My first ride report here at AdvRider: Flying out Sunday @ midnight (Nov 28th, 2016) to Bangkok, Thailand for a few days then to Hoi Chi Minh (Saigon) to start a "Trans-IndoChina" solo motorbike ride all the way to Nepal/Tibet and the Himalayas. What will I be riding some might ask? You guessed it, not the RNineT , though I wish she was coming! More like a new 2016 130cc Detech (Honda Win replicate) café style bike.. for $650? Sure why not!! https://stylemotorbikeshanoi.com/detechmotorbikes/ They ought to be pretty simple to maintain and parts/consumables easily found while on the road. There are tons of older 2000-2009 ones out there for $250-$350, but most of them been beaten up, rebuilt, repainted, and lord knows what... But then again, I did it last year from South Vietnam all the way north to the Chinese border ( about 2000 miles in 12 days) on an old 2Kyr bike. Cost me $250 for bike & $150 in repairs / maintenance in route. So was it worth it? Absolutely! We spend that much on a decent adventure helmet, lol The goal is to get to one of the highest roads/passes between Nepal & Tibet (need Chinese Visa to enter Tibet though) and stand at the pearly gates of a Tibetan monastery and say “Give me the knife” -EM Golden Child. The rough route would be to ride north west from Hoi Chi Minh: Cross southern Vietnam Southern Cambodia Southern Thailand Southern Mynamar Bangladesh Dip through eastern India abit North to Nepal / Himalayas Then Southeast through Bhutan, Myanmar Finally, north Laos south down to Saigon or Bangkok I calculated to be about 10,000 km / 6000 miles, which is nothing since I did 12K miles in 30 days last trip through North Eastern Canada (Newfoundland, Labrador, etc) , except this time, average speed will probably be 45 miles/hr this time around. Who knows how long that will take? I have budgeted a month. Yes, I hear laughing in the room... you there in the 3rd row... How and why?? Because I have buns of steel, and my perception of being any place more than a day or two starts to feel more like a vacation, less an adventure.. so I tend not to linger anywhere for too long. Plus, one has only so many days of vacation .. In the spirit of "it's not the destination but the journey", ride on and on .. From my past couple of trips, in particular the trip in this region last year, I definitely packed too much gear so I'm trimming the fat this time: With the rainy seasons wrapping up, it'll still be mildly warm/humid.. leaving all that super armor goretex BMW/KLIM crap at the house Clothing: 3 or 4 days of smartwool / superdry type socks, boxers, T/A Shirts A pair of motorbike jeans (w/ pads), a pair of AD1 Aerostich paints (only because they are light, fit like jeans, and waterproof - almost). Light waterproof jacket. Gonna just pick up a helmet, mesh armor jacket, and gloves on site, they are inexpensive to buy. Besides, won't be breaking any 70 mph speed posting (there aren't any that high) My favorite pair of adv riding boots of course . Hiking shoes, pair of shorts, and a baseball cap. General Gear 2 x GoPros & accessories 15 thin Dell M3800 Laptop & accessories IPhone 6s, battery pack, & phone mount/charging accessories WhatsApp for texting/chatting with international folks MapsMe App for offline Nav and Step-By-Step directions XE App for currency exchange rates basic tire repair kit, toolkits, air tire pump, leatherman, zip ties, electric tape, etc. May consider 1-man tent, sleeping pad, pocket stove, 1-man portable potware some basic 1st aid / meds / sun blocker / baby powder (humid there) camel pack/water filter (life straw) Sadly, leaving Phantom Drone & DLSR cam at home. IPhone takes decent photo. Still waiting for DJI foldable Mavic drone to ship.. geezzz.. 35L drybag backpack for everything listed Documents US passport International Driver's License ($15 from AAA) Vietnam Visa Laos & Cambodia Visa can be obtained at border crossing India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Bhutan Visa can be ordered electronically a couple of days in advanced per my research. traveler's Insurance (World Nomads) decoy wallet / copies of original docs waterproof doc case Anyhow, I've got two more days before I deploy. If anyone here have any suggestions, questions, feedback, and/or recent pass experience with traveling in that region, border crossing advice, documentation requirement knowledge, etc.. feel free to chime in. One neat thing about traveling solo is the only level of comfort you'll have to worry about is yourself, ha... which means you can go as cheap or as expensive as the mood calls for, in terms of food and shelter. I truly enjoy camping out in the wild, we'll just have to make a judgement call on the area.. So I have already set the mental expectation that if I have a misfortunate like the bike gets totaled, stolen, broken down beyond repair, I'm an avid hiker so I'll just walk to the nearest spot to get aid and continue the trip. Mentally, I'm also okay with not getting to the final destination or if route / schedule changes (they often do). When you make this kind of trip, I think you're just have to accept early on that something / someone may go afoul and you deal with it. "Plan for the best, prepare yada yada.. So long as you are healthy and financially able to recover from it, we push on. Safe travels to all during the holidays. Be Joyful and God bless. Hope to keep this thread filled with funny stories, awesome people, fantastic food, breath taking scenery and perpetuate the inspiring notion that "People are Innately Kind and Good.."