4 Great Train Trips

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Befriend some other travellers and look after each other, and each other's gear, on these great train adventures. At least travel insurance will give you peace of mind if something does happen to go missing.

Trans-Siberian Railway
At over 9000 kilometres in length, and taking a full week non-stop by train, the journey from Moscow to Vladivostok would have to be close to the biggest train adventure available. Or do the several other Trans-Siberian routes surpass it? Moscow to Beijing is another option, as is Moscow-Ulan Bator (Mongolia)-Beijing with the latter shaving 1500 kilometres and a day's travel off the comparable trip to Vladivostok. From Vladivostok there is a weekly ferry to continue one's journey to Japan or South Korea. With around seven days worth of travel, you'll have plenty of time to get to know the Russians, Chinese or other Western travellers on board!

New York to Los Angeles
The USA also has several different routes at one's disposal, to get you from coast to coast. One trip gives the option of travelling past the Grand Canyon. Another makes its way through the Rockies. A more southern route takes in New Orleans. The options available makes one want to do a return leg, and see what one missed on the way over! The quickest journey takes three nights, but then again, if you were in a hurry, you would take a plane! The major cities and natural attractions (such as the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges on one route) mean that there are plenty of tourist options to extend the scheduled journey.

India
Like in several former colonies, the British left a great train network in India. Getting around is cheap, and an allocation of sleeper beds is usually reserved for international travellers. Book a day or two ahead to ensure you get your spot. While there are many possible itineraries, Calcutta to Mumbai takes in many interesting cities along the way. One would naturally do this over several days. Heading west from Calcutta, one comes across the holy city of Varanasi, which sits on the Ganges River. Everyday cleaning, bathing and even funeral rites can be observed here. Much further west is Agra, home to the amazing, and much photographed Taj Mahal.

Singapore to Bangkok
This lovely trip on comfortable trains gives the traveller a taste of three South-East Asian nations. Apart from Singapore and Bangkok at either end, those deciding to break up the journey can enjoy several interesting stop overs and side trips. Soak up the delightful mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese culture in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Butterworth is the stop to link into a ferry to Penang island, while disembarking at Alor Setar or Arau gives one the option of linking with transport to beautiful Langkawi Island. All this before one even reaches stops in Southern Thailand within striking distance of that country's beautiful islands and beaches.

Cheap Travel Insurance in hand, you will be excited in hopping on one of these train journeys. One can even get from Western Europe, all the way to East Asia by train.
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This article was published on 2010/09/28