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Pakistan – Returning to the Sights & Sounds of Lahore & Islamabad

Pakistan – Returning to the Sights & Sounds of Lahore & Islamabad

  On my return to Islamabad I had the chance to catch up with a Jon Boone. Jon is working in Islamabad as a journalist for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. Jon had been based in Afghanistan for a number of years and was now covering Pakistan. My arrival was just as the Pakistan Taliban announced a new leader, in response to the drone killing of their former leader by the US a few days earlier. It was interesting to see him in action...

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Thailand – Changing Plans, Racing the Clock and Bangkok Dangerous!!

Thailand – Changing Plans, Racing the Clock and Bangkok Dangerous!!

Entering into Thailand was pretty straightforward to be fair. Things were going pretty smoothly on the border crossing front. I was back on the road and heading for Bangkok where I was planning to leave Boris for a few weeks before entering Myanmar. Well, that was the plan until about 1pm that day. The fateful email from our Myanmar tour agent broke the bad news. Trouble on the India side of the border had led to the Indian government...

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Crossing into Thailand from Laos with Your Vehicle (At Vientiane / Nong Khai)

Crossing into Thailand from Laos with Your Vehicle (At Vientiane / Nong Khai)

I recently crossed into Thailand from Laos at the Vientiane / Nong Khai border. As I was after a 60 day visa for me and my truck I thought I’d share the process I went through. Exit Vientiane Drive your vehicle as far to the front as possible then park and get out. Head to any of the offices with your departure slip and passport. Hand it in to one window (for immigration) and you should get it back from the next window. Then you got...

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Laos – Lovely and Luscious, A Real Forest Retreat

Laos – Lovely and Luscious, A Real Forest Retreat

After China, Laos was always going to be about rest and relaxation. If there is a better spot than South East Asia for doing exactly that, then tie me down sport, and call me an Aussie!!. The instant you enter South East Asia the shackles come off, the pressure dissipates, stress disappears, you start to feel relaxed immediately. In this part of the world there is no hurry, no need to rush. Everybody is happy and smiling. Friendly faces...

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Half-time – The journey east is complete, the journey west awaits

Half-time – The journey east is complete, the journey west awaits

Hi All, Almost 2 years to the day, after I got up at an Escape the City meet up in London, and asked if ‘Anybody fancied going for a drive?’, I find myself in Kuala Lumpur at the end of Leg 3. After 126 days on the road, 19 countries, 14,000 miles, 22,500 kms, Legs 1, 2 & 3, 10 Boris services, 3 borders crossed without the right paperwork, 2 x-rays, and one dodgy wrist, I’ve reached the end point of my journey east....

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Visas – What do you need know before you drive to China?

Visas – What do you need know before you drive to China?

Since last year I’ve been researching the visa requirements. I thought I’d describe the requirements for the outward leg of my journey. Ground work The research pointed to doing it a number of ways. Get the visas before I left or on the road. As I have an ambitious plan to see as many countries as possible allied to a tight timeframe, I decided to apply in advance so I didn’t have to wait for applications to be processed....

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