Ride a motorcycle in Thailand safely
Think about riding a motorcycle in Thailand on your next holiday? What will you expect? Your chance of enjoying the experience? This time, the Editor is going to share with you some tips for renting and riding a motorcycle in Thailand!
The traffic rules are very different
If you don’t learn the traffic rules in Thailand quickly, you will have problems! The traffic here is often made up of large groups of riders and drivers, moving as a group from left to right across the road as required to make room for other road users. So if you just ride in a straight line like you might do at home, you’ll find lots of other riders passing to your left and right as they make room for others entering the road, leaving the road, turning left or right, or just stopping randomly. It doesn’t matter how fast you ride, as there’ll always be someone whizzing past you in a bigger hurry than you. So, just try to keep your pace consistent and ride at a speed that’s comfortable for you!
Most major roads in Thailand have a wide road edge with a space where motorcyclists can ride with minimal interference from other traffic. If you are new to riding, or uncertain about managing yourself in the traffic, ride in the motorcycle lane. To keep safety as the first priority, around 35 to 40 km per hour is about the appropriate speed in the motorcycle lane.
People may have chances to walk around in 35-degree heat in Thailand all day without getting sunburnt. But when you ride a motorcycle in Thailand, you are being exposed to the 35 degree heat, plus the hot wind and the direct sun, especially when stopped at traffic lights. You almost certainly will then get sunburnt in less than 10 to 15 minutes! If you’re wearing shorts and singlet (and most of us do), the most vulnerable places will be your shoulders, neck, elbows, upper thighs and feet. Make sure you liberally apply sunscreen to these areas of your body before you head out, and top it up every hour or so. You may also need to liberally coat your face and ears with sunscreen even you’ve got your helmet, as these also burn very quickly.
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