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kenegg
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Postby kenegg » Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:55 pm

Can anyone give me advice on whether I need a Thai driving
licence for a motorbike and is there anywhere in Khon Kaen that hire
them out to tourist falangs.
I have a UK driving licence but never passed a test with a motorbike....

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Taffy
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Postby Taffy » Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:39 pm

I think,You need 2 licenses,, I for driving a car, and another 1 for a motorbike.




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Paul
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Postby Paul » Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:10 pm



As a UK tourist, you'll need a valid UK full motorcycle license.
A car license is not sufficient. Unscrupulous hirers will rent you a
motorbike without one, but you'll have no insurance and will face the
consequences if stopped by the police.

As a resident, you need a Thai motorcycle license. If you're here on a
non-immigrant visa, you'll be eligible to take the test and apply for a
Thai license.







Originally Posted by Taffy


I think,You need 2 licenses,, I for driving a car, and another 1 for a motorbike.



You don't need a car license to ride a motorbike, just a motorbike license.




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Draco
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Postby Draco » Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:25 pm



What Taffy and Paul said is correct, but the physical driving
tests are SO EASY here in Thailand for Cars and Motor bikes compared to
UK (the actual driving is done on a tiny Legoland type circuit) with no
traffic to negotiate.

I got my licenses 8 years ago and unless things have changed you may be able to avoid the CAR written and physical driving test (not the eye sight and reaction tests) if you hold a valid Car
and or Motor bike UK driving license (not sure if these days you'd need
to also have an International Drivers License supporting your UK
Driving. I was never asked for one 8 years ago and I suspect most
centres do not ask for one, but best to ask).

As you stated you do not have a valid UK Motor bike license then you
must take the full motor Bike driving test to get a Thai license.

The following two sites give you some detailed current information:

http://driving-in-thailand.com/tougher-tests-for-the-thai-driving-license/

http://www.donslifeinthailand.com/Th...License-2.html

Hope this helps.

By the way, if you live here permanently you will not be allowed
to renew your UK Driving License when it expires unless willing to lie
about UK residency and risk the repercussions if caught. I did have it
confirmed in writing from DVLA however a few years ago (so may have
changed), that a Current Thai Licence with IDL would be OK to use in UK
(for 6 months at a time I recall). the UK DVLA
Obviously, has no idea what the UK would be unleashing on the
unsuspecting UK public road users, considering the way most drive here.




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kenegg
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Postby kenegg » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:13 pm



Thanks for the info...probably better to leave it until when I
come here permanently at the end of next year by the sounds of it, I
have a bus and coach licence for the UK but don't suppose that will
carry over to here either... but thanks again for the info.
I will have loads of questions to ask... about getting married
here...visas etc so hope you all don't get too bored with all my
questions.




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Draco
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Postby Draco » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:31 pm



Originally Posted by kenegg


Thanks for the info...probably better to leave
it until when I come here permanently at the end of next year by the
sounds of it, I have a bus and coach licence for the UK but don't
suppose that will carry over to here either... but thanks again for the
info.
I will have loads of questions to ask... about getting married
here...visas etc so hope you all don't get too bored with all my
questions.



Feel free to "fire away" kenegg. Many of us have been the
recipients of a mine of helpful and useful information over the years,
from others living in Thailand.




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Postby Chokedee » Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:31 pm



My golden rule of thumb is NEVER get married to a Thai girl until
you have lived here at least 3 years. Also NEVER buy or build a house
until you have been married for at least 5 years. In over 20 years
living and working here I've lost count of the 'quick' marriages that
ended in disaster. These days, with the internet, it is very dangerous
to fall prey to the Thai golddigger.

Also, don't refer to yourself as "falang". Firstly, it's wrong, the word
is "farang" and secondly it has become an offensive/derogatory term.
[Admin Note: The "farang" discussion in this thread has been promoted and moved to its own thread here]

Often these places that rent motorcycles are owned by police so often no
license is required. Unlike the UK, the vehicle is insured rather than
the person.




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Paul
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Postby Paul » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:45 am



Originally Posted by Chokedee


Often these places that rent motorcycles are
owned by police so often no license is required. Unlike the UK, the
vehicle is insured rather than the person.



Despite the fact that the insurance covers the vehicle, an
insurance company here will not pay out if the person driving at the
time of the accident did not have a valid license to do so.

I'm not going to go into a debate about police officers who run hire
businesses here, nor their willingness to bend any law they like in
order to rent a vehicle out, but do so (illegally) at your own peril.




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Ozbloke
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Postby Ozbloke » Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:54 pm



In Australia we get in "International" drivers licence from RAC
and that is recognised worldwide for VISITORS to other countries. If you
have motorcycle endorsed on your Aussie licence it is then recognised
on your "International License". I have used this in many countries and
never had an issue, I am sure UK would have something similiar?




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kenegg
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Postby kenegg » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:59 pm



Thanks to all for your help for my original inquiry re: motorbikes the information recieved was very useful ☺

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