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Which PC GPS software is best for Malaysia and Thailand?
Liveaboard1
I am about to embark on a road trip of Malaysia and Thailand. Please advise the best software to install to my PC. I expect I will need a USB puck GPS aerial. Are there digital maps to go with this set-up for both Malaysia and Thailand?
SpadesFlush
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Originally Posted by Liveaboard1
I am about to embark on a road trip of Malaysia and Thailand. Please advise the best software to install to my PC.
See below.
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I expect I will need a USB puck GPS aerial.
Yup. Globalsat's is probably the best (see http://www.usglobalsat.com/p-688-bu-353-s4.aspx) price/performance package but be sure to get S4 version. You might also require a laptop or Win tablet.
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Are there digital maps to go with this set-up for both Malaysia and Thailand?
Google covers those countries and there are at least two free-ware programs that overlay Google Maps: ITN Converter (see http://www.benichou-software.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=4&lang=en) and Tyre (see http://www.tyretotravel.com).
werdnanostaw
Interesting that you should ask as we arrived in Malaysia yesterday. We caught the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit = subway) (SGD$2.40) and bus (S$1.50) from Singapore to Johor Bahru. It took about 2 hours.

1 SGD = 0.80 USD

We got off the bus at the Malaysia Checkpoint which is at the JB Sentral rail station. We only had to walk a couple of hundred metres to the Hertz office (Sime Darby is the local company name).

We picked up a Hyundai Matrix for Malaysian Ringitt MYR 1554 for 15 days. We added the Super Loss Reduction Option for MYR 25/day to allegedly reduce excess on ALL damage to zero. However, when you push them for clarification they concede it doesn't cover glass (including mirrors), tyres and underbody and overhead damage.

1 MYR = 0.31 USD

I downloaded Garmin compatible OpenStreetMaps for Malaysia from:

http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

See the link below for how to use it on a PC. Note that my suggestion on how to install nRoute on a PC was updated below my post.

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/4718-software-maps-liberia-russia#post41914

Alternatively, if you have a Garmin satnav you can download a version for that.

Then I found the My ASEAN Free GPS Map Project:

http://www.malfreemaps.com/

and downloaded the PC and satnav version of their maps. You have to sign up to download.

They are very good maps. I am running both versions. It is much easier to plan a route on the PC by dragging the route where you want to go. Once you have decided where you want to go you can enter the destination on the satnav.

I know you can transfer the route from the PC to the satnav but that's too complex for my needs.

Driving in Malaysia is pretty easy. Much better driving than in Mexico or Turkey.

Of course I come from Oz so driving on the left is my normal side. YMMV.

Yesterday we drove along the west coast to Melaka. It's about 200 km which is a bit too far on the mainly 70 km/h roads. There is a tollway but what's the fun in that.

We are staying in Melaka at the Terra Nova hotel which is on the waterfront (MYR 109/night). It is only a few months old so it is very clean. Highly recommended. Most importantly it has free parking (and wifi). We left the car there today and walked about 2km into the centre. Very hot and sticky but what do you expect 2 degrees north of the equator?

We left at 0900 and got back to the hotel at 1800.

Then we went out and had tea at a street market - 20 satay for MYR 14 and a teh tarek (pulled tea - look it up) for MYR 1.50. Yumm!

At sunset we drove to the mosque on the island just offshore from the city centre. Very beautiful; white with green lighting.

Tomorrow we are driving about 100 km north to Port Dickson.

Then:

Kuala Selangor
Cameron Highlands
Ipoh
Penang
Down the east coast back to JB.

Average is about 150 km a day which we find is a nice easy drive with time to stop and look around a few places along the way.

We aren't going to Kuala Lumpur because we have been there 4 or 5 times in last few years and also it's a big, big city and I don't want to drive there.

If you want any more info on driving in Malaysia, places to go and places to stay send me a private message.

Good luck.
werdnanostaw
Hi Marvin

Will the OP be advised that I have replied to his post?

If not, can you let him know please?
Marvin Hlavac
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Will the OP be advised that I have replied to his post?
Andrew, yes, the default settings of the forum are set to e-mail a notification of a reply. Enjoy your trip!
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