|On the one hand, maybe the rental agency was having us on. On the other hand, maybe this kind of thing just doesn't seem strange in these parts.|
Luckily, having lived for two years in Japan, I'm used to both emasculation and driving on the left. (Though I'm still getting the hang of sitting on the right side of the car when I drive . . .)
On the whole, that little scooter was one of the best deals I've ever landed. It cost about $8.50 per day to rent it, plus another $6 or so to keep it filled up for the week. For each day, that works out to about 2-3 mid-range "taxi" rides.
|In Chiang Mai, taxis (and sometimes police cars) look like this.|
But despite all these drawbacks, by the end of the trip we'd become quite attached to our little bike. I've always threatened to buy a motorbike here in Japan . . .