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Old 20 Jul 2010
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Originally Posted by Zimi View Post
Hi everybody, I'm new here, starting to plan my trip for 2011. I found out this post, and as I'm a swiss rider with a R80GS as well, and I have the same question, than marc, I'm surprised that there an any answer to his post. It's too late for him now, but it can help other people.

1) Is it possible to travel trough Myanmar by Motorbike?

2) Is it possible to travel in Vietnam with a big bike (during my wolrd tour in 2007 I did it with a minsk 125 and was told that bikes over 175cc were not allowed in Vietnam, but afterward I head that some did it with 1000cc bikes...?

3) How about china? The search i did on this hub told me that you need a guide and that it's very expensive, but on the last DVD of HU, they say it's possible, and the border crossing should be made putting the bike in a truck.
Is it possible to have more information about that?

Thanks in adwance for your help

Cheers from Switzerland.
Hi Everybody.
Planning the same trip as ZIMI in 2011. Anyone have suggestions about other threads ?
I have a brother in law who lives in Vietnam making some local enquires. He has also been a frequent visitor to Myanmar and is making enquiries in that direction. His attitude is that anything is possible so I'll see what comes back.
In addition I became quite friendly with a local Chinese when in China recently. This particular person also happens to be a Travel Agent and has emabarked on a mission to see what can be done.
In the meantime any help or feedback would be welcome
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Wow, you guys surely dont make plans that sound too easy now do you....!!

Sure you have toured Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia & Laos to the point of boredom already??? I mean I´ve never ridden in China, in Burma, or in Vietnam (I´ve tried several times to enter Vietnam with my own vehicle, though) but I´ve had the time of my life riding those mentioned countries. They are absolutely great! Not sure, if banging my head against the bureaucratic wall to gain entrance to those tougher ones would be my idea of a perfect ´holiday´, if compared to what is on offer more easily!

But I´m not saying it is 100% impossible (well, Burma actually is nearly so) if you´re really, really determined, and well off financially - you´ll just need to consider, if it´ll be worth the time & effort spent.
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Wink Looking for fellow travellers Laos to Nepal June 11

Planning a trip Aust to England and want to travel overland via China.
Have spken to a couple of companies who can arrange this but looking for fellow travellers to help share costs of costs of "guide " and support vehicle.
I have been told that the cost per person comes down as the group gets larger.
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Travelling in Vietnam

For whatever my comment is worth. I have not travelled with a motorbike into Vietnam, but multiple times with local bikes in different areas in Vietnam. I also traveled through Vietnam already in 1992 when it was still closed to any traveller alone. From this basis two comments: a) I would always recommend to come from the South. The rules are much less strict in Saigon than in Hanoi. In Saigon I already got a travel document in 1992 which allowed me to travel through the full country alone (the document said I was travelling with driver and guide, but it allowed me to book and get a train ticket and bus tickets and hotels etc). In Hanoi on the other hand the rules apply much stricter and it might be more difficult to get a travel permit - or whatever is needed to travel with a motorbike. In the South I always travelled by myself, in the North I had to have a "guide". In Hanoi in some of the bookshops towards the Opera one can find excellent maps (down to 1:50,000 of Vietnam, US print).
I found it was easiest to get a visa in Bangkok. There are small travel agence which get visas for practically any country.
Anyway, just some hints, last time I was in Vietnam is also alreday 3 years ago ...
If anyone has a recent update on how to get into and through China with my own bike I would appreciate. Info found is all already 2 years old.
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Hi, i'm living in Sai gon, i ride BMW R80 G/S also. I think if you enter Vietnam you looking at crossing from Attapeu(Lao) to Bo Y(Vietnam) very easy. Welkome to Viet nam !!!
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Hi Dyvan
Thankyou very much for that.
Does this also apply to non residents ?
From what I have read it is difficult for foreigners to get larger bkes into Vietnam

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