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Darwin to Hai Phong

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planning to leave in Feb 2011 from Melbourne to Brussels, I'm going home by 4x4... Well, Australia is great but yeah... it's a bloody Island

Originally I thought about a ferry from Darwin to Singapore (Perkins) but then I'd be missing on Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos... So, I want to start Asia from Hai Phong.

Has anyone heard of a cargo company that would take me and my car (about four tons) from Aussie to Vietnam ? Flying will kill my budget I reckon.

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Originally I thought about a ferry from Darwin to Singapore (Perkins) but then I'd be missing on Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos... So, I want to start Asia from Hai Phong.
Have never heard of anyone doing it with a bike, let alone a car. Its impossible at th moment to enter Vietnam with a foriegn bike, we tried last week. It might be possible with a car but Vietnam isnt on the main shipping routes out of Oz.
Dili, Jakarta. Singapore, KL are the main ports out of Darwin. You may be waiting a while in Darwin to find a boat to Vietnam, if you do itll probably go through Singapore first anyway. You may have a better chance of finding a boat to Vietnam from Sydney or Melbourne.

Why not arrive and leave from KL. Do a loop through Thai, Laos, Camb and Viet (if possible) then down to KL again. Its a comfortable 3day drive in a car BKK to KL.
You will miss Indonesia... Fantastic country.

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I fully agree, could be a long operation to get a vehicle sent from Darwin to Vietnam, you could be there quicker by driving from Singapore or KL.

And just in case you get rejected at the border, when its a land border, you can just go back, but if its a port, you are looking at shipping it elsewhere then, at your own cost.

I dont know, if they will accept foreign cars or not, but I do know that with bikes it is a big problem. Not totally un-doable like Burma I guess, and some seem to have made it (probably just got very lucky I think!) but cant count on succeeding. Before you ship it there, make sure your vehicle will be allowed entry into Vietnam.
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Mmh good point, I hate doing loops but why not, Singapore-Bangkok-Phnum Phen-Ho Chi Min-Hanoi-Viang Chan-Bangkok...

Is Perkins still running ?
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You dont have to backtrack on the same roads... Mix it up a little and alter your return route to avoid it.

Perkins is still going strong. Look em up in the yella pages and give Karen a call. She'll set you staright.

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Cool, yeah I agree with you guys, getting the car to Viet will be costly, and the roads are good so what the hell

I'll try to do the HUBB meeting in March in Victoria, if any of yous are in the area, 's on me
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