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Old 19 Mar 2007
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Question how long can my bike stay in Thailand airport

My husband and I ,are planning to head to Asia for a year with our 1100GS. We'll ride until Nepal and afterwards we want to start backpacking in Tibet/China for about 3 months then eventually end up in Thailand. We heard that it's quite convenient to airfreight our bike from Kathmandu to Bangkok. My question is: how long can our bike stay in the airport? Do we have to pay something additional to keep the bike there for 3 months?
it would be great if you could give us some advise,
Tom and Ebru
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I am not sure leaving it at the airport in Bangkok is very practical. Once it is shipped, either you or an agent will have to clear customs and retrieve your bike at the Bangkok airport right away. And the Bangkok airport is known for corruption, so its best to get it out of there and into your hands as soon as possible.

One option is to ship it to Bangkok, clear customs and store it somewhere else besides the airport, then go travel. There is probably a time limit on how long your bike can stay in Thailand, but I forget what it is. I would contact the Thailand Community in the "Community" link on the left for some advice on this, Maarten can probably be of help.

The other option is to leave it in Nepal while you do your travelling and come back, get the bike and ship to Bangkok. But there may be an issue with overstaying your carnet on this, however I believe its been done before.

Search the HUBB for information on how long you can leave the bike in either Thailand or Nepal, there should be some posts there.

Good luck.
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Hi Tom, you can store it at my place no problem. I have a secure place at my apartment building in Bangkok (24 hour security) , or my house in Chiang Mai. I believe the regulations are that the carnet last for 90 days in Thailand. If your bike over stays thiis, you will be liable for 200 Baht per day overstay on the Vehicle.


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David,Murray,thanks alot for the info. 90 days in Thailand should be enough for us. It's still some time to go but if necessary I'll contact you for a storage.
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