What are the roads like?
The roads on Koh Tao are a mix of concrete and gravel surfaces. Some roads are very smooth and easy to ride on, and some are very rough and slippery.
What type of bike should I rent?
It depends on where you want to go, how many passengers, and how much experience you have.
- Scooters: ( Honda Wave, Honda Click, etc.) If you only want to ride between the main areas of Sairee Beach, Mae Haad and Chalok Baan Kao, then a scooter will be sufficient. This is also the safest option for the inexperienced. Scooters are not great for climbing steep hills with more than one person.
- Dirtbikes: ( Honda CRF250L, Kawasaki KLX140, KLX150, KLX250, etc.) If you want to explore some of the more remote beaches and bays, then you should consider a dirtbike like a Honda CRF250L or Kawasaki KLX250. These bikes are not for beginners.
- ATV's: ATV's are no longer allowed on the Public Roads of Koh Tao. If you would like to explore some of the remotes parts of the island by ATV we do offer adventure packages in designated areas only.
Renting a motorbike on Koh Tao is relatively inexpensive compared to most anywhere else in SE Asia. The bottom line is if you damage the bike, you will be required to pay for the replacement or repair of the bike to bring it back to the same condition as before you damaged it. Some motorbike parts are inexpensive, but some are expensive. If you damage the bike you will be charged a fair and reasonable price to repair the bike. We will not simply spray paint over broken pieces, the bike will be repaired properly. As with anything in life: honesty is the best answer. Be Honest with us if you damage the bike! Do not try to hide any damage, and do not try to fix it yourself.
What is Scratch Protection and why do bikes with Scratch Protection cost a little bit more?
We now also offer Scratch Protection on some models of Scooters. If you break a part on the bike you are still expected to pay for the replacement of the part, but reasonable amounts of cosmetic scratches are allowed, Free of charge. The higher rental fee is like buying a bit of insurance to cover the small damages that won't be charged. This is a good option if you want some extra piece of mind.