Rex Hotel Saigon
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The end of the line – Ho Chi Minh City

The final leg of the Reunification Railway and the terminus is Ho Chi Minh City. The journey started in spectacularly dodgy style. I get to Nha Trang railway station nice and early and I go over to the desk and the woman on the desk checks my ticket and says for me to wait in …

Nha Trang
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Dodging a Typoon – Nha Trang

The train trip south to Nha Trang was another overnight sleeper trip. This time it was our first encounter with Vietnam Rail First Class Sleeper Air-Con. It was pretty bad. Despite labor being so cheap in Vietnam they appear to not want to worry about leaving dirty sheets on beds and as one person leaves …

Hoi An
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Hoi An Vietnam – French Colonial Paradise

The trip to Hoi An (or actually Danang because the train doesn’t go to Hoi An) is the highlight of the train trip – the Reunification Express. It passes through an area where the mountains meet the sea. White crescent shaped beaches dot the coastline and the train cruises above the beach.

Well that’s what its …

Hue Palace Gates
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The City that lost its Glory – Hue

After leaving Hanoi we had our first experience of the Reunification Express. We were in the Livitrans carriages – the most expensive and the first impression we got – cockroaches and plenty of them! Anyway other than the cockroaches it was an uneventful and uncomfortable trip.

Arriving in Hue was a nice culture shock because the …

Sapa
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Trekking in Sapa

Our trip to Sapa began at Hanoi and our train trip to Lao Cai near the Chinese border. We decided to take the Sapaly Express the highest price option.

The train to Lao Cai has a number of different names but are the same train.The train was borderline comfortable, the trains in Vietnam are certainly not …

Hanoi
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Hanoi – Bustling, Loud and Loving it

After the first evening in Hanoi we were able to start exploring the area. We were staying in the Old Quarter which was a labyrinth of lanes with all types of vehicles using them from coaches to cyclos to pushbikes. The people seemed to have a system based on anarchy when they were driving but …

Hanoi
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The flight to Vietnam – Malaysia Airlines

As with most travelling, particularly when you travel by plane the “getting there” is not what you enjoy. Here is a rundown of the last couple days.

I left Adelaide on Saturday 17 March, it was an afternoon flight on Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur. I watched a couple movies – exciting stuff.

My overall impression of …

Mongolia
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Mongolia and the End of the Mongol Rally!

The ambulance hadn’t been fairing well over the last few weeks and a few problems had come up at the border. Lucky we had time: apparently only 6 cars would be allowed through each hour, and we were at least 3 hours back in line. The cold woke us all early that morning and through …

Tajikistan
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Mongolian Rally – Kyrgyzstan Pamir Highway Emergency

We woke up to the sound of kids washing our ambulance, thanks boys, and headed into the border. 8 Stops or so later and we were through into our next country. One of the soldiers asked the usual question “Do you have any guns?” and make guns with his fingers he made pew pew noises …

Kazhakstan
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Mongolian Rally – Kyrgyzstan to Russia

“If” is a funny word… If we hadn’t have stopped for lunch, If we had’ve stopped for a swim, If we hadn’t have seen the truck crash. If we didn’t stop for dinner the night before.

If, If, If. All things turned out well though and after our drama we met up with a couple of …

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Bukhara Turkmenistan and onto Uzbekistan

For sheer WTF value Turkmenistan is off the charts! The border should have been a warning for us. 5 hours through here for what was essentially a big show with no real substance. I changed some money into the local currency and the mono-browed angry, clenched woman behind the desk wouldn’t accept any of my …

Iran
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Mongolian Rally Iran

Next came the Iranian Border: and it was very easy. A Turkish gentleman who just likes to help and practices his language skills by getting travellers through the border made the ordeal through the Iranian border a breeze.

A cursory check of the vehicle by bored officials and then into the Persian side where I was …

turkey
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Mongolian Rally Turkey to Iraq

Hey there again!

I just wanted to mention a couple of things and maybe explain a few things a little better for you:

I’m not a lonely planet kind of guide. So you may find my blog a little short of detail sometimes. But I have to tell you that I’m trying to give you a snippet …

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Mongolian Rally from Goodwood to Czech Republic

The next morning we woke to a great day (it wasn’t sunny of course, in the UK if it’s not raining it’s a great day) and were approached by Cameron and Sean, a couple of guys from another team whose Ambulance broke down, to see if they could tag along. Sure! We managed to get …

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Mongolian Rally

A big part of my trip is this thing called the Mongol Rally. I met my teammate, Josh, online.

And no this isn’t a big, weird, date…

The Rally details are here…

www.betweenayak.org

It has been decided that filling a second hand ambulance with as much food, people, beer and camping gear as it will carry and then driving …

trans siberian railway
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Travelling the Trans Siberian Railway

HISTORY

The Transiberian train, the longest continuous railway and certainly one of the most impressive in the world, has been around for over a century. When it comes to historical significance, this may not sound too impressive, but that’s only until you realize that the original plans for the world’s longest railway were set in 1889. …

Hvar
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Sailing Holiday in Croatia

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Sailing holidays in Croatia can take you to some fantastic, historic towns on the Dalmatian Coast.

The Dalmatian coast offers a number of …

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Villa in Goa

One of the most popular areas of India for a beach location is the ex Portuguese colony of Goa.

Goa is best known for its many beaches and its wonderful cuisine.

You can dine on many seafood dishes and great curries that are distinct to the region.

Fifteen kilometers from Panjim, the Goan capital, is Candolim Beach.

The beach …