Just a quick note on scooter hire within Thailand. Scooting is the best way to explore the local area, it's cheap, easy and fun to do, especially if there are 2 or 3 of your in a group. We had a group of 6 scooters, the locals probably just laughed at us. Oh well. When you are hiring, you need to give your passport to the dealer to keep as collateral while you have their scooter. When you bring it back you get your passport back. Don't forget to carry a photocopy of your passport on you at all times. Below is a list of things your should remember:
- Do not hire a scooter in Phuket, as there are known links to the mafia and passport counterfeiting.
- When you do get your scooter, ensure that you take photos of it, especially in areas that are damaged. Otherwise you will end up paying to repair the damage.
- Wear your helmet, the last thing you want is to have an accident without one.
- Barter, especially if you are in a group. Barter on price or even say you want the fuel included in the price.