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Advice for female solo biker in Iran and other places!

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I am setting of on a solo world trip on my 39th birthday, 27th March 2014. I have a couple of routes I am considering but the one I would like to do is to go through Eastern Europe, Turkey, Iran, boat to Dubai and then Dhow to India, Bhutan, Burma and then on to Vietnam and Thailand etc.

The other option of course is Mongolia and Russia to miss out China (budget will not allow China which is a shame).

The official government advice is not to travel in Iran and several people have told me it is dangerous especially as a woman travelling on my own.

Can anyone tell me if I have to have a police escort in Iran?

Would love your opinions as there seems to be a lot of scare mongering going on! Should I take notice?

By the way my blog and facebook sites are below if anyone is interested in following my journey (and the planning)
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Hi Steph and welcome, I am not in a good position to answer your question about female travellers but am sure somebody who is will be along shortly.
If you use the search facility in the top right hand corner and check out riding in the places you mention you will find out a few things that apply to everybody male and female, Bhutan, Burma and Vietnam are all very difficult at best. But it is still possible to travel something like the route you suggest and women have done something like it before on their own.

Don't rule out the Central Aisa route, you might be able to join a convoy crossing China and share the cost which can bring it down considerably, they sometimes show up here in travellers seeking travellers.

Take a look at Tiffany's site which should give you an idea of what is possible

Home | Tiffany Coates Travels the World

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PS you also might want to tell us something about yourself in your profile such as country of origin, passport, type of bike, it can make a big difference to the answers you get

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Cheers Mark. I have now added a few bits to my profile and great advice re China although I am pretty sure now that I want to go through Iran.
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Hi Steph

I know you're planning a "solo" trip but maybe you could link up with others for crossing Iran. Just a thought.

Very jealous; enjoy the planning and the trip!
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Hello Steph! Nice to read your plan. I am planning a trip to Australia, starting in Belgium in march 2014. So I understand your 'worries'. Maybe we could stay in touch and see if it is possible to join forces for a while?
I have heard (from a couple travelling Iran and Pakistan in june 2012) that there is an escort anyway, bringing you safely from the south of Iran to Pakistan. There is no extra cost for this service.
But you are describing another route.
Can you tell me more about this: "boat to Dubai and then Dhow to India"? It is an option I haven't considered yet.
Anyway, good luck and enjoy!
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I'd be interested in more info about the dhow to India as well
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Hey Heidi
Great to hear you will be going in the same direction. Would love to stay in touch. I believe Charley Boreman did the ferry to UAE and then a boat over to India. I have a solicitor friend in Dubai and I checked with him. He tells me that this is indeed possible. He says Dhows go over all the time. He suggested contacting Inch Cape who are the shipping company that deal with the ferry crossings. I haven't done so yet so if anyone has any further info then please do let us know. I will keep sharing what I find too.
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Great! I am going to do some 'research' about this, sounds interesting to me.
Mr Boorman, are you on the hubb? Tell us about this then!
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Hello,
Thats a quite expensive way of reaching south asia for those who are unable to get Pakistani visa or who wish to avoid Pakistan roads.
Also so many paperwork needed at all sides..

Yes,BandarAbbas,Sharjah then air or sea freight to India possible if you can be so patient.

A few months ago, French couple did it lately on 2 125 bikes on the way to Sydney to avoid Pakistan..

Highly recommend you to get in touch with local biker friend Mr.Salah Jamal Alshariff..Always helpfull to all bikers when he is in Dubai and has time..

When they were here in İstanbul, exchanged a lot of experiences and tips and agreed to be always helpful to the following bikers on the same destination.

So don't hesitate to get in touch with them with a big hello from me..
https://www.facebook.com/vanetro?fre...on=friends_tab

Hopefully they're alive after the komodo dragon attack!!!!

Mr.Salah Jemal available on HUB forums.He travels a lot and all logistic and freight company owners in Dubai are his friends...

Bandarabbas Sharjah ferry lines.
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Highly recommend dont miss local hospitality and natural beauties in Iran and Pakistan..

Yes, there are escort followings in a low speed between Kerman, and Multan
(sometimes Lahore) but this is the most exciting and unforgottable parts of this trip..You will be escorted together with a group of bikers between check points. All is for our safety and happiness.

Just remembered Miss.Daniel Murdoch.
Hope she (still on travel in Africa) will write down her experiences here as a solo biker in the area..Also her experiences available on her blog.
Motomonkey Adventures

You will also meet some other bikers while in Turkey who will be on the same destination with you.Personally meet about 20 bikers each month at our club here in İstanbul..All photos available on my facebook pages and motoadventures group page...
https://www.facebook.com/groups/kuzgunmotor/

So to make it short, dont believe what media says...They just say what they want you to believe in..

Wish you all the best..
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Hey Mehmet

Thanks so much for taking the time to advice me. I would love to go through Pakistan as well as Iran so I will certainly consider this as well as contacting the people you advise for Dubai.

I really cant wait. I have read so much about these countries!!!
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My wife and I are planning to go overland from Germany, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan [...] to Australia. Maybe we can stay in touch? I would prefer the Iran, Pakistan route and the last time I checked it should be possible to get a visa for both countries.
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mongolia ??

I was Google earthing last night and got to thinking.... if Pakistan was looking iffy what about Iran , the stans then Mongolia. I''ve liked the look of Mongolia for a while now and it must be worth considering that route. I guess that would mean vlad then ship to se Asia. I so wish I we're planning this for myself !!
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mongolia ??

I was Google earthing last night and got to thinking.... if Pakistan was looking iffy what about Iran , the stans then Mongolia. I''ve liked the look of Mongolia for a while now and it must be worth considering that route. I guess that would mean vlad then ship to se Asia. I so wish I we're planning this for myself !!
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Great plan ,

To respond to your question , my experience has been very good around the world and even if sometime some countries seems a bit more difficult to cross you will see that you will be welcome most of the time . As far as Iran and other Muslim destinations if you do respect their tradition you will have no problem . Just cover your hair and address yourself accordingly to their tradition or religion (same everywhere).While riding if you have a riding suit no one will know that you are a woman . In case of needs talk to the older person in the group and you will be most likely help and welcome ( that was my experience) , don t become paranoiac , people are nice everywhere.
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