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I am starting to plan for a tour to Thailand for 2 to 3 months.

I am a Malaysian and have a Malaysian registered motorcycle.
Plan to enter Thailand and go from South Thailand to North Thailand.
I did Northern Thailand in 2022 on a rented bike and had a blast.

I found out that entering Thailand from the land border, you only get a 30 days import permit for the vehicle. Is there a possibility to get at least 60 to 90 days or longer?

As Malaysian is part of ASEAN, I don't need a visa to enter Thailand but it is also for 30 days only.

I plan to do Thailand in 2 sections. Somewhere between 30 to 45 days mark, leave the bike in Thailand and then either fly/take the train to Penang, Malaysia and then fly back to Kota Kinabalu. Then go back to Thailand after a few weeks to pick up the bike and complete the tour.

How can I get a longer vehicle import permit in Thailand? And can I also get a longer entry stamp for myself?

I also have to figure out where to store the bike for a few weeks if I decide to pause the tour for a few weeks.

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Ok. I think I worked this out for you since I have some similar needs to leave the bike in one country while I exit to deal with some business in another.

You need a freight forwarder prepared to store the bike in their Bond Store (like a big duty free warehouse for companies importing/exporting non-dutiable goods and 99 % of the ****-arounds we face with bikes stem from them being dutiable imports).

You need a written storage agreement from the freight forwarder the commences before the end of your Temporary Import Permit (TIP).

You also need a hotel booking for the date you want to return to get your bike and continue your trip, proof of funds (income is what they look for, not savings) with very current date, a written and realistic 30 day max post-pick-up itinerary that ends with you exiting Thailand to Malaysia at Bukit Kayu Hitam. You can get this extended for freee for another 30 days later.


You then take your all that, but especially the storage agreement to your nearest Thai Customs Office and ask them for something like:

1. A 30 day TIP extension specifying the bike in storage and an itinerary that shows it in storage for less than 30 days and the written reason "Family Emergency in Malaysia". You could conceivably try your luck for longer than 30 days but I doubt it would fly.

ANY CUSTOMS BROKER/FREIGHT FORWARDER WORTH HIS SALT SHOULD BE ABLE TO MANAGE GETTING YOUR BIKE INTO HIS BOND STORE AND KNOW THE RIGHT GUY AT CUSTOMS TO GET FOR FORM SIGNED.

Return, collect your bike, immediately proceed to different customs office and ask for new 30 day extension with new itinerary specifying "Further Tourism". If you apply for 2 MONTH TOURISM VISA (Not Visa on Arrival typically used by Malaysians) you'll find it''s extendable by several months with a Thai sponsor.

CAVEAT: This is a plan pieced together by my past, current, and future problems in Thailand and Malaysia - it has not been tested in full. But change your Malaysian citizenship to my Australian and touring country with temporary exit needed from Thailand to Malaysia and I am in the middle of organising this procedure for myself.

It's likely gonna cost a few Ringgit for me and plenty of Baht for you.

Also, nobody calls an embassy for consular matters. You turn up an take a number and queue or you trust your agent to sort it out during lunch at at KTV after work with his mate working there.
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