Having worked and travelled extensively in some SE Asian countries over the past 15 years (especially Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Malaysia), we are keen to visit some new places on this year-long adventure. Cambodia and Laos are hardly adventurous destinations for tourists these days but, we were looking forward to them having read some great research by our good friend Colin.
Our travels across southern India are almost complete. Trains have carried us 570km from Kochi on the west coast, overlooking the Arabian Sea, to the French colonial town of Pondicherry, looking out across the Bay of Bengal on the east coast.
Romantic as this journey sounds, the reality of India’s railways have a way of imposing themselves on such fanciful notions. Train travel in India is nothing short of a test of character. Not for the faint hearted the bone shaking carriages rattling along jostling passengers to sleep or distraction depending on temperament.