Where to Find a Motorbike Rental in Chiang Mai, Thailand
How to Rent a Scooter in Chiang Mai

Generally speaking, you can rent semi-automatic moped-style motorbikes for 150 baht per day, automatic motorbikes for 200 baht per day, and full-on motorcycle “big bikes” for 1,500 baht per day at your average motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai.

The longer the contract, the better the deal. Monthly rates start at 2,000 baht per month.

This article was updated September, 2018.





Every bike rental shop you rent from will request your passport as insurance that you will return the bike, so make a photocopy beforehand. It isn’t exactly legal practice in your home country and if it makes you uncomfortable doing so, ask them if you can pay a deposit instead.

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Each of these Chiang Mai bike rental shops have been tried and tested by myself, and my peers. I didn’t just open a phone book or do an online search; these are all referred to me by people I know and trust. I provide no guarantees you won’t run into trouble, but it’s better than fending for yourself.

Rent a Motorbike in the Old City

I am going to give you a handful of bike rental shop locations all over town to keep this evergreen. At this stage, you’re in Chiang Mai’s Old City, so an Old City bike rental shop is what you’re currently looking for.

Happy Days Bike Shop Chiang Mai

  • 88, Chaiyapoom Rd
  • Open 9am to 8pm
  • Telephone / Whatsapp: +66 81 783 7703
  • You can find their website here

Happy Days Rent Motor Bike Chiang Mai is conveniently located a few feet from Spicy and Tha Phae Gate (that’s in the general area where most red trucks will drop you off after you arrive from Arcade Bus Terminal) –right on the other side of the moat near the upper right hand side of the old city.

One massive perk with renting a bike from this shop is that their website has livechat, and you can rent a bike in Chiang Mai online.

This bike rental shop is run by Nutchuda, a friendly local who speaks fluent English, a big plus; the shop mostly rents new-ish automatic scooters from Honda and Yamaha.

Mr. Beer Bike Rentals

  • 2 Rajvithi Road
  • Open 9am to 5:30pm

Mr. Beer is a Chiang Mai motorbike rental that has some higher-end bikes in the neighborhood of 650cc, but his specialty is in automatic moped-style motorbikes. He doesn’t have a website, however he’s located between Zoe’s and Bamboo Cafe –nice and close to where you currently are. I’ve rented from him before, he’s a reasonable man.

Tony’s Big Bikes

  • 17 Ratchmamanka Road
  • Open 9am to 5:30pm
  • You can find their website here.

Tony’s is a great motorcycle rental Chiang Mai. Bikes and prices range from Honda Click Auto 110cc at 200 baht per day, to the flashy Kawasaki Versys 650cc big bike at 1,800 baht per day. I have not rented from Tony’s, but I’ve heard enough positive comments enough to know he’s got a lot of business, good quality bikes, and seems trustworthy.

Rent a Motorike Outside Old City

When you switch neighborhoods, you’ll likely want to change bike rentals. Here are a handful of bike rental shops near Nimman and outside the Old City in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Cat Motors

A small and reliable family company for a Chiang Mai motorbike rental. Their office of the company is conveniently located within the Nimman district. This one’s great if you don’t want to walk very far to rent a motor bike in Nimman, or leave your passport with a Chiang Mai bike rental; for a single person they request 3,000 baht deposit, and less per person if you’re in a group.

  • Chang Phueak Gate
  • Open 8am to 6pm
  • You can find their website here, give them a call at 090 729 9090, or message them on Line app at ‘catmotors’.

Red Ride

  • 333/11 Ping Doi
  • 24 hours/day
  • You can find their website here, and their Facebook page here.

I am told by my friend James that Red Ride is the most affordable place to pick up a reliable motorbike or big bike, and the big bikes are well maintained. The owner of the shop even special ordered a helmet for his giant head to ensure safety.

Vanessa’s Motorbike Hire

  • 161 Huay Kaew Road, Soi Chang Khain
  • You can find their website here.

Vanessa’s Motorbike Hire is quite popular, with high quality bikes that get cheaper to rent the longer you rent them. Any rental 3 days or longer can save you 50 baht per day, and monthly rentals range from 2,000 baht to 3,000 baht per month.

Mango Bike Rental

  • Srithana Condo 2, Siri Mangkalajarn Rd, soi 1
  • Open 9am to 6pm
  • You can find their website here.

Operated by a friendly foreigner, Mango Bike Rental has a wide range of bikes at reasonable prices; semi-auto motorbikes from 150 baht per day, and auto bikes for 200 baht per day. Monthly costs range from 2,300 baht to 2,500 baht per month. And right before publishing this book I learned that Mango will only request a photocopy of your passport and not hold your actual passport like most other Thailand-based bike rental shops do.


Purchasing a Bike in Thailand

If you intend on living in Thailand long-term you can cut costs dramatically by buying a motorbike instead of a continuous motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai –and then selling it before you leave. In Thailand motorbikes and cars retain their resale value much more than back home, wherever that might be.

If you’re staying for 3 months+ buy a used bike for 10,000 to 30,000 baht instead. You can find used bike deals in the following Facebook groups, just make sure your bike comes with a proper Green Book;

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3 comments

  1. Hi Michael! Now we moved closer to the center, to Chang Phueak Gate, and now from the airport you can reach us even by the city bus for only 20 baht or by Grab taxi-service for only 60 baht.

    More info here – https://catmotors.net/contact/

    Thanks!

    1. Nice, thanks for the update! I’ll add this to your contact information above and thanks for keeping me in the loop.

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