Moto Taxi’s and Motorbike Rental are a cheap and convenient way to navigate your way around the streets of Thailand. However, it does not come without a safety risk. Every year thousands of people are killed from motorbike accidents in Thailand.
I grew up riding dirt bikes and am comfortable behind the bar of a motorbike on a dirt track but not on the streets of Thailand. I made the decision many years ago to never ride a motorbike in Thailand.
I do ride with the Moto taxi’s but i don’t ride the bike myself. I have 2 main reasons for this. 1. It is there roads, they know how they work better than me. They ride these roads everyday. 2. i don’t want to be the cause of a major accident. Doing so can cost lots of money and create lots of problems that i don’t need.
If you hire a motorbike in Thailand make sure you are covered by insurance. Hospital bills can be very expensive. Most insurance company’s will not cover you if you do not have the appropriate licence or under the influence of alcohol.
At the end of the day the decision is yours. Your life, your choice. Have fun in Thailand but most importantly return home in 1 piece. Your family does not want to bury you.