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Sth East Asia in 8 weeks

Posted by TonyM on 22/5/2012 at 19:24

Hi everyone,
I am planning a trip in Sth East Asia, July and August 2013, is that a good time to go, want to avoid the crowds and works for me re work.
Planning to buy motorbike in Hanoi and wondering if the time I have will be enough to do Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand ending up in Phuket.
With limited time would you do the top end of Vietnam and jump across to Laos or is it worth checking out the Sth of Vietnam, where would you spend more time, Vietnam or Laos.
Is buying a motorbike the way to go?

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/5/2012 at 22:17

Not enough time and you can't take the motorbike across all the borders you have mentioned. Might want to look at a plan B.

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Posted by chinarocks on 24/5/2012 at 10:34

Certainly not enough time. You are planning on covering a huge amount of ground.

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Posted by Mike89 on 24/5/2012 at 23:54

Which borders (or countries) out of those are tricky to get a motorbike into, MADMAC?

I wouldn't mind doing something similar one day down the track and I always find your posts around here quite informative :)

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Posted by MADMAC on 25/5/2012 at 04:40

Between Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia you can expect some difficulties. As I understand it, Vietnam to Cambodia is doable. Vietnam and Cambodia to Laos are more problematic. Coming into Thailand with Vietnamese plated motorbike is a no-go. But I suspect all these rules vary from border crossing site to border crossing site and you just can't be sure. Remmember, this is SEA we're talking here, not Europe. Rules are guidlines here, not rules.

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