Ambarbayasgalant Khiid, Mongolia | 27 June 2006 | $3 USD
This was the first town we’d seen in a while, the second monastery of the 10-day trip and it was a bit of a detour off of the paved road we’d been driving on. Because of its remote location nestled between hills it was one of the few monasteries in Mongolia spared by invaders. The owner of this ger, who bore a striking resemblance to Mr. Miyagi, lived in a concrete house and even had a mailbox. His dog watched over the ger, which stood in his side yard, throughout the night.
This was also the first town where we met a Peace Corps volunteer, although I had seen countless numbers of them in the hostels and pubs in Ulaan Bataar. She showed us her accommodations?a simple one-room concrete bunker.
The price included dinner and breakfast and cooked by the family/owners.