Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1361 times:
I have a dream for when I grow up. I want to drive from Lisbon, Portugal, to Singapore. I know it sounds crazy, but I want to do it! I would get an old, but reliable car and then drive to Singapore and sell it for scap or just sell it. I'm just curious to see where I would get to go on that trip, so do you know any websites that give driving directions from anywhere to anywhere in the world? Thanks!
9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1861 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1203 times:
You can drive through Singapore and sell the car only if it's a right-hand drive model, but there's lots of red tape involved. Left-hand drive models can't be purchased/imported here unless they belong to a member of a consulate/embassy. I remember seeing a 1998 Ford Windstar with left-hand drive.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1198 times:
Mls515 wrote: You will not be able to sell your car in Singapore. They have tight restrictions on automobiles. But maybe across in Malaysia?
Actually, it may be a possibility that you may not even be able to bring your car in to Singapore due to the tight automobile restrictions that Mls515 mentioned. Residents in Singapore are only allowed one car per household. Further, automobile owners have to pay huge taxes on the car. It's a way for the government to limit the amount of cars on the road, among other things (pollution being another reason).
On a brighter note, public transportation is great down there!
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
Dear Airplanetire -
Well, the only advice I can give you is to proceed further North into the Asian continent, I am quite familiar with the feature of the terrain you would cross, starting from the Turkish/Iranian border until you are in Singapore...
I drove from Paris to NE Turkey many years ago... the last few days of the trip in East Turkey were not easy, and I know beyond that - very hard...
If given the task to drive Lisbon to Singapore, I would do it through Russia, follow the Trans-Siberian RR tracks (there is a road doing that), to Lake Baykal, and from there into Mongolia, and China...
I have an alternate suggestion - quite feasible - I know a couple of Swedish students who did that - is to drive from Fairbanks, Alaska, through Central America until you arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina... That is actually the same "interstate" (I-5 in USA) which continues all the way... I have to mention that this road, maybe 10 lanes wide in some USA areas, and near Buenos Aires, Argentina - is known as the "Panamericana"... but some places it is merely a two lane dirt road in Peru and Bolivia...
It is the longest continuous road in the world, with the exception of some 200 miles missing around the border from Panama into Colombia, maybe by the time you are going to do the trip, they will complete building it...
These Swedish students who did that trip, had a 20 years old Peugeot, which they bought $500 in Fairbanks, Alaska. I saw the Alaska license plate while driving in Buenos Aires, stopped them, we went for a beer, then they told described their trip to me - we stayed in touch... It took them 6 month for the entire trek, obviously they stopped any visited many places... They started in summer in Alaska (June) and arrived in Argentina in summer (December)... remember the seasons are reversed in South America...
Great project... Finally someone who does not say "I want to go to London"...
Dont get a new car to do the trip, take a very conventional car that anyone can fix... Peugeot or Volvo, and an old one, since there are "car thieves", a local sport in some places of South America.