Thailand to India through Myanmar?

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  1. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Now that Myanmar has seemed to lax their regulations on bringing motorcycles in the country, I'm curious if anyone has traveled across the entire country? I'm specifically looking at:

    Chiang Rai, Thailand > Tachliek, Myanmar > Mandalay > Tamu > Moreh, India > Imphal, India.

    But I'd love to hear any recent reports of what the border crossings and riding there is like! Thanks! Rick
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  2. CraigBKK

    CraigBKK I ride to both find and forget myself...

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  3. gavo

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    Hi,did Mai Sai/ Tachliek to Tamu then back to Mae Sot between 30th Nov and 20th Dec . You can't free range with a motorcycle, has to be escorted, we used "Burma senses" we had a guide, driver and an immigration officer with heaps of paperwork to get us through checkpoints.Just me and wife on trip over and a group of 8 bikes on way back. You can ride without the escort van if you have gps and they catch up with you when you get stopped at checkpoints or stopped by police or immigration officers.
    Funny thing is bicycle and bus riding tourists seem to have an easier time.
    Highly recommend it, tourism has not ruined it yet..
    There is ride report that will be completed when I get to a better computer.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-and-cambodia-and-4-months-to-see-it.1108827/
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  4. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Thanks for the info guys! Gavo, I just started your ride report and realized I was in Mae Sot the same day as you! I had ridden up from KL on my "KX370KLX" bike!
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    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I haven't had much time to research any of this till just now but it seems the Indian Prime Minister is really pushing for the road and infrastructure to open between India and Thailand.

    This article suggests they're doing a car rally from India to Thailand thru Myanmar next month?
    http://indianexpress.com/article/bu...-thailand-road-govt-to-sign-pact-in-november/

    I should probably sign up for that forum Craig... as amazing as ADV rider is they don't seem to have too much on SE Asia.
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    Hi ,I was in Mae sot for 2 days,got an oil change at a Honda dealer the went north again along the border. Whats a kx370klx? Is it a 300 with a big bore kit?
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    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    It's a random name for my bike I made up right in the middle of writing that post! :)

    It was a KLX250, that got a big bore to 351 and then to 370cc.
    It has the forks, triple clamps, spring, front wheel caliper from a KX250.

    I've got it and a KTM690 and I ride Kawasaki 10X as much... that's because it can easily go 20x farther without any major mechanical breakdowns... and if it does break down Kachin mechanics are highly likely to know how to fix it as opposed to my 690 that often makes the guys in Austria scratch their heads.
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    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Bump to see if anyone's got any recent news on the Thai/Myanmar border?
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  9. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    Still need guides as of a couple of weeks ago, and friends who are planning a trip into Shan states say they are doing the paperwork and working with the guide they worked with last time. So it seems like the guide/escort thing is still an issue.
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  10. Farang Paul

    Farang Paul A Late Convert

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    Confirmed - you still need an escort to cross the country. You can go unaccompanied through certain border posts but are restricted to how far you can travel and must exit through the same post.
    It looks like it will open up in time but the new government have more important things to deal with at the moment!
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  11. young1

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    Is there a chance that the Bangladesh Myanmar border could open before the India border?
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    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Bump: Any updates? :)
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  13. theironhorse

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    somewhere on the roads in India...
    the corridor road has been opened from india to myanmar however you cannot move freely yet like between india-nepal and india-bhutan.
    the good relief is that you do not need a paid guide across your trip through myanmar. as of now carnet is still needed to move from india side to myanmar and road work completion will take some time.

    give it another 6 months and should be doable.
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