Ask and answer questions about Asia by motorbike on this thread. If you have travelled around Asia by motorbike post links to your blogs and photos here. Do you have any advice and/or information about red tape, borders and visas for travelling in Asia by motorbike?
Greetings fellow travelers
We are two guys’ who are traveling trough Asia on motorbike. We started our adventure in India about 6 months ago, and we estimate that within 4 month we should be finish driving trough India and hopefully Sri Lanka.
When finishing India we would like to continue our adventure by driving from India to Burma, from Burma to Thailand, Thailand to Malaysia, and finish off in Indonesia. But before we head of for Burma we need to know if it possible to drive trough Burma, and what kind of paperwork we need and so on. We have contacted the embassy for further information, but they don’t work that quick, and we are still waiting for replay. If somebody has done this trip, we would appreciate any advise you may have.
Sincerely Bo and Frode
You can't go overland from India to Burma, the border is closed and while there are constant rumours of the route opening up, it has so far remained just that: rumours. If you want to venture that way anyway, this is what you would require to get to the crossing on the Indian side. You will need a permit for Manipur, this is one of the states bordering Burma and the one which everybody is hoping will one day be the way to travel overland into Burma. Getting a permit for Manipur is difficult, if not impossible. You would need to be a group of 4 people to get one, or a couple (man/wife or boy/girlfriend, two men are not considered a couple), but even being a couple makes things complex. If you have found two others who want to visit Manipur with you thus having a group of four people, you will need to visit the Manipur house in Delhi and ask for pemits, this can take a long time and there is no guarantee for succes. Another option would be to go to the Manipur house in Guwahati in Assam, the director there is a nice man and he might be able to help you out, but again no certainties. Even with the permit it will be highly unlikely you will be let through as most permits only allow travel to Imphal and the surroundings, meaning you would have to fly in, since the permit doesn't cover the road from Assam to Imphal! Of course once you have got the permit you can try to bluff your way through; the best option for that would be to take the Kohima to Imphal road (officialy you are supposed to be albe to take a bus from Kohima to Imphal with some permits which would mean that taking a bike from Kohima to Imphal would also theoraticly be possible) , but than you would also require a Nagaland permit. Well if you have somehow managed to pass this obstacle and you have arrived in Imphal, you will need to get to the border. The border crossing into Burma is at Moreh. And there I fear your journey will end, because even if you got this far, you would not get any further as the region of Burma bordering India is closed of to foreigners.
If you would want to do this trip overland it would have to be via China, entering Pakistan taking the Karakoram highway to China, looping around Tibet, and then entering S.E. Asia via Laos or Vietnam. Good luck!
Just returned from an 8-day moto trip around Cambodia. Here was my route-
Siem Reap- Preah Vihear (via Anlong Veng). Next, headed to Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh & Battambong before heading back to Siem Reap.
Photos here (no blog):