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Driving through SEA

  • andrew25

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    Myself and a group of 4 other guys were hoping to do a 2 month trip across south east Asia next summer, potentially starting in Singapore and making our way all the way up to Hong Kong - though the idea is still in its infancy and more research needs to be done.

    Ideally we would like to buy a couple of cheap cars (I know this is a motorbike thread but it seemed the most appropriate), take them the whole way and then flog them at the other end. Does anyone know if that is going to be at all feasible? The main problems I am foreseeing after a quick look around the net are that cars are not going to be as cheap as I had previously thought and vehicle paperwork/taxes getting across borders is going to be difficult.

    Does anyone have any experience in cross-border road trips around SEA? Price of cars? Can it be done on motorbikes instead or is crossing borders still an issue?

    #1 Posted: 31/10/2011 - 22:45

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  • crazycableg-

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    I am also interested in the possibility of border crossing from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos on a honda Win.

    #2 Posted: 31/10/2011 - 23:49

  • goonistik

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    It isn't just the paperwork for the cars you need to take care of. You have to check which countries will recognize either your drivers license or an international drivers license. Vietnam does not recognize either and you have to get a local license.

    This is important because your travel insurance will be voided if you have a car accident while driving without a valid license.

    Cars are not cheap in Singapore because of the way the government is trying to limit the number of cars on the road. 2nd hand cars can cost as much a new car in other countries. It makes sense to cross the border to Malaysia as car prices are lower there.

    Car theft is a problem in Asia and that is why governments are stringent about the paperwork. Though criminals have their ways getting around that.

    #3 Posted: 1/11/2011 - 10:13

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