ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Tips on Renting a Scooter in Thailand

Updated on August 7, 2019
mxkamlongera profile image

Maxwell has lived in Africa, Asia and Europe. He enjoys writing and sharing about the places he's visited and experienced.

Source

This is a helpful guide meant to offer a few tips on renting a scooter in Thailand for individuals who’ll be visiting the country either for a vacation or moving overseas on a long-term basis, like a teach abroad.

This isn’t meant to work as an absolute, or ultimate, guide but a piece that can give insight on rental concerns some people may have or haven’t thought of. With that said, as a first timer or visiting alien into the Land of Smiles you should acquaint yourself with the road rules of the country to avoid legal problems.

The laws of the road are not concrete and you can ride a scooter without following them (there are local 12-year-olds who ride on public roads for example), but if you decide not to go the legal route be aware that you can’t claim insurance if you are injured or involved in an accident, and encounters with policemen are very dependent on where you are in Thailand. With that made clear, make your decision as to how you want to go about your situation and read on.

Tip 1. Getting around prices

The price of a scooter is largely dependent on where you are and for how long you wish to rent it. Tourist hotspots usually have the cheapest rental spots and a scooter should cost you about 300 Baht ($10) a day with a deposit of around 2,000 Baht ($65), although sometimes monetary deposits are not required. In comparison, rental stores in cities with less tourists (and more public transport) can have prices shoot up to 750 Baht ($25) a day with a deposit of 5,000 Baht ($163).

Insider Tip #1

If you're a vacationer your place of accommodation is likely to rent scooters or be affiliated with a rental store. Depending on the quality of the establishment (fancy vs economical) its rental prices may be overpriced or competitive. Use them as a reference point and try to see if there are nearby rental stores that can offer better priced options.

When it comes to the scooter itself the more CCs (cubic centimeters) the scooter’s engine has the more powerful it is and the pricier it becomes. If you’re new to scooters or short on confidence, rent a bike with 125cc or less; a 125cc bike should cost around 2,000 Baht ($65) per month with a deposit of around 5,000 Baht ($163). Unless you are a motorcycle enthusiast (or adrenaline junky) you will never need anything with more than 125cc, so don’t be afraid of getting a weaker, and more affordable model.

Insider Tip #2

Rent a scooter with a friend/colleague and split the cost. I’ve known people to have done this on a year contract and everyone was happy.

Tip 2. Rent a used model

Avoid new scooters like the plague. The natural impression when you are renting is that new means that it’ll look good, it’ll feel good, and, most importantly, it’ll run well, but the smart move is to throw this kind of thinking out of the window. Whether you’re new to riding or a season veteran the fact of the matter is that during the length of a rental you’ll likely pick up dents, knocks, and scratches because of your own mistakes or from the mistakes of others. And that’s OK, because you can’t predict or control these things.

What you can do is cover yourself to an extent by opting for a weathered rental as opposed to the flashiest, newest model. The idea here is that the older model already comes with a number of dents and scratches from the previous owners and so any scratches (accidentally or inevitably picked up) will be harder to notice, whereas on a new model these things are easy to spot, and when they do get spotted it’ll cost you a couple hundred Baht for the damages.

Yes, I understand that this may come across as a little conniving and dishonest to some, but you shouldn’t forget that these rentals are a business, and so you should operate with a mind to cover your own self-interests.

If you’re worried about the maintenance and smoothness of an older model, don’t be. Your rental provider is meant to take care of those as you come in for checkups and inform them of any problems you may be having. As long as you’re not the cause of the problem, fixing an issue is not meant to come at cost for you.

Source

Tip 3. Don't ignore storage space

When you don’t have a car the storage that comes under your scooter makes a big difference. This difference is made all the more apparent when you have to run errands and do some shopping.

If you don’t have a passenger with you to carry extra packages you have to get creative and the space where you place your feet, the handlebars, and your limbs all become fair game, but you can minimize this hassle with a bigger storage place so don’t forget to look and compare your options.

A bigger storage compartment usually means the scooter becomes chunkier, and a chunky scooter can be harder to handle due to the extra weight, but it’s a sacrifice worth making if you have the option to get a model with a good storage space.

Tip 4. Be aware of what you can and cannot do on a contract

When you make a rental, regardless of how long or short you’ll utilize the scooter, you’ll have to sign a contract. You’re borrowing someone else’s property therefore you need to be aware of what terms you’re agreeing to. Whether this means thoroughly reading through the rental contract before you sign, or familiarizing yourself with it afterwards, it only helps you to know.

A few examples of some common agreements people don’t seem to realize upon signing a contract are that you have to: honor the contract for the assigned period (returning a scooter before the contract expires means losing your deposit), pay for any damages accrued during the contract (if you write-off the property you can pay up to 4x the scooter’s actual value), and/or forfeit your deposit at the end of the contract if you lose the receipt that you got for the deposit.

Insider Tip #3

If you’re on vacation and renting chances are you’ll only rent for a few days. For rentals made outside of your accommodation they typically ask to keep your ID as a deposit instead of money, so make sure you have alternative forms of ID than just your passport (any valid ID will do).

Tip 5. Sign a short contract, not a long one

This final tip is targeted to those who will be living in Thailand for more than just a vacation. If you know you will be relocating into the Land of Smiles for a year or longer and a scooter is a definite investment then hold off on signing away your money on long-term contracts.

As soon as you arrive you already know how long you’ll be in the country so the most natural thought is to get a rental that’ll cover that time, but what doesn’t come to mind as easily is that you may want to prematurely end your rental contract.

This happens for different reasons, but the biggest reason most of the people I know ended their contracts was because they decided to buy themselves a secondhand scooter or motorcycle instead of continuing with renting. In the long run this is a more affordable option because it costs less to own a scooter than it does paying rent for the length of a year or longer, and when you’re done you can always sell off your scooter to recover some of the money spent on buying one.

Other reasons of opting for a shorter contract is because unexpected events can shorten your stay in Thailand, or perhaps you’ve made local friends and they can recommend you better rental options.

Insider Tip #4

If you’re happy with your rental situation you can always extend a short contract at no additional cost.

What is your biggest concern when it comes to renting a scooter?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Maxwell Kamlongera

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Maxwell,

      I am so happy to have met you on HubPages. And I loved this hub because it is very complete,precise, and in-depth. Great text and graphics.

      Keep up the fine work.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      This is a helpful article for anyone planning on renting a scooter.

    • mxkamlongera profile imageAUTHOR

      Maxwell Kamlongera 

      2 months ago

      Hi Sam, that's very true: no matter how many years of experience a person may have it doesn't account for the experiences or abilities of other road users. Arriving at your destination alive and well is the most important thing.

    • Sam Shepards profile image

      Sam Shepards 

      2 months ago from Europe

      My biggest concern with renting a scooter in Southeast Asia, especially in cities like Cebu, Hanoi, Bangkok, is actually dying in the chaotic traffic.

      Thank you for the information on how to rent them.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)