The Trans Siberian Part 2 – Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk (June 2012)

After 3 days in Mongolia it was time to get back on the Trans-Siberian railroad and head to Irkutsk, the capital of Siberia. I made friends with the friendly Russian crew at the station in Ulaanbaatar and also made friends with a very fun group of travelers from Thailand.

Me and the Train Boss
Me and the Train Boss

Room on the Mongolia to Siberia Train
Cabin on Russian Train

Made some friends from Thailand
Anne, Cake, Piyadaporn and Me

The journey from Ulaanbaatar was very scenic and everyone marveled at the landscape as it rushed by our somewhat cloudy windows.

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Sunset in Mongolia

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Enjoying the scenery

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A lonely yurt in the distance

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View of our train

I had a great time hanging out with my new friends. We played cards and talked about our passion for travel and upcoming visit to Irkutsk. After a good nights sleep we woke up in sunny Siberia to a different landscape. The flat rolling plains of Mongolia were swapped for the mountains, lakes and forests of Siberia. It was truly some of the most stunning land I’d ever scene. The colors were so rich and pure.

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One of many stop on the way to Irkutsk

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One of many bridges we crossed

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As we neared Irkutsk we swapped emails and Facebook info and took a few photos. The train journey was only 24 hours but I managed to make some great friends who I will definitely look up when I visit Thailand again. Miss you ladies!
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