Laos Border Crossings

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  1. mynameisroy

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    Hello! We are planning to go through the Nam Can land border crossing with our own motorbike which we bought in Vietnam and rode into Laos (without any problem!) But we have heard that you cannot bring a motorbike from Vietnam into Laos at this border - does anyone know if you can go the other way from Laos to Vietnam with a Vietnamese motorbike?
    Many thanks!
     
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    I dont have any personal experience with it - but what would it be problematic to bring a vietnamese bike into Vietnam? It doesnt make any sense at all to me...
     
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    We'll that's what you'd hope but I've heard that you can't take motorbikes through that border, so I'm just trying by to find out if it's both ways or just from Vietnam to Laos. Border crossings in general make no sense to me, why can't they all have the same rules?!
     
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    Newby here.
    Has anyone crossed into Laos at Chiang Khong this year 2019.
    I'm heading for China in May and need at least 6 months temp export papers anyone with any info please?
     
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    Yes no problem to enter Laos at Chiang Khong / Houei Xai.
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    March 2019
    News in suggests that at some border crossings the Lao tourist police are charging 2,500 baht a bike for a "group" with no guide.
    A friend in the business suggested this was happening at the 1st Friendship @ Nong Khai, but another contact has could not verify this after a visit to the border; however two days ago a Swiss friend who entered Laos last @ Houei Xai / Chiang Khong month confirmed to me their group of 4 private riders were forced to pay 2,500 baht a bike to the Lao tourist police before they were allowed to enter. The alternative was to get a guide & a tour company to organize their trip, or just pay us 2,500 baht a bike & you can go. They opted to pay the tourist police & be allowed to carry on.
    Another contact in Chiang Khong who organizes motorcycle caravans to Laos says there is no policy change at Houei Xai, everything is still the same.

    So my conclusion is that the Lao Tourist police in Houei Xai are running a nice little scam to enrich themselves.

    What the definition of a group is would be is open to interpretation of the Lao police at the time, but it is probably 4 riders plus going on what happened with my Swiss friends recently @ Houei Xai.
     
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