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Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City by motorbike

Posted by seaniegraham on 15/5/2015 at 09:45

Hi all!

I am planning on spending NYE 15/16 in Bangkok, Thailand then getting a coach to Pattaya on the 1st/2nd Jan 2016 to avoid the busy city escape.

Once in Pattaya I am planning on buying a cheap motorbike or moped (sell at the end of the trip) to make my way on a 3-4 week journey through Cambodia (coastal road to Phnom Penh, then North to Siem Reap) then South to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. I will then fly to Hanoi for a day or two before flying back to the UK.

I am doing the trip on a budget, looking to stop off in low cost guest houses and hostels, eating local food and indulging the local cultures.

Activities: I am keen to do some hiking and seeing what Cambodia / Southern Vietnam has to offer (Temples, national parks, waterfalls etc) to then finish off with some beach time at the end of the journey.

Please advise on: -Must see locations... -best value for money accommodation... -motorbike purchasing... -Licensing laws (I am a full UK driving license holder: CAR)... -Visa requirements and any other tips

Thanks in advance
Sean

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Posted by amnicoll on 15/5/2015 at 11:08

make sure you have good insurance (that includes riding a motor bike) check IF you can take the bike across borders

Food and accommodation is generally cheap

En route is Chi Phat where you can go trecking and enjoy village life
http://www.chi-phat.org/Default.htm

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Posted by seaniegraham on 15/5/2015 at 14:07

Thank you amnicoll! the trekking and bungalows look great! I'll be sure to check this place out for a day or so! have you been there yourself, if so what did you do?

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Posted by DLuek on 15/5/2015 at 22:45 TF writer

Pretty sure that if you don't have a UK motorcycle license and then use that to get an international license, no travel insurance will cover you in case of injury from a motorbiking accident in SE Asia. Insurance should cover if you get local licenses in each country but that would be a major pain. So if possible, you might want to get a UK motorcycle license and international license before you go -- and double check with your travel insurance that you'll be covered. A lot of people motorbike around SE Asia without any kind of licenses, but since you asked might as well be straight about the risk. Personally I wouldn't do a big motorbiking trip like that if I wasn't insured.

For visas and border crossings check out the following:
https://www.travelfish.org/board/topic/visabordercrossings
https://www.travelfish.org/visas/thailand
https://www.travelfish.org/visas/cambodia
https://www.travelfish.org/visas/vietnam

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Posted by amnicoll on 18/5/2015 at 04:47

many times and usually just chill out in the village with my many local friends

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Posted by hardik2430 on 5/9/2017 at 06:49

Hi Seanie Graham


kindly share your experience from Bangkok To Ho Chi Minh City on Bike.

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