Riding A Motorbike In Thailand
Depends on where you live in Thailand also determines what transport you take. For the most part however a motorbike/scooter is the most reliable/efficient/cheapest way to get around. If you are thinking of moving to Thailand learn how to ride one properly and it's unlikely you'll have any major accident.
The best way to learn to ride a motorbike is to find someone who already knows how to ride one and learn from them, i'd say after about a week of driving one you're pretty much proficient enough to drive anywhere in Thailand. A motorbike is esentially a motor two wheels and handle bars for steering. Because of the low weight ratio on a bike even the cheapest of motorbikes will easily out accelerate a car, driving a motorbike is not the same as driving a car and if you drive sensibly is not as dangerous as you'd think, but driving a motorbike in thailand can and is dangerous if your not looking out. If you've never driven before then i suggest you hire an automatic bike with electric start like the Honda Click.
The key to driving a motorbike in Thailand is having good road sense and not speeding. Road sense is the ability to judge distance and speed, most thai drivers are really bad at this especially when turning, thai's typically slow down way too slow when turning because they can't judge the speed of the other cars and thus don't know how fast they should be going, knowing how fast you can accelerate is the key to good drive sense, remember if you are doubling with someone else then you should factor their weight in as well. Experience is the key and if you are an experienced motorbike driver back home you should have no problem here.
If you are renting a motorbike in thailand then you'll need a few things:
- A passport
- Money up front (sometimes you'll need a deposit definately if you don't have a passport).
- A helmet
The fine for not wearing a helmet is 500-1000 baht (depending where you are) and same if you don't have a drivers license, to avoid fines anywhere get a Thai drivers licence. If you do get fined they will take your license away and get it back once you pay the fine annoying so make sure you follow the rules. It's good to know that if you have unpaid fines it doesn't affect anything with your visa. Also when you go to get your license if you have unpaid fines they will still give you a new license.
Riding a motorbike in Thailand is great fun, you can go to many different places that you normally can't get to from a taxi or bus so i suggest you hire one and explore the unknown just be aware and drive safely, never drive drunk! If you get caught drink driving in Thailand depending on where you live you'll get a 10-20,000 baht fine and may have to wait at the police jail until you are taken to the court which isn't open weekends.
Riding in Thailand is the most convenient way to get to the store buy some groceries or go down the street to meet some friends, it's worthwhile learning to ride as it can not only save you time but money as well. Be safe out there!