So you want to explore Chiang Mai and all the beautiful and fun locations near by?
Hiring a Scooter in a foreign country can be quiet daunting at first. We at Bamboo Bikes Chaing Mai would like to help you understand and feel comfortable with the process so you can relax and enjoy your holiday – after all you’re here to have fun, right? Our advice is to do a little research, it doesn’t take long to look at some google or trip adviser reviews. You will quickly see businesses that you can trust and the ones to avoid. Taking 10 minutes reading a few review can not only save you money but a bad experience!
The Process at Bamboo Bikes
1. Selecting the Scooter
We have a range of Scooters ranging from 99 to 249THB per day. We recommend that you take your time to discuss with our friendly staff where you want to go and what you will be doing. For instance, if you’re shopping in the city then we may suggest a Fino or Click 110cc. These are a carburetor model and may require the use of the choke when first started or early in the morning when cool. If you wanted to travel to one of the many lovely attractions just outside the city then a Fino, Spacy, Scoopy etc. 110cc, which are fuel injected, may be the better option. If riding to one of the many mountains then a 125cc will probably be the best option. We have 125cc Scooters from the Mio for 179THB, Click 199THB to the newest model Click for 249THB per day. Whatever your need, we are here to assist you and make sure you have a safe and comfortable ride.
2. Entering or signing the contract.
There are a few things you should know before signing the contract and be clear on so that you have peace of mind.
- 2.1 The fuel (gasoline) level of the Scooter must be brought back at the same level e.g. if the Scooter is hired at 50% fuel level, then it is to come back to the shop with 50% fuel. You will be charged at a fair rate similar to what you would pay at a service centre if the fuel level is lower than when hired.
- 2.2 Hiring a Scooter is on a daily rate (24 hours). If you started the contract at 2pm for one day then it is due back at 2pm the following day. A late fee of 100THB will be applied to the contract and a hire fee of 50THB per hour. This is capped at 4 hours, so no more than 300THB will be charged for being 24 hours late. If you would like to extend the contract or are going to be late, no penalties will be charged if you contact us before the contract expires. If contacted, normal hiring conditions will apply.
2.3 Any damage caused as a result of your action will be paid by you. We are fair and reasonable no matter what you have heard about hiring scooters in Thailand. We do not over charge and do our up most to make sure that our customers are treated fairly and with respect. It is important to note that punctured or flat tyres are the responsibility of the lessee.
2.4 Medical insurance for the rider, passenger and any third-party involved is paid to a third party insurer “road accident victims protection company limited” as part of the registration process through the Thailand Government. We can assist and guide you should you need to make a claim.
2.5 Insurance for the Scooter can be obtained through us. We offer insurance for peace of mind for 40THB per day for collision/damage, 40THB per day for stolen or theft or 10THB per day for lost/stolen helmet. (It is important to note that with the insurance you will still be liable for a minimal fee). As with all insurance there are conditions so please speak to our friendly staff if you’d like to know more.
2.6 Out of hours service – Our staff are dedicated and work 12 hours a day. If you require them to leave their home and come back to work to service your needs a minimal call out fee of 1000THB applies.
2.7 When entering a contract, there are no cancellations if you decide to return the Scooter early.
2.8 Discount rates apply for weekly or monthly contracts.
Hiring a Scooter will require a deposit. We require a copy of your passport with current Visa and 3000THB, or you can leave your passport this choice is yours.
4. Inspection of the Scooter
We will do an inspection of the Scooter with you. We will record any damage, scratches etc. on your contract before you sign. For your peace of mind we insist all customers take lots of photos or video footge prior to signing. This is the best practice for both parties.
Can be made by cash only.
6. Smile and ENJOY!
Other thing you should know
The above stated contract conditions are that of the contract you enter into (as with any scooter hire company). We will always do our best to minimize cost and maximize customer experience. Again look at some reviews to see what other customers say and not just what we have written in this blog!
You need to wear a helmet. Yes, we give you a helmet for free and you must wear it. You will see others riding around not wearing a helmet but beside being very unsafe, there are a series of cameras and police that will stop you and charge you with a hefty fine.
You legally need a motorbike license (international motorbike) and if stopped the official rate is 400THB. Some customers have been charged more and some less than this but the official rate is 400THB. If you pay the fine then you will receive a receipt and can keep riding for 3 days before being charges again.
We are with you all the way. We are available on Whattsapp, Line, Email, Phone and messenger. If you need us for any reason we will do our best to work with you. This doesn’t need to be Scooter related, maybe you just need some local knowledge or a Thai interpreter what ever we can do we will!
Chiang Mai is a beautiful place, full of kind and wonderful people. Please respect their culture and enjoy the Beautiful Mountains, Temples and all the other wonderful attractions on offer. Remember Sabi Sabi.
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