I'm planning a 1-1.5 year trip that goes something like this: Vietnam-Cambodia-Laos-Northern Thailand-Myanmar (without the bike)-Southern Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore-Indonesia-East Timor-Philippines. It is nearly impossible to bring a bike into Vietnam so I'd like to buy a bike/scooter (probably a new-ish Honda Wave) there and use it to travel around the rest of SE asia. Since it's also very difficult to import a bike into the Philippines, I'll probably sell/give away my bike in East Timor. I don't know but there might be some Carnet issues for Indonesia.... Due to the legalities of buying/owning a bike in Vietnam as a tourist I'm wondering about the paperwork when buying the bike that will be good enough to get me across the various borders... I have a few questions... When you buy a used bike in Vietnam does it come with the licence plate on the bike? When buying the bike I will get registration papers but with some Vietnamese guys name on them (since I can't register a bike in my name on a tourist visa). Do I need to change the name to cross the border? Maybe a letter from the previous owner is needed? What paperwork do you need to cross the borders with the bike? Will this registration (with someone else's name on it) be sufficient? Can I even get a Carnet for (a possibly illegal) Vietnamese bike to enter Indonesia? Thanks for the help guys!