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Smile My Dream: Bali - Nepal

Hello HU forum!

let´s start with a little introduction:
my name´s max, i´m german, and i wanna go from bali to nepal.

studyin mechanical enigneering atm, will have it finished next year.

i´m 22 atm. i have been to 5 continents, lived in australia for 8 months.
have been on a 1-year trip RTW before, started in canada, finished in bali, a place i fell in love with.

now what i dream of is a trip starting in bali, going to java, sumatra, malaysia, thailand, laos, cambodia, VN if they let me in. and, MAYBE - if they open up the bordes next year- burma, bangladesh, india, nepal.

now the reason i registere here is that i have absolutely ZERO experience on crossing international borders.

so i don´t know munch about whats needed, whats important when going from one country to another.

therefore i hope you can help me with the following questions:

1. buying a bike in bali (indonesia)
- i have been told that i need to be a indonesian citizen to put a bike in my name. is there a way around this? last time i got there, it took 30 mins and 20€ to buy an official drivers license. can the same be done with a bike?

2. what bike to get?
- last time i was in bali, i rented me a "honda tiger GLR". (pic attached) had A LOT of fun with that bike, great acceleration with only 200ccm, took me everywhere, had no problem with bad roads etc.
internet tells me its about 2000€ to buy a brand new one. now unfortunately, it seems to be a bike only sold in indonesia, even the wikipedia entry is held only in indonesian language. anybody knows if they just re-branded the bike and sell it in other SE asia countryis aswell? or is it really just a modell for the indonesian market? in that case, i´d need advice what to buy then.

oh and: should i try and sell the bike in my country of destination? or fly it back to indonesia and sell it there? or just forget about it and drop it next to a road...

3. visas´s?
- which visias do i need? can i get a visa on arrival, or do i need to contact the embassy months ahead while i am still in germany?

4. crossing the borders?
-do i need a carnet de passage? what exaxtly is that? will some bribe money do aswell? do i need to fill out special paperwork?

5. TRIP itself.
any reccomendations where to go, what to do, what to see, what not to see?
which roads to take? should i just stick to SE asia? or get me a plane ticket and fly to india to continiue towards nepal?
i´m thankfull for any input

wow, lots of text now. thx in advance for any replies
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Welcome to HU Max!

You'll find there's a LOT of information on the website, and many of your questions can be answered with some reading. e.g. Carnet - there's a link on the left menu to Paperwork - read it and learn.

There's also Border Crossing info there too.

Read posts on the HUBB here, read some of the Blogs and Ride Tales for more.

Bike special for Indonesia - unlikely to be unique - the model name yes, but based on the same bike sold all over.

Selling in another country - bad idea. Paperwork etc will kill you. Dump it- good idea. Take it back to the country you bought it in - good idea. Which is better cheaper for you?

Have a good look around, and try to research in the appropriate forum for the question- you may find the answer already there.

What annoys people is when the question has been asked and answered a hundred times, and then someone asks it again. and again, and again.

Also people have limited time / patience - a single question or two is easy and quick to answer and people are great at that - but long unending lists of questions are too much - people feel like you want them to write the book for you and do all the work for you.

Get HU's "Achievable Dream" series - link at top of page or in the store link - and a book or two such as Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook and they will give you a ton of great info.

that will get you started!
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