Riding motorbikes in Thailand? You need to watch this! | Safe Travels | World Nomads




Are you thinking of getting on a motorbike during your trip to Thailand? Everyone does it, right?

Well, if you are an inexperienced or unlicensed rider, you could be in for a shock or two after watching this video.

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10 Replies to “Riding motorbikes in Thailand? You need to watch this! | Safe Travels | World Nomads”

  1. nawtsurprised

    The ticket amount for no license is usually 500 baht. If you wreck the bike without insurance/license, you buy the bike, that'll cost around 45,000 baht (depending on the bike). However, if there's one thing you never want to do, that's riding without a helmet. Split melons and dead bodies on the road are a common theme which I've seen many times. Ride safe.

  2. ekim andersom

    Its so simple, is it allowed in your own country to drive without licence??
    No its not, why would you think it is allowed in Thailand or other country's?
    People really leave their brains at home when coming to Thailand, and sometimes their brains are all over the street!

  3. MrEye4get

    Foreigners are a huge target at Police Checkpoints. I live in Thailand and have a Thai Motorcycle license. I can not pass a Police Checkpoint without being stopped and checked. I have all my documents copied and in a waterproof bag. It's a pain in the ass when stopped, wearing a helmet, gloves, safety jacket on a big bike. It should be obvious I am a law abiding rider! Just look at all the locals in flip flop, no helmet and three passengers!

  4. theboomshadow

    Oh my gosh. I know you're an insurance company, heck you're MY insurance company, but I thought this video was gonna have something far more useful than "make sure you're covered by insurance". Jeeze. I mean, that's a useful tidbit to know you need an international license, but did it really merit a 2 and a half minute video complete with opinion interviews? The title says "You need to watch this". I thought it was going to have something far more useful, like cautionary advice for rules of the road. But no.

    I'm here in Thailand and the streets in Bangkok are dangerous! Scooters rule the road as they get to do almost anything they want, drive down the wrong side of the road, drive on the sidewalk, turn anywhere they want, skip traffic lights, run between lanes in traffic, etc… Most of that stuff is illegal. It would be really helpful to document a lot of what these bikes do and which ones aren't legal. Or maybe you could cover pricing scams for renting, talk about the road conditions (in regards to weather), types of fuel, what a foreigner can expect in the rental process, what to pay, or any number of other things that are far more interesting than insurance/legality coverage!

    Ugh. Could you be any more boring?! I thought you guys were cool. Now I see you're not above using click-bait titles to serve your own insurance company needs.

    PS: Tell Jesse Perez to stop wasting my Internet time & attention with his 'informational videos' that barely provide enough facts to prove his point. Interviewing some random idiot from a Full Moon party (cause those people tend to be the most responsible, he said sarcastically) who lost control is not proof of anything. And get a decent cardioid microphone for interviews! That directional shotgun mic you're using wasn't aimed fast enough for your interviews at 1:37. It wasn't designed for that sort of use! One would hope Nomads could have better videos than this. Improper use of equipment; bad story-telling.

  5. Jack Flanders

    Riding a scooter/motorbike in Thailand is a lot of fun BUT you need to be diligent, not drink and be more diligent.  I know of more than one story of relatives of tourists getting that phone call saying that someone in their family would not be coming home. 

    Double check your insurance to ensure that riding is covered.  The costs of critical care at a highly rated hospital can be eye-popping.  Additionally, being airlifted home ain't cheap either.  Have fun, play safe and pay the extra little bit for insurance that will cover riding.

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