I'm considering renting a motorcycle in Thailand, and the terms on the rental company's website state they will hold my passport for the duration of the rental. While I do not intend to leave the country, I don't like the idea of leaving my passport behind. Authorities may want to see my passport, such as a hotel clerk or a traffic policeman.
Is it legal for a business in Thailand to hold my passport for any reason?
What are my options if I don't want to give them my passport? This question suggests trying to convince the business to accept a photocopy of my passport. Has anyone had success with this approach? Would leaving a larger deposit or perhaps my credit card suffice?
I'm planning to rent for one or two days only.