Motorbiking in Thailand

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On my friend’s bike in Southampton ’74

It’s been forty-two years since I last rode a motorbike, to be honest, they are just too dangerous for me. But Papa Noel went and put one in my Christmas Stocking this year and now I have to ride a motorbike in one of the worst countries in the world for motorcycle accidents and fatalities.  I did tell Santa that I hadn’t ridden one for ‘long, long, time’ and he was kind enough to arrange a wee lesson in the safe environment of the gated community where I am living in East Pattaya.  The price for one month is £55 or ‘ha ha’ in Thai. Of course, I’ve had to pay a deposit, in case there is any damage to the bike, although I’m not sure that £20 will cover much.  I’ve got no intention of going into town on the bike, motorbike taxis suit me fine for those journeys. It’s really just to get me from my place to the swimming pool and back and along the back road to the new shopping mall. Although once I’ve gained some confidence, I hope to be able to ride the 10k to Huai Chak Nok, in order to run around the local lake, but I ‘ll see how it goes.  

The price for one month rental of a Honda Click, the safest bike the local hire company had, is £55 or ‘ha ha’ in Thai. Of course, I’ve had to pay a deposit, in case there is any damage to the bike, although I’m not sure that £20 will cover much.  I’ve got no intention of going into town on the bike, motorbike taxis suit me fine for those journeys.  The bike is really just to get me from my place to the swimming pool and back and along the back road to the new shopping mall in the 34c temperatures.  Although once I’ve gained some confidence, I hope to be able to ride the bike outside the village and maybe even the six miles, or so, to Huai Chak Nok, in order to run around the local lake, but I ‘ll see how it goes.

It’s always good to try something new.

Wear a Helmet

 

 

 

The smallest of all bikes

 

 

 

In the meantime here are my tips:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Wear protective clothing – unlike me in these photographs
  • Don‘t speed, drink or do drugs and ride
  • Use your mirrors
  • Take your time
  • Don‘t ride at peak times or at night.

 

 

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