Overland routes between India & Thailand?
Hi, just posting out of curiosity, not really planning a trip now (actually went from India to Thailand last winter, but freighted the bike Chennai-->Bangkok)....
As Burma seems to remain closed for foreign motorbikes for the foreseeable future, what are the options, if you would not want to freight your bike between those two countries? Lets just for a second assume you had everything sorted out for China and Tibet (and I know China would not in reality be easy, let alone Tibet!)
I understand you could go to Pakistan, then cross the Karakoram Highway into Xinjiang province in China, then work your way all the way to Laos, from where its only a short distance to Thailand. But even if you could climb that mountain of paperwork, that would be a HUGE detour, if you only intend to ride from India to Thailand!
Are there any existing roads between India (or Nepal) and Tibet? Somewhere I saw a mention about a road between Kathmandu and Lhasa, but I dont know if it really exists.
I know that because of politics its highly likely that you could not use those roads, even if they exist (and even if you could, probably couldnt ride them except in summer) - just wondering if there are any?
Also heard something about a "superhighway" from Delhi to Bangkok, but that would pass through Burma, and even if its not just gossip, I dont think it will be operational in 10 years... and they´ll probably ban bikes from riding it anyway!!
Here´s hoping that the China/Tibet issue will be solved some day, and that in time China will become more accessible for foreign bikers with their own bikes!