Meet Philip Normington

Arguably the best travelled man in Britain, Phil has notched up over 100 countries since joining Exodus sometime (he won't tell us exactly) in the 1980s. His 10 years driving Exodus Overland Expeditions around Asia, Africa and South America included 3 north-south traverses of Sudan and various visits to Afghanistan. Office work has slightly tamed the man, and interests now lean more towards trekking - Dolpo in Western Nepal; and biking - wine trails of France.

A passage to India

This is quite a long hill. We started just above the great Sutlej River this morning and we’re on a steady climb towards Narkanda up National Highway 22, the old Hindustan-Tibet Highway. It’s still quite a few miles to the top, but it’s a beautiful clear sunny morning, the Himalayas are glinting in the distance, the surface is good and there’s very little traffic, just the occasional cow wandering down the middle of the road. A Tata truck is coming down the hill towards us, but suddenly it stops.

Saddles, Saffron & Singhas

The Vietnamese plant the rice…
The Cambodians watch it grow…
The Laotians listen to it growing.’

So went a saying (allegedly) among the colonials when these countries were French Indochina.

Independence, a dreadful war and a cautious opening up for travel followed the departure of the French, but Laos is still the sleepy backwater of Southeast Asia.

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