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    Scooter and Motorcycle Rental Thailand

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    Driving around and exploring Thailand on a motorcycle or scooter is a fantastic way to take in the sights. It is easy to rent a bike with motorcycle rentals available all over the country. There are three main types of motorbikes in Thailand: 110, 125,150 cc with the standard being 125 cc. 150cc is usually heavier, bigger bikes. Look for a larger motorbike rental company or rental shop with a motorcycle license and that maintains their motorcycles in good condition, with clear processes and procedures per day. This will make your rental easier.

    How to Rent a Motorbike in Thailand

    Renting a motorcycle in Thailand is super easy and takes only a few minutes. Be sure to inspect the bikes and make sure they are in good condition. The bike shop will ask you to fill up a short form including renting rules and personal information. They will ask for payment upfront. They could ask either for your passport or for a deposit. When it comes to leaving a deposit, you can expect to pay between THB 1000 and 2000. It really depends on the shop.

    Renting a scooter in Thailand is affordable, depending on the exact location as prices will vary. The average is between THB 150 and 300 per day. If you rent long-term (monthly), it will be much cheaper than on a per day basis.

    Some shops for motorcycle rentals may ask you to pay more for motorcycle insurance. This insurance basically covers the damage on the bike which is very useful if you are a beginner driver. Make sure you have a driving license from your home country in addition to having an international drivers license.

    Driving across Thailand

    You might be wondering how long it takes to drive across Thailand. From Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the north, the distance is about 700 km and takes about 9-11 hours to drive. The highways are in good condition and generally smooth with speed limits of 120 km per hour, and signs in both Thai and English. As opposed to Bangkok, driving around Chiang Mai is pleasant and easy. Other drivers are polite and courteous. The drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is about 4 hours.

    In the other direction, Phuket is about 867 km from Bangkok and takes approximately 11 hours or so to drive. The highway to Phang Nga province is scenic with lush mountains on one side and the Andaman Sea on the other. You will need to cross the connecting Sarasin Bridge on the mainland to get to the island of Phuket.

    Thailand Motorcycle Tours

    If you are keen to go on a riding adventure but prefer the safety and comfort of being in a group, why not join motorcycle tours? There are many tour operators throughout the country offering both on and off-road tours with bikes to match. Popular regions for motorcycle tours are in the north including Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. They offer helmets and all the necessary gear and different skill level tours including beginner, intermediate and advanced as well as enduro and extreme tours. Tours do provide insurance but it is better to also provide your own travel insurance as well.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does it cost to rent a motorcycle in Thailand?

    Expect to pay between 150-300 THB per day with rental companies. Rates will go down if you rent the motorbike for a longer duration.

    Do you need a license to rent a motorbike in Thailand?

    You will need a driving license from your home country if you want to hire a motorbike or car, in addition to having an international driver’s permit or a Thai license. Although many tourists rent motorcycles without these, they are driving illegally and risking getting fined if caught.

    Can a foreigner buy a motorbike in Thailand?

    Anyone can buy motorcycles in Thailand including foreigners but to register a motorcycle in your own name, foreigners will need confirmation of their ID (passport) and of their local address (Certificate of Residency). So if you are not living in Thailand and on a tourist visa, you cannot register your bike, and driving with no registration is illegal.

    Can I bring my motorcycle to Thailand?

    You need two Import Permits to bring your motorcycle into Thailand. One from the Thai Foreign Trade Department to import an assembled vehicle (car or motorbike) and another from the Industrial Standards Institute. Then customs duty will be applied and need to be paid. The value of the vehicle includes the freight. Once cleared by customs you need to get a motorcycle license for it which requires a homologation compliance test then to pass a strict emissions test before it can be registered. The total prices include the costs for a year’s registration, plus insurance.

    Can you rent a scooter in Thailand without a license?

    You will need a driving license from your home country if you want to hire a motorbike or car, in addition to having an international driving permit or a Thai driving license.

    Can foreigners drive in Thailand?

    Yes, an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is a requirement, in conjunction with a valid domestic driver’s license from your home country.

    Do you have to wear a helmet in Thailand?

    Yes, it is the law for drivers and passengers on motorbikes to wear helmets to avoid the risk of a motorbike accident.

    What driving License do I need in Thailand?

    An International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is a requirement, in conjunction with a valid domestic driver’s license from your home country.

    Can foreigners buy motorbikes in Thailand?

    Anyone can buy a motorbike in Thailand including foreigners but to register a motorcycle in your own name, foreigners will need ID confirmation which is usually as a passport and something to verify their local address such as a Certificate of Residency. So if you are not living in Thailand and on a tourist visa, you cant register your bike, and driving with no registration is illegal.

    Do I need an international driving permit in Thailand?

    Yes, an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is a requirement, in conjunction with a valid domestic driver’s license from your home country.

    Can I get a Thai driving Licence on a tourist visa?

    It’s possible. There are two different types of licenses: a temporary (2-year) license and a permanent (5-year) license. If your passport has only a tourist visa, you will be eligible for only a temporary one. To apply you will need a medical certificate and a certificate of residence along with your driver’s license from your home country in English. 

    Are electric scooters legal in Thailand?

    They are not illegal. E-scooters mainly operate in Bangkok as an alternate mode of transport to deal with traffic congestion.

    Is it safe to rent a scooter in Phuket?

    Scooter and motorbike rental Phuket are plentiful and it’s easy to rent one. Look for well-established rental companies who keep the bikes in good condition. You pay a deposit and get that returned provided there’s no damage to the bike. Motorbike accidents are common in Phuket with foreign tourists struggling with road conditions. When riding a motorbike be cautious, stick to main paved roads and look in all directions when driving. Assume nobody sees you (because they probably aren’t looking) and take your time.

    How much is a scooter in Thailand?

    Expect to pay between 150-300 THB per day for scooter rental prices and more for a newer and big bike.

    Is it safe to rent a motorbike in Thailand?

    Scooter and motorcycle rental companies are plentiful throughout the country, especially in tourism hubs and it’s easy to rent one. When you decide to rent a motorcycle, look for well-established companies who keep the bikes in good condition. You pay a card or cash deposit and get that returned provided there’s no damage to the bike.

    Is biking in Thailand dangerous?

    A biking tour of Thailand would be a very exciting adventure. Unfortunately, accidents are commonplace for foreign (called “farang”) tourists riders struggling with road conditions, in any town, as a motorcyclist. Most local drivers don’t look behind them so they often pull out onto the main roads expecting other drivers to be aware of them. When on the road, you need to be cautious and assume drivers of other vehicles do not see you. Drive slower and always wear a helmet.

    Can you drink and drive in Thailand?

    0.5. is the legal blood alcohol limit in Thailand but for drivers holding their licence for less than 5 years, the limit is 0.2. Those caught over the legal limit will be heavily fined or risk imprisonment.

    Can I bring my motorcycle to Thailand?

    To import your motorcycle into Thailand you need two Import Permits to bring your motorcycle into Thailand. One from the Foreign Trade Department to import an assembled vehicle (car or motorbike) and another from the Industrial Standards Institute. Then customs duty will be applied and need to be paid. The Customs Tarif Item heading is 87.11, and the total rate of Customs duty i+ Excise + VAT is 77.04% of the value of the vehicle. The value of the vehicle includes the freight. Once cleared by customs you need to get it licensed which requires a homologation compliance test is needed first and needs to pass the strict emission test before it can be registered. Then it costs a few hundred THB a year for registration, plus insurance.

    Is it easy to drive in Thailand?

    Beyond Bangkok and the other urban centres and dealing with busy traffic conditions, the roads and highways are in good condition making them easy to drive. On the islands, a road may only be made from gravel and can be slippery so riders must operate more caution when driving bikes in these places.

    Does travel insurance include bikes?

    A holiday abroad on bikes or scooters is a refreshing way of touring one’s destination. It is a much cheaper, flexible and fun way of enjoying the scenery, especially the countryside. South East Asia is not exempt from motorcyle or bicycle holidays, especially in Thailand.
    However, motorcyles and bicycles are not the safest way to travel during your holiday. So a travel insurance that will cover motorcycling per day is essential for your holiday preparations.
    There are some travel insurance policies that cover cycling but charge additional for racing, mountain riding or other endurance events.
    Further, motorcycling or Bicycling is considered a niche in sports so a special travel insurance is needed for doing this activity in Thailand or any country in South East Asia.

    What are the motorcycle riding rules in Thailand?

    A rental company or bike shop could be a source of motorcycle riding safety tips as part of their service to their customers on a touring holiday. These tips are useful for all kinds of riders.
    Helmets, the most important of riding gear, must be worn at all times, preferably a full-face one.
    Protective clothing must be worn like long pants and a jacket
    Riding gloves must be used. It is an automatic human reflex action to put out hands to break a fall or stumble
    Note the rules provided by Thai law – speed limit, drinking and drugs prohibitions.
    Do not ride at night.
    When you meet an accident or crash, as a foreigner (farang) you will be considered at fault and therefore, held liable. Do not resist, but go into calm negotiations to reach a reasonable settlement.

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