Motorcycles in Thailand

Understand what to expect with regard to motorcycles in Thailand...

There are more motorcycles than any other vehicle type on Thai roads. Only a very basic test is required before a motorbike licence is issued, and the figures for motorcycle deaths in Thailand are extremely high. To hire a motorcycle, an international motorcycle license is required. Tourists riding bikes without a license and doing so illegally and will be imposed with a fine if caught by the police.

  • Motorcycles are required to have a tax sticker and third party insurance
  • It is compulsory for the rider to wear a helmet and have a motorcycle licence

The tax sticker is available from any Land Transport Office; proof of third party insurance and the vehicle book must be presented. The fee for the tax depends on the age of the motorbike. In addition, if the motorbike is over five years old, the roadworthiness certificate will also be required.

Car drivers in Thailand should be prepared for some or all of the following behaviour by motorbike drivers:

  • Riding on the wrong side of the road
  • Ignoring stop signs
  • Riding with more than two passengers
  • Cutting across the front of a car without looking
  • Failing to indicate the direction of turning
  • Cutting across oncoming traffic at traffic lights