Phnom Penh & Year Zero

A busy and very complex day today. We started with a morning visit to the Royal Palace. Not only is this a beautiful building but it’s also immaculately maintained. Inside the palace the French erected a statue of Napoleon the third mounted on a horse. When French rule ended and Cambodia became independent Kampuchea they …

Like Floating Waitrose…

We woke up early, at zero dark 30, to visit the floating market at Cai Rang And then the sun rose... The floating market is kind of like a supermarket, only instead of going to Aisle six for a pineapple, you go to boat three. Dozens of boats, small and large, mill around, drinking and …

Mekong-ing

Yesterday we travelled from Sai Gon to the Mekong River Delta and spent the day learning more about how people live in the area. The river is 2,700 miles long, the 12th longest in the world. Starting in Tibet is passes through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. To exist in the river delta …

RIP ‘Bravo’ the Water Buffalo (A Rant)

These opinions are my own and do not in any way represent those of any other person or company. Last night we arrived at the beautiful Victoria Hotel, Cần Thơ, This has long been my favourite hotel on the Tour and thank goodness GRJ have now reshuffled the Tour days to allow clients to enjoy …

Tank 834… and George

We left our Sai Gon Hotel early to visit the Viet Cong Tunnel complex at Cu Chi. An extraordinary and extensive system of tunnels that existed literally under the feet of the Americans and that is now a centre for Tourists keen to understand more about the American War. It’s a fascinating morning, but unfortunately …

“I’m still only in Saigon”

It doesn’t quite fit, but at this stage of the Tour it’s not that far off! 😁😁😁😁😁 https://youtu.be/2-bvNttwAUc

End of the line… Sai Gon

Today we travelled to Sai Gon from Nha Trang. Just under 8 hours but we’ve now completed our journey from Hà Nội and that makes 1726 km in total https://videopress.com/v/YNhT9iwd?preloadContent=metadata I got to take another picture for my collection of great conductors hats of the world. It’s a little small but you have to work …

Back on the train again

So today was day one of our long two day journey to Saigon. Da Nang to Nha Trang Where I am now. Tomorrow onto Saigon itself. I thought today I just put up a few pictures to give you a rough idea of what life is like on our Vietnam train. The train is quite …

Hoi An by Day & Night

Hoi An by day is a pretty little town on a river in central Vietnam. The famous Japanese bridge is shown in the header photo above. We walked through the town in the morning and visited the Chinese meeting house. You buy an incense coil, write a wish hang it up and go for burn. …

TimOnTheTrain is back on the train

Today was another train day, and the most scenic part of our train journey, from Hue to Da Nang. The line climbs and winds through the mountains of the central highlands while hugging the coast.  Despite being single line track for a lot of the journey, we arrived early after 2 1/2 hours. Da …

Hue

So, we made it to Hue and we're now staying in one of my favourite hotels, the excellent Indochine Palace. This afternoon we visited the Imperial City and Citadel, the national seat of power for many years and the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American War (as they refer to it). …

Good Morning Vietnam…

Sorry. Had to be done.

Dong Hoi and early morning Café Viet

It's 05:30 and I've sort of slept on the train. KInd of. I'm not sure how long for since my fitbit gets confused by the motion of the train and thinks I haven't slept at all. Also, a sadistic carriage attendant has turned the aircon to the icebox setting (if you're doing this journey bring …

Overnight to Hue

Sorry for the long gaps between posts but I've been on a boat and now I'm on a train. (Yippee!) and the internet doesn't like moving trains in remote areas. We've just left Ha Noi and this is my home for the next 13 hours and 500 or so miles until we arrive in Hue …

Lydia… This one’s for you!

Hitting the ground running

Made it to Hà Nội in record time (9hrs 50 mins) due to 100 knot tailwinds up the chuff for most of the way. We had breakfast to recover and thankfully GRJ had arranged early room check ins for us. Virtually everybody grabbed a shower and a nap before heading out to explore Hà Nội …

Noodles or Prostitutes?

Sadly, my upcoming China Tour has been cancelled (No guesses why). I'll still be going, but a little later in the year. This leaves a rather large hole in my Tour Roster for the Summer, and an equally large hole in my finances. That's a rather selfish viewpoint, given the suffering of those who are …

Live on Stage 1, Vietnam and The Corona Virus

So. The Long Winter break without work is drawing to a close. I'm off to Vietnam & Cambodia in 11 days and then a busy season lies ahead. I've used the two month break to reduce my sleep defecit, catch up on TV box sets and remind Mrs TimOnTheTrain that she has a husband who …

Come & Watch Me at ‘Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show’

The annual 'Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show' runs at Olympia, London from 30th Jan 2020 to Feb 2nd 2020 and this year two of my Tour Operators (Great Rail Journeys & Rail Discoveries) will be present on stand E72 at the show. This is a great opportunity for future (and existing) clients to talk …

Election Day

Today is Election Day in the UK and we face a stark choice. I have avoided allowing this blog to make political comment, but on this one occasion I feel driven to break that rule. We all have our own opinions on Brexit, Social Welfare, the NHS and just about everything else. These are all …