Looking back from hindsight, I am pretty happy I took a chance and spontaneously rented a motorbike in Krabi. I have an M1 in the States and scooters are the best way to get around in Asia. The day before, my good friend and I decided to call it a night and get after it early. My friend decided to cab and I decided to motorbike to Tiger Temple. Things didn’t go as planned…
There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom, the breeze passing through your hair and the thought of endless adventure on the road in Thailand.
- Start your day early and rent the motorbike for the entire day, 200-250 Baht/day $6.00/day + gas. It’s cheaper, even if you don’t use it in the morning. Typically, the motorbike is due at 3:00-5:00pm. Thailand is a very chill, casual beach vibe destination. The locals go home early.
- Choose a fast and sporty motorbike if you’re solo
- Make sure you have pen and paper to take notes on where you’re going and a MAP. GPS can be weak in some areas and/or your phone won’t work.
- Have cash and wallet in hand.
- Have an extra charger
- Backpack with food and water
- Stick to the highways and remember where you started
- Have extra pair of clothes – shirts and shoes are required to visit temples.
At the time, the original plan was to meet my friend at Tiger Temple. After renting the motor bike, I got lost quickly, and there was no way for me to understand the sanskrit on the road signs. Even with my phone + wifi I had a hard time locating the temple. After an hour unsuccessfully trying to find the temple, I decided to ride. And boy, did I explore.
Here are the sites I visited
- Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
- Lang Rongrian Thap Prik Cave – 40,000 year old remains found here.
- Wat Sai Thai Temple – Reclining Buddha Statue 3
- Poo Dam Restaurant – #1 Rated Restaurant on Trip Advisor
- Krabi Airport
- Ao Nang Beach
- Railay Beach
Here’s an 8 minute video of the ride through the forest, Lang Rongrian Cave and flying down the freeway. I could not have seen so much without the motorbike. Definitely an experience I won’t forget and not a bad way to see Thailand.