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Road trip from Singapore to Bangkok (2019)

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as Adrianli mentioned, one doesn't need to know Thai Language to do road trip there

Where are u planning to go?

 

In the big towns/cities with lots of tourists, the front line staff are used to foreigners and food stalls will have photo menu so can point point n use hand signals.

 

in smaller towns, even if there's no menu/photo, I found the local people to be quite friendly and accommodating. No stress.

I enjoy going to the local morning/night markets where many of the sellers don't speak English but they are all happy to try to communicate with me. (I only know the numbers and some food phrases in Thai)

 

In petrol stations, just look for 95 orange label (E10 gasohol, ron95) if u pump petrol.

I am not familiar with diesel pump labels but I understand diesel is widely available too, as they have lots of local pickups and lorries.

I like PTT petrol stations as they usually have good facilities such as a large 7-11, a clean toilet, Café Amazon and push carts selling snacks. The larger stops have food courts too.

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For navigation, Google Maps/Waze is usually sufficient but download offline maps if going off the beaten track. Some areas between towns don't hv HP signal.

 

 

that being said, if you're planning a long trip, it might be useful to pick up a few small phrases. It will endear you to the local people.

 

Thailand don't have Euro5 diesel.

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Always a joy reading your self drive threads. 

 

Too bad, u won't catch up to @Silangkia with his emo thread ... 

 

lol :) [laugh]

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I did pumped 2 full tanks of V-power 97 to flush away the Gasohol hor. [;)][grin]

I pumped 2 full tanks of VPower Racing to flush away the residual mixture of Gasohol 95 & Benzine.
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I pumped 2 full tanks of VPower Racing to flush away the residual mixture of Gasohol 95 & Benzine.

 

U also drive up thailand? 

 

Looks like more n more of us r venturing up north north, bravo to u guys.

 

Hope i do mine soon  [laugh] ..

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Gasohol 95 is diff from ron95??

Yes, different. Gasohol 95 has 10% ethanol additive. Ethanol is very corrosive.

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Yes, different. Gasohol 95 has 10% ethanol additive. Ethanol is very corrosive.

A friend advised me not to use Gasohol 95 for my twin power turbo as it can corrode its valve or something.

U also drive up thailand?

 

Looks like more n more of us r venturing up north north, bravo to u guys.

 

Hope i do mine soon [laugh] ..

Been driving to Thailand 1-2x yearly for close to 10 yrs already.
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Yes, different. Gasohol 95 has 10% ethanol additive. Ethanol is very corrosive.

 

 

very corrosive in higher concentrations but there are people using E85 (with suitable mods)

 

E10 usually ok. I haven't had to try E20.

 

the Thai vehicles don't have much of a choice but their vehicles are still running around

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I pumped 2 full tanks of VPower Racing to flush away the residual mixture of Gasohol 95 & Benzine.

wah... which brand gasoline got add benzene?

 

 

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wah... which brand gasoline got add benzene?

 

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PTT in Thailand. Look out for light yellow signage. Not all stations have it, probably becos it is abt 10 bahts more per litre, approx BHT37.35/litre. That's why I have mixture of both Gasohol 95 & Benzine in my tank (couldn't find station that sells Benzine, no choice but to top up with a little Gasohol 95 until I find it at some other stations).

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Thanks for the excellent trip review and all the useful tips! After reading it, I am very itchy to have my own go-north road trip. [laugh]

 

Wish you good luck for your career change. Hope to see more trips from you like this. Go beyond BKK! 

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A friend advised me not to use Gasohol 95 for my twin power turbo as it can corrode its valve or something.

Been driving to Thailand 1-2x yearly for close to 10 yrs already.

Great! TameDriver can really go far! [thumbsup]

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3 years ago. My car was due for scrap, I wanted to do that (drive to Thailand) and give the car one last lap of honour before retirement. Alas, someone offered to buy the car for COE extension and I lost that chance.

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Good read with references.

Like you, I enjoyed road trip up north and have made several trips to Malacca and once to PD and Kuantan.

Diatance wise is nothing comparable to yours, lol.

But hey, its a total different experienced one could possibly get.

 

Cheers

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Your trip up BKK reminds me of my January road trip up Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, but you are going much faster then me, 140-160kmh, 2 stops?

Read your encounter with TP there before BKK, during my return leg near BKK, me too was surrounded by 5-6 hostile plain clothes during my pitstop until they realise Im on road trip then they relax down. Jan was their General Election.

Did once many years ago in 9hrs Hatyai, now averaging 11-12hrs.

December planning another trip up, this time will cover east thailand, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon down Surin, any plan to form a convoy??? will be driving the same 15yrs old civic up.😊

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5 minutes ago, KaKiLang said:

Your trip up BKK reminds me of my January road trip up Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, but you are going much faster then me, 140-160kmh, 2 stops?

Read your encounter with TP there before BKK, during my return leg near BKK, me too was surrounded by 5-6 hostile plain clothes during my pitstop until they realise Im on road trip then they relax down. Jan was their General Election.

Did once many years ago in 9hrs Hatyai, now averaging 11-12hrs.

December planning another trip up, this time will cover east thailand, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon down Surin, any plan to form a convoy??? will be driving the same 15yrs old civic up.😊

 we might have crossed paths in Jan/Feb. I went to Pu chi fa, Mae Sai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sot over that period.

 

Anything interesting in East Thai? I had considered going there but didn't think its worth going that direction unless crossing over to Cambodia too.

If you have any ideas, pls do share. I usually read Lonely Planet (Thai) only when on flights to gain inspiration LOL

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On 8/12/2019 at 11:32 PM, TameDriver said:

PTT in Thailand. Look out for light yellow signage. Not all stations have it, probably becos it is abt 10 bahts more per litre, approx BHT37.35/litre. That's why I have mixture of both Gasohol 95 & Benzine in my tank (couldn't find station that sells Benzine, no choice but to top up with a little Gasohol 95 until I find it at some other stations).

Tod benzene is not good for the injection? I only fuel up Esso, PTT and Shell, claimed theres no benzene added, the pump attendant keep telling me "no benzene".

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56 minutes ago, JohnSHL said:

 we might have crossed paths in Jan/Feb. I went to Pu chi fa, Mae Sai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sot over that period.

 

Anything interesting in East Thai? I had considered going there but didn't think its worth going that direction unless crossing over to Cambodia too.

If you have any ideas, pls do share. I usually read Lonely Planet (Thai) only when on flights to gain inspiration LOL

I miss Mae Hong Song Loop, intention to visit the long neck tribe but last minute detour up Mae Sai, crossing over to Tachileik, Myanmar, down Phu Chi Fa, Phrae, Nan, will do another north before my civic goes to the graveyard.

Need proper paper to cross Cambodia, my FWD wont make it. Road trip up Thailand has become a Malacca trip for me.😂 My Jan trip was 16th for me, 10th for this 15yrs old civic.

Maybe I should post my last blog on a new thread, to encourage those still dragging their feet to go beyond.

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9 hours ago, KaKiLang said:

Your trip up BKK reminds me of my January road trip up Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, but you are going much faster then me, 140-160kmh, 2 stops?

Read your encounter with TP there before BKK, during my return leg near BKK, me too was surrounded by 5-6 hostile plain clothes during my pitstop until they realise Im on road trip then they relax down. Jan was their General Election.

Did once many years ago in 9hrs Hatyai, now averaging 11-12hrs.

December planning another trip up, this time will cover east thailand, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon down Surin, any plan to form a convoy??? will be driving the same 15yrs old civic up.😊

Ya, driving at 160 - 180kmh on straights and cornering at 100 - 130kmh which those hilux and turbo trucks chicken out in Thailand.

Unable to convoy anywhere anytime in the next few years. No more long road trips for me for the time being. Also have already sold my trusty workhorse.😢

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11 hours ago, KaKiLang said:

Tod benzene is not good for the injection? I only fuel up Esso, PTT and Shell, claimed theres no benzene added, the pump attendant keep telling me "no benzene".

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The grade with benzene is higher octane & reduces knocking, but rather costly by their standard, hence, not many stations have it. Even those with the roadside signage can sometimes leave the benzine pumps empty because of low demand for it. 

Your pump attendant's "no benzene" could be reassuring you that he/she's not giving u the more expensive fuel. 

 

 

 

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I can't wait to read your trip to Thailand or Myanmar. Please go ahead and post it. Singapore is really too small for a proper car. 😂We need to go beyond the borders. 

13 hours ago, KaKiLang said:

I miss Mae Hong Song Loop, intention to visit the long neck tribe but last minute detour up Mae Sai, crossing over to Tachileik, Myanmar, down Phu Chi Fa, Phrae, Nan, will do another north before my civic goes to the graveyard.

Need proper paper to cross Cambodia, my FWD wont make it. Road trip up Thailand has become a Malacca trip for me.😂 My Jan trip was 16th for me, 10th for this 15yrs old civic.

Maybe I should post my last blog on a new thread, to encourage those still dragging their feet to go beyond.

 

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2 hours ago, TameDriver said:

The grade with benzene is higher octane & reduces knocking, but rather costly by their standard, hence, not many stations have it. Even those with the roadside signage can sometimes leave the benzine pumps empty because of low demand for it. 

Your pump attendant's "no benzene" could be reassuring you that he/she's not giving u the more expensive fuel. 

 

 

 

um ...benzene is already banned in gasoline for quite a while

carcinogenic

xylenes and toluene i think still ok

😬

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2 hours ago, TameDriver said:

The grade with benzene is higher octane & reduces knocking, but rather costly by their standard, hence, not many stations have it. Even those with the roadside signage can sometimes leave the benzine pumps empty because of low demand for it. 

Your pump attendant's "no benzene" could be reassuring you that he/she's not giving u the more expensive fuel. 

 

I usually pump at PTT in Thai.

They do sell Gasoline 95 at a premium to E10 (which I think is due to the petrol tax structure to support use of biopetrol)

It's a pure gasoline (ethanol content max of 5% iirc) with octane rating of 95. It incurs higher govt tax thus the higher price

http://www.pttplc.com/en/GetOilPrice.aspx

it's the yellow pump handle in the middle.

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Shell doesn't seem to have an equivalent https://www.shell.co.th/en_th/motorists/shell-fuels/shell-fuel-prices.html

PTG has a fuel called Benzene 95 http://www.ptgenergy.co.th/en/product-fuel.php

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On 9/6/2019 at 2:37 PM, JohnSHL said:

I usually pump at PTT in Thai.

They do sell Gasoline 95 at a premium to E10 (which I think is due to the petrol tax structure to support use of biopetrol)

It's a pure gasoline (ethanol content max of 5% iirc) with octane rating of 95. It incurs higher govt tax thus the higher price

http://www.pttplc.com/en/GetOilPrice.aspx

it's the yellow pump handle in the middle.

ptt.thumb.jpeg.9542f0f585f963d2a7d997f4250f75bf.jpeg

 

 

Shell doesn't seem to have an equivalent https://www.shell.co.th/en_th/motorists/shell-fuels/shell-fuel-prices.html

PTG has a fuel called Benzene 95 http://www.ptgenergy.co.th/en/product-fuel.php

 

Thanks for helping to explain & clarify.  You & I are part of a small handful of S'poreans who dared to drive our SG vehicles to Thailand &  I believe in using the best grade for my vehicle where available.   

 

 

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