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BANGKOK 23 April 2019 15:50
organicman

Should I buy a Ute and Motorbike in Thailand?

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I travel around Thailand, Malaysia & Vietnam nearly every year and was thinking about buying a Ute and transporting a motorbike on the back of it. It's a waste hiring a motorbike. Would it be cheaper to buy them in Thailand or another country close by? If I want to drive into one of these other countries, will there be any problems? What Ute do you recommend? 

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check with each country about the laws of importing a foreign vehicle into their territory and after you can assess the pros and cons

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No small bikes allowed between Thailand and Laos, and big bikes only with an organized tour. So you could only pass through Cambodia when wanting to travel from Thailand to Vietnam, but maybe Cambodia also has limitations. Then there is the 150cc limit in Vietnam as mentioned before. Myanmar afaik also only with an organized tour.

It might be possible to bribe your way in, but that's not always certain and can cause problems later. So imho the only viable way is to rent or buy a motorbike in each country.

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What about rego, it will be ok to ride a 150cc in Thailand or Malaysia without changing rego? I will be in these 2 countries 80% of the time where I'm proposing to buy a Ute in Malaysia and a Honda Click in Thailand. 

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All sounds like unwanted headaches to me.

 

It's so cheap to rent these little twist and go bikes.

 

Also unsure about insurance in each country, i'm sure not straight forward....

 

Good luck.

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Utility vehicle, pick -up,  "ute"  is Australian term

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You see plenty of thai/malaysian registered vehicles in Hua Hin. I thought about driving to Malaysia some years ago and found you need a "car visa" and licence plate before you go into Malaysia. Probably the same for a bike.  

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3 hours ago, laochef said:

Excellent advises and knowledge for SE Asian bike riders...

GT Riders

https://www.gt-rider.com/

 

 

 

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You will find it difficult to legally buy and register these vehicles unless you are actually "resident" here, unless you buy them in the name of a trusted third party. 

Trusted third parties are as common as hens' teeth. You stand to loose your money!

If you are not too worried about the legalities, and are happy to loose the money - which could be less than rental costs - buy second hand without changing the registration. But, you will not then be able to cross borders with them.

Crossing borders is in any case fraught with potential problems. Just rent what you need, when you need. No need for maintenance, storage, etc.

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11 hours ago, dotpoom said:

What's a "Ute"?

Seriously....next you will be asking what Vegemite is 🤣

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19 hours ago, ianezy0 said:

Seriously....next you will be asking what Vegemite is 🤣

Organic dynamite?

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On 4/20/2019 at 8:31 PM, ianezy0 said:

Seriously....next you will be asking what Vegemite is 🤣

But have asked Glooooogle.....😋

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