Truck the World 2020 Leg 8 | Kuala Lumpur Singapore

In the light of past experience and current worldwide political and economical developments we had considered the following options of continuing Truck-the-World:

  1. Driving back through Thailand, Laos and China overlanding home through Mongolia, Russia and Eastern Europe. Not attractive to travel Thailand, Cambodia, Laos or China again. Not amusing.
  2. Driving back through Thailand and transit Myanmar to India with shipping and overlanding options to Europe or Africa. Not desirable, see above.
  3. Shipping to Corea. But like China, USA and Japan South Korea did not ratify the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic including acknowledgment of national vehicle registration, effective 1977. But they had signed Geneva Convention in 1949 which was in turn never signed by Germany for historical reasons… Other than China or USA South Korea makes null exception for German plated vehicles, not even for temporal import. Talks to South Corean Ambassador in Bonn had no effect. So Korea was out of truck-the-world.
  4. Same with Japan. Jap autorities seemed more flexible at first accepting authentification of German Carnet de Passage by Japan Automobile Federation. But Japanese inspection and registration of German plated vehicles was required for temporary import. Those regulations address new car import and sale and their fulfillment costs at least 5000 US$. We did not expect our 25 year old truck meeting current Japanese emission or noise standards, eg. So Japan was out of truck-the-world, too.
  5. Shipping outbound Kuala to Vladivostok, Russia and continuing West as above.
  6. Shipping outbound Kuala to Australia’s Darwin or Fairbanks. This is extremely costly and laborious because of Australia’s compulsory vehicle disinfection process. Their motto: Stop disease at the gate... We have past experience with camper fruit fly inspections driving across Aussie states and were not interested to repeat that experience.
  7. Overland wonderful Malaysia and Singapore and shipping outbound Kuala or Singapore with lots of options to Europe, South Africa, North or South America.

We voted for option 7, overlanding Malaysia and Singapore, since we had been hindered to do that earlier due to technical truck problems. We overlanded for 4 weeks and 1.800 km and left the truck in Malaysia for the next leg, i.e., shipping outbound.

Malaysia and Singapore provide every comfort you need at times, Malaysians are familiar with English, service and technical standards of hotels or workshops are high.. So at the beginning of February 2020 we flew back to Kuala, inspected, tested and checked our truck, did final services and tests and and started our Malay Singapore Tour.

After start, however, Corona virus became virulent especcially in Singapore, not yet a problem in Malaysia. As a consequence we declined Singapore from our travel options.

MALAYSIA

In Kuala Lumpur we checked into Subang Jaya Empire Hotel providing high standards for a 5-day-stay, KL centre was easy to reach by train and Grab as well as our truck workshop in Shah Alam. We spent half days at that workshop and leisuring in KL.

And here it is Repainted and almost Beautiful… at Ah Shang Motors Wokshop | Shah Alaam
…among other Patients

We preferred to sit at our hotel terrace and watch Traffic…

.,,View from Subang Yaya Hotel Terrace and Train into KL City…
…We Revisited Petronas Towers and KLCC Park…
…Entered the Towers for Lunch…
…and KLCC Park Under Tropic Rain Conditions…
…Coming back to Life quickly after the Rain | Kuala Lmpur
We Tested and Picked up our Truck at Ah Shang Motors | Shah Alaam
Camped at a Vast Beach on the Coast on our Way to Malakka…
…And at Better Beach Campings…
…With a „New“ Truck…
…And Europe far Away… | Malakka
…Malakka’s Fort and Channel…
…Fort Malakka…
…Old Guesthouses and Bars…
…Central Dutch Church because Malakka was Dutch Colony, too…
…Dutch Stadthuis…
…St. Pauls Church on Top…
…Sultanate Palace Downhill…
…Al Famosa Castle…
…Independence Memorial…
…At Muzium Samudera Portuguese Flor de la Mar Expects us Visiting…
…Access to Captain’s Booth…
…His Booth from Outside…
…Tropic Rain again during a Tour on Malakka Channel…
…Great Wall Paintigs Alingning…
…King at War…
…Coulorful Painted Houses…
…At Town Exit Chinese Culture like everywhere in Malayisa | Melakka
…But we Leave…
…Camping at one of the Fabulous Beaches…
…Cleansed by Pupils…
…And Enjoy Chukai West Coast…
…and Wonderful campsite Marang with Great People…
…This is Marang…
…Camp at Kuala Terengganu later…
…Receiving Visitors at Night…
…Meeting German Bikers at Tasik Kenyir Lake…
…We Continue West to Taman Negara National Park Watching Destruction of Rain Forest…
…Having a Boat Trip on Sungai Aring River…
…Meeting Native Fishermen…
….Passing the Rain Forest…
…And People Tents…
…We Leave over the Bridge…
…Take a Break at Orient Express Station on our Way to Cameron Highlands…
…Hosted by Friendly People on our Way…
..Like Alash…
…And Spanish Elias Escribano on his Bike aound the World…
…Meanwhile Passing 80+ Degrees on Engine Temperature and 200k on km Worldwide…
…Enjoying a Perfect Dinner at Cameron Highlands Resort | Cameron Highlands
At MAN Workshop we Started to Finalize Truck Repairs | Rawang
Like this…
…Getting Involved into Hindu Celebrations…
…Detecting a Missing Link between Exhaust Pipes…
…Enjoying Monkeys above and Putting the Truck Back to Ah Shang Workshop | Shah Alaam
Accepting the Invitation of our Friend Mike Thiem to Take a Week’s Rest at his Resort on Tioman Island with Bus and Cataferry…
…Here it is: Our Hut…
…At Coconut Beach…
…True…
…Cheers Coconut Beach Resort…
…Coconut Beach Resort Restaurant…
…Our Host…
…Boat Trip aroud Tioman Island…
…Arriving at Pantai Kamupung Tekek…
…The Biggest Tourist Place at Tioman Island…
…Monitored by a Lizzard…
…And Said Good Bye to Tioman Island | Malaysia

In the light of Corona pandemic development at the end of February 2020 we decided not to visit Singapore in order to avoid quarantine, Malaysia and Singapore apply strict health rules.

Furthermore we decded to end this leg at March 4th ahead of schedule and to return to Germany not risking lockdown in Malaysia or being quarantined at home.

We parked our truck at a friends warehouse in Port Kuala together with 10 other stranded vehicles, prepared it for shipping and said Good Bye to everybody.

…Good Bye at Port Kuala | Malaysia
We Booked into the Last Emirates A380 Leaving KLIA Airport…
…And Hurried to Leave Malaysia like others in an almost Empty Super Aircraft | Malaysia
We Arrived Safely at Home and had one of our Favorite Dishes | Germany

To be continued… See next Post on Truck-the-World Leg 9