Journey to the Unknown - Travelling to GP of Thailand
News Wednesday 15th January 2013
When you tell someone that you're going to Thailand you get that knowing smile, kind of like if you say you're going to Amsterdam.
Even if you tell them that it's for work, you get the “yea yea, sure” response, however when you tell someone that you're not flying there, and are instead catching a series of trains stretching approx.
10,000 miles from England, across Europe and Asia and finally into Bangkok five weeks later, their expression does finally change... and that's exactly what I'll be doing starting the 24th January in anticipation of the Thailand GP.
My rough route of travel, in order to get to Thailand When I first heard of the idea of the Thai GP, this idea immediately sprung into my head as a means of finally getting to explore Asia (for those of you who don't know, I do like a bit of an adventure).
I knew it was possible because I'd done a little bit of research into it awhile ago as an idea for post-University trip which never quite materialised, so I just needed to make sure all the trains still ran across Russia etc.
Then it's just been a case of sending off my passport to get the six Visa's needed (Belarus, Russia, Mongolia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia) and making sure I actually have enough time to catch all these trains while still being able to sight-see a little.
Of course this isn't your average trip down to Cabo, and things are slightly more complicated than just arriving at an airport, but I'm feeling (fairly) confident that I can figure out all the different languages, not miss any trains and actually make it to Thailand before the 9th March.
My passport is pretty well stocked with these things now Itinerary - Bus from my house to local train station - Train into London - Train: London – Brussells, Belgium – Frankfurt, Germany – Moscow, Russia - Spend a few days in Moscow - Train from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Few days in Ulaanbaatar - Train to Beijing, China - Few days in Beijing - Train to Hanoi, Vietnam - Train to Saigon/HCMC, Vietnam - Bus to Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Speed boat to Siem Reap - Bus to Polphet - Train to Bangkok
It's going to get really cold, and then really hot When written down, it looks pretty straightforward but one thing that isn't apparent is that during all that travelling, the temperature will range from around -5F (-20C) in Russia and Mongolia to 100F (30C) in Thailand.
And with limited luggage capacity (I'm taking my trusty Ogio 9800 and an Ogio TY Video backpack), this hasn't been easy to pack for.
I've got to pack enough clothing so I don't freeze, but I can't take too much because not only do I have to carry it around with me, I then have to fly back to England afterwards so 23kg is my max, (probably nearer 20kg due to my physical ability).
And while this won't all be strictly motocross, I will be keeping a blog, tweeting and posting instagram photos (I need to do something during all the train journeys), just so you can see what this part of the world is like.
I highly doubt it'll be 100% real-time as I can't imagine phone service is too good in the middle of Siberia, but it'll be as near as I can get it hopefully. To say I'm pumped for this trip would be an understatement, and I truly cannot wait to catch that first bus and get things under-way.
The best thing, is that due to the timezones and the days that I'm travelling, I might be lucky enough to actually catch the supercross races live (providing I can find a stream), and become the only SX viewer in Mongolia...