6500€ probably won't be enough these days to get you from Kazakhstan to Laos. Doing China on your foreign vehicle is legalized robbery. Only if you can find a group to join and split guide costs, it might become somehow tolerable (still very expensive). That kind of money goes a LONG way elsewhere in Asia!
In that part of the world carnet is required for Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Oz (for foreigners going to Oz, I mean). Iran and Malaysia officially require it, too, but there are reports of going without carnet. I don't know, how it would work out, because I had one. Coming thru land border from Thailand, Malaysian authorities seemed very relaxed, so could have entered without carnet. But shipping in/out could be different.
Countries north side of Afghanistan & China, no carnet required.
Pecha72 screwed with this post 11-25-2012 at 08:51 AM