Motorcycle Travel Guides


Typical motorcycle travel costs and prices

Money: ATMs can be found throughout Thailand.

Currency: Thai Baht.

Food: £10 per day on average.

Accommodation: £20 per day on average. 

When to go

The best time of year to rent or join a tour

The best time to rent a motorcycle or join a tour in Thailand is in the dry season from November to April and May. The weather is different in the Gulf, so check the specific areas you’re planning on riding.  


Visa, insurance and motorcycle licence

Visa: Visa requirements are dependent on your nationality. Please visit the country’s government website for visa information. 

Driver’s licence: You need a valid motorcycle licence to legally rent a motorcycle or join a tour. If you risk riding without the correct licence, then not only will you be breaking the law, but your insurance will be invalid too. 

International Driver’s Permit: An IDP is a requirement for many countries. The UK Gov website lists every country that requires one and which IDP is required. 

Insurance: Motorcycle insurance needs to be checked with the rental or tour company. Ask what they offer, what’s included and what the legal requirements are. 

You should purchase personal travel insurance separately from your home country before travelling. 


Capital: Bangkok
Country code: +66

Emergency: 191 (1155 for tourist police)

Language: Thai 

Time: GMT+7

Land Mass: 513,120 km²

Don't miss

The best motorcycle riding routes and attractions

The North of Thailand has the best riding with legendary routes like the Mae Hong Son Loop. You’ll find epic mountains, rivers, jungles and wildlife up here. 

In the South you’ll find gorgeous beaches and national parks. It all depends on what you want from your trip there. 

For more info, check out our Mae Hong Son Loop Guide. 

Flying in/out

The best airport to fly into and out of

Bangkok or Chiang Mai Airport. 

Welcome to the Land of Smiles! Thailand is the tourism capital of Southeast Asia and for good reason: fast, smooth and epic roads, beautiful beaches, wonderful people, delicious food, incredible culture and some of the best biking in the world.