Taking bike to Thailand (transit to China and Russia)

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by AlexKrKr, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. AlexKrKr

    AlexKrKr New Member

    I want to take my Suzuki DL650 to Thailand from Australia for a long ride and then get off to Laos and China then Russia.

    What is the legal way to do it? Bike will be brought by sea and will stay it Thailand about a month or two. Is it going to be costly? Is it possible at all?

    Any potential customs problems?
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  3. Blister

    Blister Ol'Timer

  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Suggest you take a look here first
    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-laos-c ... sings.html
  5. AlexKrKr

    AlexKrKr New Member

    As for China - I have read that one Russian traveller crossed Mongolia - China border but had to pack the bake in a truck as they refused entry on two wheels.

    But it was quite remote crossing afaik
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah some guys seem to be able to sneek into China from the other Russian / 'Stan side, but from Laos you're limited to Boten - Boten - Boten - Boten = no way unless you pay for the "full package."
  7. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    That was great David anwered a lot of my questions about riding into Malayasia. I knew I need an english tranlstion of the Bike book but had no idea what it was called.

    It would seem the only way your going to ride China is if you can find a travel company that can put everything together for you and meet you as as guide at the border

    Hope to ride Malayasi next season we will see. :roll:

    Book marked that and will spend som time on that
  8. Tom Forde

    Tom Forde Ol'Timer

    Hi ALEXkrkr,
    I have done the Oz, Singapore/Malaysia to Thailand twice now.
    1st time in 2004, I shipped my bike by container from Darwin to Singapore. The place is a pain in the arse for paperwork etc. I had a Carnet, which saves a lot of hassle getting into Singapore and Malaysia.
    It even worked in Thailand...then.
    Fast track to 2008, sent the same bike in a box to KL, Malaysia via ship.
    The bike was a week late arriving, so I missed riding to the MotoGP.
    Then I got to the Thai border, the Carnet is not void in Thailand anymore, I guess I was lucky before. The customs give me 30days then I needed to do a border run. However I had a 90 day multiple entry on my visa. Note: Thai customs will not attach your bike to your personal visa.
    Now my bike is in Thailand illegally, I will get fined one I leave again.
    As far as China goes, read HU as David suggests, very difficult.
  9. Tom Forde

    Tom Forde Ol'Timer

    Thanks Col,
    I have been using Sadao,
    I have the other complication of an Aussie registered bike, what do you reckon?
  10. HIKO

    HIKO Ol'Timer


    I,ve crossed that border more than 10 times and never had any problems. The bikes have had Khmer plates, Finland plate, Export plates and Thai plates. When you come with Thai plates and want to take a compulsory Malaysian Insurance they will not issue it if it doesn't have on official English translation but on the other hand they will let you through because nobody asks for the insurance.

    But when you come from Australia to Thailand with Aussie plates you better fill up the T2 Temporary import form, even if the Thai immigration normally never ask for. That is because when you leave Thailand without having the T2 form some other Thai Borders can make big problems if you don't have it.There is also some police districts now in Thailand who tell you to show the T2 when they stop you,

  11. Tom Forde

    Tom Forde Ol'Timer

    Thanks guys,
    Don't you love the GT Rider site, all you got to do is ask!
    Travelling by bike in Asia is full of suprises, there is no subsitute for experience.

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