The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

In the middle of Russia just east of Lake Baikal is one of Siberia’s coolest cities, Ulan Ude. A smallish city of some 110,000, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia with a decidedly Mongolian flavor. Ulan Ude is a surprising destination with lots of unexpected things to do and see – and it’s under the radar for most travelers. Now is the time to explore it, while the old traditions are still practiced and the crowds are small. Here are five of our favorites found in this captivating Siberian city… Read More


The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

In the middle of Russia just east of Lake Baikal is one of Siberia’s coolest cities, Ulan Ude. A smallish city of some 110,000, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia with a decidedly Mongolian flavor. Ulan Ude is a surprising destination with lots of unexpected things to do and see – and it’s under the radar for most travelers. Now is the time to explore it, while the old traditions are still practiced and the crowds are small. Here are five of our favorites found in this captivating Siberian city… Read More




Ashgabat: Turkmenistan’s Lavish Capital of Marble and Gold

Ashgabat: Turkmenistan’s Lavish Capital of Marble and Gold

A strange and fascinating capital city, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan is a showcase of modernity set in an ancient desert landscape. Soviet-style apartment buildings mingle with modern marble and gold monuments. So many, in fact, that in 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Ashgabat the record for the highest density of white marble buildings in the world. How did it happen? Read More


MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

Thousands of clicks, likes, and shares later, the response from our fans has been overwhelming! We're grateful that there are so many intrepid travelers who are open to discovery and share our passion for our chosen off-the-beaten-path corner of the world. Here's a look back at some of your favorites of the year. Read More


The Trans-Siberian Railway In Pictures

The Trans-Siberian Railway In Pictures

Whether you desire adventurous cultural immersion aboard the local trains, or comfort and even luxury aboard private trains, traveling the Trans-Siberian has never been easier. But until you’re ready to embark on an epic adventure of your own, you can satisfy your curiosity and wanderlust with our collection of favorite Trans-Siberian images taken from clients and MIR staff alike, showcasing some of the many sights you can spot along the rails. Check out some of our favorite Trans-Siberian photos! Read More


Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past two years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 10,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past year. Read More


Tehran’s Golestan Palace: A Photo Essay

Tehran’s Golestan Palace: A Photo Essay

One of the highlights of Iran's capital city, Tehran, is one of its oldest clusters of buildings. The lavish UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace complex is only what remains after the 20th century Pahlavi court razed some of the original buildings. The palace is the first and, so far, the only UNESCO Site in the modern city of Tehran, and still inspires Persian poets and architects. Read More