Paris a little too far,
try Pasir Ris.
They had caravans and trucks (converted to caravans) and a few motorcycles. Preparations took a few months (equipment, visa, vaccinations etc.). Driving with car (especially the standard city cars for office softies) is madness and bound to fail. The road conditions in the mountain region demand for robust cars that can take the beats. Secondly, do have a look at the temperatures along the way. The Iranian deserts have temperatures of 40C and above while the mountain regions in Turkey can have -30C in Winter time. Good look with a Singapore car .. Thirdly: do you really want to spend 10 days squeezed into a car...??
If you intend to rush as what your plan suggests, then better call it off. This is not a weekend run "Paris and back within 14 days" or so, this is a serious adventure and off-road trip. My friends covered the entire distance in about 2+ months, they spend a month in Goa and some weeks in Nepal, the entire trip there and back took 6 months.
Last but no least: have you checked about the road conditions and travel conditions for passing through Bangladesh and Myanmar? And you want to get to India in 3.5 days? Good one ..
If you want to see Paris get a flight ticket and spend the days and money there.
Last edited by Octarine; 17th November 2012 at 12:22 PM.
For all those people who think it cannot be done, let me tell you I've done it many times. Hanzohattori wanted pictures. Here are a few to whet your appetite:
This was shot at Nanuki last year when I crossed the equator driving from Cape Town to Cairo passing through South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho,Swaziland, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.
This was shot at my campsite in the Makgadigadik Pan in Botswana. The car on the extreme right with the clam type camp on its roof belongs to John Ewing Chow, a Singaporean Friend. And third from right is another Singaporean friend, Larry & Daisy Lim. The car I drove is third from left.
And this is what it looks like, through the windscreen, while driving across the Sahara Desert of Libya, as the sun is setting. I had one hand on the wheel and another holding my camera to shoot this picture.
And this was shot on Route Forty, the loneliest road in the world, in the Patagonia of Argentina, while driving around South America starting from Buenos Aires, going north to Uruguay, Brazil, the Amazon Basin, Paraguay, Bolivia, over the Andes to Peru, and southwards to Chile, Patagonia, Ushuaia and finishing back in Buenos Aires.
This is the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, shot during a round South America Expedition
Hope the above is enough to whet your appetite to go out there and see the world by driving a 4x4. I use a reconditioned Toyota Landcruiser bought for only S$30K, and refurbished for offroading through any condition at a cost of an additional S$50K.
Check out the picture Blog of a Singaporean John Ewing Chow, who dares to be different HERE John regularly comes with us on our trans-continental driving trip using only a Mitsubishi Pajero.
If you really, really do not have the 2 to 3 months to join us, or you dont have a car, you can "hop in" into one of our cars for a short sector of around 2 to three weeks. Cost for hopping in (subject to available space) is around S$15K. Your share of the fuel is extra, probably around another S$3K. Check out past and future trips at THIS website.
Last edited by Digitalartist; 17th November 2012 at 11:41 PM.
knew a couple of French GIRLS who rode their bicycles from Paris to Singapore in the 80s took about 3+ months to get here
Khoo Swee Chiow rode a bicycle from Singapore to Beijing
Sypnosis from his book Singapore to Beijing on a Bike (2007) : "as he pedals across 8,000 kilometres into Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, before reaching his destination, Beijing. More than a travelogue, this positive, life-affirming account gives insight into what motivates the man, how even in his darkest, lowest moments, Swee Chiow finds hidden reserves to soldier on. "