Rent Motorbike in Chiang Mai
Choosing whether to opt for a motorbike rental in Chiang Mai, Thailand, can make or break your trip. Sure, there are private taxis, tuk-tuks – and even public transport – at your disposal in this capital of the north, but having your very own ride affords a sense of freedom. Whether you’re staying in the city as a digital nomad and want to rent a bike in Chiang Mai over a long period, or you’re stopping by on a quick jaunt and need a motor for just 24 hours, we can help.
If you’re worried about the Chiang Mai motorbike rental price, there’s no need. With plenty of models available at our shop, we cater to all budget. One of our most affordable options, a scooter like the Honda Moove – which costs a budget-friendly $10 per day – will serve you well if you’re planning on merely travelling around town. Just make sure to make stops now and again for fun activities like Thai massage and cooking courses, which come much recommended in this city. Or are you heading up to the mountains for a weekend? If so, go for a three or four day rental on a sturdy bike like the Honda CBR150, at around $25 for a 24-hour stint.
Wat Chiang Man
If you’re thinking about the Instagram potential of your trip, it has to be a Vespa. These iconic motorbikes steal the scene whether photographed in the rustic back alleys of the city centre or against a backdrop of verdant mountains.
After picking which motorbike to rent in Chiang Mai, it's time to whittle down which must-see sights in and around the city are on your list. In this spiritual destination, temples are, of course, first on the agenda. Wat Chiang Man, the oldest in the area having been built in approximately 1296, is must visit. It’s very peaceful and features intricate carvings, including those of elephants, on its exterior.
Wat Chedi Luang
In the midst of the walled old town, Wat Chedi Luang is more than worth a gander, too, especially if you aren’t lucky enough to be stopping by Bangkok. This temple hosts a replica of the famous emerald green Buddha from its sibling down south.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Just outside of Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is where to ride your bike. As it’s set on a hill, it affords visitors with stunning scenic views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Thinking of going further away? Pai is a popular haunt for those who choose motorbike rental in Chiang Mai. As it’s nestled in the mountains, four hours away by vehicle, this tourist-friendly spot is worth spending at least a few days in. A bike is an excellent way to reach this verdant village in the middle of the jungle as those who opt for the buses or vans often experience travel sickness on the winding roads upwards. Picking up a motorbike rental in Chiang Mai, Thailand, meanwhile, means you can stop when you like and soak up the views. It also means you’ll already have your own vehicle for exploring the surroundings – so you can get going whenever you like. Most visitors head out on a motorbike loop that encompasses Pai canyon, numerous waterfalls, hilltop temples and a strange split in the ground created by an earthquake.
Another excellent out-of-town trip when you rent a bike in Chiang Mai is to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, an ethical conservation centre that does not allow you to ride on these majestic creatures – which is extremely bad for them. You will still get to interact with the animals, including bathing and feeding, and it’s a fun two-hour ride away from Chiang Mai proper.
If you’re in the city over the weekend, make sure to carve some space in your itinerary for the Sunday Night Market in the centre. It's filled with extremely high-quality offerings, from one-off clothing created by local fashion designers to Thai crafts. The street food is also a lot more adventurous than you’ll find in other regions – think Japanese sushi on the go or pick up something local to Chiang Mai, like spicy sausages on a stick. And don't forget a bowl of delicious Khao Soi!