Thailand Getting around by car

Road rules

In Thailand you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 60 km/h (37 mph) in all built-up areas, 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways and 90-120 km/h (55-74 mph) on expressways.

On the road

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Driving license

IDP is required

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.

Rent a car

In order to rent a car:

  • you must be over 25
  • must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
  • almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
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