After Songkran is over, it is low season in Pattaya but the police have been busy catching members of a gang involved in the theft of motorcycles, according to media reports. Police arrested Praphae Prachachai, 27, Ampol Sakdejdee, 37, and Suwat Rungruang, 30 and impounded a Toyota pickup truck. Police Captain Apichai Khumphet, Pattaya City Police Department said that the gang targeted motorbikes in the Banglamung area. They would then be smuggled to the Cambodian border and sold for 15,000-20,000 baht each.
This is a timely reminder for visitors to Pattaya, when renting a motorbike it is advisable to check that full insurance is provided in the event of theft. Pattaya is generally safe and we have not had any problems leaving our motorbike parked on main roads overnight or longer. But it is advisable to check with the rental company that a lock is provided as an extra precaution against possible theft of the motorbike. Other things to check are that helmets are included and that you are covered in the event of an accident. Most insurance only covers damage to the motorbike and not any damage to another vehicle or your personal injury costs. For this reason it is desirable to have travel insurance cover before travelling to Thailand.
It is also necessary to have a valid international licence as well as a licence in your own country to ride a motorbike. Many companies will not ask for this when renting the motorbike but in the event of an accident it will be checked and if you don’t have it insurance will decline the claim. In addition if you are stopped at a police checkpoint the officer will check your licence and if you don’t have it you will be fined.