10 Important Things to Remember Before Hiring a Scooter in Thailand
1 – Don’t Learn to Ride in Thailand
If you don’t already have experience having ridden a scooter in Thailand, then we wouldn’t recommend jumping straight onto a scooter and heading onto the roads. If you are travelling with someone who has experience and is confident, jump on with them. That being said, it all comes down to how confident you are. You can always spend some time learning with us before you go out on your scooter, though unless you’re confident, we wouldn’t advise it.
2 – Be Mindful Where You Ride
Since we operate in Chiang Mai, you’d be quite fortunate to ride a scooter here. In comparison to the roads in Bangkok, Chiang Mai is incredibly chilled out. In addition to that, the views in Chiang Mai are much more worth it! When renting a scooter in Thailand, choose your location wisely.
3 – Familiarise Yourself with the Traffic Rules
Make sure that you are familiar with the traffic rules before jetting off onto the motorway on your little scooter. Just be careful, keep your eyes open and respect that Thailand is very different to your home country.
4 – Be on Your Guard
Particularly if you’re travelling through Thailand during SongKran (Water Festival), it’s not uncommon for someone to squirt you with a water pistol when you ride past. The point is that you should always expect the unexpected and to not let your guard down. Ride safely and keep your wits about you at all times.
5 – Always Ride in the Scooter Lane
On some roads this won’t be so obvious, but always stick into the scooter lane. Stick to a comfortable speed of 35-40km an hour and refrain from exceeding this limit. You don’t want to have any unnecessary accidents and finding yourself seriously injured for the sake of a few extra KM’s!
6 – Be Consistent
Remember that many drivers on the road in Thailand are unpredictable and can be quite reckless. This is why it is important for you to remain consistent when you drive, stick to a reasonable speed and signal well in advance when you are planning a turn. Nobody wants to end up in an accident! Make sure that you are aware of what’s going on around you and that you are well visible to others as well.
7 – Avoid the Inside Lane
If you’re on a multi-lane road in Thailand, avoid the right ‘inside’ lane. This is typically reserved for the faster vehicles who are in a hurry and you certainly don’t want to be holding anyone up on your little mobile hairdryer.
8 – Hire Wisely from a Reputable Company
At Happy Days Shop we take great pride in being one of the most reputable and reliable scooter rental companies in Chiang Mai (perhaps Thailand) – While you can certainly find a cheaper service, you don’t find a more honest one. All our bikes are serviced regularly, maintained properly and we will make sure that you have the very best service possible. You will not be ripped off and you will be treated fairly. When looking to rent a scooter in Thailand, accept nothing short of the best.
9 – Don’t Get Scammed (Take Pictures of Your Bike)
It’s not uncommon for scammers to accuse people of causing damage to a bike which was already there. While that would never happen if you hire through us, we always recommend that our customers take pictures of the bike before hand for their peace of mind.
10 – Wear Safety Gear & Sunscreen
Don’t be caught without a helmet! A because it is stupid and careless and B, because the police will likely stop and fine you. Also, make sure that you slather yourself in sunscreen because you’d be surprised how easy it is to burn when you’re riding around in the blistering heat with a cool breeze masking the scorch.