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    Question Bringing a few bikes to Thailand

    A few of my friends want to come here and do a serious biking trip (a few hundred kilometers on MTBs).

    Problem is how they can get their bikes from Europe to Thailand - and preferably also back again.

    Can it be part of their luggage when they go here - and have anyone had to pay for bringing their bikes or other large pieces of luggage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Ninja
    Can it be part of their luggage when they go here - and have anyone had to pay for bringing their bikes or other large pieces of luggage?
    yes.

    and no.

    but they'll need to use either a bike box or pack them separately. pedals off, tires deflated.

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    I think isaan riders or GT forum has a write up on how to do it, I think you will have to leave a large deposit to much sure you take the bike back out, and they said you can clear Bangkok customs in a day

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    We are talking about bicycles, not motorbikes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger View Post
    I think isaan riders or GT forum has a write up on how to do it, I think you will have to leave a large deposit to much sure you take the bike back out, and they said you can clear Bangkok customs in a day
    Ehm, that's motor bikes.

    For bicycles, clearing customs is the time it takes to shove it through the green channel.

    I think many (most/all?) airlines don't charge for a bike when it's packed properly; i.e. it doesn't count towards your allowed check-in weight. Similar to golf bags in that sense. (Budget airlines being an obvious exception)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteLotusLane View Post
    For bicycles, clearing customs is the time it takes to shove it through the green channel.

    I think many (most/all?) airlines don't charge for a bike when it's packed properly; i.e. it doesn't count towards your allowed check-in weight. Similar to golf bags in that sense. (Budget airlines being an obvious exception)
    Excellent, just what I wanted to hear. Have anyone tried getting a bicycle through customs?

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    I brought my brand new by bicycle in no probs. had it in a proper traveling bag though that wasn't cheap but worth it if they have expensive bikes and want to travel with them.

    I say no probs but they did manage to lose all my luggage for 4 days and one wheel was slightly buckled and the frame scratched a little where it chafed but that was probably from being over handled due to them losing it. I just took it to a local bike shop and he did a top job of straightening it out.
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    yep, several times, they dont even look twice. but expect it to come out of the plane last.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Ninja
    Have anyone tried getting a bicycle through customs?

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    Bung,
    does that weirmaraner with the skid lid run along or does he ride in a basket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    yep, several times, they dont even look twice. but expect it to come out of the plane last.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Ninja
    Have anyone tried getting a bicycle through customs?
    Did you have to pay anything?

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