Driving around in Phuket can be a rather intense and dangerous experience. Thai people do not tend to follow traffic laws very closely so if you are planning to get a Phuket motorbike rental then you should be prepared. You should definitely use the mirrors on your Phuket motorbike constantly and look around your shoulders when changing lanes or taking a corner. You should be especially careful with cars and pickup trucks as they do not seem to pay much attention to the Phuket motorbikes around them.
It is not only the Thai people that drive insane as are many expats and other tourists on Phuket motorbike rentals. It is therefore very important that if you get a Phuket motorbike rental that you drive carefully and very defensive. Also make sure to always wear your helmet when riding a Phuket motorbike. Not only is it much safer but the local Phuket police will also give you a fine if you are driving around on your Phuket motorbike rental without a helmet.
Please also note that since not too long ago, the Phuket police have also started to do alcohol controls. You can get a very big fine and even community service if you are driving around intoxicated on your Phuket motorbike. It only takes one or two beers before you reach the legal drinking limit in Thailand. It is obviously also much safer to drive around sober on your Phuket motorbike rental.
The roads in Phuket are not very good and this can especially be seen when it is raining. Especially on the Patong hill it is very easy to slip on your Phuket motorbike so you are better off not driving around on your Phuket motorbike rental when it is raining.
You can rent a Phuket motorbike at hundreds of locations across Phuket. The normal rental price from a Phuket motorbike location is between 150 Thai Baht to 250 Thai Baht per day and between 3000 and 4000 Thai Bath if you decide to rent a Phuket motorbike for an entire month. For this price you should expect a Honda Click 115CC, Honda Wave 125 CC, Yamaha Mio 115 CC, Honda Air Blade 115 CC or a Suzuki Scooter 125CC. You can also hire a larger Phuket motorbike such as a Honda Shadow 250 CC or even a Harley Davidson but these types of Phuket motorbike rentals will be considerably more expensive and cost between 1000 Thai Bath and 1500 Thai Baht per day. Please visit Nicky’s Handlebar in Patong if you want to rent a large Phuket motorbike.
A deposit is normally not required when renting a Phuket motorbike. Please note that these Phuket motorbikes a proper insurance is normally not really existent. Even if there is an insurance included with your Phuket motorbike rental, there is still a rather high own risk in case of an accident. These Phuket motorbike rental companies are known for quickly charging you high amounts for small scratches or other damages.
The best place for you to rent a Phuket motorbike is directly from your hotel or guesthouse. All Phuket guesthouses and hotels offer Phuket motorbikes for rent. In case there is an accident or some problem then your hotel or guesthouse will be much more lenient to you.
You are required to have a valid international driving license with you when driving around even on a small Phuket motorbike. The Phuket police will fine you if you get stopped while driving around on your Phuket motorbike without a driving license.
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