restaurant meals may be priced around 8,000 to 10,000 tugrug per dish, but in the many small local restaurants the prices are more like 3,000 to 5,000 tugrug per person.
  • The town has a fantastic western style cafe and bakery run by an Australian couple - The Fairfield Guesthouse Cafe and Bakery. The standard of food and cleanliness is outstanding. It may be one of the only places in the mongolian countryside where you can get a real espresso coffee or cappuccino to go with your full English Breakfast! The bread is spectacular! Free wifi. Can get busy as there are only half a dozen tables. This place is a bit more expensive than most restaurants in town, shuts at 9pm and is not open on Sundays. Meals 6,000-17,000

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Naran Hotel, situated next to the Fairfield Guesthouse has a large bar with many tables and replica works of art on the walls. Also has karaoke downstairs. Usually busy with both travellers and Mongolians. Also does food.
  • The Neptune. A club that is open most nights. Might be dangerous though- on one night there was a fight between ten men, the next night it was raided and closed by police. Good place to talk to younger Mongolians.
  • Many smaller bars offering cheap beers and varied music. Most also offer food.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Hotel Zamchin, Tel+976 1332 22274. A reasonably modern hotel - very popular, though a little far from the center of town
  • Hotel Tsetserleg
  • Hotel Naran, Tel:+976 1332 9933 2900. Not very clean, but reasonably priced. Has its own bar.
  • Rich Land Hotel, Turn left after market if coming from White Lake, pink building on right. 35,000 with basin and toilet. No showers or hot water in the building. No wifi.
  • Narin, next door to Fairfield. 30,000 without toilet, 50,000 with toilet & basin, 60,000 with shower as well. 90,000 for huge room with sofa & TV. With wifi.
  • Tamir, same road as Fairfield, closer to the market. 40,000 with toilet & basin, Rooms not great.

Mid range[edit]

  • Fairfield Guesthouse, (Turn right at roundabout if coming from UB, left if coming from White Lake.” phone=“(976) 7033 3036 (T/F). (976) 9990 2260 (M)), [2]. This isn't the cheapest option in Tsetserleg, but the hostel is impeccably clean, run by a friendly Australian couple and comes with a large breakfast. There are also only 2 beds per room. They will arrange a hot shower for you if they're full and you need to stay elsewhere. 42,000 per person incl. breakfast. 28,000 pp in 4 bed ger, without breakfast“.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • The Japanese managed resort of Tsenger Hot Springs is located 30 km away, and would cost approximately 15 dollars to get there by hired car.
  • From Tsetserleg, it is possible to hire a car to take you to one of Mongolia's most picturesque lakes, Terkhin Tsaagan Nuur or the Great White Lake. Cars can be hired at Tsetserleg's "black market," located close to the city center, but be prepared to negotiate prices in Russian, as few locals speak English. Alternatively, the English speaking staff at The Fairfield Guesthouse can make the booking for you. The drive to the lake is approximately 170 km, almost all on unpaved roads or dirt paths, and takes approximately 4 hours. A return trip to the lake should cost around $110, inclusive of petrol, food and accommodation for the driver.
  • In Ulaanbaatar city, Samar Magic Tours [4] offers budget trips to Tsetserleg-Terkhin Tsagaan Nuur-Tsenger Hot Springs.

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