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Burma/Myanmar

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Tom V., Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Tom V.

    Tom V. n00b

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    Hello everyone,

    My name is Tom and I'm planning an overland trip from Australia to Europe next year. It's all pretty much sorted in terms of getting visas, IDP, carnets, however one gigantic roadblock remains and I am lost at how to get around it - Burma/Myanmar. In order to get from Thailand to India I have to cross either Laos & China or Burma/Myanmar. The consulate here in Perth has told me that it'll be very difficult getting a private motorcycle into the country and in an email from the Laos consulate in Canberra, I was told that its impossible to get a bike into Laos. So the only other option is Burma/Myanmar. All the research I've done, from the little information that is out there - MyanmarTravel&Tours, Lonely Planet, WikiTravel, is telling me that I can't get a vehicle into Burma either.

    Has anyone here done a trip similar or has any information regarding this massive roadblock? Another option is to ship the bike from KL to Chennai, but I really don't want to do that, so I'm asking the experts.

    Thanks in advance guys!
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  2. artnet

    artnet i'm a motorcyclist

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    hi there tom,

    i heard burma / myanmar are closed for any vehicle, since their military (junta) were still powerfull. but if you want to go north to china you must have a lots of money, you have to pay for escort along the way in china, obtain china license, chinese plate, n soon ...

    here a guy who did a same route
    http://www.thepostman.org.uk/

    and here is a guy who enter china
    http://www.rideforpeace.info/

    ride safe ....


    cheers,
    artnet
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  3. vander

    vander full-time dreamer

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    I think you will have to ship or airfreight your bike. Only other option is to pay big money to cross through China. I wouldn't do it.

    And it is FALSE that you cannot enter a bike into Laos. I did it two months ago and it took me half an hour + 35USD for my visa(amount depends on your nationality) + 15USD for the stamp to enter the bike (they stick the document to the bike). No carnet de passage needed.
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  4. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum. Supporter

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    Yep. Looked into all this a cupla years ago, and it's definitely a no-go. Your gunna have to ship it from Thailand to Bangladesh. If you'd like, I can put you in touch with some one who's done this recently. Also if you ask around on the 'HUBB', you'll find all your answers. Cheers, Boot. (Also in Perth)
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  5. KiwiKev

    KiwiKev Adventurer

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    Went in there a couple of years ago..
    Its an erie place.. couldnt wait to get out.
    Cost me $5 US for a one day pass..
    Go to.... www.gt-rider.com
    some real good info on there.
    All the best with your ride.
    Cheers KEV
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  6. Tom V.

    Tom V. n00b

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    Thanks for the info guys. Its a bit depressing really but I guess I'll just have to work around it. Looks like shipping from KL to Chennai is the best bet.
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  7. kmax

    kmax Kruzer

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    you can ship from Bangkok to India as well..

    here's some travel log of couple from Singapore on RTW tour.

    http://singaporedream-rtw.blogspot.com/

    sad to say Myanmar does not allow any foreign vehicles to go in LEGALLY..
    (there are tons of foreign vehicles illegally used by locals over there.. )

    you can go into Laos as well but China needs special permit to go in, one of local club is arranging bike tour to china and it is costly :(
    http://www.merdragon.webs.com/

    Good Luck and Happy New Year wishes to you Tom...
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  8. Fishenough

    Fishenough Team Lurker

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    With the right paper work entry and exit into Laos and Cambodia is easy enough. Common method discussed by local multi country travelers is to have their motorbike carried by truck across the Chinese border at a cost less, reducing hassle reportedly, than a booked and approved ride across the border with a special permit

    Other methods, at some risk I might admit, are possible; my favorite is reported here - http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/yawn-just-another-china-trip-t5773.html

    Never have once heard of someone riding into Burma.

    Have you visited http://www.horizonsunlimited.com
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  9. kmax

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    i would really love to know how he did that .. (riding into burma)

    i know cars/bikes can cross border easily without decent paper work.
    locals are using vehicles without import permit which are driven across border through various routes.
    but riding thru the country and numerous check points would be an issue..

    coz most small bikes in Myanmar are issued with particular state licence which cannot go across to another state. and big bikes are none existence.
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  10. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Maybe not so relevant to the OP any more...

    but getting your foreign vehicle into Burma, and crossing from Thailand to India, or v.v., is and will be nearly impossible until there are some real changes in Burma´s leadership. And even then it could take some time, before this became possible for the regular tourists. It´s a real pain for overlanders I know, because it´s blocking the only year-round route from South Asia to Southeast Asia (and while China is not 100% impossible, most of us do not either have, or simply do not want to spend that kind of money, that is required to cross China).

    Malaysia, Thailand, Cambosia & Laos should be possible with your own bike. But do note, that Vietnam is another place, thats very hard to get your own bike into, unless you live or work there.
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  11. zachb

    zachb Adventurer

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    Driving through Myanmar / Burma may be a reality in 2016. check out this article from the times of India. For now you will just have to fly in and use a local bike.
    Myanmar is a wonderful place to ride but it can be challenging since there are areas that are off limits to foreigners. I took a trip around much of Myanmar with my dad in Feb-March of 2012 and we didn't have any problems with the authorities but I had a friend on my bike who was stopped in Inle and told that foreigners were not allowed to ride there. Thankfully they let him leave on the bike. there is a good map of where foreigners are and are NOT allowed to go here


    You can also check with Myanmar Travels and Tours for the off limits areas too.
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