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Old 01-03-2013, 07:37 AM   #1
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Myanmar Adventure



A few of my friends have been planning on a ride to Myanmar since early 2012. After many talks with the embassy officials here in Singapore and after a few rejections of the proposed routes, everything was finalized in Dec 2012. We will be riding in Myanmar from 7 Jan to 18 Jan 2013. There will be a police escort throughout our journey. We will be going in through the border at Mae Sot in Thailand. Our first stop will be at Pa'an. Then on to Kyaikhto - Naypyidaw - Mandalay - Bagan - Pyay - Yangon - Bago - Mawlamyine and back to Mae Sot.

11 Bikers for this ride.

1. Loh - BMW R1200GSA
2. Eric- BMW R1200GSA
3. Chris - BMW R1200GSA
4. Cliff - BMW R1200GSA
5 James - BMW R1200GSA
6 Terry - BMW R1200GS
7 Steve - BMW R1200GS
8 David - BMW R1200GS
9 Ivan - BMW R1200R
10 Cherie - Kawasaki 650 Versys
11.Shaji - Kawasaki GTR1400.

Ivan was the first one to leave. He left on the 26th, brought his bike to Bangkok and flew. He will fly again to Bangkok on the 5th of Jan, ride his bike to Mae Sot and meet us there on the 6th.

Cherie left on the 28th . She hung out in Malaysia over the weekend and New Year. She crossed into Thailand yesterday and is resting at Hua Hin.

Loh, Chris, Eric and Terry left this morning and have stopped at Ipoh, Malaysia for the night. They will proceed to Hatyai, Thailand tomorrow.

The remaining five of us David, Cliff, James, Steve and myself will leave tomorrow morning and meet up with the rest at Hatyai tomorrow.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:10 AM   #5
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:49 AM   #6
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:54 AM   #7
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Riding in Myanmar

Wish you a great ride.
I hear it's a beautiful country.
Also with regards to developmental preparations they are raising the price on everything for foreigners and accepting only crisp new US Dollars.

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:01 AM   #8
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We moved off at 630 am. It was an uneventful ride. Just cut across the length of Malaysia and reached the boarder around 3 pm. We caught up with the guys that left yesterday morning. They left late from Ipoh, Malaysia and took a leisurely ride. For our group we were averaging around 150 km per hour. Total distance covered today, 872 km.
The helmet cam I ordered failed to arrive before I left. When I called back home, I was told that it arrived today. My friend Ivan was kind enough to drop by my place and collect it for me. Good thing that he went early and left his bike at Bangkok. If not I won’t be having a helmet cam for this trip.
By the time we got to the hotel, we were starving as we skipped lunch. So after a good shower we went had some food or rather a feast, I would say.



Cherie messaged to say that she rode to Nakhon Sawan and would move on to Mae Sot tomorrow. As for the rest of us we will take a train tomorrow evening and arrive at Nakhon Pathon on Sunday morning.
Sorry there isn’t much ride pictures now. Those will come once we enter Myanmar on the 7th. Till then enjoy some food pictures.

Hmp. The net sucks. Will upload them when the connection is better.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:07 AM   #9
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Wish you a great ride.
I hear it's a beautiful country.
Also with regards to developmental preparations they are raising the price on everything for foreigners and accepting only crisp new US Dollars.

Ride safe.
Thank you. They have some really nice places in there. Its good that we are able to go in before everything gets commercialized. Yep we were told about the currency. :)
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Great Stuff!
Looking forward to hearing about all the details. The Map sure helps visualise the journey.
....now if only we could transit through to either India or Bangladesh
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:23 AM   #11
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Great Stuff!
Looking forward to hearing about all the details. The Map sure helps visualise the journey.
....now if only we could transit through to either India or Bangladesh
One of the first route we applied for was to enter via Thailand and exit via Bangladesh. But it was rejected.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:54 AM   #12
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One day....one day....but i think it will be in my lifetime now that the "circus is back in town".
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:21 AM   #13
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I am naive to that part of the world, but why are you being required to get permission from the government for your route, and a police escort, for a dozen people to take a ride?

And why are they charging U.S. Dollars - and more for foreigners?

This doesn't sound like a very safe place to bother going to?

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Old 01-04-2013, 11:46 AM   #14
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I am naive to that part of the world, but why are you being required to get permission from the government for your route, and a police escort, for a dozen people to take a ride?

And why are they charging U.S. Dollars - and more for foreigners?

This doesn't sound like a very safe place to bother going to?


Because Myanmar is a military dictatorship.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma#Human_rights
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:08 PM   #15
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Because Myanmar is a military dictatorship.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma#Human_rights

Ah.
That would explain a lot.... Guess ye 'ol google is my friend, eh?

Well, the Thailand part of the ride sounds great anyway!
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