Follow your bliss, don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

– Joseph Campbell

It’s easy getting around Chiang Mai using tuk-tuks and song thaews.  You can even walk or ride a bicycle to see some of the sights near your hostel or hotel in the Old City, but if you are a little more adventurous, why not rent a motorbike?

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Quiet afternoon at Lake Huay Tueng Thao with the Honda Click 125cc
About 30 mins or less outside of Chiang Mai.

Motorbike Rentals in Chiang Mai

While I was in Chiang Mai, I rented motorbikes from Tony’s Big Bikes, Mr. Mechanic, and Motorbike Chiang Mai.  I started out with Tony’s Big Bikes the very first day I arrived in Chiang Mai because Tyson already had a deal with them. I didn’t want to waste time researching motorbike rentals, since he had already done some of that legwork before me.

First bike from Tony’s and my first day In Chiang Mai @Kad Suan Kaew Mall.
Yes, that’s a KFC in the background. I never ate there though. Well, not that one!

What I initially thought was a good monthly rate, turned out to be much more expensive than the going rate from most of the other motorbike rental options.  They were charging me 3000 bht for every 2 weeks, which is not a fair deal at all, much less a discount.  Which is what they told me they were giving me.  I rented with them for nearly 2 months and had to exchange my bike twice for mechanical issues, mainly I think because the bikes were older and appeared that way.  

I did receive great service from Tony’s Big Bikes.  They requested that I bring the motorbike in at least once a week for service.  They were friendly and they assisted me each time I had a problem with the motorbikes.

For example, when my second motorbike would not start, I was staying outside of town at the Vdara resort near Hang Dong Rd. for school.  They sent out someone to replace the bike, and when I brought it to a local mechanic they helped translate for me.

It is also owned by two Brits, so if you are a westerner, vacationing in Chiang Mai, you may feel the added comfort of renting from someone who speaks English fluently, but this convenience may come with a higher price.

Second motorbike from Tony’s. Another Suzuki Hayate like the first.
In an alley between McDonald’s and Corner of Tha Phae Rd.

I also rented from Mr. Mechanic’s and I believe, I was able to get the entire monthly rental for 3000 baht. I had no problem with them but the quality of the bikes they rented me were not so good.  They worked for me nonetheless and none of them broke down.

After I had signed a contract with Mr. Mechanic, I ran into Maysa, the owner of Motorbike Chiang Mai.  She had visited Puripiman Apartments several times because she had clients there. Now, there is a long story that goes along with this, about how I promised Maysa I would rent from her, after my contract with Big Tony’s, and I totally forgot, because I left for a month to do the English certification course, but, I will spare you the details.

After all was said and done, I began renting with Motorbike Chiang Mai, and it ended up being the best deal for me, and I was able to test drive several of the brand new motorbikes they had in stock over a period of two months. One day, I took the Honda click 125cc, out to Lake Huay Tueng Thao.  It was a gorgeous day, I didn’t stay long, but I cruised around the lake and took a few pictures.

I will feature those in another post. I had the Honda Click 125cc for the majority of 2 months and this was probably my favorite bike.

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Honda Click 125cc at Lake Huay Tueng Thao
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The Legendary Honda PCX 150 that got me safely to Chiang Dao and back. A lot of fun for the longer trips.
– Courtesy of Motorbike Chiang Mai –


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The Honda Zoomer X 110cc
– Courtesy of Motorbike Chiang Mai –

Motorbike Chiang Mai has competitive and affordable prices.  They offer delivery to your hotel, hostel, apartment, or home-stay. Motorbike Chiang Mai is Thai owned and will share their local hospitality with you and help make your vacation sanuk-sanuk. The owner is fluent in English and is on-call for you if there is any problem.

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Maysa escorted me down south to Ban Tawaii one afternoon. We switched bikes so I could test out the Zoomer X.

To contact Motorbike Chiang Mai Email: Local#:  084-047-8933

Motorbike Chiang Mai delivers new quality conditioned motorbikes wIth a smile.
You’ll be smiling too!

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  • Константин
    Posted February 15, 2015

    Hi Brian. Very useful post. But may be you try before rent motorcycle in Chiang Mai here and can share you experience?

    • Brian | One Away
      Posted February 16, 2015

      Thanks! Looks like you have some nice bikes as well. Good luck to you in all your endeavors!

      • Константин
        Posted February 21, 2015


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