Stayed down the south end of Chaweng Beach at the Chaweng Resort, and decided to hire a scooter for 24 hours. The guy in the shop (see NCK shop photo on profile) charged 200Bt for the hire and 200Bt to fill the tank. Took off for the south-east tip for lunch at the Simple Life villas (a nice spot). Got on bike to head for Nathon and it died on me outside the Snake Museum about half a km up the road. Had every man and his dog look at it, but no-one could work out what was wrong, especially with almost a full tank of petrol left.
Called NCK Travel and the guy was very abrupt and almost abusive, saying that 'you must bring bike back and pay for transport', Cost me 800Bt for a local to throw it on the back of his ute and get us back to Chaweng.
Parked the scooter outside the shop and went in to see what the story was.
The office lady laughed in my wife's face when my wife said that an apology for the inconvenience would be appreciated.
Went back to the shop about an hour later to see the manager, and he basically ignored us when we said that at least we should get our 200Bt hire payment back, having only been on the road for 3 hours out of 24, plus having to pay 800Bt to bring his dud scooter back.
After quiet pressure from my wife, the ratbag threw a 100Bt note at her and marched her out of the shop (I was outside because I was ropable).
Just as my wife reached the shop door she repeated her request for the full 200Bt as a refund, and the nasty little bugger tred to snatch the 100Bt out of her hand.
If hiring a bike in Chaweng, do me a favour and DO NOT HIRE from NCK Travel, and don't use them for travel arrangements or use their PC's for netting.
Your boycotting will be appreciated from afar.
P.S. Next time I'll ask the shop what the deal is if the bike breaks down on the other side of the island.