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1. Posted by mike19uk (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

has anyone done this ?

if so .. how much did it cost ...

and is there anything i should be aware of ?

Myke

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 8y

Quoting mike19uk

has anyone done this ?

if so .. how much did it cost ...

and is there anything i should be aware of ?

Myke

Lots of tourists rent motorcycles and some of them end up in the hospital too! I wouldn't ride at all in Bangkok!

What you should be aware of is that if you are ever involved in an accident, your fault or not, you may end up paying for the damage. The police may take your passport until damages are paid for or arrangements are taken care of.

I see UK in your name, so you should be used to driving on the same side of the road as the Thai's drive. I see a lot of motorbike rentals in Pattaya all the time. I am sure there is a rental place in Bangkok but I have never run across one.

Good luck.

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Yeah, I remember seeing SO many tourists on Koh Phangan with bandages over wounds from motorcycle accidents.

I'd suggest if you haven't been to Thailand before get a good feel of the traffic by observing it before you jump on a bike, and remember that the quality of roads may not always be the greatest, especially outside of main areas. I hired one and it cost about 100 baht for a day trip in Koh Samui, not sure about other places as I was a bit reluctant to ride elsewhere :)

Although most times it seemed all good, I heard stories of the owners of rental places claiming that the rider did some damage to the bike, and demanding a hefty price as they were "responsible" for the damage. Not sure how you'd avoid this one, just familiarise yourself with what youre doing and don't try to look like a naive tourist :)

Erik

4. Posted by martijnj (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I found this http://www.gt-rider.com/motorcycle-touring-rental-services.htm website with a lot of info. Is only for the north, not Bankok.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Mike,
I have rented/owned motorbikes in Pattaya for over 10 years. I have to tell you, the downside outweighs the upside. You can rent a moto from 150 baht/day for a 100cc while bigger bikes are more than that. Yes, it is fun to tool around on a motorbike, but the downside can ruin your life or your wallet. The problems are many: Thai drivers, the roads, the police and the rental guys. The Thais drive like idiots, the roads are not up to western standards, the police will side with the Thai driver everytime when there is a problem. This will cost you either time in jail, money or both. I personally know 2 ex-pats that were killed in Pattaya riding motos. I have fallen off twice and hit once. Cost me some skin and some baht. If you injury a Thai, you will be held responsible for for their injuries. Plus pay the damages to the bike or car. Then add the problem of damage to your rental bike if you fall or are hit. The rental guy will inflate the damages and you will pay. The police will make sure of that. Do the police get a cut? Sure, but what can you do about it? Accuse them of being corrupt? Quick way to see the inside of a Thai jail. If the bike is stolen, then you pay to replace the bike to the rental guy. Some actually 'steal' their own bike the day before you are to leave that city. They have the key, the key to the lock and the name of your hotel. Plus they have your passport or a copy of the info page. If you flee w/o paying, they contact the police and try to stop you before leaving the country.

Long story short, do not rent unless you are willing to pay the costs of getting injured, damaging the bike or paying to replace it. If you are will to take those chances, then rent. I vote "NO" in most cases.