Buggy or Quad ride in Rawai


While walking on the back roads around Rawai, I often met groups sitting on strange machines.

Sometimes Buggy, sometimes Quad... people always gave the impression of having a good time.

I ended up following them over a few meters to find out a little more....



Leaving Rawai (road 4233) towards the "View Point" which dominates Kata and Karon, we quickly found the two centres that offer these trips in the jungle....

In fact, if you visit these people's websites, the proposed tours consist of "packages" with 4 activities:

  • Buggy ride
  • Elephant exit
  • Monkey show
  • Snake Show

Visit the website (at the end of the article), you will have all the information about the proposed outings (duration and prices)

It's on the way to the small beach of Nui Beach, that these outings in Buggy take place....



There are the Buggys, but there are also: the "Quad".
The Buggys have a steering wheel, the Quad have a handlebar...













These Quad bikes may have 4 wheels.... it remains nevertheless that on sand, it remains quite slippery... and if the speed is too high, we quickly find ourselves in the ditch...

According to a connoisseur's testimony, it seems that these "Quads" are very dangerous...


More fear than harm... the young girl who had lost control of her buggy finally got away with barely a few superficial scratches....

Website to consult: click here

That's all very beautiful, and it looks very funny.

However: mistrust, mistrust....

These machines on 4 wheels are banned from circulation on Thai roads... because no license plate and I imagine... no insurance, or from their base camp, to reach the wilderness trails, these "Buggys" or "Quads" are forced to travel approximately 2 to 3 km on Route 4233 in the middle of traffic (fluid it is true here) but still: what happens in case of an accident...?

What happens if you fall heavily on the wild trail? if you are injured, you probably have your own insurance, and if the machine is damaged... who pays for the repair and how much?

In general in this kind of situation, Thai people don't hesitate to load a maximum of and you have no recourse and to avoid serious problems, it is better to pay without arguing....

And then what state are they really in when you sit on them.... ?
Are the brakes in good condition...?

On a picture of the quads (group of 10 people) we notice that the wheel of the first red quad is a little crooked while the terrain is not particularly rough.... imagine that the axis breaks.... (because it has been in poor condition for some time): What's going on then? Who's paying? 

To Pay or not To Pay...That is the question!  and it's more like The Big Question...
When in doubt... generally, I abstain...
So, before you start... ask yourself these questions.

As I often say:
Thailand is a great country... as long as there is no problem...