I posted these questions in another forum and it was suggested by someone I might get better information from the experts here at GTR, lets hope so! In November 2012, a friend of mine plus a friend of his want to fly into Thailand and purchase two Phantom Fire Edition, 4 stroke, 200cc motorbikes. They would like to purchase the bikes and start their tour in Ubon Ratchathani. At some stage they want to cross over into Laos for a few weeks of touring there also. A few concerns I have with this is: Can a tourist purchase a motorbike without a third party (Thai or local based expat) present? If so, can they do it on a 30 day visa on arrival or will they need something else to arrive in Thailand on? Once purchased (with cash) what else is needed to be able to cross the border into Laos. At the end of their tour they would like to ship the bikes back to Australia. Any information on the laws regarding visas and buying a bike or advice on shipping back to Australia would be greatly appreciated.