Most popular locations to hire a car in Thailand
Thailand Mini Guide
Thailand is a massive and diverse country located in South East Asia which has coasts with the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Travellers flock to Thailand for the cheap prices, opportunities for adventure and incredible beaches, while the food here is so fantastic that it has been exported all around the world.
Visitors are sure be astounded by the friendliness of the Thai people, though this has a flip side. People often go to Thailand in search of cheap drugs and sex and if this is not what you are looking for there are many places to be avoided. However it remains an extraordinarily safe place to visit.
Thailand is divided up into five main areas. They are central Thailand in which you can find its capital Bangkok, historical Thailand and the lowlands. The North includes Chiang Mai, the hill tribes and the Golden Triangle. Isaan is in the north east which is undeveloped, and the Eastern beaches and islands are within easy reach of Bangkok, and the vast southern coastline. Another idyllic place to find great beaches is the southern islands of Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui and Kao Tao. Within the 76 provinces of Thailand there are many other cities including Pattaya, Hat Yak, Ayutthaya, Chafing Ray, Kanchanaburi, Nakon Ratchasima, Sukhothai and Surat Thani.
Thailand is tropical and the best time of year to visit is between November and February when it is relatively cool. If you are in desperate need of the heat, the months between March and June can be sweltering and perfect for sitting on the beach. The rest of the year is monsoon season which can mean non stop rain and flooding. Mosquitoes will also be most prevalent at this time so make sure you take adequate protection.
- Thailand is officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand and used to be called Siam until it was changed in 1939
- Thai boxing otherwise known as Muay Thai is the national sport in Thailand
- Thailand is the world's largest exporter of rice and Thai people consume over 100kg of milled rice per person per year
- The currency in Thailand is the Baht (THB)
- Driving topless in Thailand is forbidden
Why it's a good idea to hire a car in Thailand
There's so much to see and do in Thailand the though of restricting your visit due to choice of transport seems an odd one. Hiring a car in Thailand offers flexibility and the freedom to travel beyond the tour operator trail and make your own experiences. Backed by most of the major international car hire companies and supported by trusted local companies, hiring a car in Thailand is not only a good idea, but a great one.
Can foreigners drive in Thailand?
Of course, provided that you present your full domestic driving licence and other mandatory car rental requirements (passport / credit card) you are free to hire a car and drive legally in Thailand. Whilst not all rental agents request, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is technically required in Thailand and we recommend only travelling with one. Thailand is a signatory of the 1949 IDP.