My friends and I rented a bike from the shop next to the gasoline station opposite to the 4P supermarket in Sairee village. The shop was owned by a couple, a short plump girl who can speak some English, and a tall man, thin, with darker skin and tattoo. The shop opened early and they seemed nice. We just want to rent a small plain motorbike. The rent is 150 baht/24 hours, and they need one passport and 8000 baht deposit. Since we had heard of so many stories that travelers got blackmailed or overcharged a lot of money for the scratches the shop owner made up. As the precaution, we just took the pictures of different parts of the motorbike in the face of the boss as we rented it. From the pictures, I believe everyone can tell, it was definitely not a new one for sure. Since neither of us had much experience in riding a motorbike and the traffic conditions were not that good in Koh Tao, we just rode it very cautiously, limiting the speed of less than 20kms/h, which was quite slow. After I left Koh Tao, my friend stayed there for two more days. And he told me the shop owner was really nice to him that they even change the return time for his convenience. But on the day he left, when he went to the shop to return the bike. The shop owners just changed their faces. They insist my friend scratched the bike and asked him to pay a large sum of money. All the pics we took was in my cell phone, and I was at that time on a day trip out somewhere in the sea and my cell totally out of service. While they knew my friend had no pictures as proof and he was in the hurry to catch the last ferry leaving koh tao, they just threatened my friend and acted like bullies. My friend had to no choice but to pay what they asked for their so-called damages. THAT IS 9800 THB!!!!! WTF!!!!
So whenever or wherever you want to rent a bike, be careful. Do check thoroughly and carefully. Take as many picture as you can before you actually ride it. Search the help from the police if necessary. And of course, Never rent a bike from this shop~~~