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Old 4 Feb 2006
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Leaving the bike in SE Asia

Is there anywhere in SE Asia where you can leave the bike for a period of 6-8 months? You know, Thailand makes you sign a document that obligates you to export your vehicle within a certain date, making long-term storage a problem. At other borders (e.g. India) they give you a stamp in your passport about you importing a vecicle (then they will not let you leave without the bike). And of course you have those countries that stamp you carnet, etc...
The point is to find a country where they do not make such documentation of the arrival of your vehicle, meaning that you in theory can leave the bike for as long as you want. Now, I hear that e.g. Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia do not make any stamps or documents obligating you to reexport within a timelimit. Is this correct?
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HI, I managed to leave an xr250 Honda in Cambodia for a year. It was fairly complicated since the bike wasnt registered anywhere..I arranged to register it in Cambodia, that cost 25 USD. That meant they didnt stamp my passport since I wasnt importing anything.I then left the bike in P.P at the Indochina Garage and Museum. I will be collecting it on Feb the 24th.

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Jimmy46: Alright, thanks, I expect to be in the neighborhood at that time, so I might stop by the museum for some more advices.

To all others: I'm still interested in info about Laos and Malaysia
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Hi Eriks,
Your best bet would be Cambodia. In laos you get some paperwork for your bike to be in Laos.
In Cambodia, they want to stamp your carnet or anything you want stamped. I entered without a carnet, and they wanted to stamp my bike reg papers, but i didnt stamp it.

So Cambodia seems the place to get the bike in without a time limit.

For Malaysia, im no longer sure. They used to be so easy, no documents for bike. Dont know how it is today.

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We concur with Dalbir...

When we went to Laos and Malaysia in 2005 we had to use our Carnets to get into both countries.

We also used it in Cambodia, but probably didn't need to as the border guard had no idea what it was!

Cambodia is probably the easiest place to leave your bike...

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