Moped in Thailand

Moped in Thailand

I must say I have never in my life rode a moped. And when I was in Thailand on the island of Koh Samui I saw everybody on mopeds. This is the way of transportation for everyone locals and tourists. I must say that despite the stories I heard about accidents on these mopeds, this did not deter me from riding one I rented a car the first few days and decided why not try getting around on one. As some of the locals and other tourists said it was easy. Hah for the first Hr. or so was smooth sailing. This was the biggest mistake I made! First of all they drive on the opposite side of the road, secondly the roads are unfinished with gravel/sand not to mention very narrow. And third there are stray dogs and cats that just run onto the road. Did I mention a four, there are no rules for driving here especially being used to driving on the opposite side this was a mistake! Of course I skidded and crashed. Yes, that means I got road burn! Not the smartest, Luckily I crashed in front of a pharmacy and survived with all limbs intact! I definitely learnt my lesson ! Never ever will I get on one of those again, well for now! After getting into this accident I learned that moped accidents are the number one cause of death in Thailand approximately 150 deaths/per year alone. So I will refrain from riding one of these for a while! This however did not ruin my trip just made it much more interesting and is defiantly an experience I will not forget! It also makes for a great story from my trip! I recommend no one to use these in Thailand unless you have a motorcycle licence or are used to driving on the opposite side of the road!

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