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any one drove to thailand driving through russia?

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1. Posted by alexj1981 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

hey, im planning a trip to thailand driving on the trans siberien highway has anyone done this and have any advise? thanks alex

2. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 5y

Hi Alex,

I am not sure you will get many comments from fellow travellers as it's a relatively unknown territory for most of us. But still, you may have some luck...

I know that some people did your route.
In any case, I would look at relevant regional section of horizonsunlimited and crazyguyonabike websites - they may provide you with some useful infos.
Also, try to google overland expeditions, etc along this route and contact the owner of the website.

I have done a bit research on this route - and it seems that biggest challenges will be:
- Carnet douanier (custom paper) / security deposit - in case you don't return the car to the home country, you may loose the deposit (which can be thousands of euros) - so shipping will be another headache. I am also not sure how easy/difficult it is take your car into China.
- Permit/driving licence for china: foreigner nationals are not allowed to drive in china, unless they obtain a special driving licence. There are agents who may help you in this. I know one in Beijing. But it is still very tricky and i am not sure you will be able to arrange that from outside of china. Also, you may need a different visa than tourist. Same agents can help you get business visa for a hefty fee.
- Visa: Russia, China - might be a bit complicated but possible
- Bad roads especially in the far east of Russia and Mongolia
- Carrying/supply extra parts for your car, you will probably need a good set of spare tires

Good luck on your journey - hope you will succeed!

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

I have no knowledge about this route, but met a couple who may have. Simon & Lisa have been on the road for 8 years. They are riding BMWs around the world. Take a look at their route, read their blog about Russia and you might get your answer. You can contact them and ask questions about your plans. Good luck with your planning.