Public transport on Phuket is so expensive that in the past I have advised people to rent motorcycles or cars. But, due to the number of road deaths is that really good advice?
I met this group of foreign tourists in Phuket at the weekend. They said that they had rented the bikes for only 250 Baht per day. Cheaper than one Tuk Tuk trip between beaches.
It was good to see that they were wearing helmets. So many foreigners wear only beachwear while riding which offers no protection. But when I asked if their insurance covered riding motorcycles they admitted they didn’t know.
If you are going to rent a motorcycle here then make sure you take the same precautions as back home. Wear a helmet and any necessary protective gear that you would wear in your home country.
Most importantly, you should make sure you have the correct insurance and are an experienced driver. If you don’t ride motorbikes back home then don’t start to learn here.
It seems crazy that people rent out motorcycles & cars here to people with no license or insurance. But I guess money talks. One final word of advice, don’t give your passport to anyone. A photocopy should be fine.