We - my partner, our, by then, 4 months old son and I - plan to travel from Switzerland to Australia. As we don't like flying, we were thinking of doing at least a part of the trip overland. We want to take the Transsiberian from Moscow to Bejing and then travel down to Saigon, from where we would take a flight.
We both have quite a bit of travel experience, I've even done the Transsib before and also have been to Vietnam.
Now, as a Mum, I'm a bit more cautious ;) I'm confident to go till Bejing, but then, I'm not so sure about going to Vietnam, because our Baby will still be so small. We would travel with the train and plan to stop at a beach for a few days, but want to basically travel trough in 2,3 days.
What do you think about it? And what kind of vaccination would you recommend?
Thank you and hope to hear from you!
I'm all for getting out there on the road whilst they are young! I've put up quite a few family travel tips as we experienced them at least, on my blog here: http://journals.worldnomads.com/simon_monk/tags.aspx?t=travel+with+children
Trains in China have always been pretty good, but Beijing to Vietnam is a looooong way and is likely to take time. Certainly more than 2 - 3 days. The overland route from china to Vietnam is one we've been wanting to explore for a while.
Have you travelled with your young son before? No? Have a read on my blog. If there is one piece of advice I would offer it's for mum and dad to take baby steps too. It's slower and harder and also very rewarding traveling with young children, but it takes practice too so start with something easy until you find your family travel feet and then work your way up to the more adventurous ...
Have a great trip though as family travel offers priceless experiences and memories if you persevere ... almost 8 years ago
We went to Vietnam when my son was 1 (and our travelling party had 4 kids under 5). We didn't travel by train, but did hike and stay in both cities and villages. The Vietnamese people are very child friendly and helpful. At 4 months, he's not going to be needing solid food, which can sometimes be the trickiest part when travelling.
I agree that you should remember to take it slow to give yourselves and the baby time to adjust and enjoy along the way. Have fun! almost 8 years ago