Are you thinking of travelling around Thailand in your own car or motorbike?
If so, you will find here useful information on the country’s roads and on things to keep in mind before renting a vehicle and while driving.
Do not forget to bring your international driving license.
Thailand has a good road network. They are not like the fast roads that exist in many Western countries, but they do cover the whole territory and are generally in good maintenance condition.
If you plan to rent a car or a motorbike and make your particular itinerary, this is an excellent choice.
Our aim here is to provide a series of useful tips for anyone who is going to do so for the first time, whether it be to get around the city or to travel further inland, however, it is essential to understand that this is not an exhaustive list of dos and don’ts.
So before we start, we remind you that it is your obligation to get information about the Highway Code in any country you intend you drive in.
This video is merely the result of the authors’ personal experience and has no official approval.
The first thing to tell you is that in Thailand you will drive on the left, so if you come from a country where you drive on the right, we recommend you to rent a car with automatic transmission. This way, you do not have to familiarise to changing gears with your left hand when so many other things are new to you.
The video is undoubtedly the best way to offer all this information. Let’s go then!
Let us insist that:
» If you are going to hire a motorcycle, a quad, a car or any other vehicle, pay close attention to the condition of the tires and breaks, and take photographs and/or video of the bodywork. Check everything together with the shopkeeper that serves you.
» Avoid handing over the passport in deposit, in exchange, offer cash, perhaps Thb 6,000 or maybe more.
» If it does not include insurance, keep it in mind while driving.
» As we mentioned in the post on health protection, on the street and on the road you should drive defensively, taking all precautions.
Also as a pedestrian, even more.