Thailand is a place that should be explored not just with public transportation (as convenient as it is). If you only take public transportation everywhere you go, you are missing out on a huge part of Thailand. You could take taxis everywhere to see these sights, like a rich Chinese person, or you can take the cheaper option and rent a vehicle. Many of the scenic and rural sights of Thailand can’t be experienced except by hiring your own vehicle.
Renting a Vehicle in Thailand:
Thailand can be considered the scooter capital of the world, so driving a car can be dangerous here because you need to be more aware of your surroundings.
However, if you are looking to get around the country faster, are travelling with multiple people, have lots of luggage, or you are afraid that scooters are dangerous, I would suggest renting a car.
Do you have any recommendations?
We recommend using Qeeq here, Klook here, KKday here, or Kayak here to rent or charter cars in Thailand.
Thailand Car Rental Fast Facts:
Car rental places can be found next to most airports and in all major cities. But don’t expect them right next to every small train station.
Cheap would be 700-1500 THB a day (20-42 USD), average would be 2000+ THB a day (56 USD), and expensive would be 3,000+ THB a day (85+ USD). Discounts are often given for multiple day rentals and for weekdays.
Do I need a local license?
No. However, you should get an international driver’s permit. If you don’t have an international driver’s permit there is no guarantee that you can rent a car. Check with the rental agency beforehand and make necessary preparations.
Does Thailand have Uber?
No. Uber was sold to Grab. Therefore if you want Uber-like service in Thailand, consider using the Grab app instead.
What side of the road does Thailand drive on?
The Left side.
How much is the price of gas?
As of July, 2023 it is around 40 Thai Baht (1 USD) per liter for 95 octane gas.
Anything else I should be aware of when driving in Thailand?
Where can I rent cars in Thailand?
We recommend using Qeeq here, Klook here, KKday here, or Kayak here to rent or charter cars in Taiwan.
Summation of Rental Car Companies in Thailand:
(please note this is not a complete list. Other discounts and offers can be found on each company's website)
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Hertz / Thrifty
Chic Car Rent
Thai Rent A Car
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