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1. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Alreeeet,

I'm planning to travelling overland, from the UK to SE Asia, then onto OZ and NZ, then on to the states, starting in July for 12 months. Basically I asking if any of you peeps have any advice for the following route, or do you think I'll be squashing too much in too little time.....

London -> Paris (Eurostar)
Paris -> Cologne (Train)
Cologne -> Moscow
Moscow -> St Petersburg ->Moscow
Moscow -> Ulan Bator
Ulan Bator -> Bejing
Bejing -> HK

Then I dont know what to do from there. I want to do Thailand (again), Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, possibly the Phillipines, but I've got a friend in India so I kind of wanted to go there. My initial thought was to fly to India from HK and work my way back down to Malaysia from there but the flights are just ££££££.

Does anyone have any ideas about what could be a feasible route

Any glimmer of advice, no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

n€iL

2. Posted by stoosh (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Have you thought of doing the classic "silk route"? i.e. through Europe, across into Turkey then Iran, Pakistan and down into India?

You could then go on from India to Myanmar and down into the rest of SE Asia

There's even a couple of silk route books that cover the route (I think lonely planet do one)

3. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Hi Stoosh,

I did think about doing that, however I really want to do the Tran-siberian railway and also check out Russia for a bit.

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

What if you go only as far as Omsk or Novosibirsk on the Transsib and then go down through Kasakhstan, Usbekistan and Turkmenistan into Iran and on on the silk route? Stopping in Alma-Ata, Taschkent, Samarkand and Buchara?

I don't have a clue about the security situation there right now, but my railway map of the world clearly indicates train tracks along this route. There is also a German tour campany that does excursions to all of the above cities by rail and by bus, so it can't be that bad.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Another option seems to be through China, Tibet and Nepal to India.

Apparently it is possible according to this thread:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=19307

6. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

That sounds like a pretty cool route!!!
I'll have to do a lot of research on visa requirements and ability to travel through those regions but it might be worth it!

Thank you for your help!

7. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

How about going the full way on the Trans-Siberian to Vladivostok? I'm doing that route (but backwards from Vlad. to Moscow) in August this year and it's possible to go from Harbin in China (where they have the ice festival there. Pity I'm going in summer) to Vladivostok and back by train.

8. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting algore

How about going the full way on the Trans-Siberian to Vladivostok? I'm doing that route (but backwards from Vlad. to Moscow) in August this year and it's possible to go from Harbin in China (where they have the ice festival there. Pity I'm going in summer) to Vladivostok and back by train.

I want to do the Trans-Mongolian really as I want to check out Mongolia on my travels.

After some planing at the weekend, I've decided to skip out India....there will be another chance to do that. 1 year is just not enough... :(