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The Complete Thailand Driving and Rental Guide

Hiring a car to drive in Thailand can be very pleasant as highways are well maintained throughout the country. However, when you are driving in the big cities, heavy traffic may make your road trip far more challenging. This brief guide will provide a complete cover-up aiming to help you when planning a trip to Thailand.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Thailand is on the left-hand side of the road. Some driving norms in Thailand can somewhat be seen as particular depending where you come from. For instance, tailgating is quite common and accepted by the locales, and people often cut each other off or cut into lines of cars.

Speed Limit

The speed limits for Thailand are 90 km/h on open roads, 50km/h in towns and 120km/h in motorways unless signs say otherwise.

Traffic Signs

There are mainly three types of road signs in Thailand, including regulatory signs, warning signs, and informational signs. 

Thailand regulatory signs have different shapes, most of them featuring red border and white background. Note that the Stop Sign is written in Thai language instead of English or by pictogram, but a typical Octagon is applied to imply its meaning like most of the countries.

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Thailand warning signs mostly feature a yellow background with black pictogram.

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Thailand information signs are blue with rectangular or square shapes.

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*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

A new law has come into effect from the 5th of April 2017, stating that passengers in the rear seat of a car are now required to wear seatbelts in addition to the driver and front seat passenger. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to 500 Thai Baht.

Booster Seat Laws

The Thailand law states that children should be restrained in an age-appropriate system. Children under 12 years old should not sit in the front of a vehicle. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

Because of the heavy traffic, parking in some Thai cities can be difficult to find. Parking rules and rates are usually marked on signs with English translations in tourist areas.


· Permitted Parking


- White rectangle on the road indicates a designated car parking space. Many shops, malls, restaurants, sights and hotels offer to park and if payment is needed, it will not be expensive.

Thailand Parking White Rectangle(Image from miamiexoticcarrentals.me)


- Yellow and white markings indicate a short-term parking space only, for usually no more than five minutes. These markings also indicate a bus stop. It is therefore not advised to park there.


· No Parking


- Red and white markings indicate a no parking zone, which means cars may not park here.

Thailand Parking Red and White Markings(Image from shutterstock.com)


- Multiple white diagonal lines indicate parking spaces for motorcycles only and no cars can park here.

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Fuel Prices

The average price for Thailand gasoline price between July and November 2017 was 34.36 Thai Baht, and diesel was 26.79 on 4th Dec.2017.

Toll

Only the big Bangkok-area expressways demand electronic payment, while cash can be used in other places. The usual charge is between 40 and 50 Thai baht. If you do not have an electronic sensor (automatic deduction), do not go to the easy pass lane with blue marks on the ground.


Failing to pay the toll in time may lead to the car rental company paying on your behalf by debiting your credit card, charging a total amount of the toll fee and its management fee from your credit card. Please be aware that this management fee can be costly.  

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

Drivers who have had their licenses for over five years are allowed to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of up to 0.05% when behind the wheel, while divers under 20 years are only allowed to have maximal BAC of 0.02%. A hefty fine of 60,000 THB and/or a 6-month prison sentence will be applied in case of DUI.


Foreigners driving after an excessive consumption of alcohol may also risk being deported, depending on the severity of the case.

Traffic Fines

Speeding fines in Thailand are between 200 THB to 400 THB. Parking in the wrong place or exceeding the time allowed will result in a parking ticket. Finally, parking in a non-parking area may result in a fine of 200 Thai Baht


Some of the fines can be paid on the spot. In case you have not paid a fine, your car hire company will collect the fine’s charge as well as an added administration fee directly from your credit card. 


Should you have questions in terms of traffic fines collection, you are always welcome to contact EasyRentCars for assistance. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

As a tourist or visitor driving or renting a car in Thailand, it is necessary to have a valid foreign driving licence with a photograph. Many car hire companies require a full driving licence held for a minimum of 2 years with no major endorsements. 


If your domestic driving licence is not in English (Arabic, Japanese, Cyrillic etc), an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English or Thai is required when you drive in Thailand. Please note that an International Driving Permit (often referred to as an International Driving Licence) does not replace the requirement for a regular driving licence. And you must carry your current overseas driver’s licence, IDP or translation with you all the time when driving in Thailand.


Minimum age in Thailand is 21 years(age may vary by car category). If you're 21-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee. If you're 65 or older, you may have to pay a senior driver fee.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. EasyRentCars.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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Jacob Collins

December 13, 2019 Destination: Burirum

10quick and easy

they are quick and easy at buriram airport

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Jacob Collins

December 13, 2019 Destination: Chiang Rai

9.7easy and cheap

they stayed back after closing time. which was were really thankful for

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C.THONGKAO

December 13, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

8.3Very Good

There is no counter in terminal, CNX airport. Have to walk out to pick up the car at the parking about 100 meters. The staff is very good.

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S.LEE

December 13, 2019 Destination: Surat Thani

5.7Average

Thai rent a car company is worst in my life When i pick up they charged drop-off fee even I paid in app in advanced ( This case is under processing to solve ) So it took long time to pick-up When I return the car they insisted car had accident then required to me pay 5000 thai baht!! The mark I can remove 5min with toothpaste.... Its cleaning matter not a accident! Because of my flight time is 40min left I had to pay it! start from end Thai a rent a car give me awful experience!!!

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M.Aphithanan

December 12, 2019 Destination: Chiang Rai

9.7Excellent

Nice car and quick check out and in

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C.Sitthanon

December 10, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

10Awesome experience!

The car is new, in a good condition and the price is competitive. Overall I very impressed keep up the quality!

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December 10, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

10Good experience

Good service

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C.Ng

December 9, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

10Over expectations

Very nice and almost new car.

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R.Lewis

December 8, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

9.7Easy rental of a quality car.

Good clean and service. Easy to rent and pick up.

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M.SilverRaja

December 7, 2019 Destination: Phuket

7.76 self driving days at Phuket

Long waiting time at the pick up counter but the process was smooth. Long waiting time to pick up the car but the staff attended was friendly. The car was relatively new and in good condition.

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C.Yu

December 6, 2019 Destination: Phuket

8.7Easy and convenient

Exactly as described. No issues with pick up and the car.

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M.Wortelboer

December 6, 2019 Destination: Phuket

7.6It was ok.

Fairly new car but had already a lot of scratches. The car was situated in a dark location (we arrived after sunset) which made it difficult to see all defects.

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Q.Kam

December 6, 2019 Destination: Phuket

8Great. Will use them again

Great experience. Value for money too. however, fuel to fuel should be better if its fully Topped up.

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Fady Hanna

December 5, 2019 Destination: Phuket

7.7Good

Car is good, new, slightly less clean than the exact same car in Bangkok. The agent at the drop off was rude though. Counter is in the international terminal so if arriving domestically you need to exit, walk across the parking, and go to international terminal.

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Fady Hanna

December 5, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

10Great local rental agency

Yesaway is a great local agent, their peices were fair and cars were new and clean and in good condition

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w.kee keong

December 5, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

8good recommended

staff are very helpful, collecting car take about 15min easy to access counter easy to locate, price reasonable... will book again thai rent.

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Voravech Kumpoot

December 5, 2019 Destination: Phuket

9It's ok

There are many wrinkles on the outside. But the inside of the car is clean Pick up and return the car, convenient, fast

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Goi- SG

December 4, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

10My first excellent experience with rental car for my holiday

Received excellent service from the counter staff. The application for the rental is easy and smooth. I am lucky to get new car with good performance.

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p.Tan

December 4, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

9Can was in great condition. But not enough luggage space

Good service but the van has no luggage space

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December 4, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

7.7Easy to use

Not too bad

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n.Terry

December 4, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

8.7Overall good

If the staff can put more smile on face, then everyone will be happy for that moment

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S.Hngoikrathok

December 3, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

8.7Very Good

Easy and comfortable. Thanks.

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P.Sukkawpong

December 3, 2019 Destination: Chiang Rai

10Excellent

Easy and comfortable. Thanks.

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Mei Ling

December 3, 2019 Destination: Phuket

9Quality & Great Service ! Thumb up!

Great service form their staff, due to my flight was delay and delay again,i keep changing my car collection time. But they still reserve the car and wait for me to collect it, even my flight was delay to the next day.

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S.Kuansanong

December 3, 2019 Destination: Haad Yai

9.7Excellent

Easy and comfortable. Thanks.

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A.Kanjanawetin

December 3, 2019 Destination: Phuket

8.3Very Good

Easy and comfortable. Thanks.

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T.Wong

December 3, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

8.7Very Good

The service on YESAWAY is prone and good.

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TS Park

December 2, 2019 Destination: Phuket

4.7Average

Their office in Phuket is inside of arrival where I can't access so I had to ask security to call the staff to come out that made me waiting for more than 30 min. Also, the office is located at domestic airport that I had to walk there from international to domestic terminal with my luggage.

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S.LIM

December 2, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

9.7Excellent!

My flight landed about 11.15pm, manage to get the car by 11.45pm. Good service provided, car in good condition and clean. We return the car at town, but stuck in heavy traffic. Reached the center about 10 minutes late but the staff still Waiting for me without charged. I’m appreciate it so much. Thank you so much. Definitely Will back to eurocar again!

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A.S.

December 1, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

7Disappointed for additional charges

The car is ok. But very disappointed to pay additional 1000 baht for repairing a tyre. When returning the car, the staff found a nail on the inner part of one of the tire. The place normally will not be notice / checked when collecting car. So, I didn't know whether the nail was already there when I collect the car or it is due to my driving. When returning the car, the tire looks perfectly fine, no leaking of air, and I had no problem of driving whole day back to the return. And we have be there talking to the staff, her leader for almost an hour, and the tire had no sign of leaking air at all. So I really doubt if the nail was already there when collecting the car.

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Travelogue666

December 1, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

9.3double sweet & smooth!!

good service & vehicle as described

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P.Chueamueangphan

November 30, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

8.3Good

So Good

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B.Yeo

November 30, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

10Excellent

It was fast and easy. Staff recommend to take the extra insurance, for precaution.

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P.CHATHATHITIWAT

November 30, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

9.3Excellent

Love it. Will book again.

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T.Verbeek

November 30, 2019 Destination: Hua Hin

9.6Excellent

In the beginning there was some misunderstanding about an extra insurance from Budget.

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November 30, 2019 Destination: Phuket

6.3Did what it needs to do for my family's vacation.

The chic car counter is inside the domestic airport which is not clearly stated during booking (only stated "in terminal", and i had to ask around before I'm directed to domestic. However, I'm not allowed in to the airport. Seek assistance from security to call the service staff who came out to finish the documentation process. The finding and waiting took a bit of time. Overall a high average experience, although the tyres seems under performing.

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November 29, 2019 Destination: Phuket

10A easy and fast. Good deal.

Good service.

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November 29, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

8.7Very Good

いつも使っているレンタカー会社であり、信頼できる。車両も新車を数多く準備しており良い。staffの対応もよい。

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J.Lee

November 29, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

7.7Good

There was a bad jam in BKK and the hot line customer service cannot speak in English. It didn't help us at all when we were trying to communicate.

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v.Proctor

November 29, 2019 Destination: Phuket

9.7Excellent

Everything went smooth.

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W.JITRAWANG

November 29, 2019 Destination: Pattaya

7.7Good!

I made the reservation of "Honda City" but what I got was "Toyats Vios". I was quite dissapointed and upset. However, the "Toyata Vios" had good enough conditions. Anyway, if I got what I booked would be much better.

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P.Sektaweelarp

November 29, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

10Happy

Good

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Mikhail Gordeev

November 28, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

10Все было отлично!

Got a new Toyota Yaris car.The car proved to be a very good side. The representative of the company all promptly issued when issuing and also promptly passed the transfer of the car. I will definitely use the services of your company next year. Thanks.

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Junhao

November 28, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

10First time booking and pick up and return of vehicle was a breeze. Will book again.

First time booking and pick up and return of vehicle was a breeze.

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Napaporn Wann

November 27, 2019 Destination: Pattaya

9.7Excellent

Good jobs

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K.Chokkhatiwat

November 26, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

8Ok,​ Good​ car, good​ service.

Office​ hours just end on​ ​9.00​pm.​ If you​come​ after​ that​ will hv extra​charge. Thrifty is​ the​ same place as​ Hertz counter with​ the​ label​ in​ blue​ colour​ on​ A4 paper.

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Firdhaus

November 26, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

10Satisfied.

Fast, smooth and efficient check in and out. Good vehicle, new and reliable.

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Vince Jathanna

November 26, 2019 Destination: Phuket

9.3Big deals, low hassle super convenient rides.

Yesaway counter is strategically located as soon as you get outside the staff is super courteous and explains every thing in detail which is needed

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Vince Jathanna

November 26, 2019 Destination: Bangkok

8Pick up and Zoom out with Super Ease

The pick up process was very smooth and more so was the drop. I was worried as I had arrived a bit late to the airport and I had informed the staff to keep the formalities to minimum and they were more than helpful in understanding the situation. Kudos to the cooperative team

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Surapol

November 26, 2019 Destination: Chiang Mai

5Bad Car Rent company.

The counter staff did not help me good enough and spent a long time to finish the process. they did not give any attention to the customers. As well as, they down grade the size of car for me, gave me a smallest size car to me. I had to tell them , I had reserved the 1500 cc car but they tried to give me the 1200 cc car(Honda Brio). This was a bad experience I got from Chic Car.

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on EasyRentCars.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

EasyRentCars will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on EasyRentCars, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on EasyRentCars.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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