It all started with a Skype call with my editor at Bootsnall (a popular indie travel website that I've been using since 2009), a conversation about solo travel in Southeast Asia, and adventure. A conversation where I ended up suggesting an article on travelling solo, and before I realized what was happening the word 'Myanmar' had trickled off my tongue. I didn't even thinking about getting my Myanmar visa.
*Prices and visa requirements can change at anytime, and rules can differ depending on your Nationality. Most visa services will have up-to-date information, as will embassy/consulate websites for the countries you're visiting.
It is impossible to do the Mongol Rally without tourist or transit visas (Now if you want to spend hours and hours searching Google to try and prove me wrong, be my guest! If I am wrong, then email me at.... Wait. I’m not wrong. I’m not giving you my email address!). Everyone will need to apply for tourist and/or transit visas for the Mongol Rally, and once you have chosen your route, you really should plan out your visa timeline. I know, it sounds way too practical and you’re a spontaneous person. Blah, blah, blah.
Our weekend in Istanbul has been good. I had a chance to meet with a couple Mongol Rally teams, hang-out with Charlie and Sherry, and find a way to have some alone time. The latter being the most important part of my journey so far - aside from trying to secure my Turkmenistan visa.
Looking for the Mongolian Embassy in Bangkok was like walking through a maze, especially when you add in the fact that I had no clue where I was going. But once I found the Embassy, things were surprisingly easy. I rang the buzzer, stated that I wanted to apply for a visa, filled out a form and was told to come back three days later. In a way, it was almost too easy.