Gday & WELCOME to GT Rider... The GT Rider forum exists to complement the Golden Triangle Rider website Home It aims to build up a motorcycle touring community in the Golden Triangle & surrounding region, by sharing info / tips, and Road and Trip reports. All Road & Trip reports are welcome – no matter how big or small. Even just a brief summary or outline is ok - anything is better than nothing! Your input will ensure that the aim of the GT Rider board (to build up a motorcycle touring community in the Golden Triangle & surrounding region) works. No matter what, or where, or how far you ride, you are welcome to join & contribute – please do. Riders / lurkers who use the board to scam info, make their own great trips & then leave without making any R&T reports are not helping. Please share your information and experiences to make it easier for all of us. By putting something back in, the amount of info improves, helping all of us. To avoid trivial questions and subsequent snotty little replies, note that with a little research, all the general info for touring North Thailand / Laos / Vietnam you might need is on the main GT Rider site Home Check the GT Rider site out properly before you jump in & ask non-essential questions. In particular info for BIKES is at Bikes Updated bike & shop info is on this board at Chiang Mai: Motorcycle Rental Shop Updates To RENT & BOOK A BIKE in Thailand and be on the road as soon as you arrive Renting Bikes To RENT & TAKE A THAI BIKE TO LAOS Laos Bike Rental TO RENT & BOOK A BIKE IN LAOS Laos Bike Rental TO RENT A BIKE IN VIETNAM Vietnam Bike Rental WEATHER is at Southeast Asia Weather TRAFFIC & ROADS is at Traffic & Roads ROADS & LOOPS is at Day Rides and Overnight Rides CROSSING BORDERS - THAILAND - LAOS - VIETNAM - CAMBODIA -MALAYSIA is at Border Crossings BUYING A BIKE is at Buying Bikes REGISTERING A BIKE is at Buying Bikes INSURING YOUR BIKE & protecting yourself is at Bike Insurance IMPORTING A BIKE is at Motorcycle Import but please note: On Importing Your Own Bike. All the advice is don't! It is not worth the time, money or stress. The local Thais don't do it & they speak, read, write the language, understand the culture & system & they know it is NOT worth it = DON'T DO IT. We don't know how to outsmart the system & can't advise you how to. Our advice = buy LOCALLY! GENERAL TOURING TIPS is at Touring Tips HELP is at Breakdown Help HEALTH & MEDICAL INSURANCE is at GT Rider Motorcycle / Health Insurance GT RIDER TOURING MAPS are at http://www.gt-rider.com/maps-of-thailand-laos-maps Buy a GT Rider map you'll never need to ask info for distances / road conditions, as you'll have it all in your hot little hands. MEETING UP Recommended places to meet other riders. X-Centre. Euro Diner & The Kafe Pub & Restaurant at 127 Moon Muang Road, 260 metres north of Thapae gate. GT Rider Polo Shirts / T-Shirts Fit right in: buy & wear a GT Rider polo shirt to be immediately accepted by the locals – free beers, plus tips for the best rides & roads. Available from Mr(s) Mechanic next to the Kafe. HOW TO UPLOAD PHOTOS http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/38508-How-to-upload-Photos Confused about any of this riding & not sure how to start your bike even? Then take a look at this tip below from Charlie’s Ghouse in Pai Come and enjoy life and your riding. With the right attitude It's always fun in the incredible Golden Triangle. Support GT Rider by purchasing 1. Maps www.gt-rider.com/maps-of-thailand-laos-maps 2. GT Rider Polo & T-Shirts http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/threads/29989-GT-Rider-Shirts 3. Click like on the GT Rider Facebook page. Thanks for taking your time to read this & get to know where all the info is. Keep the power on. David Unkovich. The GT Rider.