Motorcycle Rental

One of the most popular things for tourists to get up to in Thailand is renting a motorcycle/motorbike. It is faster, more convenient, and cheaper to rent.

However, driving a motorcycle can be quite challenging for inexperienced drivers. Unless you are experienced and confident in your driving skills, renting a motorbike will allow you to explore amazing places in the country at your own pace. For those who aren’t confident, we suggest that you stay safe and seek other alternatives such as hiring a private taxi, or tour, or accompanying your friends who can drive.

What You Need

• International Driver’s License

It is required by law that if you wish to drive any vehicle in Thailand, you need to have an international driving permit.

• Valid Passport or ID Card

To identify your identity and status in Thailand, motorcycle rental places require your valid passport with a visa covering your stay in the country.

• Deposit in Cash

Apart from the vehicle rent fees that range from 200 – 500 Baht a day, some shops may need 1,000 – 5,000 Baht cash as a deposit. They will return the deposit back once you return the vehicle in the same condition.

• A helmet 

Whether you are driving or sitting in the back of a motorcycle, always, always wear a helmet. Some locals may not do so but for your safety, wearing a helmet is required by law and is extremely important. Motorcycle rental shops usually provide helmets with the vehicle so no need to worry about finding one yourself.

Best Places to Rent a Motorcycle

Islands and coastal destinations such as…

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Phuket is known for being a tropical paradise for all travelers. Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand with stunning scenic views of the mountains, beaches, and landscape, a perfect place for a motorcycle adventure.

Average Scooter/motorcycle Rental Prices: 250 – 700 Baht/day (depending on the vehicle type).

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Krabi is a beautiful province in Southern Thailand surrounded by limestone cliffs and insanely gorgeous nature. It is generally cheaper and faster to drive a scooter around Krabi if you want to explore what this province has to offer. You can drive from Ao Nang to Krabi Town to see the mangrove forest or simply experience the local life of Krabi.

Average Scooter/motorcycle Rental Prices: 200 – 500 Baht/day (depending on the vehicle type).

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Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the second-largest island in Thailand and is located in the Thai Gulf. Koh Samui is known for its plenties of coconut trees, crystal-clear waters, and awesome landmarks. Driving around the island is always good fun, as travelers can enjoy the pretty mountainous view or beach hopping in the warm sun.

Average Scooter/motorcycle Rental Prices: 200 – 500 Baht/day (depending on the vehicle type).

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Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is Koh Samui’s neighboring island known for its infamous Full Moon Party and its vibrant health & wellness community. Driving in Koh Phangan can be quite challenging for inexperienced drivers, as the landscape of the island is quite hilly. So, as much of a naturally beautiful view you will get whilst driving around the island, be prepared for the hilly roads and always have that helmet on.

Average Scooter/motorcycle Rental Prices: 200 – 500 Baht/day (depending on the vehicle type).

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Pai is known for being a romantic little town nestled in the charming province of Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. Pai is one of the most underrated towns in Thailand. Its relaxing charm never ceases to amaze visitors. Driving around Pai will give you the experience of a lifetime, we are talking about the scenic mountainous view and extremely pristine nature along the road. Pai is definitely one of the best places in Thailand to explore with a scooter.

There are, of course, many other wonderful places to enjoy the motorcycle ride, just make sure that you are confident in your driving skill and have a valid driving permit. Have a wonderful trip!

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