Where to Rent a Motorbike in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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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.

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

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.

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 Bike 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.

Mr. Beer Bike Rentals

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

Mr. Beer 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.

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 walked by it enough to know he’s got a lot of business, good quality bikes, and seems trustworthy.

Rent a Bike Outside Old City

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

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

  • 18 Sermsuk Road
  • Open 9:30am to 5:30pm
  • 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 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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