Friday, April 17, 2009

The Plan

Even though this is a FREE AND EASY trip with no fixed schedules along our route, it Is still essential for us to make plans of our Intended journey.

This trip will take more than 2 months long, 66 days to be exact. The Woodlands and Second Link Border crossing into Malaysia we know very well. We are familiar with Malaysia/Thailand border. Once we move north into Thailand and beyond, we will be on unfamiliar grounds. The first thing to find out is which border crossing we would take when traveling from one country to another. Before this planned trip, border crossings are just border crossings. We have no idea how complicated or tedious crossing these borders can be using foreign car. For permit applications, we have to state which border crossing to take and also have to fix tentative dates for these border crossings. We begin to read more about these border towns. Now the various names of the border town become familiar. To aid our planning, we use Lonely Planet Guide books. The information and tips provided in the guide books are very useful. It gives us an idea of what to expect at the crossing. We are told to cross the border first thing In the morning. This gives us ample time at the border to deal with unexpected delay even though the paper works are in order. We look forward to experience these border crossings in foreign car and will share our experience when we cross these borders.We believe the ease of border crossing will definitely promote tourism within Asean countries. We shall see what's happening at the borders.

1. Singapore/Malaysia Border Crossing : Second Link/Gelang Patah

2. Malaysia/Thailand Border Crossing: Kaki Bukit/Padang Besar

3. Thailand/Laos Border Crossing: Nong Khai/Vientiane

4. Laos/Cambodia Border Crossing: Voen Kham/Dom Kralor

5. Cambodia/Vietnam Border Crossing: Bavet/Moc Bai

6. Vietnam/Laos Border Crossing: Tay Trang/Dien Bien Phu

7. Laos/Thailand Border Crossing: Friendship Bridge/Nong Khai

8. Thailand/Malaysia Border Crossing : Padang Besar/Kaki Bukit

9. Malaysia/Singapore Border Crossing: Johor Bahru/Woodlands

We know planning is a mental process of implementation before it actually happens. Planning provides us with an idea of how we would like to accomplish our goals. A good plan helps us to deal with unexpected events calmly. Some people say "plans are meant to be broken". Other say "plan your work and work your plan" for effective execution. Well, we know our plans are bound to change as we go along. We have to deal with unforeseen circumstances pop up at the least expected. This plan will serve as a guide for our journey. It will be interesting, at the end of our trip to see how much changes we need to make and how often Mr. Murphy comes by to say hello.

Our itinerary and proposed route:

1. Malaysia, 3 days; Ipoh, Alor Star
2.Thailand, 5 days; Khao Lak, Hua Hin, Sukhothai, Nong Khai
3. Laos, 4 days; Vientiane, Tha Khaek, Pakse/Voen Kham
4. Cambodia, 10 days; Dom Kralor, Kratie, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kep, Bavet
5. Vietnam 19 days; HCMC, Dalat, Hoi An, Hui, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Tay Trang
6. Laos, 10 days; Luang Prabang, Vientiane
7. Thailand 9 days; Chiang Mai, Chiang Lai, Tak, Ko samui
8. Malaysia, 6 days; Kota Bharu, Taman Negara, Kuantan, Merseng

The Plan is to leave Singapore on 27 April, 2009 and return by 30 June, 2009.


  1. Happy to see both of you are now ever ready to start your journey. Enjoy and have fun and challenges ahead of you. Call or sms me whenever you all need assistance. Look forward to hear interesting stories and surprises from you all.

    Surely i believe you would want to travel more miles to see the wonderful world as a FIT for leisure and businesses, also to maintain the PPS status and enjoy the privileges:-)

  2. Hi Mr Loo,

    I am one of the customers on your brother's taxi when he spoke about you. Just thought I should search the Internet for your blog check out this amazing adventure you are embarking on! I wish you and your travel buddy all the best and God Speed! Be bless! Will be following up on your blog regularly!

  3. Glad to know someone out there is interested in what we are doing. Thanks for your well wishes.

    Internet connection speed was slow in the hotel we stayed in last two days, we couldn’t do too much as uploading was a problem.