5 questions


Oct 27, 2003
My wife and I are arriving in CM from U.S. about Nov. 26 and are thinking about renting bikes for a road trip. 1. Do we need and intl. drivers' license? 2. Can we buy cheap helmets there or should be bring ours? 3. Where is a reasonable and biker-friendly inexpensive place to stay? 4. Anyone else around there that knows their way around going out for 3 or 4 day ride we could tag along with? 5. We need to get from airport to good place to rent bikes-- any suggestions?


Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
Chiang Khong
Five answers + one
1. Licence: Intl is not really necessary, but you’re best advised to have something in case of an accident (which most likely would not be your fault.) Take a look at https://www.gt-rider.com/traffic.html
2. Helmets: Always bring your own for the best fit & most comfort & best protection. Take a look at https://www.gt-rider.com/touringt.html
3. Accommodation: There's loads of cheap ghouses to stay at in Cnx. The "new" Top North Hotel (with pool) on Moon Muang Road, right by the Thapae gate is good value for money, for around 400-800 baht a night. The location is excellent - super convenient. The Montri Hotel, 100 metres north from the Top North, is also good value for money. Also check out https://www.gt-rider.com/chiangmai.html
4. Riders: There are a lot of guys in town riding. You will always meet up with other riders once you are on the road. But Rudi's Sax Bar (20 metres from the Top North) is a good place to hang out at night & meet other riders.
5. Taxi: The airport taxi / "limo" service is 100 baht & takes less than 10 minutes to wherever in Chiang Mai. Take a look at https://www.gt-rider.com/chiangmai.html
6. Check out the full GT Rider site for more detailed info.

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