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Driving Information Thailand


Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Thailand state that you must have a full driving licence that is valid in your country of residence. Licenses and valid passport must be carried at all times when driving.

Age Restrictions

In order to hire a car in Thailand you must be 21 years and have held your licence for at least 1 year (this may differ depending on supplier). Some suppliers might require to be 25 and will charge those between 21-25 and additional insurance fee.

Driving Distances

  • Bangkok to Rayong - 195kms (2hours/40mins)

  • Phuket to Krabi - 178kms (3hours/20mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Thailand driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Thailand is on the left hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts when driving a hire car in Thailand are mandatory.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver?s licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • Petrol stations in Thailand open from 8am to 8pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.


In Thailand, tolls are charged for each section of the motorway and then differ depending on the distance travelled. It is wise to always have some change with you when driving a rental car in Phuket.

Parking Information

The parking rules and fees are usually marked on signs (with English translations in tourist areas). Red and white markings mean "no parking zone". Yellow and white markings indicates a short-term parking space. Mainly, as a bus stop. It is not recommended to park here. Diagonal white lines indicate parking space for motorcycles only. Fines are given for cars parked in the wrong place or for too long. These can be paid at the local police station. If the vehicle has been clamped a police officer will be delegated to remove the wheel clamps.

One-Way Car Hire

One-ways are permitted on request, but fees and availability vary significantly between suppliers.  Check specific details at time of booking.

When you book a car in Bangkok it is important that you've looked through the above Thailand driving information, rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

Phuket car hire starting at ú17 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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