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any one drove to thailand driving through russia?

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1. Posted by alexj1981 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

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) 6y Star this if you like it!

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 3573 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Alex,
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.