Originally Posted by Simi 60
As we plan on taking our vessel out of the county to South East Asia, where countries are very close together, is there a registration that can be purchased that allows use in multiple countries?
First is about the riders license/drivers license
: you need to make sure that each of the possible riders (not the pillion passengers, the rider at the handlebars) has an International Driving Permit
That's because a QLD drivers license
(to choose one example) represents the vehicles for which you are licensed to drive by cryptic codes such as C and R. Those letter codes don't mean anything to anyone outside of AU. So you have to get an IDP.
There are time limits on an IDP. So if, for the sake of argument, you were planning to use Malaysia
as a base, eventually you might get a Malaysian license.
Second is about the registration/road tax. I think you can drive from Singapore
to Laos with a road vehicle that has road tax/registration from one of those countries (Thailand changed some of its relevant regulations
in 2016, so you ought do your own research
on the matter and not just rely on what you read on the Internet
written by a person who uses a naked dog as their avatar). Entering Thailand
requires some paperwork (3 or 4 forms from memory) plus buying
(compulsory third party).
Without Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, or Lao registration/road tax, you can still do it. But it requires much more paperwork. About once or twice a year there'll be some foreigner riding a motorcycle or driving a camper wagon through SE Asia. They've spent time visiting embassies and have paperwork to approve the temporary import
etc, insurance, etc (and sometimes they've had to engage a local guide). And about two or three times a year there'll be a small convoy of 4x4 vehicles or superbikes travelling from China
to SE Asia or vice versa. Again, time to apply for permits, money
for insurance and engaging a local guide. There're travel agents and so on that specialise in the business. Here's one lead to follow: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OverlandingAsia/
charges you a road fee for a foreign-registered car or truck using their roads. I'm not certain about motorcycles. Several hundred Malaysians ride motorcycles into Singapore for work
each day, but I'm not up to speed on the procedures.
Malaysia has threatened to impose road charges for foreign vehicles, as part of a tit-for-tat with Singapore. I'm not clear if those road charges are now in place. Singapore at one stage protested that Malaysia should impose road charges on Thai vehicles too if they were to impose charges on Singaporean vehicles, under the principle that international trade
has to be fair. But the Malaysians were not ready to impose road charges on Thai vehicles - or at least that was the situation last I was there.
Note also that not all road tax/registration is equal. In Malaysia, for example, some locations (Langkawi, Labuan etc) register vehicles with a local registration that does not give that vehicle rights to use roads in the rest of Malaysia.
I've driven a Malaysian registered car from Singapore through peninsula Malaysia (aka Malaya) through Thailand. The paperwork and insurance business at the Thai border is routine (and works both ways - you can see Thai registered vehicles on Malaysian roads).
Unless you're really keen on your present ride, I'd suggest the easier course is to buy a bike or car in, say, Malaysia or Thailand (whichever of the two you're more likely to use as a base for some time).
I feel obliged to point out that the death rate for motorcyclists on Thai and Malaysian roads is relatively high. When we were cruising SE Asian waters, about 10 motorcyclists in Malaysia died each day. And the stats for Thailand were also scary. And that's not counting the alcohol-sodden foreign tourists who leave their kneecaps etc scattered around Phuket and other resort areas.