Welcome to Cat Motors. At our bike rentals you can hire an automatic scooter (CVT), a semi-auto motorbike or a manual gear motorcycle.
You can sign a daily, weekly, monthly, or long-term rental agreement. You can also extend the contract at any time convenient for you for any period convenient for you.
By reading this page to the end you will find lots of useful information and useful links to sections of our website: types of motorcycles for rent, conditions and rates, health insurance conditions, popular routes for riders, traffic rules in Thailand, fines for traffic violations, tips for riders to survive on Thai roads, information about collaboration, how to reach us from the airport, train station or bus station, and much more. Welcome to Chiang Mai!
Meow, co-founder of Cat Motors
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.
* 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.
There are no mileage restrictions in our rental. Any bike is provided with unlimited mileage.
The rental price included medical insurance with coverage up to 300,000 baht for the driver and passenger.
Even if you get into an accident while traveling to another province, we will provide remote support and help you get your insurance claim.
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!
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!
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:
Read more information here.
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 200-350 baht. Weekly rates range from 1,200-1,400, while monthly rates are between 2,500-3,500. Prices can fluctuate based on additional services, tourist season, and availability.
While some may prioritize lower prices and opt for agencies with better rates, it’s crucial to ensure quality. If you are in search of the “cheapest scooter rental in Chiang Mai” remember that you get what you pay for.
Monthly rentals typically range from 2,500 to 3,500, depending on the scooter model.
We do offer discounts for extended rentals. Please contact our team for specific rates and promotions.
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 https://www.shell.co.th/en_th/motorists/shell-fuels/shell-fuel-prices.html
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.
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.