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Old 02-22-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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renting bikes thailand

hi i was wondering if it is easy to rent bikes in thailand and is it easy to travel through this country be bike any info is helpfull
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:52 AM   #2
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Renting bikes out of any of the major tourist spots is very easy.
Scooters are cheap$3-5 a day, larger bikes a bit expensive $30 a day for a DRZ400SM.
You'll need to provide copies of your passport and DL. They'll ask to keep your passport. DO NOT let them have your passport. The copy will do.(legally you're required to have your passport on your person at all times)
Also be sure to note and document any existing damage or blemishes on the bike. The favorite scam is to ding you for scratches that were already there.

Traveling around the country is pretty easy. Good maps are readily available.
Basic food and lodging cheap and easy to find.
It's a beautiful country.
continue your research here: http://rideasia.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=3
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:54 PM   #3
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Dl?

Just posted a question about the DL issue. Is this your home DL or one of these printed "International Drivers Licenses"? Thanks.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:55 PM   #4
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Just posted a question about the DL issue. Is this your home DL or one of these printed "International Drivers Licenses"? Thanks.
My buddy used his actual state side DL last weekend without any trouble and I have on 2 occasions used my passport as collateral as have some of my friends without any problems. If they give you shit, call the cops or the embassy and it will get sorted out REAL quick. Just be sure to go over the bike with a fine tooth comb BEFORE you sign anything and document every little scratch. If the place seems shady, walk and find another spot to rent from.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:13 PM   #5
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My buddy used his actual state side DL last weekend without any trouble and I have on 2 occasions used my passport as collateral as have some of my friends without any problems. If they give you shit, call the cops or the embassy and it will get sorted out REAL quick. Just be sure to go over the bike with a fine tooth comb BEFORE you sign anything and document every little scratch. If the place seems shady, walk and find another spot to rent from.
In the US, no one will part with their passports let alone using it as a collateral. But in Asia, it's so common.

Sorry, not related to bike renting but just have to chime in.
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #6
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These comments are very helpful. Thanks.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:02 AM   #7
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Renting in most tourist spots is easy, but in Bangkok it's a bit difficult.

There is one place that rents big bikes out http://www.bangkokbikesrental.com

Don't know anyone who has used them, but their prices seem pretty steep. A 250 D Tracker for 1,000B a day is apparently nearly double what you would pay in Chiang Mai.

Might have more choice/value if you either head down to Pattaya (about an hour from BKK airport) or get a connecting flight straight up to Chiang Mai, depending on where you want to go.

This will also cut out dealing with Bangkok traffic, and the difficulty of finding your way around and out of Bangkok, which is not that easy.
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:15 AM   #8
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Me and some mates got back recently. We hired our bikes from one of the many POP rental places in Chiang Mai. We rode KLX250s because we've done heaps of riding on them. They we're around 600 baht a day and fairly new models (2009 and a 2010). We found the people extremely friendly, accommodation to vary a lot but for the most part be very good and the beer a bit rough but always cold. Catching the sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was a great experience to have once but we chose to fly back. There's a website called Golden Triangle I think that has heaps of information. The road back from Pattaya to Bangkok is excellent fun but then again the whole north end of Thailand has great riding.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:02 PM   #9
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www.650adventuretours.com in Phuket has Kawasaki Versys for rent
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:38 AM   #10
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if you want to rent scooters, then its a pretty painless process and the there is availability almost everywhere. we went around thailand and malaysia for a month mostly on scooters. i second the recommendation of never handing over the passport. also, the helmet law is a tourist trip so never forget to wear one. international license is not required

navigation around the country is pretty issueless - we were almost never lost
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:18 AM   #11
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The Honda Wave and Dream versions of the Cub are everywhere and cheap to rent. I hired a new Dream 110 (fuel injection) in Chiang Mai for about 200 baht per day. It made a great companion for getting around town and day trips into the countryside. I wouldn't hesitate to take one around the Mae Hong Son loop if I could take my time. Make sure to check everything out yourself (tire pressures, etc.) before you leave as the chain operations only want to turn them as fast as they can.

And FWIW bring your own helmet or buy a decent local brand such as Real. The lids at the rental shops are little more than Tupperware bowls with chin straps.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:25 PM   #12
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In December 2011 we hired practically new (6k km) er-6n equiped with the rack from Mr. Beer in Chiang Mai for two weeks. It cost us about 300$. No problems on return. Just don't rent the helmet as they charge 200bht or so a day. Buy at one of the many shops, they are cheap, clean and as good if not better as the ones the shops rent.

We also bought Menat soft panniers, few nets and Scoyco gloves at Helmet2Home (they also have a site, just find it) for about 50$ or so.

In general there are a lot of shops in Chiang Mai that rent motorbikes. Mostly they rent different scooters (Honda AirBlade being the winner in my opinion 150-200bht/day), KLX 250, CB400 (a bargain at 500 - 600bht/day but Pop didn't want to rent it for longer period as we mentioned we could be out of town for a couple of days), there's also a shop near the eastern Gate that has quite a few AX-1 and some of the shops also have er-6n (1000bht/day) and Versys (1200 - 1500bht/day). Prices negotiable if you rent for a week or more.

After 2 weeks trip around northern Thailand (some 3k km) we went to bangkok, where we couldn't find anything to rent. There is an above mentioned shop (BBR) though, but the prices are much higher than up north.

After that we hired sturdy Honda Phantom in Kanchanaburi (500bht) for a day. The ride was not something one can wish for but it took us safely to Ayuthaya and back in a day.

For day trips we mostly hired AirBlades and they ran 150km hassle free. Just take care you don't fill in too much gasoline as they just need a drop more than 2 litres per 100km 2 up on steep windy roads.

Choose your bike wisely though. Try it and return it if you notice something is fishy. If the bike is scratched or damaged let the owner know or better make some photos. We never had any problem bu you never know.

Hope that helps...
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:32 PM   #13
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there is another guy in Chiang Mai called Mr Mechanic who has a good reputation as well (no personal experience here)
ST Motorcylcle in Chiang Rai (if I am not mistaken about the name, just checked the map, must be the right shop. Rented Honda XR 250 there last winter)

Also on Koh Chang (Trat province) there was a German place "Biker point" renting out D Trackers and Versys last winter.

I wouldn't rent in Bangkok but somewhere in the North
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:31 PM   #14
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I would have to review my records, but I rented from either Mr Beer or Mr Mechanic.

There's a world of difference between renting a motorbike (aka scooter) and a 'big bike' (motorcycle).

I don't feel like rehashing the issues. Use a search as this topic has been covered enough already.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:50 AM   #15
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there is another guy in Chiang Mai called Mr Mechanic who has a good reputation as well (no personal experience here)
ST Motorcylcle in Chiang Rai (if I am not mistaken about the name, just checked the map, must be the right shop. Rented Honda XR 250 there last winter)

Also on Koh Chang (Trat province) there was a German place "Biker point" renting out D Trackers and Versys last winter.

I wouldn't rent in Bangkok but somewhere in the North
You can rent as soon as you get off the boat from Trat to Koh Chang, but I'd go to the first town and rent the DS there....as the first set are moreso scooters then anything else. Sufficient for the area, but not a motorcycle by any means. there are also 2 other islands near by, Koh Kod and Koh Mak. You can also rent in the Issan Province like Ubon Ratchethani..... just depends on whereyou are going I guess.

Also you can rent in Pataya as well... and BKK. Up near Lonely beach was another rental and was a bit better priced.

I have been there 5 times for 3 months each time, for fighting Muay Thai.... I am sure I can look through my stuff if you need more info. I should be able to find it

NOTE: WEAR your helmet, even though Thais dont, you are a nice score for cops and they WILL tag the Farang with tickets or payoffs. Also if you ride in BKK, it seems like chaos until you firgure the system out, but I stillthink the mass transit is so well designed there, there is no need to use anything but that or tuk tuk, or taxi / motorbike taxi.
NOTE2 : If you Drivers Lic. isnt in Thai or in English you will probably need a International DL. Just a heads up a friend had to do that due to his not being in English.
NOTE 3: LEARN the SIGNS.... seriously, get a feel for them, they have a few doozies to try and figure out.
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