Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: My brother can't fly, so how is best for him to travel from Cambodia to Ireland?
Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.
Monday 24 June 2013
Q. My brother has lived in Cambodia for many years and now wants to return to Ireland. The problem is that he cannot fly because of medical problems - related to blood circulation/thrombosis. Can you suggest a possible alternative?
A. The overland journey from Cambodia to Ireland is straightforward, if occasionally tedious and quite expensive. Your brother should begin with a bus from Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in Vietnam. (This is, if you care to look at the map, aiming directly away from Ireland - but necessary given the way that geo-politics and the railways work.)
The Reunification Express to Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, takes 29 hours, with some great scenery along the coast and through the Hai Van Pass. An international train from Hanoi to the Chinese capital, Beijing, runs twice a week and takes 36 hours. The Trans-Mongolian link between Beijing and Moscow is one of the world's very greatest train rides. It runs twice a week and takes six days. Moscow-London takes 48 hours via Berlin and Brussels, where you pick up the Eurostar to London. The final stretch involves a short walk from St Pancras to Euston, followed by a train to Holyhead in Wales and a ferry across the Irish Sea. In theory, if connections were kind, he could cover the ground in two weeks. But it would be calmer to reckon on about 20 days' travel, allowing for a day or two of recuperation and sightseeing in Hanoi, Beijing and Moscow, for a total cost of perhaps £3,000 - and a lot of work sorting out visas for Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Russia and Belarus.
Click HERE to email Simon.
You can also tweet him your questions @SimonCalder
- 3 Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month
- 4 Man stabbed with Legend of Zelda Master Sword in serious condition
- 5 Study suggests that 'gaydars' are real - at least for women
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
£12000 - £18000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: Our client is a high-end niche t...
£20000 - £40000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: Flight Centre Business Tra...
Unpaid: Kaya Responsible Travel: Increases in tourism, the introduction of new...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + £16000 retainer & uncapped commission: Flight Cent...