From Malaysia to Thailand by Boat Part 1

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Post- snorkelling on Koh Lipe Island, Thailand. Photo taken by Steve Collier (on Nicola’s camera!). Copyright, 2015.

The main routes used by travellers to cross in to Thailand are by air, train or bus but few people travel by boat yet this proved to be a perfect and strangely unique method of transport by which to cross the border.

There are more direct routes, however instead we decided to incorporate other locations that we’d planned to visit along the way and it worked out perfectly. Here’s how we did it with associated costs at the time of journey. Part one details the Malaysian leg of the journey. Part two will detail the Malaysia- Thailand leg.

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Buying a Car to Travel New Zealand Part 2: How?

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Maraehako Bay Resort. Amazing place to stay with the waves lapping on the shore metres from the car. Photo by Steve Collier, 2014.

In our previous post, we covered why, in our opinion, it’s a better idea to buy a car to travel New Zealand in than to rent or use public transport.

We’ll now talk about how we researched the best car to buy, the process of buying it and all related aspects of the process we have so far encountered.

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Buying a Car to Travel New Zealand Part 1: Why?

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A random stop overlooking a windswept hilltop vista. Photo by Steve Collier, 2014.

One of the biggest decisions we made before travelling to New Zealand was whether to buy a car, rent a camper or try and travel using public/ backpacker transport. The main factor affecting this decision was that before travelling in August 2014, neither of us had passed our test! Yes, we left it pretty late compared to a lot of our peers to get on the road but we hadn’t really needed to before and the cost of running a car in the UK at that point presented a tricky financial prospect. Public transport in the UK is pretty decent if a tad expensive at times (we’re looking at you Chiltern Railways!) but it still worked out more cost effective than running a car. With the possibility of not being able to drive while travelling lingering in our minds, we decided to create a plan A and a plan B much like cartoon villains. Cue maniacal laugh…

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