Recently an Australian tourist had a bad motorbike accident on Ko Lanta which got quite a bit of news coverage after it emerged that because she was unlicensed, her travel insurance (Allianz) wouldn't cover her for the tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills she had.
Partly as a result of this, we've just added a new story into the planning section of the site to highlight important considerations when it comes to hiring and riding a motorbike in Southeast Asia.
Essentially, you need to be correctly licensed to ride a scooter if you also want to be insured. You also need to be wearing a helmet, be sober and so on.
The exact rules will depend on the insurance company you choose to use, the type of bike you want to ride, the country you are from and what country you will be riding in (yes it is a little complicated), but I outline some of the main considerations in the story.
You can read the full story here.
Any questions, ask away.
#1 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,770
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I read your story about riding a scooter in Vietnam, thank you. My question is, so are all the travelers there riding with no insurance? I would really like to do some touring in the south delta area on my holiday there in June, but from what you are saying/writing, it isn't possible to do with insurance?
What do you suggest? I don't really want to do an easy rider thing as I'm travelling by myself.
Thank you and thank you for the site.
#2 SalGoesToVietnam has been a member since 17/2/2017. Posts: 2