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11. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Hi Mel,

Thanks for that, I wasn't thinking of anywere in particular, was just wondering in general.Knowing my luck Ill be paying them a visit at some stage!

Thanks again

12. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Another scam the Thais run is the 'stolen bike scam'. It works like this. They provide a padlock and chain when you rent. Of course the owner has another key to the padlock. The owner 'steals' your rental bike the day before you are leaving. Now you have to pay the replacement cost of the bike, say 25-35,000 baht. The police will back him up since the bike is gone. After you pay & leave that location, he brings the rental bike back out of hiding and rents it again.

Use your own padlock when locking up your rental bike. I take over my own Kryptonite bike lock and have never had a bike go missing in 11 years of owning/renting motorbikes in Thailand. As stated before, NEVER leave your passport with a rental shop. All reputable rental shops will make a photocopy. If they insist, take your business elsewhere. Try to find an ex-pat that is renting motorbikes. Most cities of any size will have ex-pat owned rental shops. His Thai wife or GF will be the owner of record, but the ex-pat will deal with the customers.

My best advice; Do not rent motorbikes while in Asia. Yes, they are fun, but an accident or theft can ruin your holiday. A very steep price to pay for a few hours of tooling around on a moto. My 2 cents.

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