With respect to exploring vicinity per scooter
In Thailand scooters are very popular and there are millions going around. It is an easy and relatively low cost means of transportation, fun to do and great way to go around.
Exploring Isan county and many sightseeing locations is often best done by scooter, therefore we have them free available for lodging guests, and we not ask for driving license*. The automatic gear with 110, 125 or 150 cc motor makes riding them easy. Combine this with the recommended routes over rural roads with hardly other traffic (typically you see more water buffaloes then cars on the road) and you understand why we feel comfortable sending out our guests on a scooter ride.Non experienced drivers typically feel comfortable riding and managing scooter after 15 minutes instruction from host. On request host can join and act as guide same time.
Although we encourage you to use scooter for a ride, please realize it is at your own risk and take good note of below:
- Available scooters are 110, 125 and 150cc and can easily reach speeds above 80 km/h. We advise guests to limit speeds to max of 60 km/h and reduce to 20/30 km/h in villages.
- Guests are responsible to fill up fuel-tank and we request you to donate THB 100,- at the end of your stay to clean the bike by locals.
- In the unfortunate case you cause damage to the scooter(s), guests are responsible for repair costs. Replacement of damaged parts and labor is very low cost; eg sliding with a bike from few hunderd baht to no more than 5000 thb.
- Thai law require drivers to have (international) driving-license for motorbikes. There is hardly any check by police but if checked, you pay 400 thb and can continue your way.
- Helmets are required by law and we have them available. However you rarely see anybody using them, can question the safety-level and it is your decision to wear or not. Also control is rare but if applicable you pay 200 thb and continue your way.
- Scooters in Thailand, regardless nationality of rider, do not have insurance to cover third party damages. If you to blame for third party damage you are liable and pay yourself. It is however often possible to arrange (travel)insurance from your home country including coverage of third party damage; this depends on your home country and we recommend you to check in advance. Note that any insurance does require you to be legal on the road, hence a valid international driving-license for motorbikes is mandatory.
- Resotel Baan Sanook make sure all scooters and bikes have valid registration and insurance for driver. The prove of insurance is under the bike saddle and covers medical help at hospital if required.
Above is not to scare you off, but we want to ensure you understand the Thai law and risks. We had many guests going around and for several it was the first time on a scooter. No incidents happened; if you use common sense, ride the rural roads and keep speeds down, you should be just fine.Your host will explain in more detail.