Bangkok down to Hat Yai

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  1. TonyTug

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    Flying into Bangkok in December for a reunion down near Hat Yai - Any suggestions on motorcycle rental in Bangkok?

    Found this online: http://bangkokbigbikes.com/

    I'm there for just over 10 days.

    Thanks for any recommendations, suggestions or general comments! Cheers, Tony in N California
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  2. Farang Paul

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    The road from Bangkok to Hatyai is a pain. Very little choice but the main North-South highway (4) which is always under repair and full of lorries, buses and the dreaded white tourist vans.
    You would be much better to fly to Phuket and rent there.
    1. There are few big bike rentals in Bangkok - (you have found the main one) as bikes aren't allowed on the toll-ways and using a big bike in Bangkok traffic is not for the faint hearted or those not used to Thai driving.
    You will get a better and wider choice of bike in Phuket.
    2. The route from Phuket is good and has some very enjoyable parts. Phuket, Krabi, Khao Phanom, Tung Yai, then down across the inland sea (Thale Noi) to Songkhla. Very little highway and many great places (National Parks, waterfalls, bird sanctuaries, empty beaches etc. 450km of great roads and scenery is very much more enjoyable than slogging 950 km on route 4.
    Do you have any experience of riding in Thailand? We have the world's second highest death toll on the roads. Number one is Libya and since they don't have many motorcycles Thailand is the undisputed leader in m/c fatalities. Highway 4 is the road with the highest fatality rate in Thailand.

    Let me know what you choose to do. I do 15-20k touring each year in Thailand from Krabi where I live. I know most of the routes that are good - especially in the South and can advise on routes and places to stop.

    Just back from a 3k jaunt to Sukhotai and off in 2 weeks down to Malaysia.

    Good luck and safe riding whatever you choose to do. p.m. me if you need more info.
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  3. Farang Paul

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    In addition to what I said above:
    The rental company you are considering provides only a very poor level of 3rd party insurance (approx. 320 USD). Since you will be driving on a US license on a rented bike (and any accident will be your fault here in LOS) I would strongly suggest you find additional insurance - but make sure if it is holiday insurance that motorbike riding is covered as most exclude this nowadays.
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  4. Mark Weeks

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    Farang Paul is right that it isn't Thailand's best road to tour. There are multiple places you can visit along the way Cha Am, Hua Hin, and Khao Sam Roi Yat, though it will be when you get farther down that it really becomes more beautiful. The alternative is along the way to take smaller coast "scenic" routes that will take you through the salt fields and villages, though it will slow you down.

    For a shop, check Bangkokscooterrental.com. Best prices, very honest and friendly.
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  5. Farang Paul

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    Mark is right, the company he has recommended is much better and offers much better insurance at a reasonable extra cost, plus boxes are included.
    Let us know what you decide.
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  6. TonyTug

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    Paul & Mark, thanks for all the great info' - Sorry for the late reply. After two days decompressing from jetlag in Bangkok, I ended up flying down to Hat Yai and stayed the week around Songkhla. I came back again with my GF in Feb and we went to Samui then to Lanta via Krabi. I rented a scooter in Samui and rode 2 up to the top via a pretty steep road to look at some waterfall. Pulled 2 Russians out of a ditch on the way down that had messed up an apex heading to the top. They both had some good Samui tattoos on their arms. (Road rash)

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    Rented a scooter again in Lanta and rode all over the island. I was thinking about coming over again for the MotoGP in October, but may wait 'til the Winter. Look forward to coming over again! I'll definitely contact you re: riding over there. Cheers, Tony instagram.com/tonytug/


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