Patong Scooter Rental – 2023 Guide
If you’re looking for some guidance about hiring a motorbike in Patong you’re in the right place. There’s no doubt that getting on two wheels is the best way to make the most of your trip to Thailand, but where should you rent a bike from and how can you legally ride it? This guide to Patong scooter rental in 2023 will steer you on the right path, so let’s get into it.
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Ultimate Guide to Scooter Rental in Patong – 2023 Update
If you don’t have the time (or the attention span) to read my whole guide to Patong scooter rental, here’s the main info to help you get riding on the island:
How much does it cost?
It costs 250 THB (about $7) per day to rent a scooter in Patong from a recommended hire shop. That’s for a standard bike, like a Honda Scoppy or Zoomer. More powerful bikes cost more. Discounts are always available for longer rental times.
Best places to get a scooter
The best store to rent a scooter in Patong is Cheap as Chips Motorbike Rent.
Another great option is Bikago. You can do it all online and they’ll deliver it to you or you can pick it up from their store.
Get the right licence
There are a few rules to follow to ride legally in Patong. The most important is to have an International Driving Permit.
Having one will help you avoid getting fined by local police. It’s also required by most travel insurance providers to cover you correctly. You can get one emailed to you from the International Drivers Association.
That’s the basic info you need to know about scooter rental in Patong. If you’d like to know a couple more recommended scooter shops and know how to best avoid potential scams and problems, please do read on.
- Ultimate Guide to Scooter Rental in Patong – 2023 Update
- The 3 Best Places For Scooter Rental In Patong
- Patong Scooter Rental – The Rules to Follow
- Patong Scooter Rental FAQs
The 3 Best Places For Scooter Rental In Patong
There are loads of places offering scooter rental in Patong. But which ones can you trust to give you an honest service? Choose one of these four options and you can ride off without worrying that you might be getting scammed.
Bikago – The Modern Option
Some people hate the thought of having to actually talk to someone when you want to buy or rent something. We live in a world of self-service checkouts and online delivery, and if that’s how you like to play it, Bikago is the option for you.
That’s because Bikago is an online scooter rental service in Patong. You can literally do the whole rental process on your phone and get the scooter delivered to your hotel. Just key in your dates on their website and they’ll give you instant prices on loads of different bikes. No haggling, just set prices.
Bikago is also the best option for peace of mind too. That’s because they offer added extras for things like insurance and roadside assistance. When I’m in Phuket I always go to Bikago now. The shops I’m about to mention are trustworthy too, I just love the modern service that Bikago offer.
Cheap as Chips – My favourite scooter rental shop in Patong
Before I discovered Bikago, Cheap as Chips was always my go-to place for scooter rental in Patong.
It has a huge range of bikes, ranging from 110cc Hondas up to some 160cc beasts for you speed freaks out there. Prices start at the standard 250 THB per day. Regarding a deposit, this is their policy…
We will photocopy your Passport and Drivers Licence and a 3000Baht (or $100US or $100AUS or 100EURO) refundable bond. Bring back the bike in the same condition as when you hired it (we suggest you take photos), and we will return your deposit less any deduction taken for damage.
Never had a problem
I never had an ounce of problems with them regarding getting my deposit back, and if you read their reviews you’ll see that no one else seems to either. If you want to rent a scooter in Patong from a trustworthy shop, head to Cheap as Chips.
Rental Motors Patong – Best for big bike rental in Patong
Along with offering plenty of standard 110-125cc scooters, Rental Motors Patong is a specialist in renting out serious bikes. I’m talking about an 850cc Yamaha MT-9 and some other 650cc bikes too.
Why anyone wants to rent such a beast of a motorbike in Patong is strange to me, but each to their own. I’m always thrilled with the power of a Honda Zoomer 125cc, burning cars off at the lights and then getting overtaken 30 seconds later. That’s plenty for me.
The owners of Rental Motors Patong, Denny and Anny, are really friendly and are happy to be contacted on Whatsapp and will give you a quote for your needs. Here’s a link to their contact details, so you can send them a message or pop in to see them at their shop.
Patong Scooter Rental – The Rules to Follow
There aren’t many rules or laws to follow when it comes to Patong scooter rental, but there are a couple that you really should follow.
Have the right licence
Many people don’t have one, but you should have an International Driving Permit before renting a scooter in Phuket, or anywhere on your travels for that matter. The bike rental companies won’t ask for one, it’s not their concern, but the police sure will if they stop you. And Thai police do love a random road stop for unprepared travellers!
Having one will help you avoid getting fined. It’s a great feeling to whip out the correct documents and be sent on your way. I’ve seen many travellers not so lucky and bargaining over the amount the police want. A little tip when renting a scooter in Patong, always carry about 5-10 dollars worth of local currency in one pocket or section of your bag. Then if you get pulled over and fined, you can tell them it’s all you have and they’ll probably let you go. If they see 100 dollars of local money, they’ll want that just the same!
Yes, you have to buy one, but they last for 2-5 years and you can get one emailed to you in seconds. Just check out the International Drivers Association.
Have the right insurance
Please tell me you have travel insurance! You’re mad if you haven’t. When renting a scooter in Patong, an International driving permit is also required by most travel insurance providers to cover you correctly. Check your policy to see what they require, and make sure that you are covered because if you have an accident and need hospital treatment, you’ll need a watertight policy. World Nomads are a good place to start if you don’t have insurance.
Wear a helmet
I don’t need to add much to this, but really do wear a helmet when riding a bike in Patong and anywhere around Asia. The roads are serene at times, but they also be chaotic at others.
Helmets are a must. Even for experienced drivers! And you can practice that cool head shake when you take it off too.
Don’t drink and ride
Another self-explanatory one, but don’t mix booze and scooter rental in Patong. It’s tempting, and you’ll see plenty of people leave bars and jump on their bikes, but don’t join that trend, there are too many unknowns when riding in Asia, especially at night. So just walk, or get a tuk-tuk!
Patong Scooter Rental FAQs
How much does it cost to rent a scooter in Patong?
To rent a scooter from a recommended and trustworthy shop in Patong will cost you upwards of 250 THB per day. You can find them cheaper, but is it really worth taking a risk for a couple of dollars a day?
What deposit is needed for Patong scooter rental?
The standard deposit is 2000-3000 THB plus a copy of your passport. In my experience, no reputable scooter rental company will ask for your actual passport. Some may accept it if you really can’t leave a cash deposit, but it’s a last resort. It’s never worth giving your passport to anyone but a hotel receptionist or border control.
Do I need a licence to rent a scooter in Phuket?
No, you don’t need to have a licence to rent a scooter in Phuket, but legally you do need one to ride it. Again this comes down to needing an IDP and correct travel insurance.
Should I rent a scooter in Patong?
In Patong itself, no you don’t need to rent a scooter, everything is walkable, and you’re likely to be drinking most of the time.. But, if you plan to explore the rest of Phuket, then yes, you should absolutely be renting a scooter in Patong.
Is it safe to ride a scooter around Phuket?
It’s impossible to rubber stamp it that it’s safe to ride a scooter around the island because as safe as it can be for an experienced rider, accidents can still happen. Just use common sense. If you’re a beginner, don’t go on main roads, be patient and spend time feeling comfortable with the bike before doing too much. And stay over to the left as much as possible so that cars can pass you easily.
There you have it, my ‘Patong Scooter Rental Ultimate Guide for 2023’. Happy riding.
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