As long as you know how to drive a car, renting a motorbike is perhaps one of the best and most convenient ways to explore an area. Motorbikes allow easy on and off access and getting in between areas cars normally wouldn’t be able to get to.

Rent a motorbike and go into the distant local areas. Buy local food where tourists may not have been for awhile,  if ever. You’ll have an unforgettable experience driving the distance. If you can, go out there for a few days and just make sure there are guest houses or hostels along the way. I found SE Asia to be very motorbike friendly.

Driving down southern Laos

Simple Tips

  • This is important for obvious reasons. Always wear a helmet and if the rental store doesn’t provide one, move onto the next store.
  • Bargain if you can, especially if there’s more then one of you and if it’s for a few days.
  • If the rental owner seems to be taking extreme notes of the condition of the bike before you take it on the road, be wary. They could be picky on every little itty bitty detail and may charge you a big number upon return for the most ridicules things.
  • Take pictures and videos of the bike before you leave. Don’t be fooled into them telling you about a bump that may have already been on the bike before you left.
  • Take a map, a bottle of water, and a day-pack.
  • If you’re in a non-English speaking country and you don’t know the native language, have someone who knows English as well as the native language write down the translation of where you want to go.
  • Mind the weather and prepare ahead for the conditions of the road. Many roads may not be paved and if it’s raining, motorbikes don’t drive very well in messy dirt roads.
  • Take your time and don’t rush to get to a destination. Better to stay safe and drive slow. Motorbike accidents are not pretty!
  • Be mindful of your fuel. Luckily motorbikes can go a long way on little fuel but always keep it above half way just in case there are no stations up ahead.
  • Enjoy the view and the breeze as locals come rushing to you from the distance waving to say hello and remember to stay safe!

Have you driven a motorbike? How was your experience? Where did you go?

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Michael Tieso

Michael Tieso travels around the world writing, photographing, and filming his adventures. He is the Editor-in-chief of Art of Adventuring.
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