Dos and donts when driving in Thailand

It’s fun to ride a bike shirtless and wearing only flip flops, but you should know better than the locals or the crazy farangs. Wear at least a helmet.
There is a reason why you fasten your seatbelt in your homecountry, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t do it here. Right?
If you rent a car and you have children, ask the rental company for a baby seat, or invest in one.
Don’t park anywhere, whether it is a bike or a car you want to park. Many public areas are reserved for taxis, tuk-tuk, rental bikes… It’s totally unofficial, but tuk-tuk drivers in some places (like Phuket) are a mafia of their own and they are not nice guys. Avoid parking a car in front of a shop or a restaurant if you are not their customer. When in doubt, ask if you can park. If you are asked to move, just move. Different country, different rules.
Don’t indulge in road rage. Most of the locals have a weapon of some kind in their car and they will want to use it. Don’t give anyone the middle finger, they know the meaning.
Don’t drink and drive, penalties are severe and enforced.
Make sure you are properly covered by an insurance and that you have a valid driver’s license.
Don’t cause an accident. Of course nobody decides to cause an accident, but this is really something you want to avoid here, as it can quickly turn into a nightmare.
If you can, buy a dashcam.
Write down the main emergency numbers, friends to contact in case of problem and any useful medical information (preferably in Thai).



3 Comments on “Dos and donts when driving in Thailand”

  1. Please explain ‘don’t indulge in road rage’ and ‘accidents and nightmares’ ??
    I am coming to Thailand in end July for6-8 months. Planning on renting a motor or/and car for exploring the country. North-South-West-East- jungle. .What to do? My friend from the Netherlands is scared to drive. . Will I need a 4×4 jeep or truck? I am Thai National first time Thailand too. Thanx

  2. Hi, I’m sorry for the late reply, for some reason your comment was filtered as spam and I never got a chance to see it. By “don’t indulge in road rage” I mean that you should always try and stay cool, don’t get angry at anybody even though you think they are doing stupid things. If you cause an accident and harm somebody, whether you are at fault or not, there is a small risk that you may be “confronted by the locals” (that’s why so many drivers flee the scene of the accidents here, even if some of them turn themselves in to the police later). You should also note that the emergency rescue teams are not organized like they are in Europe, and people usually don’t have a clue about first aid procedures. You can also be asked to pay for the damages even if you are not at fault. That’s why I’m saying these kinds of situations can quickly turn into a nightmare. But there is no need to be paranoid either. Just make sure you are properly insured and you have the phone number of your insurance. A dashcam can also be a great help.

  3. I would like to know the general rules and regulations in Thailand for commercial trucks that a can carry a weight of greter than 5 tons

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