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Springtime, just before the new century began. As Laos is now the new Cambodia, Vietnam was then the new Thailand, and my girlfriend and I had arrived – with our backpacks – to see what all the fuss was about. The capital Hanoi had dazzled, and we were due to take the train 420 miles down the coast to Hué. We were late, though. We were always late.

Travel special 2014: Let the legendary seduction of the Indian railways cast its spell on you

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Travel special 2014: Think you know the Trans-Siberian Railway? Think again...

It's probably the tourist-friendly version that winds up in Beijing. As opposed to this one, which takes in 6,000 miles of desolate Siberian tundra, seven time zones – and drives a man to live off packaged noodles

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