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my mate has been to Pattaya a few times and even though he had a fear of flying he still went , but a couple of years ago he had a mental breakdown through a genetic defect and since then he has not been able to fly .

what i am trying to find out is if there is a train route from europe to thailand , the siberia-china takes 7 days which is a long time ,

anyone know a quicker way

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Whilst it is possible it takes a long time and the journey itself should be looked upon as an adventure or a holiday in itself rather than just a means to get to Thailand.

It would take a lot of planning not just the trains but hotels and visas as well so rather than just trying to get here as quickly as possible overland enjoy it for what it is an experience probably a once in a lifetime one.

Thailand is not the be all and end all he would be traveling through a lot of countries take time to experience them all he may even find somewhere he likes better than Thailand.

 

There is another option he could speak to his doctor or psychiatrist who may be able to help.

 

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i hope he does it and posts a trip report.i love to travel by train.good luck.

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There is always the option of traveling by sea a lot of freighters or container ships carry a few passengers I would guess it would take 6 weeks or possibly more depending on the route taken and number of ports it stopped at.

 

Certainly not the quickest or cheapest as it costs around £100 per day but still an option for anyone who cannot or doesn't want to fly.

 

The times and costs are only my estimates so I could be way out but would IMO be a rough guide a shipping agent in the UK may have more information.

 

Al.

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Shame that he has to do it but at the same time I think it would be an amazing journey, something that I would love to do when I retire.

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Nearly did london -> bkk by train last trip when I had 5 weeks but reasoned not enough time. Only 4 weeks this coming trip so same problem. Definitely going to give it a go sometime.

 

If anyone has done it before or has any advice on bits of it, it would be hugely appreciated.

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Nearly did london -> bkk by train last trip when I had 5 weeks but reasoned not enough time. Only 4 weeks this coming trip so same problem. Definitely going to give it a go sometime.

 

If anyone has done it before or has any advice on bits of it, it would be hugely appreciated.

 

A good forum as a start would be Lonely Planet's thorntree. Also have a look at TravelPod to have a look at the trips that others have made.

 

I've got friends who have done it before in 6 weeks. It seemed that there was awful lot of planning that they needed to do before they left.

Firstly the time of year and the weather ie if you want to go for Thailands high season it means travelling through Russia & Mongolia through their winter.

Secondly, visa's. It seemed that they needed to arrange several visas - Ukraine (I think), Russia, Mongolia, China - before they left.

 

Even at 6 weeks, they seemed to think that it was too rushed and at times it didn't feel like a holiday at all!

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