I was pretty nervous about arriving in China... there are few places so utterly different from England, and from most countries I've visited! The language, the culture, the food, everything about it would be a brand new challenge to me. But I love a good challenge.
Gorkhi Terelj National Park is considered one of the most beautiful parts of Mongolia and it's only a short 55km drive from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
If you only have a short time in Irkutsk, make sure you see Lake Baikal by riding the Circumbaikal Railway!
Just like Iceland's Golden Circle or India's Golden Triangle, Russia's Golden Ring shouldn't be missed.
Spend at least three days here visiting the famous Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, the Moscow Kremlin and the world's most beautiful metro!
Spend at least three days exploring the "Venice of the North" and get your fill of Russian Orthodox cathedrals, churches and convents!
Depending on your route, time schedule and goals, you could spend anything from a few hours to 7 days on the train. My longest was a 57-hour journey from Vladimir to Krasnoyarsk, followed immediately by a 17-hour journey to Irkutsk, and thankfully I was well prepared. Here's everything you need to know, and what you... Continue Reading →