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17 Reasons to ride the “DIY” Glacier Express Switzerland

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The natural beauty of Switzerland really sells itself. The Glacier Express Switzerland runs from Zermatt in the south west to St. Moritz in the south east and takes in wine growing valleys and incredible 360 degree mountain views. The full day scenic train trip crosses 291 bridges and viaducts, crossing the 2,033 metre altitude Oberalp Pass and finally rolling up to st. Moritz along the UNESCO protected Albula/Bernina railway line. But why ride …

9 Tips For Surviving Mongolia (Video)

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As one of the least densely populated countries in the world, Mongolia can be quite a culture shock for travellers who have been accustomed to things like beds and hot water for most of their lives. Epic wilderness, untamed beauty and challenging travel experiences are par for the course when going trans-Mongolian. Mongolia offers a real sense of freedom from civilisation but navigating the country independently can be both dangerous, …

Epic Mongolia: 9,000 Landscapes from Ulaanbaatar to Khovsgol (With Video)

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9 days inside a Russian Military van crossing the epic and endlessly changing landscape of central Mongolia with 7 other people is certainly an experience! It may be challenging but it is certainly rewarding beyond anything we may have imagined before undertaking this journey. This second part of our trans-Mongolian adventure takes us from the capital of Ulaanbaatar to Moron (Pronounced Muren), just south of Khovsgol, Mongolia’s largest lake. In …

How to get from China to Ulaanbaatar (Mongoila) cheaply

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We’ve put together a 4 part series on how to reach Ulaanbaatar from China for under US$60 per person (The international train from Beijing normally costs $250). This is a quick post to summarise the costs and some links to help you read more in-depth about all of the stages we went through to make this happen. Visas Obviously visas are not a part of your transport costs but if …

Onward to the heart of Mongolia: Zamiin-uud to Ulaanbaatar

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Getting from China to Ulaanbaatar is certainly one of the trickier and more long winded immigrations we’ve encountered. This is the fourth and final part of our journey in which we find transport north and take our first ride on the Mongolian leg of legendary trans-Siberian railway. But first of all, we need some tickets and we have arrived very late after our border crossing. Zamiin-uud ticket fun There have …

Mongolian visa stamped in Zamiin uud

How to Cross the Border: Erlian (China) to Zamiin-uud (Mongolia)

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Getting from Erlian (China) to Zamiin-uud (Mongolia) is perhaps the strangest border crossing we have ever made. Though everything went relatively smoothly, it certainly wouldn’t have been as easy if we hadn’t done a little research in advance! This is the complete A to B story of how we made it… Getting Around Erlian We’d been led to believe that getting sleeper train tickets from Zamiin-uud to Ulaanbaatar would be …

From Hohhot to Erlian by train. China to Ulaanbaatar part 1!

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We pushed our way through hundreds of Chinese people clambering to get through the entry gates to the platform and headed towards the train… The ticket for a 9.5 hour journey to the Mongolian border had been surprisingly cheap and we were about to find out why! It cost us only 29 RMB (about $5.50) per person to get two hard seats on train 6856 from Hohhot in Inner Mongolia …