A small motorcycle is a great way to travel Phuket but beware gravel rash, it can seriously hamper your sea bathing (though it does help the healing process in small doses! ).
All motorised tourists in Thailand – bikes and cars – are required to carry an International Drivers’ License on their person and it is also advisable to carry a copy of your passport information page and Thai visa.
Motorbike drivers and their passengers are required by law to wear helmets. A recent survey revealed that around a third of all bike passengers do not wear helmets.
The payment for breaking helmet laws depends on the officer issuing the fine, which side of the bed he got out of that morning, the season, the attitude of the biker and much more…
Thai police pay a lot of attention to foreigners driving bikes without helmets while turning a blind eye to locals doing the same thing.
It’s possible that they are concerned about farang hurting themselves but more likely that on-the-spot fines are paid fairly easily by visitors who are unlikely to argue, whereas extracting a few hundred baht from a local would be heavy going.
Fines for drunk driving in Thailand are heavy and may increase during holiday seasons.