Scary fact – According to the British government, 269 Britons died Thailand last year, most in motorbike accidents. That data was just released by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), who claim that Thailand is the most dangerous vacation spot in the world for Brits because of motorbike accidents resulting in death or hospitalization. Though the FCO data only looked at incidents involving British citizens, tourists from other countries are just as vulnerable to accidents while in vacation.
Many Thais use motorbikes to get around and it seems like every kid over the age of 8 knows how to drive one, but just because they are everywhere, don’t be fooled into thinking that they are easy to drive. Motorbikes are easy to rent and can be a great way to get from place to place (especially around the beaches) if you know what you are doing and understand the rules of the road. If you’ve never driven a motorbike before, think about whether your vacation in Thailand is the best time to learn.
If you do decide to ride a motorbike here, remember that the law requires that you wear a helmet. This basic safety rule isn’t always observed but if you get caught you’ll face a hefty fine.