Thailand Tips #5: Ko Samui on a Motorbike? No.

There’s no place more dangerous on a motorbike than Ko Samui or Phuket. I’ve seen more foreigners getting in accidents on Samui than I’ve seen anywhere else.

I saw two girls destroy themselves at the top of the mountain up by the zip line attraction and the waterfalls. The hills are steep and sometimes dirt. Tourists for some reason use the front brake on the motorbike (right side) really hard – and tend to flip themselves or themselves and the bike end over end.

I’ve seen others crash into each other.

I’ve seen cars routinely cut the curve and come into my lane head on – and if I didn’t swerve out of my own lane and onto the side of the road I’d be dead.

I’ve seen the aftermath of head ons with tourists and cars and trucks.

Ko Samui is a wicked dangerous spot to rent a motorbike. If you don’t own a motorbike in your home country – don’t rent one on Samui or Phuket. Those are two really dangerous spots. Phuket I think has the highest accident rate in the country.

Thais have a unique style of driving, it’s called “madness”. Once you learn the madness you can drive on the roads just like them – being aware of the incredibly stupid stuff they’re bound to do. If you’re just here on vacation rent a tuk-tuk or something!

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