Asia's greatest rail journey

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Texting monks, baby turtles, floods, urban ballroom dancing and snake-oil salesmen?

It could only be the Trans-Mongolian Railway, the eastern loop of the legendary Trans-Siberian.

Join Lonely Planet author Michael Kohn as he travels the entire loop, from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing and on to Ulan-Ude, Siberia.

Like what you see? Take a peek at Michael's journey through Inner Mongolia.

If you're hooked, now's the time to book that train trip. We've partnered with GAP Adventures to bring you an awesome itinerary through China, Mongolia and Russia - from Beijing to St Petersburg. Before you go, make sure to read author George Dunford's Trans-Mongolian FAQ so you'll have the skinny.

Related article: Top 5 unmissable journeys by rail

For more in-depth destination information, check out our China, Mongolia and Russia sections.