How To Hire a Motorcycle In Pattaya
How to hire a motorbike in Pattaya Where can I hire a motorbike in Pattaya
You don’t have to look far to hire a motorbike in Pattaya, many hotels and guesthouses in Pattaya have their own motorcycle rental service. Besides this there are many independent motorbike rental vendors and companies in Pattaya, you don’t have to walk far before you come across a motorbike rental vendor, especially on places like beach road, here you will see rows of bikes lined up, usually with a price per day displayed on them. The best thing to do is use a motorbike rental service which has been recommended to you. There are many rip off merchants in Pattaya so don’t think that Pattaya motorbike rental vendors are any different.
What does it cost to hire a motorbike in Pattaya
The cost of motorbike hire in Pattaya ranges from about 150 – 250 Baht per day for a 100 – 125cc motorbike such as Honda wave, a Yamaha mio and other bikes in that style and size. Basically, the bigger the bike the more you will pay, if you hire a 1000cc super bike or a Harley Davidson in Pattaya you will probably pay as much as 1000 Baht per day. You can get cheaper motor bike rental in Pattaya if you want a motorbike long term, If you hire a motorbike in Pattaya for a week or a month you should get a considerable discount, monthly rental fees for a Honda Wave or similar bike are as cheap as 2500 Baht per month. A deposit is usually expected, which you get back providing there is no damage to the bike, the amount of deposit for your average Honda wave style bike may be up to 1000 baht, or if you hire long term, say a month, the deposit might be the equivalent of a months motorbike hire.
What do i need to hire a motorbike in Pattaya
In theory, all you need to hire a motorbike in Pattaya is a copy of your passport and details of your address, some of the Pattaya motorcycle rental vendors may ask to keep your passport, be very careful about this, try and use a vendor who will accept a photocopy. I say in theory because the law and insurance matters can be a grey area, but most vendors will not ask you for a license of any form, ‘although legally you are advised to have one’, this may be different in the case of bigger bikes, and the vendor may not let you hire the bike unless you can prove you have some experience.
Safely and legally hire a motorbike in Pattaya
- Get a international driving license which covers the class of bike you want hire in Pattaya.
- Better still bring your motorbike license from home if you intend hiring a motorbike in Pattaya.
- If you are staying in Pattaya for a long time get a Thai motorcycle driving license.
- Get accident insurance.
Check these before hiring a motorcycle in Pattaya.
- The motorbike should have a minimum of road tax and compulsory third party insurance.
- Ask the vendor if they supply any additional insurance benefits.
- Make sure a helmet is supplied.
- Take photos of the bike before you ride away, just in case the vendor tries to charge you for damage you did not inflict.
- You would be well advised to have your own personal accident cover.
- Make sure your insurance covers you for motorbikes.
- Check the small print of your insurance policy, many insurance companies will not cover you if you do not have a full motorbike license from your own country, some will not even recognize the international driving license. Some may insist you have full license for the country where you ride or hire the motorbike.
Driving your motorbike around Pattaya
- Wear your helmet at all times.
- Your lights must be on at all times, this is to make yourself more visible.
- Drive defensively, the best way is to imagine everything else is trying to kill you.
- Be especially careful around baht buses, they have a habit of cutting you up and stopping unexpectedly.
- Watch for other motorcyclists passing you on the wrong side as you are about to make a turn.
In summary, it is easy to hire a motorbike in Pattaya, but be reminded of the risks. It is far better to be covered legally in the form of a license, and financially in the form of insurance. Take a look at the clip below taken from the internet, this is an example case from the U.K.
Travellers warned over insurance
British standards are being applied unfairly overseas as a basis for rejecting travel insurance claims, according to a consumer watchdog.
It cites the case of a 19-year-old who crashed a moped in Vietnam but his insurer refused to pay out.
The insurance firm involved said the policy “clearly stated” that the driver must have a full UK motorcycle licence.
The group has highlighted the example of gap year student James Pinnington, 19, who crashed his moped in Vietnam in May breaking both his legs.
Although James had what he thought was comprehensive travel insurance and a full driving licence and was wearing a helmet, his insurer refused to honour the claim because he did not have a full UK Class A motorcycle licence.
A licence is not required in Vietnam to ride some smaller mopeds on public thoroughfares, and helmets only became mandatory in December 2007.
James’s father Chris had to pay ?25,000 to transport his son from a remote village in Vietnam to London via Bangkok.
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