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11. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member, 454 posts) 25 Nov '08 18:01

You are underlining the point I'm making - you need to be a competent driver......then you can assess the risks...it really doesn't matter where you are or even in which country. This does not mean driving like you did at home........Clearly in Thailand the traffic is pretty dangerous, but I am an experienced driver with world -wide experience and although this by no means makes me immune to mishap, I prefer to be in control of the vehicle I'm in as I have witnessed the lunacy indulged in by other road users both Thai and foreigner.

When it come to road skills and road craft, many western drivers are completely useless, as driving at home has allowed them to become lazy and unobservant in the way they drive...if you are aware of YOUR limitations then by all means come to a rational decision as to whether or not to drive. Though I suspect that most westerners are simply just as useless at driving as their Asian counterparts.

Telling someone NOT to drive somewhere in Thailand could be condemning them to an accident at the hands of another. The final choice must be up to them.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 25, 2008, at 6:03 PM by wildfk ]

12. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3535 posts) 28 Nov '08 00:05

Quoting wildfk

Telling someone NOT to drive somewhere in Thailand could be condemning them to an accident at the hands of another. The final choice must be up to them.

Wil,
I certainly agree with you on choice. I also agree everyone has to determine their own risk/reward ratio. We can also agree taking the BTS or MRT when in BKK is safer than a taxi, bus or motorbike. Sitting in a car is much safer than renting a MB or using a moto taxi. No debate there. The debate comes down to: is a farang safer driving/riding themself or relying on Thai drivers and public transport? I will restate my position. For most TP members, renting a MB is a bad idea. When you factor in the chance of injury, the risk of theft and unscrupulous rental agents, the downside far outweighs the upside IMO.

13. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member, 81 posts) 2 Feb '09 04:06

I really fancied hiring one in Kanchanaburi. I don't ride in England but I do cycle. I've changed my mind though.

A friend of a friend recently came off their hired moped in Thailand. Apparently the rule is that smaller vehicles give way in Thailand so if there is a big lorry turning onto a main road you have to give way to the bigger vehicle. Worth noting for anyone who does plan on hiring one.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Feb-2009, at 04:07 by wanderitch ]

14. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3535 posts) 2 Feb '09 16:58

Ryan,
I think you have made a good decision. Yes, motorbikes are fun to tool around on while in SEA. I have rented a MB almost every one of my 15 trips to SEA. But, there is a huge downside if you fall off, have an accident or the MB is stolen. My best advice while in SEA: take public transport and get as much metal around you as possible. Train & Skytrain over the bus, bus over minivan, minivan over a taxi, taxi over a motorbike. Good luck with your trip to SEA.

15. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member, 454 posts) 2 Feb '09 18:56

Wander - there is NO such "rule"

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