Chiang Mai - Shangrila / Tibet

Discussion in 'Global Trip Reports' started by DavidFL, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Ian from the X-Centre is on tour riding with Kay from Big Bike Tours riding to Tibet & Shangrila right now
    Here's a couple of photos Ian has been able to send while on the road.

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  2. Well as I am Back from My Trip to Tibet I just saw this so Thanks David for Posting and I will make a bit of an Effort to share some Photos and Details of everything! So here Goes!
    Day One. April 18.
    Meet up at the Xcentre Chiangmai Thailand with Russ McDermid who was going on the Trip with Me and Rob Gray who accompanied Us for the first Night. Easy Ride to Chiang Rai. Once up there Colin Panton also Joined. We all had a Great Night out!
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    Note How Clean the Mighty Triumph is!!!
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    Tibet Tour Day Two 19th April.
    Up Early and off to the Chiang Kong Friendship Bridge to Meet the Rest of the Tour Group, then cross into Laos. I have never seen so many Trucks Lined up! Not sure what they were Carrying but it was one way all going to Laos or China? We were there 10.30 and meet the others 11. went pretty smoothly Khun Kay and Noah Cnx had everything well Organised so the entire Experience was pleasant. Across the Bridge for Lunch then off to Luang Namtha for the evening!
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    The Mekong from the Bridge! Note the Smoke in the Air! It was Bloody Hot also 42 Degrees!!!
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    Safe in Luang Namtha for the Evening!
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  3. Tibet Tour Day 3, 20 April.
    Up at 6.30am and on the Road to the Chinese Border at Boten. This took some time to get through as there was a Huge amount of Trucks crossing through also. Here We meet up with Our Chinese Guide who helped Us through everything! Then off We went to Mengla where We Checked into Our Hotel "King Land" Very Nice. Then off to get Out Temorary Drivers Licenses and Registration for Ourselves and Bikes. This was a bit of a Comedy Process but all got completed in the end and back to the Hotel for Dinner and Beers!
    An Early Start from Luang Namtha!
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    Khun Kay, The Man of the Moment! King of Tour Leaders!
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    The Only Lady on Our Tour Monica! Well done to Her! And of Course Noah always there if You needed anything!
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    Boten Boarder Crossing!
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    At Our Hotel for the first Night in China!
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  4. The comedy process of getting your Chinese licence sounds interesting - what did u have to do - any written / physical tests?
     
  5. Funny Process for the Bikes they had to Undergo Tests on Rollers to Check Brakes and Lights etc and the Three New BMW GS 800 Failed? Had to do them two or three times to Pass, I think in the end they just wanted to get rid of Us and go Home so passed us? The Place that was doing it was run by small Angry little Chinese Guys so was pretty funny watching them try and Handle the Big Tall Bikes! We were all worried, wondering who's Bike would get dropped but luckily No damage as another guy or two helped Hold them up Ha Ha! The Licenses were handled by Our Guide and I never even saw or spoke to anyone Ha Ha!
     
  6. what did you need for Visa....I tried to get into China wanting to enter from Lao Cai in Vietnam.....damn Consulate here in Oz wanted to know the entire itinerary, where I was staying, what brand of toilet paper I liked.
    I just wanted unrestricted travel ....have you had to jump thru hoops or are you on a guided chinese tour.
     
  7. We all just got Our Own Visas from the Chinese Embassy but We had the Details and Itinerary from Our Chinese Guide. I don't think there is any way You can go in with Unrestricted Travel? China is not that Open yet! It is a Massive Country so You would want a good Plan first? For Me the Guide was Great, showed Us all the good things and We got to Ride at Our own Pace a lot of Time!
     
  8. Would you mind revealing the name of the Chinese contact person who arranged the border crossing and guided the trip on the Chinese side?
    Thanks
     
  9. They required to start the engine for the light test when I was there. Even worse, the guy pulled the clutch and switched to first gear. I already imaged him (and my bike) laying in the other corner.
    Adrealin pure!

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  10. No tests required, but had to listen carefully to some instructions for half an hour.
    Very interesting topic as it was hold in chinese.
    Obviously the police man was as happy as us when he ended and handed over a brochure of traffic regulations.
     
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  11. Ian, would you mind giving the name of the contact person/guide/tour company you have been using in China?

    Thanks,
    Oded
     

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