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Helmets and Moto Taxis

  • jareduk

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    This is going to be a short post as this is the third time writing it!

    Do moto taxis have helmets (Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos) or do you have to have your own?

    If you buy your own, is it easy to sell them on (I don't really want to carry a helmet round Aus, NZ, and the US!!)?

    Cheers

    Jared.

    #1 Posted: 20/1/2009 - 05:19

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  • somtam2000

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    You can buy helmets anywhere, they're generally very cheap and of average quality (they're skid lid type, not full face helmets. Some motorbike taxi guys will have a spare one, but not always -- if you insist they'll generally be able to find one for you to borrow. They're cheap enough to hardly warant trying to sell.

    Third time post -- what happened to the earlier versions?

    #2 Posted: 20/1/2009 - 14:06

  • jareduk

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    Thanks, I think I'll just go ahead and buy a helmet then. Stupid not to have one for the sake a few bucks.

    The first couple of times, I just got an error message, saying that my post has failed, and if I continued to have problems to contact travelfish. Sorry I cannot give you any more information I didn't note the error. If it happens again I'll make note of it and post the error on the forum.

    #3 Posted: 20/1/2009 - 15:34

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    I try to make a habit of copying everything I write to the clipboard for 'errors' such as that! Ive wasted too much time learning the hard way.

    #4 Posted: 13/6/2009 - 23:51

  • MADMAC

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    In Thailand, they're required and in Bangkok most of the moto taxi drivers have them for passengers now.

    This is an interesting, fun, high risk form of transportation - not for the feint hearted. Great for the adrenaline though.

    #5 Posted: 22/6/2009 - 03:05

  • HoangDJ

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    Thailand and Vietnam, 99% moto taxi have helmets. Price for it in Vietnam is around USD10 to USD15 - reasonable quality, in Thailand is from USD20 to USD30. Cambodia around 15$ but very good quality. For Laos, I've never bought any, but I know that they are now force the moto taxi to have helmets for passenger, as they are holding the next SEA Games.

    #6 Posted: 10/7/2009 - 16:52

  • MADMAC

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    Hoang
    I just bought a helmut here - cost was about 4 USD. For 30 USD you get a serious helmut.

    #7 Posted: 12/7/2009 - 19:26

  • DLuek

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    I've experienced a few (though not many) motobike taxis in Bangkok who didn't have a helmet to spare, but never in Vietnam. There, it's a pretty sizable ticket if you or your passenger is caught riding without a helmet.

    #8 Posted: 13/7/2009 - 01:33

  • HoangDJ

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    MADMAC,

    You even can buy a helmet in Vietnam with VND50,000 (less than $3). The cheapest in BKK I don't know, but I saw in Chatuchak market - Bangkok they sell it with 300 baht (around $10), but the quality is unacceptable.

    I always go off-road in Vietnam (I'm Vietnamese, btw), so in my point of view, the price I mentioned here is the price with reasonable quality, and can save your life in case of getting accident.

    #9 Posted: 13/7/2009 - 15:42

  • MADMAC

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    I can't speak for BKK, since I never bought a helmut there. But the hemlut in your avatar is available where I live (Mukdahan) for about 150 baht. In fact, that's what I paid for mine.

    #10 Posted: 13/7/2009 - 19:30

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  • JacknKel

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    Hey all this Motorcycle talk.....Im terrified of them!!! Am i going to survive SEA without getting on one? I mean really, can I get around without them at all?

    #11 Posted: 6/8/2009 - 19:44

  • MADMAC

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    "Hey all this Motorcycle talk.....Im terrified of them!!! Am i going to survive SEA without getting on one? I mean really, can I get around without them at all?"

    Never be terrified of anything. It makes life less fun.

    But to answer you question - sure. In Bangkok you can always take a bus, sky train, taxi... in provincial locations a Tuk Tuk (or skylab) is usually available. So yeah, they're avoidable. But man they're fun.

    #12 Posted: 7/8/2009 - 13:48

  • Rohan

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    What are the chances the helmet will fit a large western head?

    I remember seeing a TV special where 3 guys drove motor bikes through Vietnam - 2 of them couldn't find helmets big enough for their heads! Don't know how hard they really looked though.

    #13 Posted: 7/8/2009 - 14:08

  • BruceMoon

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    Rohan

    They were Poms - and they had their own very highly rated TV show. Two have a very big TV viewer following. Clearly, they had BIG heads.

    For ordinary mortals like you and me, no probs.

    Cheers

    #14 Posted: 7/8/2009 - 15:12

  • JacknKel

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    thanks madmac..they may be fun but not when your 12 year old son is on the back of a bike with a stranger and im holding on for life on another bike. i dont see any fun there. i wouldnt trust anyone with that task. :-) wish me luck im heading over in october

    #15 Posted: 14/8/2009 - 18:52

  • MADMAC

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    "thanks madmac..they may be fun but not when your 12 year old son is on the back of a bike with a stranger and im holding on for life on another bike. i dont see any fun there. i wouldnt trust anyone with that task. :-) wish me luck im heading over in october"

    My little girl always rides with me... I would not trust her to a Thai motorcycle taxi (she's 2).

    But my son rides here, and he loves it! Course he's 22 and he always has a good looking girl glued to him riding on the back of my bike!

    #16 Posted: 18/8/2009 - 16:31

  • husqvarna

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    Does anyone know about helmets required and/or available with motorcycle rental on Ko Samet? Also, I rent a REAL dirt bike, not just a moped on Ko Samet? How about prices.

    #17 Posted: 8/9/2009 - 15:28

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    Ko Samet so small there's hardly a need for motorbikes -- can't imagine helmet law being enforced, though am sure if you needed one they'd be able to scrape one together for you. Can't help on dirt bikes -- not sure if they're available on Samet.

    #18 Posted: 8/9/2009 - 18:19

  • sidewinder

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    On Samet I found that mostly there were just mopeds but with off road tyres, even with these the 'roads' will be a nightmare (I hired one with normal tyres...BAD idea)
    Theres loads of quad bikes which are probably a better bet if you feel comfortable riding one

    Oh and no helments whatsoever

    #19 Posted: 25/9/2009 - 17:58

  • scafire_jes-
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    Just got back from Cambodia and while by law, the drivers must now have helmets, passengers don't and none of my drivers had extra.

    But you can buy a decent helmet for $15-17 easy, which is what I did. They all thought it was pretty funny, since the Cambodians seem to universally hate the helmet law and have no idea why you'd wear one if you didn't have to.

    I gave mine to my driver when I left Siem Reap, it was nicer and newer than his and I wasn't about to lug it back to the States, where I'm sure it doesn't meet our safety standards.

    I'll miss my trusty Space Crown brand helmet, though.

    #20 Posted: 26/9/2009 - 03:26

  • MADMAC

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    I hate wearing a helmut, although the safety reasons for doing so are undeniable.

    #21 Posted: 1/10/2009 - 15:22

  • Mike_V

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    That's weird, but I don't recall ever wearing a helmet on a moto in Vietnam.

    Last time I was there was a couple of years ago.
    I even checked my photos.
    Definitely no helmets.

    Haven't been to Cambodia in years, but never saw a passenger in a helmet there either.


    Always wore a helmet in Bangkok, but not elsewhere in Thailand.

    #22 Posted: 2/11/2009 - 10:11

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    Mike
    When I first came to Thailand no one wore helmuts in the province either (Yaso). But when I came back they were enforcing the helmut law in the city - but only during daytime. That's the way it is here now.

    #23 Posted: 9/11/2009 - 15:19

  • Mike_V

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    Unfortunately I haven't been in Thailand for years.

    Maybe next year?

    #24 Posted: 13/12/2009 - 18:24

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