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To rent a car in Thailand and self drive is an excellent way to explore this beautiful country. Discovering beautiful destinations and gorgeous beaches without having to rely on public transport brings a great sense of freedom. You can stop whenever you feel like it and decide on any last minute route changes.

However, there a few things you should know before getting behind the wheel. How to rent a car in Thailand? Is it safe and what are the costs?

This article provides you with all the ins-and-outs on how to rent a car in Thailand.

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Our experience

We did it! We did rent a car in Thailand and just drove off. It was everything we thought it would be.

We felt completely independent and totally enjoyed the sense of freedom and adventure. No one to telling us when to leave. No one to decide our destination but ourselves and no hassle with luggage.

To drive a car in Thailand had never even crossed my mind until I had this idea of doing the Mae Hong Son loop in Northern Thailand….in rainy season. For the ultimate Mae Hong Son loop experience you should ride it by motorbike, or so they say. However, navigating mountain roads in torrential rain just didnt sound appealing. Hence the idea was born to rent a car.

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Still, the thought of driving on the left side of the road, chaotic traffic, unknown roads, it all terrified me at first. I just wasnt sure if this was a good idea. On the other hand, the promise of ultimate freedom, adventure….. anyway, we did it and we absolutely loved it! In fact, we liked it so much that we already decided that next time we are in Thailand we will rent a car again.

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Why you should rent a car in Thailand

Again, traveling with your own transport in Thailand provides a tremendous sense of freedom. Moreover, a car is comfortable and aircon can be adjusted to your liking without having to worry about other travelers. Ok, except maybe your family.

  • Get off the main roads and instead, drive small rural paths if you want, its up to you!;

  • Stop at roadside stalls, either for food if you are hungry or just for looking around, its your choice!;

  • No worries about sanitary stops;

  • Photo stops and short swims on a whim are no problem and entirely for you to decide;

  • Traveling with children becomes so much easier.

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Of course Thai traffic dynamics are different from the traffic back home. However, if you are an experienced driver and aware of the possible risks, I am 100% sure that you will be ok driving in Thailand.

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Its actually very easy to rent a car in Thailand, especially online. Most large car rental companies are represented and pre-payment by credit card is possible.

Rental Conditions

Always read through the rental conditions, regardless of whether you are used to rent cars from a certain company in your own country. Their conditions in Thailand may be completely different, because of law or insurance requirements.


Conditions may differ per rental company, but usually theres no max on the mileage. Normally its not allowed to cross international borders with the car. Some companies also require a notification when crossing provincial borders.

International Driving Permit

An International Driving Permit is just an authenticated translation of your national driving license, but the Thai police insists on it. Just showing your own countries driving license, even if its from an English speaking country will almost certainly end up in a fine. So, before you leave, apply for your International Driving Permit and bring it with you to Thailand.

Minimum and maximum age

The minimum age for renting a car in Thailand is 21y and you should have at least held your driving license for 1 full year. However, some car rental companies like Sixt and Avis require a minimum age of 23y. There are also companies that charge an additional fee for drivers younger than 26y (typically THB100-200 per day). Also there might be restrictions on the type of car for younger drivers

As far as I know the maximum age is 99y (only Budget has a max of 70y), but I did hear that some companies are known to charge extra for drivers over 65y.

Next, upon collecting the rental you will need to show your passport (just id wont do), an international driving permit (if youre not a Thai resident) and a creditcard with sufficient credit registered on the drivers name.

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Additional driver

For longer trips it might be convenient to register an additional driver. The additional driver must be registered in the rental agreement. Similar to the main driver, he/she should meet the age requirements and hold an international driving permit. If the additional driver is not registered in the rental agreement you might run into trouble insurance wise in case of an accident.

Rental Procedure

Online Rental

As said, its incredibly easy to rent a car in Thailand online. With just a few clicks you can search whats on offer, compare pricing and conditions and arrange insurance. You can also arrange for the car to be delivered at your hotel or else collect it at the airport. The paperwork and payment is done in advance, so all you have to do is drive off and enjoy.

Direct Rental

Of course its also possible to rent a car on the spot. Rental companies in Thailand are everywhere, especially at airports. You might prefer to speak with the staff in person to determine the type of car, insurance and payment. For me the biggest disadvantage with on the spot rental is that you wont be able to compare conditions and pricing with other offerings. Also, you need to be aware that your preferred car type might not be available and preparing all documents can take some time.

Car rental companies

In Thailand most international rental companies are represented. There are also ample local Thai rental companies, which are often cheaper. Nevertheless, you might be better off with one of the international companies. Thai rental companies often feature older cars and maintenance is not always a priority.

Local rental company cars stand a higher chance of defect. Also, their operation is often less professional and English is not always understood. In case of a car breakdown or accident they might not understand you correctly, or worse, there might be no one answering the phone.

Please understand that the above doesnt apply to each and every local car rental company, but better safe than sorry. My advice is to choose a reliable international company with offices throughout Thailand


The cost to rent a car in Thailand depends on the type of car, the rental period and of course the price setting of the rental company. Total rent price is paid in advance together with the deposit.

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Prices start around THB850 per day for a small economy car that seats 3pax. Compact cars that seat 4pax start at THB1,000 per day and larger SUVs that seat 5-7pax go for THB1,500-2,000. Usually theres no maximum on the mileage.

The price includes VAT, but not fuel, insurance and any extras, such as a child seat and GPS. Always reserve extras in advance, since they are not always available.

Cars are rented for min 24hours. Returning the car late will almost always result in an extra 24h charge. Returning the car early almost never entitles you to a restitution. Again, read the terms and conditions thoroughly. All the more reason to do this online when youre not pressed for time and have the opportunity to compare.


Typically the deposit is anywhere between THB10,000-20,000. Larger and more expensive cars often require a higher deposit. Reputable rental companies will reserve an amount for the deposit on your credit card so make sure youre credit card has sufficient balance available.


Insurance for your rental car in Thailand is never covered by the insurance policy for your own car back home. Also, its partly not, and in most cases not at all, covered by a travel insurance policy. You always need a separate car insurance for your rental, which can be provided by the rental company.

Theres a difference to how rental companies offer car insurance. So, before signing the rental contract always check what the car insurance entails, as well as the deductible amount.

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My advice is to insure yourself to the max. Youll pay more, but it will give you great piece of mind while driving in a strange country. Most common forms of car insurance in Thailand are:

Car Insurance

  • Liability Insurance:
    Covers injuries and/or damages inflicted to third parties and their property, not to the driver or the drivers property. This insurance is mandatory and often a standard in the car rental package.

  • PAI / Personal Accident and Personal Effects Coverage (PAI/PEC):
    This insurance is offered at the time of rental for an additional daily charge. The PAI provides renter and renters passengers with Accidental Death, Accident Medical Expenses and Ambulance Expense Benefits.

  • TP / Theft Protection:
    Theft Protection covers part of the cost for replacing the hire car if its stolen while you have it. It also covers repairs to the car if its damaged when someone tries to steal it..

  • CDW / Collision Damage Waiver
    Collision Damage Waiver limits how much a car rental company will charge for repairs. This insurance will cover most of the cars bodywork, but depending on the rental company there might be a lot that is still not covered. Just a few examples: windows and mirrors, wheels and tires, undercarriage, engine, the cars interior, flat battery, personal belongings, lost keys. On top of this theres also the deductible to take into account.

  • SCDW / Super Collision Damage Waiver
    This is an upgrade to the standard Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), lowering the self-risk of the lessee considerably.

Travel Insurance

Whether you travel by rental car or not, do not forget travel insurance! One that also covers your medical care abroad and includes evacuations and repatriation. For the record, these are not included in your car insurance!
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When all documents are agreed upon and signed its time to pay the rental fee and deposit (unless you already paid online of course). For credit card payments, the credit card has to be registered to the main driver. Check the car for visible damage (together with the service staff) and take photos if necessary. Dont forget the contents of the fuel tank and the spare wheel.

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Most cars in Thailand run on Gasohol 91, Gasohol 95 or sometimes diesel. Bangkok fuel prices are the lowest in the country.


Car damage, theft, breakdown or an accident, it could happen, so its best to know beforehand how to deal in such situations. Prepare yourself and be aware that the following situations are not uncommon on the Thai roads and might occur:

  • Speeding traffic (even on the wrong side of the road);

  • Traffic overtaking from the left and right;

  • Vehicles suddenly hitting their brakes in front of you, because they want to make a last minute U-turn;

  • A million scooters/motorbikes coming from everywhere;

  • Pedestrians and/or dogs suddenly trying to cross the street or lying in the middle of the road (dogs, not pedestrians for the latter);

  • Oncoming traffic overtaking in sharp curves with no view on whats behind the curve.

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Road conditions

The Thai road network is kept surprisingly well. Sure, you will encounter dirt roads and potholes, but most roads have asphalt and signage is sufficient and often in English. Having said that, roads are very poorly lit, especially outside of the cities. My advise is not to drive after dark. Next to poor road lighting it is known that many Thai vehicles go without functioning head and/or tail lights.

Gas stations are everywhere. A lot of them have restaurants, coffeeshops and even a mini market. Of course the gas stations have rest rooms. Most of them (not all) are clean, but remember to bring your own paper towels.

Thai traffic rules

Sure, there are rules, but most Thai just dont (strictly) abide by them. The speed limit is blatantly ignored and vehicles will overtake you from left and right. Particularly the many motorbikes just swarm through traffic like ants without a plan. Generally, motorized traffic will not stop at pedestrian crossings. That doesnt mean that you shouldnt as well.

Here are a few general Thai traffic rules to take into account, but as said, not all Thai drivers abide by them:

  • Thailand drives on the left side of the road;

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  • Overtake other vehicles from the right side;

  • If there are multiple lanes in the same direction then overtaking from the left is allowed;

  • Turning left at a red light is allowed, provided that it can be done safely;

  • Using your horn while overtaking another vehicle is allowed;

  • On mountain roads, sounding your horn before going into a sharp curve with no sight on oncoming traffic is mandatory;

  • Traffic coming from the left has right of way. So does the traffic on the main road and on a roundabout.

Strangely enough, we noticed that most Thai do abide by some unofficial traffic rules:

  • The biggest vehicle has right of way;

  • When a vehicle high beams you it means that he is taking right of way…better get out of his way;

  • The left lane is for motorbikes and slow vehicles;

  • Its perfectly ok to park on the emergency lane or to use it as an extra lane to drive on.


If you occur any small damage like scratches or minor dents, just keep driving and notify the rental company upon return of the car. Together with the service staff you can assess and agree on the damage. Hopefully you opted for the Super Collision Damage Waiver. If not, youll have to pay for (part) of the damage.

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Car Breakdown

Nobody wants to get stranded by the road side, especially not in a strange country. Still, it could happen, so what to do? Most larger rental companies offer free emergency assistance with a toll free 24/7 phone number. Check before you agree on the rental contract whether this is included and what is the phone number.

  • Park your car in a safe part of the road and switch on the hazard lights. Then call the emergency assistance phone number and wait for the mechanic to arrive. If the phone number is not operational try to google your rental companys nearest office phone number. If the person answering the phone does not speak your language ask any Thai bystander to translate for you.

But what if youre in the the middle of nowhere and theres no mobile phone service?

  • Try to stop a passing car or ask for help at the nearest house. Youd be surprised how helpful Thai people are.

In any case it will probably be a while before youre on your way again. Always make sure to have plenty of water and some food in the car.

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To be in an accident in Thailand is probably the ultimate horror scenario. Even if youre a very experienced driver and go by the rules, it doesnt mean that nothing can happen, so stay alert.

  • Stop the car in a safe part of the road

  • In case of physical injuries call the emergency ambulance number: 1669

  • Call the Thai tourist police for assistance: 1155

  • Call the emergency assistance number from the car rental company

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The Thai police and an insurance representative will evaluate the accident. The police report will be presented to the driver and the rental company. Unfortunately the rumors are true. The tourist is often blamed for the accident no matter the circumstances. All the more reason to buy the right insurance coverage.


To reach the larger and popular Islands is as easy as buying a ticket for the car ferry. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Lanta and Koh Chang all have car ferries, while Phuket Island has a bridge from the mainland. Other, smaller Islands without a car ferry often have a designated parking on the mainland where you can leave your car for a fee.

Be aware that many of the Thai Islands are mountainous with small steep roads. Driving at night and during rainfall is a challenge not to be taken lightly.

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Always bring:

  • All rental documents;

  • Driving license, International Driving Permit and Passport;

  • Smart phone with a (preferable Thai) data sim card;

  • Sufficient water and some food

More Tips

  • Use your phone as a GPS with Google maps or download maps from for when theres no service. Program all important phone numbers (emergency assistance, police, ambulance, rental company);

  • While traveling, book your accommodation at Check location, availability, last minute prices and read reviews while youre on the move. You wont have to go round searching for a place to stay and the hotel address is a perfect destination to program in your GPS.

  • Its not advisable to drive in Bangkok. Traffic there is incredibly hectic and unpredictable. If your journey starts in Bangkok, try to find a rental company on one of the airports so you can hop on the highway immediately.

  • Enjoy!

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If you have any further questions on how to rent a car in Thailand then reach out in the comments below. Of course youre more than welcome to share tips and experiences as well.

Safe Travels!


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Do you need an international drivers license to rent a car in Thailand? ›

If you want to hire a car in Thailand that you will be driving yourself, you will need to be in possession of a full license (not probationary) from your home country. In many cases the hire company will also ask to see an international driving permit (obtainable in your home country).

Can I drive in Thailand as a tourist? ›

If you would like to drive, either vehicle or motorcycle, while visiting Thailand, you are required by law to hold an international driving license. When asked for, you need to show your international driving license along with your passport and national driving license.

Is driving in Thailand difficult? ›

Driving in Thailand during the day is a little chaotic but manageable, however, driving at night is not recommended particularly for tourists. At night there is a lot of heavy truck traffic and the drivers tend to have little regard for other cars on the road.

Do you need insurance to drive in Thailand? ›

Compulsory Car Insurance in Thailand is required by the law for all vehicles. It only covers bodily injuries to occupants of the vehicle (including the driver) as well as to third parties.

What is the cheapest way to get around Thailand? ›

Trains are the best way to get around Thailand cheaply and in comfort. Night buses are great for places that aren't serviced by the train and if you're on a budget. If you're short on time, just fly.

Is there Uber in Thailand? ›

There is no Uber in Thailand, but there is Grab

All you have to do is download the app and enter your destination, just like you would with Uber. It is a little more expensive than a taxi or tuk tuk, but the cars are safe, secure and usually air-conditioned—totally worth it for a cross-city journey.

How much money do you need to have a good time in Thailand? ›

You should plan to spend around ฿3,250 ($87) per day on your vacation in Thailand, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ฿481 ($13) on meals for one day and ฿384 ($10) on local transportation.

Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Thailand? ›

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Required Documents

The first thing that you should have for renting a car in Phuket is your international driver's license or your international driver's permit. You have to apply for it in your home country. Along with that a car rental company will also keep a photocopy of your passport.

How much does an international drivers license cost in Thailand? ›

Applying with a Thai Driver's License

After you submit all your documents, you'll have to pay the 505 baht fee, and you'll be given an international driving license that is valid for one year.

What is the best way to travel around Thailand? ›

Plane. Fast, affordable and pretty reliable (barring any inclement weather), a plane is often the best way to travel in Thailand. All the major tourist destinations have an airport, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Phuket and Krabi.

Can you get around Thailand with just English? ›

The public transport system is good and quite straightforward, and many Thai, particularly in the hospitality sector, speak a basic English. I lived in Chiang Mai for something like two years and never got around to speaking Thai, outside of a few dozen words. During that time, I traveled around quite a bit.

Is Thailand right or left hand drive? ›

The reason why Thailand drives on the left side of the road is that the first car in Thailand was a gift from the Royal Family of England to the King of Thailand back in the 1900s. Since the United Kingdom drives on the left side of the road, the car given was made for left-hand driving.

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To spend 3 weeks in Thailand is not a problem. There are so many places to see from hiking mountains, diving for the corals, and most importantly, tasting authentic Thai dishes. You can do all these in just 21-days in Thailand without rushing yourself.

How many days are enough for Thailand trip? ›

On average, most people spend about 10 days to two weeks in Thailand and if you want to experience the best of what the country can offer, this should give you enough time to visit the must-see sites and to even discover a few hidden gems.

Are helmets required in Thailand? ›

Front seat car passengers, as well as the driver, must wear seat belts. Motorbike drivers and their passengers are required by law to wear helmets.

Is it easy to drive a car in Phuket? ›

Driving around Phuket is not that hard during the day, but beware if driving at night, especially when it is raining. During the daylight we have no problems navigating our way around the Island from the North to the South, landmarks are easy to find and the maps are easy to read.

Can foreigners drive in Phuket? ›

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Is Grab or taxi cheaper Thailand? ›

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Is it better to take cash or card to Thailand? It is better to take cash and cards to Thailand. We recommend taking cash and at least 2 travel cards to Thailand. Take cash for the smaller items and take a debit travel card or prepaid travel card loaded with Thai baht.

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Can you get international driving permit online? ›

You can't apply for an international driving permit online. To get your international driver's licence you need to apply in person at the Post Office.

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If you already have an international driver's license, you can use it to get a Thai driver's license at any Department of Land Transport. All you need to do is to bring a signed copy of your passport, a medical certificate, and a resident certificate.

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The best time to visit Thailand is between November and early April. Not only is it the driest part of the year in the Land of Smiles, but it's also the warmest – temperatures hover between 32 and 36 degrees, with up to nine hours of sunshine a day.

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For Thailand, we're budgeting approximately $2500 for the both of us for 6 weeks. This includes transport, food, accommodation, sightseeing entry fees and basic shopping.

Can you hug in Thailand? ›

Do Not Hug and Kiss in Public (Couple) Thailand is a conservative country, so hugging and kissing in public places is considered impolite in Thai society. Though nowadays it's more acceptable, still some old people take it seriously.

Is 2 weeks in Thailand long enough? ›

With so many dazzling destinations and memorable experiences waiting to be enjoyed, Thailand is a fantastic choice for a two-week holiday. Relax on a beach in the South, explore the mountains and countryside in the North, and discover the different sides of Bangkok and Central Thailand.

Is Bangkok English friendly? ›

Is English widely spoken in Bangkok? As English is widely spoken in Bangkok, for English speaking tourists, it is relatively easy to get around the city. Thai people will speak English in all major tourist attractions.

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An international driving license is accepted as long as it is valid, but a foreign license is not accepted in Thailand. If you are a resident and eligible, you should obtain a Thai Driver's License.

What Licence do I need to drive in Thailand? ›

If you would like to drive, either vehicle or motorcycle, while visiting Thailand, you are required by law to hold an international driving license. When asked for, you need to show your international driving license along with your passport and national driving license.

Can a foreigner drive a car in Thailand? ›

An international driving license is accepted as long as it is valid, but a foreign license is not accepted in Thailand. If you are a resident and eligible, you should obtain a Thai Driver's License.

Can a foreigner drive taxi in Thailand? ›

If you are not a resident (you are on a tourist visa or exemption of visa), you need an international driving permit (IDP) to be able to drive in Thailand.

Can US citizen rent in Thailand? ›

Yes, foreigners can rent property in Thailand. There are no restrictions; all you need is a passport and your deposit in cash.

Can I rent a car in Thailand with UK licence? ›

To drive a car or ride a motorcycle in Thailand, under Thai law you must have the correct licence and appropriate insurance for the category of vehicle you're using. You will need to apply for a Thai driving licence or, if you already hold a UK licence, an International Driving Permit.

Is it easy to drive in Phuket? ›

Driving around Phuket is not that hard during the day, but beware if driving at night, especially when it is raining. During the daylight we have no problems navigating our way around the Island from the North to the South, landmarks are easy to find and the maps are easy to read.

Can I self drive in Phuket? ›

Legal requirements for driving in Phuket

An International driving licence or licence to drive from your own country is required for short stays. If you are staying for more than 3 months then a Thai driver's licence is necessary.

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There's no need or expectation to tip a taxi driver in Thailand. But we've all had nightmare taxi journeys on vacation, so when you get a friendly, safe driver it can be a blessing. In which case, round up the fare on the meter to the nearest 50 or 100 Baht.

Can you use Uber in Thailand? ›

There is no Uber in Thailand, but there is Grab

All you have to do is download the app and enter your destination, just like you would with Uber. It is a little more expensive than a taxi or tuk tuk, but the cars are safe, secure and usually air-conditioned—totally worth it for a cross-city journey.

What is the best way to get around in Thailand? ›

  1. Flying is the most expensive — but quickest — way to get around. ...
  2. Thailand is one of the few countries in the region with a decent rail network. ...
  3. As trains don't go everywhere in Thailand, taking the bus is your second-best option. ...
  4. Don't rent a car in Thailand.
31 Aug 2022

How many days can a US citizen stay in Thailand? ›

Tourist Visas

The tourist visa must generally be used within 90 days from the date of issue and allows an initial stay of 60 days. After arrival in Thailand, a tourist visa may be extended at the discretion of an immigration officer once for an additional 30 days with the total period of stay no longer than 90 days.

How long can a US citizen stay in Thailand without a visa? ›

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

U.S. citizen tourists entering Thailand for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa. We strongly recommend that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your arrival in Thailand to avoid possible denied entry.


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