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Quad bike hire?

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Quad bike hire?

Hi we are in koh Tao now, can anyone recommend a company to hire quaf bikes from? Have just witnessed someone else getting over charged by a hire company.

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Amy

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1. Re: Quad bike hire?

Ummmm, that's a hard one. Most of the rental companies make their money from over charging on small damages to bikes and Quads. My advise would be, if you are going to rent, to stay on the main road that leads from the north to the south of the island, drive carefully, and be aware of the other crazy drivers on the island who usually cause most of the crashes.

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2. Re: Quad bike hire?

If they ask you for passport as a deposit, don't leave it with them just ask they for pay by cash as a deposit. So mindful driving in some place of Koh Tao there are steep trails, sharp curves.

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3. Re: Quad bike hire?

Use the search box above write in "quadbikes" and read all the horror stories.

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4. Re: Quad bike hire?

Every bike rental shop on Koh Tao will ask for your passport. It is technically illegal to give it away, but if you don't, you will not get a bike!

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5. Re: Quad bike hire?

This might be a little late but hopefully it will still help you. Try Buddha View Travel in Chalock Ban Kao (on the main road near the 7-11) or Mon's Big Bikes in Mae Haad opposite the petrol station.

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6. Re: Quad bike hire?

I know Buddha View Travel, it's a honest company, otherwise I hired a scooter few times at JP Travel in Chalok Baan Kao, never had any problems.

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I don't know how late this answer is, but dont hire a bike at all from any of them. We had a really frightening experiance after renting two bikes at Owens which is joined to the supermarket, opposite a petrol station in Sairee. We were very careful, nothing happened then when we returned them they invented damages. The woman got hysterical, was grabbing us, made my friends arm bleed and was pushing and shoving her, she was pushing me also but I was bigger then her (Im also a girl) she threatened us that she knew where we were staying and that we had to pay. (she also had our passports, Yes, stupid we realise now. Coming from countries where people are relatively honest and there are police when there are problems...) It seemed outrageous to pay since nothing was wrong at all with the bikes, I said I woud go to the police, she said it didnt matter if I did, she paid the police. My friend was crying and then wanted to just pay the 6,000 bt I said not too, they split us up. She paid, then they got me and said now we find problem with your bike, took out the form and made up 3,000 worth of damages. Then she told me I was a bad bad person and I had to say sorry, that I had to get down on my knees and beg her while she took photos. I said no way and went to the police. The police said she is crazy woman she does to everyone. None of them wanted to come with me, wanted to stay there with feet up watching the tv.. Finally one did but when we got there just kept saying just pay the money. so I did. It wasnt till after I realised what a crazy dangerous scene it all was and we spent the rest of our time there terrified of seeing them and being taken up to some shack. Very scary. The island is small and the roads are awful. Much better to hire a long tail boat and agree on a price, and stop at the beaches. I wish we had done that. I have no problems with paying a fair price for rental, instead of the ridiculously low 150 bht and then exorbitant charges for non existant damages. The whole experiance has completley put me off thailand. Shows the whole deep rooted corruption and the resentment and hatred of 'rich' tourists. But then, so many tourists are rude and patronising because their dollar is worth so much, or maybe that is just generally how they treat people. Who knows which, but the whole thing is very ugly.

dont hire a bike or jet ski

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8. Re: Quad bike hire?

Sounds like you had a bad time lola, if there's no tourist police around, it does seem like you have to fight your own battles (not literally).

Is quad bike hire the new jet ski scam in operation ?

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9. Re: Quad bike hire?

Hi Jayne

The quad bike and or scooter scams have been around for a long time and is no better or worse than previously, but yes is essentially the jet ski scam. Tao is bad to drive around, poor roads and lighting made even worse when you're not used to the vehicles, and probably a beer or 2 to add to the fun!!

Unfortunately, people are often coming on TA to complain about this scam, when really they shouldn't be hiring these vehicles to start with!! Very few if any have the proper international driving licence and or the correct insurance to hire in the first place. Plus handing over your passport is illegal and to be honest pretty stupid!!

Apologies for the rant :)

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10. Re: Quad bike hire?

Don't rent a quad from Steve bike shop they appear nice, show you wear to take photos but leave small hidden marks and then want to charge you thousands on return of quad bike. I know of two couples they charge the same mark too.