The most important feature of traffic regulations in Thailand is the left-hand traffic. Usually, it’s not difficult to get used to it. Just be careful when taking turns and take your time. It usually takes a few hours to adjust to the local traffic.
If this is your first time driving a right-hand drive car, we recommend renting a car with an automatic transmission (AT).
The locals often ignore the traffic rules but it doesn’t you should follow suit. The police issue fines for traffic offences rather eagerly.
Parking in Thailand
In major cities, the police strictly enforce proper parking, so don’t park your car in the wrong places.
No parking is allowed:
- along the kerb with red and white markings
- along the kerb with yellow and white markings
Even you can’t even stop on yellow boxes with criss-cross yellow lines.
In Thailand, petrol stations offer petrol and diesel. You can also fill up with gasohol — a mixture of petrol and ethanol. It is cheaper than “regular” petrol by 15% but the distance you can drive on it is also shorter.
Some tourists save money by refuelling their rental cars at small private shops where locals are happy to sell petrol in plastic bottles. Such petrol is cheaper that at a petrol station but the quality leaves much to be desired. And the volume of those plastic bottles is unknown. The potential savings are not worth the risk of stalling somewhere in a deserted area at night.
In Thailand, like everywhere else, you can save money on fuel quality but it’s not worth it.
If you are coming to Thailand for a week or two and plan to make a lot of phone calls, it will be more cost-effective to buy a local SIM card.
Three major providers operate in the country: Dtac, AIS, and TrueMove H. They all have roughly the same coverage area, good call quality, and convenient plans for tourists.