Driving a motorbike or motor scooter on Phuket Island is a lot of fun. You have the freedom to go where and when you want to the many attractions the Island offers. Parking is easy, accessibility to most beaches, visit the top scenic sites.
Here are a few suggestions to help visitors enjoy riding and renting a motorbike in Phuket Island without hassle
- Dont forget to ride on the left-hand side of the road as many Europeans make mistake of riding on right side of road.
- Riding a motorbike is exciting but still it can be dangerous even for experienced riders due to weather conditions or road congestions – it is a good idea for visitors to do a motorcycle safety course in their home country before arriving.
- Motorbike riders should always have a little bit of cash in their pocket.
- Riding a motorbike in Phuket in heavy rains can be particularly dangerous. The way to handle this situation is to slow down and stop as soon as feasibly possible.
- It is strongly recommended that people do not ride motorcycles while wearing just shorts and t-shirts (or even worse a thong). For the sake of safety it is much better to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Wear safety helmet and make sure that it offers enough protection for the skull – many of the helmets that people wear seem to be mostly for decorative purposes which can be dangerous.
- Always check the motorbike fully before renting it – there are plenty of bikes to rent, so there is no reason to rent something that might be dangerous. Better to take photographs before renting to avoid any disputes later on.
- Wear bright colored clothing if riding / renting / hiring a bike in the evenings in Phuket Island.
- Never take more than one passenger to have a safer ride of motorbike in Phuket.
- Always ride defensively and dont engage in any racing competition.
- Even if the other person was on the wrong side of the road and wearing a blindfold still foreigners will almost be viewed as the guilty party even if its not their fault.
- Be particularly cautious at intersections because these can be chaotic with nobody following the rules of the road.
- Always expect the unexpected on the roads of Bali like dogs, unusual turns.
- In the event of an accident, you will be required to fill in a Police Report, have applicable license, and make your own claim with the hospital(if required) and your Travel Insurance company. In the event of a dispute, the best advice is to get the Tourist Police involved. They are volunteers that help smooth out problems for Tourists. The Tourist Police number is 1155 and the regular Police 191 or 123. Do not admit to anything, let them negotiate an outcome.