Follow your bliss, don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
– Joseph Campbell
It’s easy getting around Chiang Mai using tuk-tuks and song thaews. You can even walk or ride a bicycle to see some of the sights near your hostel or hotel in the Old City, but if you are a little more adventurous, why not rent a motorbike?
Motorbike Rentals in Chiang Mai
While I was in Chiang Mai, I rented motorbikes from Tony’s Big Bikes, Mr. Mechanic, and Motorbike Chiang Mai. I started out with Tony’s Big Bikes the very first day I arrived in Chiang Mai because Tyson already had a deal with them. I didn’t want to waste time researching motorbike rentals, since he had already done some of that legwork before me.
What I initially thought was a good monthly rate, turned out to be much more expensive than the going rate from most of the other motorbike rental options. They were charging me 3000 bht for every 2 weeks, which is not a fair deal at all, much less a discount. Which is what they told me they were giving me. I rented with them for nearly 2 months and had to exchange my bike twice for mechanical issues, mainly I think because the bikes were older and appeared that way.
I did receive great service from Tony’s Big Bikes. They requested that I bring the motorbike in at least once a week for service. They were friendly and they assisted me each time I had a problem with the motorbikes.
For example, when my second motorbike would not start, I was staying outside of town at the Vdara resort near Hang Dong Rd. for school. They sent out someone to replace the bike, and when I brought it to a local mechanic they helped translate for me.
It is also owned by two Brits, so if you are a westerner, vacationing in Chiang Mai, you may feel the added comfort of renting from someone who speaks English fluently, but this convenience may come with a higher price.
I also rented from Mr. Mechanic’s and I believe, I was able to get the entire monthly rental for 3000 baht. I had no problem with them but the quality of the bikes they rented me were not so good. They worked for me nonetheless and none of them broke down.
After I had signed a contract with Mr. Mechanic, I ran into Maysa, the owner of Motorbike Chiang Mai. She had visited Puripiman Apartments several times because she had clients there. Now, there is a long story that goes along with this, about how I promised Maysa I would rent from her, after my contract with Big Tony’s, and I totally forgot, because I left for a month to do the English certification course, but, I will spare you the details.
After all was said and done, I began renting with Motorbike Chiang Mai, and it ended up being the best deal for me, and I was able to test drive several of the brand new motorbikes they had in stock over a period of two months. One day, I took the Honda click 125cc, out to Lake Huay Tueng Thao. It was a gorgeous day, I didn’t stay long, but I cruised around the lake and took a few pictures.
I will feature those in another post. I had the Honda Click 125cc for the majority of 2 months and this was probably my favorite bike.
Motorbike Chiang Mai has competitive and affordable prices. They offer delivery to your hotel, hostel, apartment, or home-stay. Motorbike Chiang Mai is Thai owned and will share their local hospitality with you and help make your vacation sanuk-sanuk. The owner is fluent in English and is on-call for you if there is any problem.
To contact Motorbike Chiang Mai Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Local#: 084-047-8933
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