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I have held my divers licence for 4 and a half years and also hold CBT

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    To legally drive any motorbike in Thailand you need to have a Motorbike license from your home country and an IDP. Be aware even if licensed some travel insurance companies do not cover motorbike riding.

    Some info here... http://phukettravelandtours.com/motorbikerental.shtml almost 5 years ago

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    We are from the US and they only asked us for our passports, and held our passports until we returned the motorbike and atv. This was on the islands of Ko Tao & Koh Phangnan, not sure if mainland thailand has different rules, or if there are more rules in the big cities like Bangkok & Chiang Mai almost 5 years ago

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    You wouldn't want to ride a motorbike in Bangkok! I don't think they bothered too much in Phuket. We saw an older (we're retired) person hiring a bike and taking lessons from the hirer 5 mins before riding off on it. However, do be careful. The amount of people we saw with motorbike injuries were huge. The one advantage you'll have is that they drive on the 'right' side of the road although you'd never know it! We hired a car; far safer! almost 5 years ago

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    Size of motorcycle is not relevant. A UK license will suffice. Here in Hua Hin foreigners are regularly stopped by the local traffic police for no reason. Lack of a Thai license is the usual excuse for a fine and the going rate is 200 baht. Don't expect a receipt. If you don't want to pay, insist on going to the local station and you may get away free. Never lose your temper!!(very important) If you get a local license they still stop you and find another infringement excuse. almost 5 years ago

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    Get an international driving license. I bought mine from the AA online, but if you look on the post office website, you can do it at a main post office. Check that yours issue them though, ours didn't. It cost £8.50 ish. I had to send copies of my driving license both parts and a copy of my passport. Apparently, if you check the website re driving in Thailand (or any other country), it states you need and international driving license. almost 5 years ago

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    Do not ride in bkk its not safe and is very dangerous...
    The regional towns are ok chang mai phuket etc always wear a helmet and carry passport of licence as if stopped you will be fined for not wearing a helmet and they fine you if not carrying a licence but any drivers lic is fine almost 5 years ago

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    You can ride anything you want in most places. Even a 1000cc super bike and it,s very unlikely you,ll be asked for any licence at all. Make sure you don,t have an accident involving a Thai. Even if it,s not your fault you,ll need to remorgage the house to pay your way out of it. almost 5 years ago

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    Briofoz is right... if you want to be riding "legally" you need a valid license - in most cases that's a motorcycle license from home and an IDP.
    No problem with paying bribes to police officers to be let on your way.... big problem if you have an accident and need serious medical treatment. Travel Insurance insists you are riding legally before they'll pay your bills. And the bills can be huge... $100,000 for repatriation to your home country.
    More detail and my argument about why you should be licensed here:
    http://safety.worldnomads.com/Malaysia/62697/Do-I-Need-A-License-To-Ride-A-Motorbike-In#axzz2kxSgLuMl
    Phil at the safety hub. almost 5 years ago

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