Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 4 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Helsinki
Posts: 1,611
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!
Reply With Quote
Old 4 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 114
Friendship Highway

If you do a bit of search in the forums you'll find out that the border between Nepal and Tibet is open and very well known, although of course will all Chinese strings attached. Most people prefer to airfreight from KTM to BKK or KUL though.
Reply With Quote
Old 4 Jun 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Helsinki
Posts: 1,611
Does anyone know, if there are any international border crossings between India and China? If you could cross from somewhere near the border with Burma (Arunachal Pradesh?), that would make your detour a lot shorter.

But since India and China have their border disputes as well, and its the Himalayas anyway, maybe that wont be possible anytime soon.

I heard somewhere in North India that foreigners are not allowed near the border with China at all (east of Manali and Kullu).
Reply With Quote
Old 12 Jun 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: perth,aussie
Posts: 91

hi pecha72,was courious on the cost to ship from chennai to bangkok?and also a contact or name of the company you shipped with.trying to work out a rough budget to get back to nz...if thats possible...
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Oct 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 16
the distance b/w imphal(india) to mandalaya(myanmar) is abt 350 kms,from mandalaya to chiang mai(thailand) is 450 kms by road.(1)is it possible for travellers to take local bus or lacal taxi between imphal to mandalay and mandalay to chiang mai to travel over land from india to thailand?.(2)also is it possible to use myanmar local cargo truck to ship our vehicle from indian border to thailand border since myanmar will not allow us to drive or ride to pass through myanmar in our own vehicle.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Overland through Thailand and Malaysia eg9jc 4WD Overland TRAVEL 15 11 Aug 2007 04:54
Sahara Overland typos on Mk and R routes Chris Scott Sahara Travel Forum 0 16 Nov 2005 20:37
India to Thailand overland Biggles Route Planning 10 22 Nov 2004 06:38
best way india to thailand conny Southern Asia 1 26 Nov 2002 14:26
india to thailand ??? vincent danna Trip Transport 10 14 Mar 2002 13:14


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

  • South Africa: Nov 13-16
  • Thailand: Jan 9-11, 2015
  • NEW! USA Virginia: Apr 9-12
  • NEW! HUMM Morocco: May 13-16
  • Germany: May 14-17
  • Canada Ontario: Jun 18-21
  • Ireland: June 26-28
  • Colorado: July 17-19 TBC
  • Canada West: Aug 20-23
  • USA California: Sep 24-27
  • Aus Queensland: Sep 24-27
  • USA North Carolina: Oct 8-11
  • Aus Perth: Oct 9-11
  • Germany: Oct 22-25

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

Circle to Circle by Brian and Shirley Rix.

Circle to Circle - a journey through the Americas and beyond. by Shirley Hardy-Rix and Brian Rix

"Well written, funny and informative."
"Thoroughly entertaining!"
Available NOW from the authors' website!

Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 22:40.