Originally Posted by saladgayworm
Does anyone have any advice / experience regarding shipping between Japan and into SE Asia.
No experience from Japan, but regarding SE Asia, I´d strongly advice against sending to Vietnam. To even cross a land border to Vietnam on a vehicle (registered anywhere else than Vietnam) is a big pain. Actually very few have succeeded, without paying a huge amount of money sorta like arranging entry to China, I mean.
Cambodia should be a bit easier, and land borders are often used, but very few vehicles seem to get freighted there. And if and when the authorities are not very familiar with the process, that is often when your troubles start... (not to even mention the possibility of corruption).
For more hassle-free shipping, I would go by air to Bangkok, or in case you have the carnet, by air to Kuala Lumpur, or by sea to Port Klang (near Kuala Lumpur). Those places get good reports, and they are all very well connected, so you or your freight agent has more airlines and shipping lines to choose from.
Road network in that area is good, and distances aren´t really huge, takes only a couple of days to ride between KL and Bangkok for example.