Intrepid trips always include as much local transport as possible, because half the fun of travel, is the travelling itself! Great Indochina Loop is a perfect example of this, as Zoe Rees discovered…
“The second day into my Great Indochina Loop trip and I was already immersed in local life on board an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. It was great fun to be surrounded by men, women and families, all going about their everyday chatter and snacking on unusual food. You can sit back and soak in the experience, or if you are game like our group, just join in. I recommend practising your charades first and be prepared to laugh lots!
The train itself was clean and the beds comfortable. Our beds were made up for us when it got dark and a dinner of simple but tasty Thai food was brought to us – or we could venture to the dining car. The views from the window were fascinating, especially the next morning as we approached Chiang Mai. This start of the trip was definitely about the journey, and time flew when we were having so much fun!”
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* photo by Brad Pfeffer – Intrepid Photography Competition