Trip from thailand through Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and back to Thailand

Discussion in 'Global Trip Reports' started by H Simpson, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. H Simpson

    H Simpson Member

    My dream is to buy a bike in Thailand and ride through south east Asia for 3-6 months. My current job is a contract position which will eventually finish with very little notice. I would like to research this trip so I can be best prepared when this time comes around and act immediately. Basically I would rock up to Thailand, buy a bike and head off with a pre-planned route and most of the research done.

    I like the CB 500X so it will probably be my weapon of choice. Will need a power outlet and gearsack rack and other mods.

    I will be going solo and prefer to stick mostly to Tarmac or good quality dirt tracks where possible.

    Some questions:
    * How do the border crossings work for each country?
    * Are some border crossings better than others for this purpose?
    * What if I enter and exit different crossings?
    * For registration of the bike in Thailand I believe I need to have a Thailand address. I could use a friends address or perhaps a hostel?
    * What about bike insurance during the trip? I will have top medical insurance obviously.
    * Any recommended routes

    Ideally I will go during the dry season, but things might not turn out that way...

    Thanks for any tips in advance.
     
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  3. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Wow.. A few short questions needing detailed answers :)

    1 How do the border crossings work for each country?
    Take a look on the forum.. There is detailed information for each country and border crossings.
    Search back through reports as well as see what other people have said and experienced

    2 Are some border crossings better than others for this purpose?
    The worst I can think of is Poipet in Cambodia. Otherwise all the same more or less..

    3 What if I enter and exit different crossings?
    No real issue.. You may be asked and just tell them where you plan to exit from.

    4 For registration of the bike in Thailand I believe I need to have a Thailand address. I could use a friends address or perhaps a hostel?
    Have a look under the North Thailand section.. Good info here..

    5 What about bike insurance during the trip?
    Are you buying a new bike or second hand? Get third party with bail bond.. In case you wipe someone out..
    Laos you buy insurance at the border.
    Cambodia no insurance..

    6 Any recommended routes
    Have a look on the forum. All are good and pick what you fancy and meets your time line.

    You will need an international driving licence also for Thailand. Not just your Aussie licence.

    Do some research on the forum.. Lots of information here that will answer all your questions.
    As well as probably find additional information you hadn't thought of

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Gday & Welcome.
    Lots of info on GTR alright & it's sometimes hard to know where to start.

    You're best bet is to first go here
    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/25861-WELCOME-Important-Read-this-first!

    There you will see links for

    Border Crossings
    http://www.gt-rider.com/touring-information-overview/s-e-asian-border-crossings

    Buying a bike
    http://www.gt-rider.com/motorcycles-in-thailand/buying-motorcycle-in-thailand

    Insurance
    http://www.gt-rider.com/motorcycles-in-thailand/motorcycle-insurance-cover

    Routes
    http://www.gt-rider.com/tour-options/chiang-mai-thailand/touring-loops-day-rides

    http://www.gt-rider.com/tour-options/chiang-mai-thailand/touring-loops-overnight-rides

    Highlights & Attractions
    Mae Hong Son

    Chiang Rai
    http://www.gt-rider.com/tour-options/chiang-rai

    Phayao
    http://www.gt-rider.com/tour-options/phayao

    Nan
    http://www.gt-rider.com/tour-options/nan-province

    Doi Mae Salong
    http://www.gt-rider.com/tour-options/chiang-rai/doi-mae-salong-information
     
  5. rastas

    rastas Member

    Just a thought, but is it possible to buy a bike in Thailand without a work permit? Was the first thing I was asked for when I brought mine??
     
  6. H Simpson

    H Simpson Member

    Thanks for the replies. After some further searching of this site I have found much of the info I need.

    Interesting to note that it isn't too easy to bring a bike into China. Probably for another time anyway, plenty around South east Asia to keep me occupied for a while.
     
  7. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Same goes for Myanmar and Vietnam... It can be done but it's expensive and time consuming. Honestly I think it would be a lot less hassle and expense to simply fly to those countries and rent locally.
     
  8. imd8ta

    imd8ta Member

    Viet Nam via Cambo was a breeze.
    Got the visa in PP and entered east of Kampot.

    No issues at all.

    Also easy to get to Myanmar via Mae Sai but you only get a 3 day.

    Time consuming and expensive......NOT
     

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