See Why Riding a Motorbike in Thailand Is Like Nowhere Else

A Thai motorcyclist and his best friend out on their motorbike somewhere in Thailand. (Image: Facebook)
A Thai motorcyclist and his best friend out on their motorbike somewhere in Thailand. (Image: Facebook)

If you’ve been to Thailand, you would’ve noticed a large chunk of the population scoots around on low-powered motorcycles, and it’s not an uncommon sight to see a whole family crammed onto a single motorcycle.

While the Thais are like many others and love their vehicles, Thailand’s roads are the second most dangerous in the world, according to a study from last year.

To be blunt, it’s a place where traffic rules aren’t very well respected or enforced.

Or rules in general for that matter. But that’s part of the Kingdom’s charms.

I also guess it’s all relative, though. I have a friend from Mumbai who says Bangkok’s traffic is a welcome change to what he experiences in his home city.

Thailand’s love affair with anything to do with life on the road is probably only equaled by its obsession with social media. This means the country’s driving habits are well documented and shared around, especially the funnier WOW moments, which you can see some examples of below.

"Time to get the shopping home." (Facebook)

“Time to get the shopping home.” (Image: Facebook)

I wonder if his passenger knows what he is doing? (Facebook)

I wonder if his passenger knows what he is doing? (Image: Facebook)

These guys thought it’d be a better idea to have the pick-up truck do all the hard work.  (Facebook)

These guys thought it’d be a better idea to have the pick-up truck do all the hard work. (Image: Facebook)

Carrying supplies via motorcycle.  (Facebook)

Carrying supplies via motorcycle. (Image: Facebook)

How many people can you count that this motorcycle is carrying?  (Facebook)

How many people can you count that this motorcycle is carrying? (Image: Facebook)

The family transporter somewhere in Thailand. (Facebook)

The family transporter somewhere in Thailand. (Image: Facebook)

One man and two dogs somewhere in Thailand. (Facebook)

One man and two dogs somewhere in Thailand. (Image: Facebook)

As long as its works and she can get the bucket home that’s what counts! (Facebook)

As long as its works and she can get the bucket home, that’s what counts! (Image: Facebook)

Not sure which law these boys may have broken.  (Facebook)

Not sure which law these boys may have broken. (Image: Facebook)

A jazzed up Thai motorcycle. (Facebook)

A jazzed-up Thai motorcycle. (Image: Facebook)

The ‘Predator’ and his hotted up motorcycle somewhere in Thailand. (Facebook)

The ‘Predator’ and his hotted-up motorcycle somewhere in Thailand. (Image: Facebook)

One motorcyclist gives a friend and his bike a lift. (Facebook)

One motorcyclist gives a friend and his bike a lift. (Image: Facebook)

Young Thai boys popping a wheelie in their motorcycle. Hope they’re okay! (Facebook)

Young Thai boys popping a wheelie on their motorcycle. Hope they’re okay! (Image: Facebook)

A Thai motorcyclist texting as he rides. (Facebook)

Another Thai motorcyclist texting as he rides. (Image: Facebook)

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