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Old 01-15-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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After an insanely busy year and a half I've suddenly got 3 weeks off and so last minute (as in I decided about 2 minutes ago) I figured I'd do a ride around SE Asia. From Singapore, thru Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma, southern China.

I'll be traveling farily light -+/- 25 lbs on a KLX250/351 sleeping in a hammock in the jungle mostly. After having lived in Malaysia many years I can cross much of it on dirt roads. However once I get to Thailand my knowledge quickly fades.

I'd love to hear from any of you with experience in the area. I'm ecspecially looking for info on

- gps maps in those countries
- Any cool roads I should see ecspecially dirt roads!
- Good places to camp/visit
- Any shops/mechanics/dealers you'd recommend; Guys that are good with jetting on the KLX250. (I'll be starting the trip with a bad clutch as well; not enough time to get to it.)
- Shops with good dual sport tires.
- I'm a sucker for those "kid fun" places with massive rope swings, ropes courses, cable slides, cliff jumping etc
- good camping spots etc.

Furthermore, anyone wanna hook up for a bit give me a shout.

Thanks!

Rick
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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i've never been to SEA but that sounds like a lot of places to visit in just 3 weeks. as for camping and lodging the lonely planet books should give a good insight to those countries.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:06 AM   #3
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After an insanely busy year and a half I've suddenly got 3 weeks off and so last minute (as in I decided about 2 minutes ago) I figured I'd do a ride around SE Asia. From Singapore, thru Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma, southern China.

I'll be traveling farily light -+/- 25 lbs on a KLX250/351 sleeping in a hammock in the jungle mostly. After having lived in Malaysia many years I can cross much of it on dirt roads. However once I get to Thailand my knowledge quickly fades.

I'd love to hear from any of you with experience in the area. I'm ecspecially looking for info on

- gps maps in those countries
- Any cool roads I should see ecspecially dirt roads!
- Good places to camp/visit
- Any shops/mechanics/dealers you'd recommend; Guys that are good with jetting on the KLX250. (I'll be starting the trip with a bad clutch as well; not enough time to get to it.)
- Shops with good dual sport tires.
- I'm a sucker for those "kid fun" places with massive rope swings, ropes courses, cable slides, cliff jumping etc
- good camping spots etc.

Furthermore, anyone wanna hook up for a bit give me a shout.

Thanks!

Rick
Ok well thats a can of worms so let's see if we can sort it out a bit.

For Kawasaki service in Bangkok check out these 2 places: http://www.realmotosports.com/
http://www.motoaholic.com/

I've also had good luck with this service dept: http://www.dirtshopthailand.com/

Rope swings:
http://www.treetopasia.com/

My wife and a few of our friends have been and they seemed to like it.

Routes: It depends where you want to go and in which direction. I use a combo of the Garmin street maps 2011 edition + a bunch of local maps + google earth. When you mix all 3 together you USUALLY can plan a route that is fairly accurate. I do have a dirt route that we found that leads from Kanchanaburi all the way to the Three Pagota Pass.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673677

If you head into Chaing Mai (you should) then you can check out the Mae Hong Song loop or head due north and into the Golden Triangle for some spectacular & steep roads.

For Laos get on Route 13 and head north. You wont be disappointed.

In any case if you can I highly reccomend that you pick up the Golden Triangle Maps:
http://www.gt-rider.com/maps-of-thailand-laos-maps

I've used them on at least 5 or 6 trips and they have been the most accurate that I've seen. Also just check out gt-rider.com as that website is a wealth of knowledge in the region.

Good luck

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Old 01-31-2012, 11:46 PM   #4
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Wow!! Awesome info! Thanks so much!

I'll pose this other question here and maybe do a seperate thread as well, but any idea if anyone in Bangkok or Chang Mai would stock a oversize fuel tank for a KLX250? (2007)

I flipped my bike over backwards denting the stock fuel tank + I recently installed the 351 kit and a new pumper carb and haven't gotten the jetting sorted yet.

Bottom line is I'm getting about 36 mpg and only have 1 2/3 gallon tank meaning I'm thinking about fuel all the time! I generally switch to reserve after 90k on my odometer which is probably 10% optimistic.
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Old 02-02-2012, 05:12 AM   #5
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Ok well thats a can of worms so let's see if we can sort it out a bit.

For Kawasaki service in Bangkok check out these 2 places: http://www.realmotosports.com/
http://www.motoaholic.com/

Thanks again Canoli - just thought I'd follow up with waypoints in case anyone else is interested.

Google maps was off about 1.4 miles on motoaholic - I found it here: N 13 42' 30.6" E 100 29' 12.4"
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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How exactly do you plan to get into China and Burma?

Both of these places are very restrictive for people entering on motos. So is Vietnam, though your 250 will likely slide by.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:44 PM   #7
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Burma I'll be with the Karen army - no papers needed!
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Burma I'll be with the Karen army - no papers needed!
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