In Asia, the most accessible and popular means of transportation are a bike, a moped, and their variations. If traveling in Europe and America tourists willingly rent a car, not to depend on public transport. In Asian countries, it is cheaper and more enjoyable to rent a motorcycle.

Almost all countries on our list are legally allowed to drive a bike if you have an international category A rights.

A-year driver’s license is a motorcycle driver’s license with an engine capacity of more than 125 cm. At the same time, the motorcycle can be two-, three- and even four-wheeled.

To obtain international rights, you should contact the traffic police department in your place of residence (or the nearest one). Based on your driver’s license, after applying and paying the state duty, you will be given an international sample of VU.

Thailand. International rights category

A. The official fine for driving without VU is 1000 baht.

The traffic is left-handed.

Vietnam. International rights category

A. The official fine for driving without VU is 800,000 dong.

The movement is right-handed.

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India. International rights category

A. The official fine for driving without VU is 450 rupees.

The traffic is left-handed.

Cambodia. Since 2016, you do not need the rights to scooters with a capacity of up to 125 cubic meters.

There are no clear fines. The country is very corrupt. Usually, the issue with the police is solved by two dollars.

The movement is right-handed.

Indonesia. No one knows the international rights of category A. No one knows the official fine. Usually, it is 4 dollars on the spot.

The traffic is left-handed.

China. Allowed driving only with local rights, international and Russian do not operate.

The official fine for driving without a license is 244 yuan and confiscation of the bike. The size of the fine depends on the province.

The movement is right-handed.

Sri Lanka. Allowed driving only with local rights, international and Russian do not operate. No one knows the official fine. Usually, the issue with the police is solved within 500 Sri Lankan rupees.

The traffic is left-handed.

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General tips:

1. Features of the management of the scooter in a particular country are better to pre-check with residents, at the reception desk in the hotel, or at the point of rental bikes.

2. Keep in a separate pocket the average amount of a fine for driving without a license (so as not to show all the cash to the police), if you still do not have them and you risked to go. Remember that for speeding and driving without a helmet or rights in Asia can always be negotiated. As a rule, the price of the question is a maximum of 5 dollars.

3. If you are stopped, and you are wrong, communicate with the police with a smile and try to negotiate – a smile helps to do without a fine.

4. Be sure to wear a helmet. Driving without a helmet is the most common fine in Asia.

5. In any case, do not get behind the wheel drunk: first, it is dangerous, and secondly, for this the biggest fines and smile here will not help.

6. Before renting a bike do not forget to check its integrity; If you find a problem or scratch, be sure to show them to the tenant to avoid any disputes.

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7. It is possible to refuel and not at gas stations. Often in the cafe you can find gasoline in plastic bottles. This is regular gasoline, only a little more expensive than at a gas station.

8. Do not leave valuables in the bike, as it is easy to open or even steal.

9. Do not ride a scooter fast, as traffic in Asia is usually chaotic. It is also often complicated by animals that overlook the roads.

We strongly advise against getting behind the wheel of a motorcycle or other vehicle without a proper driver’s license, for the following reasons:

  • In the event of any accident, you will be found guilty by default, and no insurance company will recognize the driver as the recipient of insurance payments.
  • You can’t count on any health insurance after falling from a motorbike or accident.

Drive carefully and according to the rules.

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