Drive from Brussels to Singapore... and on..

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Dates 1 Jul '11 to 30 Apr '12

Flexible? Yeah, sure

Est. Cost 5,000 - 15,000 EUR (EUR Euro)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Drive from Brussels to Singapore... and on..

We are planning to drive *slow* from Brussels to Singapore (yes you can drive 'till there!! :) ). Trying to go not too far north during winter 2011 to avoid the mongolian or chinese winter. I'm a photographer, so maybe I'll stay for 1-2 days in one place if I like it, maybe longer, even do some work for people underway so the budget stays within limits. I'm a cook, so cooking every day is important for me! :)
So, if time is no limit for you, you like 100-200Km drives a day, not more, and want to stay at some places for a few days, feel free to join.

The route will be as follows :
Brussels - Munich - Austria - Bulgaria - around the black sea (northern route as southern route goes through beautiful but not so safe Georgia...) - Ukraine - Kazachstan - China (southern to avoid harsh winter) - Vietnam - Laos - Thailand - Malaysia - Singapore
Backtrip same way back, but trying to do the southern route black sea (if we are 3 or more vehicles we can risk it). Or maybe go on and take the carferry to Darwin, Australia and go on there...

Any ideas are welcome!! Traveling with 2-3 vehicles will make it safer, also when someone's vehicle breaks down. We will have satellite internet and phone on board.

Drive from Brussels to Singapore... and on..

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xz
xz hi erwin, i'll be in shanghai from 9-2011, after taking care of some business i want to travel around the region. i like your plan. btw i read and speak chinese, good enough for daily use. :-) keep in touch.
3 years ago
Rp
Rp Another interesting blog http://www.singapore-scotland.blogspot.com/
3 years ago
Rp
Rp This is a good reading http://melbournetolondon.com/
3 years ago
Rp
Rp I contacted the China’s embassy a while ago. So I know that driving through China especially driving inter province require many permits and a lot of paperwork. It takes at least 4 month because all the paperwork is processed in Beijing. A possible route is to enter at Torugart pass or Irkeshtam pass drive on the Old Silk road and exit at Mengla into Laos.
3 years ago
Rp

Rp I am from Hungary and I find your plan intereting. I wanted to drive from Hungary to Thailand. I did some research on the route. Obviously for you there will be no problem driving through EU. I wonder why would you go to Bulgaria if you choose the Northern route? Ukraine is no problem either I travel there often. China however is a big problem. Our driver's licence is not valid there. We have to get a temporary driver's licence which is a big pain in the ass. The other problem is that most of the road sign are in Chinese same as good GPS-s. Only garmin has one where you can pinjin. To overcome the obstacle it is always better to have some official looking "sanction" on the trip. Like a TV cooking adventure or a donaton a world peace etc. I like to cook myself so we can put togather a cook through 3 continent type of jouney.

3 years ago
Erwin
Erwin Hi rp, will you drive a motorhome too?
3 years ago
Rp
Rp Have you researched the real south route too? I mean through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Banglades, Mianmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore. A friend of mine traveled through Turkey and Iran and had very good experience. Theymet a lot of friendly people.
3 years ago
Erwin
Erwin Yes I did, but you have to pass kurdish territiry and my government (and insurance! :) ) don't cover that area... You'll have to cross Turkmenistan or Tadjikistan too and those countries are not so safe I think. Kazachstan and Mongolia look safer, but the disadvantage is that you cannot traverse them in winter, it's just too cold then!
3 years ago
Louis Tan
Louis Tan sounds interesting.. I am from singapore.. I really do not mind flying to Brussels and driving back home to Singapore.....Do let me know... louistgl@gmail.com
3 years ago
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