How hard can it be ? The lads from Top Gear usually say that when they’re going to botch something up, in my case, I guess it applies as well. So on May 20th 2013, I was back in Perth while Troopy was still in Bangkok, having a bath. The mob in Thailand had, Read More

It’s a bit overdue, I know, well it’s only been a year but here’s a list of the mods since I bought the car. September 2008 I bought this : Toyota Landcruiser HZJ75 “Troop carrier”. 1998 model, straight 6cyl, 4.2L. 299.338km. I bought it from CFA (Country Fire Authority, the fire department in Victoria),, Read More

There are many crossing points into Thailand for foreigners, the easiest being from Vientiane across the Friendship Bridge but I chose to go 150km south of Luang Nam Ta, at the border town of Huay Xai (into Chiang Khong). The Mekhong river is the actual border between the two countries, so you need to, Read More

Well this time, there is no choice. The border between Cambodia and Laos has only recently opened to foreigners/overlanders, and there is just one border town : Stung Treng, right on the Mekhong. They are currently building brand spanking new facilities, but for the moment the paperwork gets done in little shacks (on the, Read More

There are over a hundred border towns between the two countries, but while the majority is for locals, only a dozen will allow us overlanders to cross. We chose Chong Jom (TH) – O Smach (C), 80km south of Surin. The town itself has nothing to offer beside two casinos but there is an, Read More

There are many border crossing points, we chose Tak Bai just north of Kota Barhu on the East coast. (see this). Step one as always is immigration then step two is customs. Stam stamp stamp done. Easy as. There is a barge that will get you across the river which makes the experience a, Read More

There are NO ferries leaving from Dumai or anywhere else on Sumatra, the only place is Belawan (Medan). Find a shipping agent isn’t easy, we went with “F1-Jackway – Simply Logistics” ( see post on the HUBB. Customs on Indonesian side are very easy with the help of Zack (owner of F1-Jackway). Insist on, Read More

Very easy and straightforward. Very friendly staff. We crossed over at Mota’ain on the northern side of Timor. No forms or paperwork is in English, so find a guard who speaks a little English if you don’t speak Indonesian. Three steps : immigration (visa stamped), customs (car inspection) and army (not sure why but, Read More

Just a quick note, to remind myself, or potential readers, about the crossing over to Timor Leste from Darwin. – Make sure everything is packed in closed and locked compartments if you are not shipping with a container. The shipping crew WILL go through your car and take whatever they feel like. Of value,, Read More

Here’s a link to the HUBB with the good news. So tomorrow we bring the cars to the shipping yard, have the custom inspection and hope to fly off on Wednesday or on Thursday at the latest. The container will hold both cars, then be sealed and loaded onto the ship (so this time,, Read More