Cat Motors — Reliable Scooter & Motorbike Rental in Chiang Mai

Welcome to Cat Motors, your go-to source for motorbike rentals in Chiang Mai!

Our varied rental fleet includes automatic scooters up to 350cc, ideal for effortlessly exploring urban settings. For those looking to venture off-road, our 300cc enduro bikes are a perfect match. Additionally, our selection of big bikes, ranging from 500 to 750cc, caters to those seeking a more powerful ride.

We offer a variety of rental agreements — daily, weekly, monthly, or long-term — to align with your travel plans. Flexibility is a cornerstone of our service, allowing you to extend your rental as needed, ensuring your journey continues smoothly.

Dive into our website for detailed information on our motorbike offerings, straightforward rental conditions and rates, health insurance details, and guidance for braking on Northern Thailand’s hilly and curvy roads.

We’ve compiled guides on popular riding routes, tips for safe riding in Thailand, understanding local traffic laws, and avoiding fines. You’ll also find information on partnering with us and easy-to-follow directions from Chiang Mai’s airport, train station, or bus station to us.

Prepare for a memorable ride in Chiang Mai with us!

Best regards,
Meow, Co-founder of Cat Motors

Cat Motors Owner With Tripadvisor Certificate Of Exellence

PS: We hope you are not suicidal, so we highly recommend NOT renting a bike if you have no riding experience. A motorbike is the most dangerous means of transportation in the world. Moreover, according to the World Health Organization, Thailand is the leader in the number of fatalities of motorcyclists. If you have no riding experience, please don’t be reckless. After all, your family is waiting for you at home safe and sound.

Featured Bikes

* The rental cost for our motorcycles is determined by the length of your rental period – a longer duration results in a lower daily cost. The pricing information on this page applies to a one-month rental period. For specifics regarding daily rental costs, we encourage you to connect with our staff using the contact details on Contact Us page. Furthermore, we offer the convenience of advance bookings, which can be made no more than three days prior to your intended rental start date.

Yamaha Fino

125cc, automatic, street scooter

Legendary motorbike from Yamaha. Small but powerful enough to travel the roads of Northern Thailand. Ideal for short people. The number of motorbikes is limited

Starting at 100THB per day*

125cc, automatic, street scooter

Versatile scooter for city and country trips. The injection engine ensures the smooth running of the engine.

Starting at 100THB per day*

125cc, semi-automatic

The best motorbike for hill riding. The semi-automatic transmission will help you drive up any local mountain.

Starting at 100THB per day*

300cc, manual, street bike

A sporty, agile bike for the modern adventurer. With a top speed of 158 km/h, it's ideal for exhilarating yet comfortable long-distance travel.

Starting at 300THB per day*

250/300cc, off-road, manual

By renting our enduros, you have the freedom to ride off-road, unlike other rental services that also offer enduro motorcycles for rent but strictly enforce riding only on paved roads.

Starting at 350THB per day*

300/350cc, automatic, maxi-scooter

The most comfortable maxi-scooter for long trips. In our fleet, there are both maxi scooters with a 300cc engine and new 2024 models with a 350cc engine capacity. Every bike is equipped with a top box.

Starting at 350THB per day*

Honda Adv 350 Ar

350сс, SUV, adventure

Honda ADV350, an ideal SUV bike, blends urban comfort with off-road readiness. Its versatile design promises seamless adventure across all terrains. Automatic.

Starting at 500THB per day*

Honda Nx500

500cc, manual, adventure

The latest evolution in adventure biking, succeeding the CB500X. Engineered for versatility, it effortlessly transitions from urban streets to rugged trails, making it the ultimate companion for explorers seeking the thrill of both worlds.

Starting at 700THB per day*

Honda Xl750 Transalp

750cc, manual, adventure

Tailored for adventurers, this versatile bike offers a robust engine and ABS for superior control. With five riding modes and optimized wind protection, it ensures comfort and performance on long journeys.

Starting at 1200THB per day*

What Are You Looking For?

We have written an online guide for you about the most popular places and routes at Chiang Mai. We have also written tips and hints for you to use on local roads with chaotic and sometimes pointless traffic. Perhaps one day, these tips will save your life.

Rider Benefits

Freedom to Explore

Each bike comes with a generous daily allowance of 300km, allowing you to embark on the adventures you desire without worrying about distance.

Medical Insurance

The rental fee includes comprehensive medical insurance, providing each driver and passenger with coverage up to 300,000 baht.

Remote Support

Should an accident occur while you’re traveling to another province, rest assured we’ll offer remote assistance and guide you through the insurance claim process.

What Our Customers Say

“Worst rental service in the world! Why do I have to pay for gas for my trip out of my own pocket? Gasoline must be free!” – said one wonderful guy. But there are other opinions that you can find among the hundreds of reviews on FaceBook, TripAdvisor, Google.

Happy Customers
6000 +
Chiang Mai Scooter Rental

Rented four scooters for two weeks for a family trip to Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. The registration time is 10 minutes, the prices are very affordable, the motorbikes are in good condition, we drove 1000+ km with pleasure and good mood. Recommended!

Bike Rental Chiang Mai

Very professional, fair and helpful staff. We rented a great Honda Click, drove it up to Pai and back, and kept our big bags with them while doing it. Check-in and check-out was easy and seamless. I highly recommend renting bikes from Cat Motors!

Motorcycle Rental Chiang Mai

We rent a motorbike for a day. Price was good, the bike was in perfect condition and we haven’t any issue. The staff is really friendly and nice! It was the best scooter rental service near me in town!

Our team checks the technical condition of the bikes in a timely manner and carries out maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. We use only original spare parts and only quality consumables made by reliable and reputable factories for repairs.

If any mishap happens (burned out bulb, dead battery, lost key), we’ll try to fix the problem as soon as possible and provide you with comprehensive remote support on the road during your trip.

Our terms and conditions:

  •  A wide selection of fully maintained motorbikes;
  • Generous daily mileage allowance;
  • Anti-theft lock and first aid kit;
  • Three-quarter helmet for both rider and passenger;
  • Medical insurance with coverage up to 300,000 baht;
  • Remote support, and more

Read more information here.

Traveler Choice 2020, Best Scooter Rental In Chiang Mai

Frequently Asked Questions

Renting a motorbike with Cat Motors is a straightforward and hassle-free process! Here’s a simple guide to get you started on your adventure in Chiang Mai:

  1. Choose Your Motorbike: First, visit our pricing page or come by our shop to check out the selection of motorbikes available for rent. We offer a wide range of motorcycles to suit every rider’s needs, whether you’re looking for something lightweight and easy to handle or a bike with more power for longer journeys. Please check in advance about availability of motorcycles, as in high season there may be no motorcycles available for rent due to high demand.

  2. Provide Necessary Documents: To rent a motorbike, you’ll need to present a valid driver’s license. International visitors should have an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with their national driver’s license. A passport for identification and a deposit may also be required. Sure, you can rent a motorcycle without an IDP, but then the traffic police have the right to fine you 500 baht every time you are stopped by the traffic police.

  3. Review and Sign the Rental Agreement: Our staff will walk you through the rental agreement, explaining the rental terms, insurance coverage, and safety guidelines. It’s important to understand your responsibilities as a renter, including any charges for late returns or damages.

  4. Settle Payment: Once everything is in order, you’ll settle the rental fee and any deposits required. We accept cash for your convenience. The deposit can be left in your local currency, you will be returned your own banknotes at the end of the rental period.

  5. Enjoy Your Ride: With the paperwork complete, you’re all set to explore the beautiful landscapes and vibrant culture of Chiang Mai and its surroundings on your rented motorbike.

The cost of bikes typically depends on factors such as duration, technical condition, and maintenance quality. For a 110-125cc scooter, the daily rate is around 250-350 baht. Weekly rates range from 1,200-1,500, while monthly rates are between 3,000-3,500. Prices can fluctuate based on additional services, tourist season, and availability.

When looking for affordable motorbike rentals in Chiang Mai, remember “you get what you pay for.” Prioritize reliability over low prices. Avoid rentals offering cheap “city-only” scooters, as these may be low-quality and prone to breakdowns. Balance cost with quality for a safe, enjoyable trip.

The average monthly cost for renting a scooter in Chiang Mai is typically between 3,000 to 3,500 Thai Baht. For those seeking more power and comfort, especially for longer trips, maxi scooters up to 350cc are an option, but they come at a higher price, ranging from 10,000 to 14,000 Thai Baht per month. This pricing caters to a variety of preferences and budgets, providing choices from standard scooters to more powerful maxi scooters.

Sure, we certainly provide discounts for longer-term scooter rentals. For a month-long rental or more, we have special rates and promotions that can offer significant savings compared to our standard daily rates. To get the exact details and the best deal for your needs, please reach out to our team directly.

Currently, we accept only cash. If you have a Thai bank account, you can pay via ATM, PromtPay, or your bank’s app.

Refunds for early returns are typically not provided. However, in special circumstances, we might consider partial refunds. Please discuss any changes to your rental period with us as soon as possible.

While many companies might not require a driver’s license, having one is your responsibility. If stopped by the police without a valid license, you could face a 500 baht fine. Police checkpoints are frequent, and an International Driving Permit might be necessary. We may decline to rent out a motorcycle if you lack the appropriate license.

To legally ride a motorcycle in Thailand, you need a license with category A. If you don’t have the correct license, you risk a 500 baht fine. A car license doesn’t grant you the right to ride a motorcycle.

Yes, an International Driving Permit with a motorcycle endorsement is accepted.

Typically, renters must be at least 18 years old to rent a 110-150cc motorbike. However, for more powerful bikes, the minimum age might be higher. Please check with us for specific age requirements based on the motorcycle model.

The bike can only be used by those named in the agreement and only for personal transportation. It’s prohibited to use it for taxi work, racing, illegal activities, or outside Thailand.


Since our inception a decade ago in Chiang Mai, we’ve been unique in not requiring customers’ passports as deposits. This policy remains unchanged. Instead, we ask for a cash deposit, the amount of which varies based on the motorbike model. This deposit is fully refundable upon the bike’s return, with any damages deducted.

Deposits can be made in any international currency, ensuring you get your exact notes back post-rental.

UPD: While we offer the option to use your passport as a deposit, we advise against it. Our documents are stored securely in a safe, and accessing them outside business hours might be challenging, especially if the responsible manager is unavailable.

Remember, legally, your passport should always be with you. If you choose to leave it as security deposit, we cannot be held accountable for any related inconveniences or issues, especially outside working hours. Our rental shop is strictly for business, and no staff reside there, limiting after-hours assistance.

Thus, if you choose to leave your passport with us as a deposit and expect to retrieve it after hours, any resulting issues or inconveniences, including the potential need to cancel your flight tickets, are solely your responsibility.

Thailand often records the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities globally. Traffic violations, even in front of police officers, are frequent. For more insights, visit our Tips For Riders section.

Yes, wearing a helmet is required by Thai law. We provide helmets for the rider and passenger at no extra cost. If you don’t want to wear a helmet that someone has worn before you, then we also have brand new helmets at an affordable price ($7-$30).

Key laws include driving on the left, obeying speed limits, and not using phones while riding. Alcohol or drug influence is strictly prohibited.

Safety tips include wearing appropriate protective gear (e.g., helmet, gloves, and closed-toe shoes), maintaining a safe speed, being aware of your surroundings, and avoiding heavy traffic during peak hours. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with local traffic patterns and road conditions before setting out.

We offer a variety of motorbikes, including automatic scooters, semi-automatic motorbikes, and manual motorcycles. Our staff can help you choose the most suitable option based on your experience, preferences, and intended routes.

We offer a diverse range of scooters, from basic models for city rides (125cc) to more powerful ones (300cc) for longer journeys.

It depends on the volume of the gas tank and the cost of gasoline. As a rule, motorcycles in Thailand use 91 or 95 gasohol (gasoline with an admixture of biofuel). At the time of writing this FAQ section, a liter of 91 gasohol cost 37THB per liter

The most popular Honda Click 125i has a gas tank capacity of 5.5 liters. Thus, filling a full tank will cost you 203THB.

The Honda CB300R has a gas tank capacity of 10 liters. So it would cost 370THB to fill a full tank.

However, you can meet local “experts” who claim on blogs that filling a full bike will cost you only 50THB!

Avoid visiting such blogs, as the information provided by their authors has nothing to do with reality and misleads foreign tourists.

Our team will ensure your motorcycle is in good working condition before you take it. However, it’s a good idea to check tire pressure, brakes, and lights before setting out.

If there are any problems, let our staff know that our guys were able to fix the deficiencies.

Of course, we service our bikes in a timely manner and fix any malfunction that occur, but we can’t rule out human error. Nevertheless, our job is to provide you with a serviceable motorcycle for your trip in northern Thailand. Therefore, if you find any malfunction, let us know immediately and we will fix it as soon as possible.

Also, be sure to refuel with the appropriate type of gasoline (usually either 91 or 95 octane) as indicated by our staff.

The most popular routes in Chiang Mai for riders are Mae Hong Son loop, Chiang Rai loop, Phu Chi Fa and Doi Inthanon National Park. Each offers breathtaking views, unique attractions, and enjoyable riding experiences.

Sure, you can travel around Thailand on our bikes. Some of our customers visit Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Bangkok, and even destinations like Phuket and Samui on the other side of the country. However, you’ll need to return the bike to Chiang Mai at the end of your agreed period. Please inform our staff about your planned route so we can provide the right bike and support.

Yes, all our scooters must be returned to our Chiang Mai location once your agreed-upon period is over.

We can arrange scooter delivery for durations exceeding a week. For shorter periods, you would need to visit our outlet.

Delivery can be arranged for rentals longer than 7 days within the city. Depending on the distance, there might be a charge. For rentals shorter than 7 days, we don’t offer delivery.

You should return the motorcycle to our office by the agreed-upon date and time. Late returns may result in additional charges. If you need more time with the motorcycle, please inform us at least 24 hours in advance.

First of all, don’t worry. You should contact us at the number listed on the lease. Our manager will tell you what to do. Remember to take pictures of physical injuries, if any, and damage of the bike.

If you need medical attention after an accident, be sure to go to the nearest hospital. Photos of your injuries, damaged motorbike, and hospital bills will be evidence for the insurance company when we assist you in obtaining your insurance payout. Remember, no insurance claim will be paid if you are drunk or under drugs.

If the bike needs minor repairs upon return, we will first evaluate the damage and then inform you of the repair costs. For more severe damage, a Yamaha or Honda dealership will assess it.

According to Thai law, the lessee must compensate for all losses, including indirect ones such as loss of income. However, our company doesn’t charge any other additional fees (like downtime, or loss of income due to repairs).

We advise against attempting repairs on your own. Our motorbike services offer competitive repair prices. Handling repairs yourself might end up costing more, especially if the quality is subpar and needs redoing.

You might have come across alarming stories online about tourists being overcharged for minor scratches. While it might seem unbelievable, such incidents do occur.

However, it’s essential to understand that some motorbike parts can be pricey. For instance, a headlight for the Honda Forza costs more than 7,000 baht. That’s the factory price. Such costs can be a surprise, but it’s not the fault of our shop. We don’t control accident outcomes or the factory prices of parts required for repairs.

In the unfortunate event of a breakdown, please contact us immediately. We will provide guidance on the next steps, which may include sending a mechanic or offering a replacement bike. It’s essential not to attempt any repairs yourself, as this could lead to further complications or void any agreements.


We are always ready to discuss any of your ideas about collaborations. Read the information on this page, and feel free to write to us!