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Riding Scooters in Thailand

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Thailand is a nice safe place – if you’re aware of it. But the thing that’s most likely to get you in trouble? A rented motorbike. Why? People keep falling off them!Many people treaveling to Thailand are not choosing professional services, and are now taking the wheel on their own hands – but obviously there are far greater risks involved. To get more information, you can click: Indochina tours Thailand

Before you take off, find out the necessary information, and the answer to our most frequently asked question: Do I need travel insurance to ride a motorbike in Thailand?

The short answer? Yes, yes, and yes.

Do I Need a Driving License to Ride a Motorbike in Thailand?

If you want to ride a motorcycle or drive a car in Thailand, the most important thing to remember is that you need to have absolute nerves of steel to survive emotionally and physically. The country has an appaling road safety regime and lots of accidents. In fact it’s one of the worst places on Earth for fatalities per capita.

You will also need a driving license – one from home or one you obtain in Thailand – and it has to be for the class of vehicle you’re intending to hire.

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Ride a scooter now- source: internet

If you don’t have a driving license to ride motorbikes back home, you don’t magically acquire one by flying into Thailand. Streams of visitors each year rent a motorbike and ride around Thailand totally unlicensed. That doesn’t mean it’s legal.

You will need a car or motorbike driving license from your home country if you want to hire a motorbike or car. But, if you do not have an international license, or a Thai license, you will be driving illegally.

What if you’re stopped by police? Yes, you can usually be fined by the police officer for a few dollars – not that we recommend that! Factly, the shop rented you the bike without asking for your driving license, doesn’t mean you don’t need one. It’s not their responsibility if you don’t  know local law.

But Everyone’s Doing It!

Each year, thousands of visitors rent a motorbike or a scooter to ride around Thailand unlicensedly and get far away with it. That doesn’t mean it’s legal. Many tourists report ticking the motorcycle box on their International Driver’s Permit. If the policeman who stops you is not fooled, you’ll pay a “fine”, after which he’ll let you go on your own way. This doesn’t mean that you are riding legally; you’ve just avoided the law by paying a bribe.

Having this permit to drive to anywhere

Having this permit to drive to anywhere- source: internet

You can continue riding regardless, but what if you have a crash, and you need to call on your travel insurance? It’s clearly right; no driving license means you are riding illegally and you’re not covered. Thailand travel tours

If you tried that “everyone’s doing it!” stuff on your mother, we’re pretty sure she’d want to know if you were going to jump off a cliff if everyone else was doing it. So listen to your dear mother.

Do I Need Travel Insurance to Ride a Motorbike in Thailand?

Sure you can continue riding if you don’t have a license, but if you do have a crash and get damagely injured, you’ll need to call your travel insurance, and if you don’t have a legal license in the country where the accident happened, you’re riding illegally, and you’re not covered. If you’re not sure give us a call.

You cannot insure against illegal activity. That also includes not wearing a protective helmet where it’s compulsory (Thailand, Cambodia, Bali), and not riding under the influence of drugs or drink (everywhere).

If the shop let you rent a bike without asking for your driving license, it doesn’t mean you don’t need one. Again, it’s not their responsibility, it’s yours to understand local laws before you go.

Am I Covered when I Injure Myself on a Motorbike?

Injury from a motorcycle accident is one of the most popular claims received by insurers. If it’s a bad one and you need medical evacuation, the cost could run to $100,000 or more. Don‘t be fooled, the insurer will check whether you have a legal license or not (forging that international permit isn’t looking so smart anymore).

Don’t Be an Idiot With Your Own Safety

If you’re still tempted to roll the dice, uninsured and unlicensed, do everything you can to make sure you don’t get hurt in a crash.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe while on the road:

  • Wear a helmet – preferably full-face.
A typcal fullface helmet for your safety

A typcal fullface helmet for your safety- source: internet

  • Wear gloves – anyone who’s falling puts out their hands to protect themselves, even on a hard bitumen road approaching at 50 km/h. Ouch!
  • Don’t speed, drink or do drugs and ride.
  • Don’t ride at night.

The most protective clothing is the toughest one, it is very hot and humid in Thailand, you’re just zipping back from the beach to your room, you‘re on holiday, who wants to follow rules! Just ride really carefully!

If you do end up in a crash, you’ll also wear the cost irrespective of if you were at fault or not. Basically, the law of the land is like this: If you are a farang (tourist or visitor), the accident is your fault. Don’t fight it, but negotiate to keep the costs down.

Going to give the motorbike a miss now? There are plenty of different transportations in Thailand. However, try to experience driving scooters in Thailand if you are possible and legal, you won’t regret!

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