Motorbikes, Cars, Taxis and Accidents on the Island of Koh Phangan



Motorbike Accidents Koh Phangan Island
Motorbike Accidents Koh Phangan

Well, I think it’s time to tell you guys a bit about motorbikes and cars, especially these lovely taxi cars and all that other nasty stuff that could happen to you once you decide to hit the road here on Koh Phangan with your newly rented motorbike from one of those “Sudden Death Bike Rental Services”!

First of all some facts about those motorbike rental services. You can find these bike rental services at any tiny corner around the island. There must be hundreds of those shops spread all over the island now and more to open up soon I suppose. It seems to be a really good business here on the island and at some shops you can see an armada of about 30-50 bikes standing in front of the shop. To rent out a bike for one day costs you in average about 150 Baht per day but prices can of course, like usual, become more expensive for whatever reasons the shop tells you. It’s Full Moon, it’s high season, it’s low season, it’s no season or I’m just a bit short of money at the moment!

What ever … once you finally agree to the “Sudden Death Bike Rental Deal” you will be asked for your passport and some money for deposit. Then they let you sign this rental contract which is against every law I think but there’s no over choice if you want to rent a bike. Just make sure you check your bike for any already damaged parts and let them mark it on the check list. Otherwise you will later have to pay a very special price for it 🙂 And always remember that they have your passport to probably use a bit force on you if you’re not willing to pay. And most of the shops work pretty well together with the police … so you’ve been warned and informed!

Well, let’s now assume you’ve finally managed to rent your holiday bike and want to hit the road! Just keep in mind that there are NO RULES while driving on Koh Phangan! The biggest vehicle always wins 🙂 Most of the Thai road users never took any driving lessons or read a book to find out about the meaning of a specific road sign! Instead you can simply buy these so called drivers license here in Thailand for about 3000 Baht and then you are certified to do whatever you want to do on the road – that’s great, isn’t it 🙂

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Motorbike Accidents Koh Phangan Island
Road to Haad Rin
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Accident in Thongsala
Motorbike Accidents Koh Phangan Island
Rent a Motorbike!

And in case of an accident the golden rule here is also pretty simple and straight forward. The tourist ALWAYS has to pay. No matter what happened! No matter who was wrong! By the way you already signed that option in your rental contract. It’s always that tiny printed stuff that’s main important, isn’t it?!?

I’m not kidding here! I know at least from 3 accidents where the tourist or foreigner had to pay everything even they were totally innocent. The bike owner and the police can play some really nasty tricks on you and in most (all?) cases it normally works! Who wants to be stressed out while enjoying holiday? And 30.000 Baht is not that much money for us people from the rich western world isn’t it?

Always remember you have to drive on the LEFT side here in Thailand! So driving on Koh Pa-ngan can get a bit tricky from time to time. Especially in the high season or at any other Full Moon Party event around the year. Everybody goes really nuts here, especially taxi cars, and run after the thing most humans run after. MONEY!

Motorbike Accidents Koh Phangan Island
Rent a Motorbike!
Motorbike Accidents Koh Phangan Island
Downhill Madness
Motorbike Accidents Koh Phangan Island
Rent a jeep!

Then there is this road up and down the mountains which guides you to the world famous Had Rin beach. Please be aware that this road needs some advanced driving skills and is really not recommended for those sitting on a rented motorbike for the first time. Especially if it is raining the road to Haad Rin turns into a slippery experience and can cause you lots of trouble in navigating your vehicle. Please don’t be brave and give it a try – better skip it and re-think your actions 🙂

Road conditions here on Koh Phangan are also very far away from excellent I would say. Be prepared for holes, stones, sand in curves, coconuts, snakes and whatever hangs around on the street. Sometimes dogs and I also met a water buffalo once directly in the middle of the road at night!

However, drive slowly and watch out! Taxi cars normally never show considerations for anybody except themselves! Ruthless bloody bastards I would say 😉

Take care and enjoy your ride!

5 thoughts on “Motorbikes, Cars, Taxis and Accidents on the Island of Koh Phangan

  • August 4, 2004 at 12:20 am
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    This is excellent advice for anyone who hasn’t rented a bike in Thailand. The roads should have signs like a ski hill with black dimonds, blue squires and green dots for the degree of difficulty.

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    • August 4, 2004 at 4:26 am
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      Ive never heard a better sugestion..ski run’eqe signs!!..got my vote mate;)
      The problem with difficulty is also(unfortunatly) often added to with alchol and or drugs of various types.
      Going back in 3 weeks for a month…lets all be carefull folks!!..cu soon:)…..Mercutio.

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      • August 4, 2004 at 6:25 am
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        Ya lucky bugger, it’s not only farangs that drive like nutters the Thia taxi’s can be bad news particularly at night… I always find it a difficult decision to rent new or older. The new ones they check real close and the older bikes you can hide a few scratches and straighten things without paying through the nose. It’s always better to take the bike and have it repaired yourself, rather than returning a damaged bike.. If you can’ t drink then don’t drive.. That’s my advice! Enjoy your trip..

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  • August 4, 2004 at 4:12 pm
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    Thankyou for focussing in on this subject, people need to know before they go to ko phan gan exactly what the score is the most of the roads are bad and everybody needs to take it easy. Ko phan gans roads are not for speeding on people have got to realise they are driving in a mountain range (well jungle) same same, and not the open road therefore speeding is big NO NO and I hope people listen because I saw lots of people driving to fast this year it is so not worth it!! Thanx for the article, my friend is in hospital after being hit by somebody else and maybe he’ll never walk again!!!!

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  • September 10, 2004 at 8:18 am
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    Thank you for the warnings you are sending regarding natural perils on the roads here on Koh Phangan but please could you refrain from over generalising and berating all the local people?

    I know of plenty of times that an accident has been a foreigner’s fault and the Thai person has not needed payment or to involve the Police. Also there a plenty of motorbike hire shops that have set price lists of new parts for motorbike repairs shown before a rental contract is signed.

    Incidentally, the Tourist Police have proved invaluable to numerous foreigners involved in accidents.

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