19th January 2015
Miles rode 53 (85km)
Heiko and I are staying on the outskirts of Bangkok and visited ‘Touratech Thailand’ in the morning, later I rode into central Bangkok to the Thai customs office to try and get a long extension to enable me to leave my motorbike here for up to 3 months.
Plans change, my plans continually change. My son Olly will visit and travel with me for the whole month of March and ideally I would leave my motorbike in Thailand whilst we ‘backpack’ in Cambodia & Vietnam but currently I have to take my motorbike out of Thailand after 30 days. I can get a 30 day extension easy but I want nearly 3 months as Olly leaves Thailand around the end of March and I will then ride south to Malaysia so, I not only need the extended time period but also authorisation to leave Thailand without my bike!
So I went to the customs offices, a vast place with many buildings and so many people and eventually was escorted to the right office and a German couple were there getting an extension for their camper van. They told me it had been hard to get but they had it! Over the next 40 minutes I told my story to the customs officials and they said ‘no’ many times, I persevered and looked them in the eye and embellished the story, I haven’t seen my son for 9 months…
In the end they came up with a plan for me to leave my bike as I want. Let’s see if they do grant me what I want?
Guess we will meet up when you are back in Siem Reap
Just had my phone stolen so have a new number
My number in Siem Reap is 0718 447 967
Found a guy who told me you can take all sizes of bikes into Vietnam at only one border
HA – THIEN
See you soon
julian (we met outside the hostel who will look after your bike, Sok San Road)
Hi, good to hear from you, I’ll call you when I’m back in Cambodia. Dan
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