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Hot News - December 2005   (December 5, 2005)

Website statistics: In November we were able to welcome on our website 31'584 (= record) visitors
                                from 114 different countries  who did 531'544 hits
                                (October = 30'039 visitors - 111 countries - 535'946 (= record) hits)
Already a month ago we mentioned that a language problem might appear in Thailand. This feeling intensified
in the meantime and we have the impression that this barrier rather increased since our first visit
in 1993. What for sure didn't change, are the numerous beautiful and exotic temples, of which Bangkok offers
a huge range. It wouldn't pose a problem to stay here a long time without getting bored, if the incredible high
air pollution wouldn't exist. While the police is wearing nearly without exception protective masks, more and
more people living or working along the streets try to cover their respiration with some frazzles too. The traffic
in this 8-million-city of Bangkok is phenomenal and - although public transport by waterways, skytrain and
subway is slowly improving - the car is still dominant. Like the pollution factor, the level of noise in the
capital of Thailand is surpassing those of the other recently visited Asian mega towns.
Our "struggle" with the bureaucracies in some of this region for a temporary entry of our LandCruiser shows to
bear slowly some progress. Said so, the governement of Myanmar sent us a few days ago the delightful
message that a permit to visit the former Burma with our own car has been granted, but only by entering and
exiting the country in Kawthoung - the former Port Victoria opposite of Thailand's Ranong - and shipping
from there to Yangon (Rangoon). This involves another time a nervous and risky loading of our heavy car by
crane, besides the not yet known costs of the freight. The second possibility of an entry into Myanmar via
the Chinese province of Yunnan is made impossible by the astronomical costs of US$ 5'500 for the
compulsary guide while driving an own personal car anywhere in China. A weak "dawn" is visible for Vietnam.
Thus the foreign ministry in Hanoi didn't deny yet any entry, but referred to the minstry of  interior to obtain
another range of permits - how  wonderfully easy are border crossings in Europe! Different countries -
different customs, that's what we actually are looking for, but not always in such an imposing way!
Coming week we are continuing to Cambodia - regardless of any Vietnamese permit - which as a new
country will become No. 151. The first call will be at the famous temple of Angkor Wat - one of the world
wonders. Christmas and New Year will be celebrated at our 152nd destination, being either Vietnam (in case
we shall get a permit) or otherwise Laos.


On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA?
(after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN
- and you will see that we already belong to it too!)

New Reports/Pictures



(Oct. - Nov. 2005)


(September 2005)


(September 2005)

Hong Kong

(September 2005)


+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

          Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

          Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

          Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 84 - April 97)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:

          Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with Toyota Companies since 1982


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