What are your thoughts on cruising around with a scooter?
And I don’t mean using the scooter in a cold country and in its busiest city when it’s raining haha. Instead picture yourself on an empty street next to a lovely beach surrounded by beautiful nature in a hot and tropical climate.. Now breathe in the air and feel the wind blowing through your hair and cooling you down very gently :)
That’s what I refer to with cruising around on your scooter. Especially in South East Asia a scooter is just the best way to explore a beach town or island. When we spent two months in Vietnam hopping from one remote town to another we always made sure we rented a scooter at every new place. You are much more connected to the surroundings than in a car and you are much quicker than by foot or bicycle. Also it is just soooo much fun :) I really love to explore new places like that. You can stop wherever you want and have a break to enjoy the view. By scooter you can also find the prettiest remote beaches that you otherwise wouldn’t have found.
It is also quite easy to rent a scooter in Thailand or Vietnam. Just check with the hotel or hostel you are staying in. Sometimes they rent them out to guests directly. If not, ask what the usual prices are and whether they can recommend a place to rent the scooter. Once you to rent your little cruiser, check it for any broken parts, choose a helmet that at least gives you some sense of security and off you go :) The scooters are never perfect and the helmets are never the safest ones. But then you are not planning to RACE around the island. You are planning to CRUISE around and explore. Hence just a bit faster than by bicycle..
Relatively easy, right?
Before you start exploring make sure to download google maps on your phone, take cash and put on sunscreen. A camera and bathing clothes are also a good idea :)
PS: The photos are taken in Phuket :)