The cost for renting a small, standard budget car starts at 700 baht per day and runs all the way up to 3000 baht per day for a luxury model. You could pay as much as 5,000 baht per day for a large, luxury car with a few added extras.
We advise against driving in Bangkok , the traffic there is just too unpredictable. You can rent a car at the airport (Suvarnabhumi or Donsak), but it’s best to take the freeway directly to another destination.
Thailand officially has the second highest road fatality rate in the world. You will get a copy of any damage to the car as you would in any country when you rent a car . Keep it safe as it will be required when you return the car .
Foreigners wanting to drive in Thailand – but do not yet have a Thai driver’s license – must hold an “International Driving Permit” (IDP) issued in their home country. This applies to foreigners staying in the country long-term and to tourists driving motorbikes or cars rented for their short holiday here.
On average a rental car in Thailand costs $34 per day.
You can legally own a car in Thailand as a foreigner but you need to have a Non-Immigrant Visa and a Work Permit or Proof of Address Document (the later can be obtained from immigration Officials but you would need to be renting a house or apartment).
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 . To apply for the international license , please bring: Thai officials usually call this an Affidavit of Residence.
The roads are hilly and you will be encountering many incompetent drivers with no driving license. Transportation in Phuket is expensive so a car rental can be cost-effective if you are going to be moving around a lot and there are more than one person.
One difference from other parts of the world is that in Thailand, like in the United Kingdom, you drive on the left side of the road, and the driver’s seat is on the right , so if you’re visiting from the United States or another country where people drive on the right side of the street, initially this may feel awkward
If you are a tourist, the answer is yes. You do need to have an International Driving Permit to drive in Thailand legally. A foreign driver’s license is not accepted in Thailand .
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.
Thousands of visitors each year rent a motorbike and ride around Thailand totally unlicensed. It’s illegal. You will need a driving license from your home country if you want to hire a motorbike or car. But, if you do not have an international license or a Thai license , you will be driving illegally.
Do You Need A Motorcycle License To Rent A Scooter ? No, it doesn’t matter either you have category A driver’s license or not. You can rent a scooter in Thailand without a license . Note that if you will be stopped by Thai road police and you won’t have an International Driving Permit , you will have to pay the fine.
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (See motoring law below) If you are a resident, however, you require a Thai drivers license . As a tourist, rental car companies, insurance companies and police will all accept your home license .