Driving in Thailand

A website with comprehensive information for all foreigners (tourists or expats), who drive a car or ride a motorbike in Thailand.

We created this website to gather all information about driving in Thailand in one place. We welcome all questions and we won’t tell you to “use the search engine to find previous threads because this subject was already discussed at length”. Whether you’re looking to obtain a Thai driving licence or you want to know what to do if you get stopped by the police, we should be able to help you.

Our first main section is about traffic laws in Thailand: the traffic signs, the way the traffic lights work, road markings, signs in Thai… and if you want some specific information about what the law says, you will also find the Motor Vehicle Act and the Land Traffic Act, on which current traffic laws are based.

In order to drive in Thailand you must have a proper driving licence. Is your national licence enough? Do you need an international permit? Who can apply for a Thai driving licence and what are the documents you need? Are there any tests to pass? In fact it all depends on your situation, whether you are a tourist or a long term resident. You will easily find out what kind of permit you need, as well as the documents to provide. We also give detailed information on the ability tests and a list of the Land Transport Offices in the main cities of Thailand.

Thats is for the theory, but Thai people have their very special way of putting the theory into practice. If you are to drive any vehicle here, you must be aware of the way the Thai people drive. It can be confusing, but we will help you understand the Thai way. We all know how nice the Thai people are, but behind the wheel they are not so considerate and they don’t bother much about the rules of the road if there is an easier way to go where they want to go. That being said, it’s no use moaning about “how they should properly drive”. It’s a different country, it’s a different culture, and somehow you have to adapt. Our dos and donts is a good place to start.

Safety should be your top priority when driving a vehicle in Thailand and especially a motorbike. Adapting your driving to the local conditions is one thing, but it doesn’t mean you should ride a bike without a helmet, for instance. Save essential emergency numbers in your phone and know what to do in case of an accident.

Thai people usually have a poor command of the English language, and knowing some technical words in Thai can be very useful for you. Our free downloadable Thai-English lexicon, with Thai characters and phonetic transcriptions, covers subjects such as traffic, roads, vehicle parts, etc.

Buying a car or renting a motorbike in Thailand, having the proper insurance, finding your way around Bangkok or planning an itinerary up-country are also subjects we are about to cover.

Who are we?

Driving-in-Thailand.com is run by an expat who has been living and driving all sorts of vehicles in Asia and in Thailand for many years.

What is the purpose of this website?

Driving-in-Thailand.com was created to regroup all resources related to driving a vehicle in Thailand in one place. The aim of the website is to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information and to build a community of people who can share their experience and help each other.

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