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Motorbiking in Asia forum

Motorbike vs Public Transport

Posted by PeterJW on 3/12/2011 at 05:14

Hi All.

I've read in some forum posts that having a motorbike can help you save some serious money from not paying for bus / train tickets, its also a lot faster and its easier to get off the beaten track so to speak. I am going to take my CBT before I go so I will be insured riding a bike to 125cc. This will cost £100. Apparently you need to have a bike registered in vietnam and ownership papers for border crossings so if its worth it I'll just fly from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi instead of south Thailand and make my way around Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and China by bike from there. An international drivers licence costs about £5 from the AA and I don't think a Vietnamese drivers licence will be that expensive with a 3 month visa added on. Factoring the £100 CBT, $350 on a bike and licences and fees would it be worth it? Can anyone tell me the price for a litre of pertol in any of the above countries?

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Posted by inspiredbykrissi on 23/12/2011 at 03:46

Southeast Asia on a motorbike sounds my dreeeeeeeam man! Having your own bike can also bring problems. Maybe a happy medium of travelling with public transport from city to city then renting a motorbike to do a few days sighseeing. That in itself will save you a serious amount of money.

Happy driving :)

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Posted by caseyprich on 23/12/2011 at 20:18

I've only ever rented a bike for a couple weeks to bum around an area - like inspired described. That's because I haven't wanted to buy a bike for my 3weeks of holiday though. I think if I had long-term travel plans I'd invest in a bike for myself for the reasons you give - basically more freedom. Freedom to explore the surrounding area and to leave a location when you want. Don't get me wrong, buses can make sense sometimes, if you want to go overnight to save time -- but I think all of that matters only if you've got a short holiday.

I'm not sure how much you'd end up spending on buses and train tickets - 350 USD seems like a lot . . . but I don't think you should calculate it cost vs. cost.

Oh - I know there are some border crossings into Laos where you can't bring your bike across - so check into that. One good source of information and maps: http://www.gt-rider.com/

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