Five Foot Traveller Blog

Vietnam by train

Travelling by train is an excellent way to explore Vietnam- local trains are affordable, fairly comfortable and safe. Vietnam’s main railway track – the North-South Railway- runs along the length of the country, connecting...

Not in China anymore

Coming out of Nanning train station was like seeing children rush out of their classrooms on the last day of school. All I saw was a sea of black heads, streaming down the steps...

In other news…

The purpose of this post is to prove that I wasn’t lazy during my trip. I actually did some work. (No, really. Seriously). While I was travelling, I wrote a weekly column in the...

Shanghai

When I began planning for my St Petersburg-Kuala Lumpur overland trip, my original route through China was supposed to be Beijing-Nanning and from there, Hanoi. I still had that same route in mind after reaching...

Beijing, revisited

  Something’s missing, I thought. It’s not the hutongs, it’s not the Great Wall, it’s something else. It was my second time in Beijing and something had changed. The city was different. It annoyed me. It...

Mongolia-China border crossing

Our train to Jining Nan Compared to the Russia-Mongolia train crossing, the Ulaanbaatar-Beijing leg can be described as slightly dodgy. The options for passage from Russia to Mongolia are more or less straightforward but...

Double-humped camels, Mongolia

I thought I’d lost these photos- I know I snapped some photos of camels but somehow couldn’t find them on my netbook. Then I went through the images on my SDHC card and found...

What I’ve learnt so far

I’m feeling lighthearted today and in the spirit of said lightheartedness, here’s a list of what I’ve discovered after travelling for six weeks: 1- Of the countries I’ve visited, China has the best street signs...

Bad start in Ulaanbaatar

  The sound of car horns all around you. Not short, little toots but long, drawn-out angry blasts to intimidate. Coming at you from left, right and centre. Brakes screeching. More horns. Shouting. Then- crash. Welcome...