Ulan-Ude is located about 250 km from Baikal lake, but if you take a bus or a shuttle, you'll be able to get there in 3 hours.
The main attractions in Ulan-Ude are the two museums (of history and of nature), Ivolginsky Buddhist Datsan, and open-air Ethnographic Museum.
The situation with entertainment in Ulan-Ude as we know it is quite bad. There are no good clubs or discoteques.
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