Renting a motorcycle
Motorcycles, big and small, can be rented all over the island and are a popular choice for many tourists. Foreign visitors see so many Thais – often including children – zipping about on these convenient little machines that they decide to try it themselves. In the tropical climate this breezy form of transport seems ideal. And yes, it can be. But beware; ; learning to ride one is pretty simple, but learning to ride one well-enough to stay out of trouble on Phuket’s oftendangerous roads is another thing. The hospitals here see a never-ending stream of foreigners arriving with skin missing from arms and legs, or sometimes worse. The accident rate on Phuket is one of the highest in Thailand, with 90% of accidents involving motorcycles. The most dangerous points are the steep mountain roads that one must cross to leave the major west coast beach resorts.