POST SOVIET ULAN UDE – ‘GATEWAY TO EASTERN RUSSIA”

Ulan Ude is the “Gateway to Eastern Russia”,  it is a “city with a Mongolian soul” or “the Buddhist capital of Russia”. These are some of the terms used to describe the Russian city of Ulan Ude. Our first stop in Russia on the Trans- Siberian railway. Ulan-Ude is the capital of the province Buryatia inContinue reading “POST SOVIET ULAN UDE – ‘GATEWAY TO EASTERN RUSSIA””

TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY BORDER CROSSINGS

Our aim was to travel overland by any means of transport from New Zealand back to the Netherlands. I had always wanted to travel overland, so one day the seed got planted over dinner with friends in Perth, Australia in 2017 to do the Trans Siberian railway. It had been such a bucket-list item forContinue reading “TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY BORDER CROSSINGS”

LAND OF EXTREMES – MONGOLIA

Mongolia should be the adventure capital of the world, so beautiful rugged and remote. The winters of Mongolia are legendary, but don’t let it stop you. It is the most amazing time to visit this beautiful country. The steppe grassland will be covered in snow and ice. It is the most incredible landscape together withContinue reading “LAND OF EXTREMES – MONGOLIA”

ULAANBATAAR, MONGOLIA MEANING “RED HERO CITY”

Rugged Mongolia is an adventure destination where travelers can experience nomadic culture and vast, untouched landscapes. It is this wilderness about Mongolia, that is so unique. Not to be found anywhere in the world, expect the remote outback deserts of Australia and in Siberia, Russia Mongolia had been on my bucket list for a longContinue reading “ULAANBATAAR, MONGOLIA MEANING “RED HERO CITY””

ANCIENT TEA CARAVAN ROUTE OF MONGOLIA

THE HISTORY OF TRANS MONGOLIAN RAILWAY It is unbelievable to think that the Trans–Mongolian Railway follows an ancient tea camel route from China to Russia and connects Beijing, China with Ulan-Ude, on Trans–Siberian railway in Russia. The ancient Tea  Road, which dates back to the 17th century, was a network of ancient trade routes that came into being after the Silk Road. StartingContinue reading “ANCIENT TEA CARAVAN ROUTE OF MONGOLIA”

EPIC TRANS- MONGOLIAN TRAIN 033

The ultimate railway journeys for lovers of epic train journeys are Trans Mongolian and Trans Siberian train trips. It is a trip like no other. TRAIN BETWEEN CIVILIZATIONS Measuring 2,080 kilometers, and situated between the borders of Russia’s far east and China’s North, the Trans-Mongolian railway is journey steeped in the history of great powers.Continue reading “EPIC TRANS- MONGOLIAN TRAIN 033”

GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL TRAIN Z98: HONG KONG – BEIJING, CHINA

We really wanted to be able to travel overland as much as possible without catching a plane, but that is not possible from Australia or New Zealand. The only overland option is to catch a cruise boat from Sydney to Hong Kong. All cruise boats leave the Pacific by end of the season in MarchContinue reading “GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL TRAIN Z98: HONG KONG – BEIJING, CHINA”

INCREDIBLE THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG (PART TWO)

Let’s face it, we all know that Hong Kong is notoriously expensive, to stay. In 2019, it tied for first place with Singapore and Paris as the most expensive city in the world. … But just because the city can be expensive for residents and travellers alike, doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet on a trip to Hong Kong.Continue reading “INCREDIBLE THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG (PART TWO)”

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO INCREDIBLE THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG

At the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong