The Stans are intriguing me

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by DavidM1, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    I see there are several riders in or near the Stans at the moment G B, bizoo_n, saralou, the Dominator guys. I'll be keeping an eye on these.

    It seems that it's fairly easy to travel within those countries - no carnet needed, fairly easy visa regimes (except Turkmenistan) - it's the getting there that needs the planning, I think. My preference would be avoiding Russia and Iran and take the Baku-Aktau ferry, which bizoo_n is about to take (and judging by reports, that's a saga in itself).

    If anyone has information about motorcycle insurance in those countries, like do you buy it at the border, I'm interested.

    I'm gradually making a list of sights to see, which must be ticked off one day. I'm especially interested in the Silk Road caravanserais - I've visited 25 of the old Seljuk ones in Turkey and would like to extend that east a bit.
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    Why avoid Russia? Security concerns or lack of things to see along the route.? I ask because I am in the early exploration stages of a trip across Europe, the 'stans, Mongolia, Russia, China if there is a way to get in with a foreign plated bike (a Chinese friend from Beijing thinks it isn't possible) and on to Vladivostok. I am also considering doing the trip in reverse, shipping into Vladivostok and riding west.
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    I haven't totally ruled out Russia, having just read the Polish guys' return from Kazakhstan. But I think I would just be hammering across it.
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