Mongolia is often depicted as wild, as a land of herders, of yurts and sheep, of vast, sacred mountains and meadows. Of course, you can definitely experience this side of the country, best done by staying with a nomad family and seeing their way of life. It’s a trip you’ll never forget.

Or you can base yourself in Ulaanbaatar — an ultra-modern city of 1.5 million popping up out of the often-snowy fields and scraping the sky. Despite its existence, Mongolia is still the most sparsely populated country in the world. So, yes, it is pretty damn wild.