Punctures are one of those things that we just to have accept in life and unfortunately in Pattaya they are quite common; especially on motorbikes. Although they are an inconvenience they are relatively easy to repair and you can be back on the road in no time at all! Repairs are usually very cheap, certainly in comparison to our home countries with repair shops all over the city just waiting for the next bike to come along waiting for a repair!
When people ask what should I do if I get a puncture it seems obvious to say take it to a repair shop but if you are new to the city or new to riding a bike you may not know. Repair shops are fairly easy to spot if you are looking for them but probably not something that you look for everyday. They usually have compressors, tyres and inner tubes at the front of the shop with, more than likely people stood outside getting their bike repaired. It takes literally minutes for the shop to carry out the repair as they have all the equipment on hand and teams ready and waiting.
Sadly, if you do get a puncture it is your responsibility – so please only contact Pattaya Rent a Bike as a last resort. Repairs will be cheap (tire replacement around 400 baht, tire repair around 100 baht) so don’t worry about that and a repair shop will be literally hundreds of metres away from you if you are in the city. Ask a local to point you in the right direction. You won’t need to be able to speak Thai for this one! Just show them the puncture and pointing will get you the desired conclusion pretty quickly!
When you are taking the bike to the repair shop you will need to push it rather than ride it. Riding the bike will cause excessive damage to the tyre and inner tube so it may then require new ones rather than just being a simple repair. This will take more time and will be far more costly. Just use your common sense if you do get a puncture, do what you would do at home and remember a repair shop will be very close to you wherever you are in the city and they are often open 24 hours a day.