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Overlanding

Travelling and living off a truck for five months is what overlanding is all about, but there is more to it. Take a look at a few albums covering Overlanding.

Russia, the Far East & South East Asia

First it was Russia, Mongolia and China (Beijing). I flew to St Petersburg first and then travelling on the Trans-Siberia / Trans-Mongolian railway to Beijing, via Moscow, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal (Listvyanka), and Ulaanbataar in Mongolia. Along the way I spent some time with the locals, staying in a Ger camp in Mongolia for example.

Once in Beijing, I spent 4 days touring/walking the Great Wall of China... just me and a guide along some of the more remote parts of the wall (Gubeikou, Jinshanling, etc.).

Next was Japan and Vietnam. After Beijing, I spent a couple of weeks in Japan, followed by another three in Vietnam. Japan was an amazing mix of the ultra-modern and the ancient, mystical past - Tokyo, Takayama, Kyoto, Himeji, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Nara, Yiufuin to name a few places. In Vietnam, I explored Hanoi, sailed on Halong Bay, rode on the Reunification Express, visited Hue, Hoi An, South China Sea, Saigon by cyclo, and took a rowboat along the Mekong.

I had a brief stop over in Hong Kong before hitting China again - for nearly 2 months this time. I went to places like Yangshou, Suzhou, Guilin, Wuhan, Yichang, Yangzi, Three Gorges, Shennong Stream, Shanghai, Huangzhou, Huangshan (Yellow Mountains), Tonxi, Zhouzhuang, then to Xian. I stayed in Xian for a while.

 

  • Central Asia
  • Europe
  • Far East
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • South East Asia

 

More China - Central Asia and Iran

After a week in Xian on my own I met the Dragoman truck ("Caprice")... my home for the next 5 months of my journey. From Xian I travelled along the Silk Road, through western China (Xinjiang) and central Asia (Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan). We had intended going through Azerbaijan and Georgia, but the Russians invaded Georgia and this meant we had to go through Iran instead - somewhere I have always wanted to visit, but never thought I would!

Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa

From Iran we travelled extensively in Turkey, then onto the Middle East - Syria, Jordan and Egypt. I squeezed in a jolly to Beiruit and the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon too.

Finally we crossed Lake Nasser into northern Sudan and I ended my journey in Khartoum.