Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia, or Europe from Thailand

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by michelsavage, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. michelsavage

    michelsavage Gotta move

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    Hello everyone.

    I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand. With my wife Pim, we've crisscrossed Thailand in all directions, and ventured into Laos and Cambodia on two Honda CBR250R. Now that we've finally sold our house, we're planning to buy two Honda CB500X, and go.

    But go where? There's Laos-China, Kazakstan, Russia and Europe, but this trip can take place only in the summer. Also, even though we do camping when we can, Europe promises to be too expensive. Another problem here is that my wife is Thai, and that might create unsurmountable visa problems.

    The other possibility is going south and east: Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia (using ferries and boats when necessary).

    So, if you had a small budget, two good bikes, and three years ahead, where would you go from Chiang Mai? Our budget allows us a little more than 30-40$ per day. Any suggestion is highly welcome. Other than money restrictions, there's no restriction.
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  2. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Pardon me, but do you plan to travel for 3 years (..or you plan to start in 2019)?

    For small budget travel, almost anywhere in Asia is way cheaper than in Europe, or Oz. Me & my GF rode between those two eight years ago.
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  3. michelsavage

    michelsavage Gotta move

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    Thank you Pecha72 for your reply. We're leaving as soon as we sell our two CBR250s. Two plans are currently envisioned: Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand (where we live now and have explored in detail), Malaysia, and Indonesia. The other plan is to fly to Canada, buy two bikes there, and ride to Tierra del Fuego (that's roughly 2 years). I don't know if I can do this particular trip on a budget though even if camping is a large part of our adventures.
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  4. michelsavage

    michelsavage Gotta move

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    Pecha72. Oh my god, you've been all over the place. My dream trip, of course would be Europe, for sure. But on 40$ a day all included? Probably not possible even when camping. Very very unfortunate... Second choice as I've said in my previous reply, is Canada/Argentina. Last choice is South-East Asia - cheap, for sure, but very bad roads, very hot climates, sometimes visa complications...
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  5. RICK IN BALI

    RICK IN BALI n00b

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    Why not do it on the 250's andsave heaps of money. I travel quite a lot in Indonesia on a 150cc and totally adaquat. You can only average around 50 kph on roads here. (if your lucky).
    Malaysia would be different as their roads are FAR superior to Indonesia.
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  6. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    How about across Myanmar to India? You will need a carnet for the bike and possibly a guide for Myanmar but then Nepal, Bangladesh and other places open up to you.
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  7. Ironchef

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    As was suggested above if you are already in Thailand you could go north to Tibet, see Everest and then India.
    Also ride down to Cameron highlands in Malaysia and loop around to Laos and Cambodia. All affordable. Perhaps make a separate plan to buy/sell to ride Vietnam in which is still affordable.
    Australia is very expensive, no way on that budget. Indonesia shipping will be too much, cheaper to fly ride there as airfare and rental cheap.
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