BootsnAll's 30 Days of Indie Travel Art Project
DAY 4 - #INDIE30
What is your favorite method of overland travel and why?
By far my favorite method of overland travel is train, preferably high speed rail. In France/Europe, I was spoiled by the luxury of being able to go anywhere via rail and it is usually quite comfortable and sometimes more convenient than flying. My favorite route was Paris-Nice. Scenic, fast and easy! Plus, I never heard of anyone getting motion sickness in a train.
Riding in a car or any boat, ship, ferry, etc. is another story. Just this year when I went to Thailand and rode in a minivan from Chiang Mai to Pai for 5 hours, more or less. I don't know what I would do without Dramamine! The roads were so narrow and curvy. Closing my eyes didn't even ehlp. I guess the drivers who do this route everyday are used to it but WOW! An experience I will never forget. Second flashback to the windy roads of Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica on the way to Corcovado National Park also made me queasy. But getting to these amazing places are worth it in the end.
I too have done the Phuket-Bangkok route via VIP night bus.
Here is what it looks like:
It took a total of 11 hours. Honestly, it wasn't that bad. I was expecting much worse. But you stop maybe 2-3 times along the way, for dinner/snacks and bathroom breaks. The seats were decent, albeit comfortable and after traveling for weeks at a time, I crashed hard until we woke up at the bus terminal in Bangkok at 4AM.
Overland travel is a good experience and makes you become a well-rounded traveler. I think you should mix it with the various modes of transport. Try some ferry-rail-air-biking-carshare-camel riding-etc. combo; and you'll make some great memories and have some stories to tell.