When it comes to comfort, a sojourn in Mongolia doesn't score highly—not surprising, given that the present hallmarks of luxury are hot water, any meat that isn't yak, and a functioning van. Hoping to change that is American venture capitalist Lee Cashell, who offers something he calls "expedition luxury" through his company Mongolian Resorts.
Since 2002, Cashell and his Mongolian wife, Tsendsuren, have been providing basic creature comforts for intrepid visitors to Mongolia's capital, Ulan Bator. At their guesthouse, tel: (976) 9909 1899, backpackers pay $5-$15 for one of 50 beds per night. Travelers are usually delighted to trade...
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