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The Complete Thailand Driving and Rental Guide

Hiring a car to drive in Thailand can be very pleasant as highways are well maintained throughout the country. However, when you are driving in the big cities, heavy traffic may make your road trip far more challenging. This brief guide will provide a complete cover-up aiming to help you when planning a trip to Thailand.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Thailand is on the left-hand side of the road. Some driving norms in Thailand can somewhat be seen as particular depending where you come from. For instance, tailgating is quite common and accepted by the locales, and people often cut each other off or cut into lines of cars.

Speed Limit

The speed limits for Thailand are 90 km/h on open roads, 50km/h in towns and 120km/h in motorways unless signs say otherwise.

Traffic Signs

There are mainly three types of road signs in Thailand, including regulatory signs, warning signs, and informational signs. 

Thailand regulatory signs have different shapes, most of them featuring red border and white background. Note that the Stop Sign is written in Thai language instead of English or by pictogram, but a typical Octagon is applied to imply its meaning like most of the countries.

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Thailand warning signs mostly feature a yellow background with black pictogram.

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Thailand information signs are blue with rectangular or square shapes.

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*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

A new law has come into effect from the 5th of April 2017, stating that passengers in the rear seat of a car are now required to wear seatbelts in addition to the driver and front seat passenger. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to 500 Thai Baht.

Booster Seat Laws

The Thailand law states that children should be restrained in an age-appropriate system. Children under 12 years old should not sit in the front of a vehicle. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

Because of the heavy traffic, parking in some Thai cities can be difficult to find. Parking rules and rates are usually marked on signs with English translations in tourist areas.


· Permitted Parking


- White rectangle on the road indicates a designated car parking space. Many shops, malls, restaurants, sights and hotels offer to park and if payment is needed, it will not be expensive.

Thailand Parking White Rectangle(Image from miamiexoticcarrentals.me)


- Yellow and white markings indicate a short-term parking space only, for usually no more than five minutes. These markings also indicate a bus stop. It is therefore not advised to park there.


· No Parking


- Red and white markings indicate a no parking zone, which means cars may not park here.

Thailand Parking Red and White Markings(Image from shutterstock.com)


- Multiple white diagonal lines indicate parking spaces for motorcycles only and no cars can park here.

Thailand Multiple white diagonal lines

Fuel Prices

The average price for Thailand gasoline price between July and November 2017 was 34.36 Thai Baht, and diesel was 26.79 on 4th Dec.2017.

Toll

Only the big Bangkok-area expressways demand electronic payment, while cash can be used in other places. The usual charge is between 40 and 50 Thai baht. If you do not have an electronic sensor (automatic deduction), do not go to the easy pass lane with blue marks on the ground.


Failing to pay the toll in time may lead to the car rental company paying on your behalf by debiting your credit card, charging a total amount of the toll fee and its management fee from your credit card. Please be aware that this management fee can be costly.  

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

Drivers who have had their licenses for over five years are allowed to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of up to 0.05% when behind the wheel, while divers under 20 years are only allowed to have maximal BAC of 0.02%. A hefty fine of 60,000 THB and/or a 6-month prison sentence will be applied in case of DUI.


Foreigners driving after an excessive consumption of alcohol may also risk being deported, depending on the severity of the case.

Traffic Fines

Speeding fines in Thailand are between 200 THB to 400 THB. Parking in the wrong place or exceeding the time allowed will result in a parking ticket. Finally, parking in a non-parking area may result in a fine of 200 Thai Baht


Some of the fines can be paid on the spot. In case you have not paid a fine, your car hire company will collect the fine’s charge as well as an added administration fee directly from your credit card. 


Should you have questions in terms of traffic fines collection, you are always welcome to contact QEEQ for assistance. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

As a tourist or visitor driving or renting a car in Thailand, it is necessary to have a valid foreign driving licence with a photograph. Many car hire companies require a full driving licence held for a minimum of 2 years with no major endorsements. 


If your domestic driving licence is not in English (Arabic, Japanese, Cyrillic etc), an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English or Thai is required when you drive in Thailand. Please note that an International Driving Permit (often referred to as an International Driving Licence) does not replace the requirement for a regular driving licence. And you must carry your current overseas driver’s licence, IDP or translation with you all the time when driving in Thailand.


Minimum age in Thailand is 21 years(age may vary by car category). If you're 21-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee. If you're 65 or older, you may have to pay a senior driver fee.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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T.Sato

April 20, 2021

Destination: Bangkok

6.7Average

very bad explanation at return car. no manner staff return car at airport.

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N.Muangsuwan

April 19, 2021

Destination: Chiang Mai

7.7worth the money

It's my 3rd time using Yesaway and I find this is a good value choice and if you get lucky you'll get very new car

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S.Imjongjairak

April 1, 2021

Destination: Phuket

7.3Good

Need to do tire and wheel check up. Tire are so bad. A car is not balance and can be slip when driving in the rain

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M.Aphithanang

March 21, 2021

Destination: Chiang Rai

6.7The pick up and drop off point is not in the airport.

The pick up and drop off point is not in the airport.

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tomoe tanaka

March 14, 2021

Destination: Bangkok

10良かった

また借ります

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S.HARIS

March 4, 2021

Destination: Bangkok

10Excellent

Good car good experience. A lot of fun in this trip. Will book again next trip. Thank you.

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Matt PIERCY

February 28, 2021

Destination: Phuket

8.3We would be happy to rent again. Thank you!

We were cery pleased. The airport return was not easy.

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D.Chung

December 30, 2020

Destination: Phuket

10Great!

Staff was really nice and fast.

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Richard Walter

December 24, 2020

Destination: Chiang Mai

9.7Easy, smooth, efficient and great value for money.

Great car that easily fitted in my family if 5. Great customer service; quick, efficient and smooth. Thanks to all.

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Y.Boonlert

December 17, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

8Very Good

Carseat for baby is very bad, it’s not safety and very old and dirty.

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December 14, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

10Excellent

Very clean and wonderful service

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Sakkarn Sangkhamanon

December 6, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

9.3Excellent

A bit too far parking lot to get the car You have to walk across international terminal (from counter at domestic termimal) to find the car.

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W.JITRAWANG

November 29, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

7Good

Smell in thecar is pretty bad.

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P.Sintusak

November 24, 2020

Destination: Phuket

8.3Good service and good car

The car was not too much mileage and enough conditions for me but there are so many scratch on this car otherwise it’s not an eco car but it safe about the fuel overall I’m appreciated.

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BKK driver

November 14, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

10Worth and professional services!

National staff is really helpful. They provide the car the same as describe in the booking detail. The car is clean, fully functional. Recommend National.

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A.Homduang

October 29, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

9Very good service. Easy and comfortable. I will book again. Thank you.

Very good service. Easy and comfortable. I will book again. Thank you.

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p.chanruechai

October 29, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

9.7Very good service. Easy and comfortable. I will book again. Thank you.

Very good service. Easy and comfortable. I will book again. Thank you.

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P.Amornthitipong

October 27, 2020

Destination: Krabi

6.3Too terrible

Old car over 10 years. Used over 200,000 kilometers up Too bad

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NoTe Ratsarin

September 29, 2020

Destination: Chiang Mai

10Great service and car

Have a promotion or coupon

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August 25, 2020

Destination: Krabi

8.7Very Good

The car was in good condition, although the staff have to be more careful not to leave any garbage and lost/ found artifacts in the vehicle. Booked for the Krabi branch. There was no pick up counter. Had to call for pickup and the number given was wrong.( Gave me a bit of heart attack when they did not contact me near time). Staff later called and informed that they will be later for drop off 10mins. Overall satisfactory service.

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s.tungkulpanich

August 21, 2020

Destination: Chiang Mai

8.7good

I'm understand about "or similar" I selected TOYOTA yaris but I got NISSAN amera It will be better if you can support the kind of car that I selected.

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Noksukanya

August 20, 2020

Destination: Phuket

8.3Very Good

I like your promotion

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Suwannee T.

August 14, 2020

Destination: Phuket

9.7Easy to have a car, and make our trip is fun.

Very good Easy pickup and return Small comment, my freind told that the smell in the car is a bit some smell. We ave to buy a car fragrance.

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P.Latchapirom

August 13, 2020

Destination: Krabi

10Excellent

Good Service, Nice Staffs

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August 11, 2020

Destination: Phuket

9.3Brilliant!!!

Good staff, very professional. They supplied you with umbrella, car charger etc.

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T.KATSUMATA

August 10, 2020

Destination: Ubon Ratchathani

6.7Herzと共用

Thriftyという会社名は聞いたことあったけど、利用したことは無かったので、どんな会社かなと思ってました。 受付カウンターがHerzと共用(故にちょっと分かり難かった)だったし、Herzのゴールドメンバーなので安心しました。

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P.SANGKHANGAM

August 10, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

7.7Good

Thank you. Will book again later. Recommend.

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A.Sukklun

August 10, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

9.7Excellent

Thank you. Will book again later. Recommend.

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C.Thanitsaksamala

August 10, 2020

Destination: Krabi

7.7Good

Thank you.

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C.Thanitsaksamala

August 10, 2020

Destination: Krabi

8.7Very Good

Thank you.

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K.Winwan

August 10, 2020

Destination: Phuket

10Excellent

Excellent service

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T.Barr

August 10, 2020

Destination: Koh Samui

8Ripped off

They ripped me off for extra day rental cos it took 30mins to find drop off zone so will never use them again

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August 9, 2020

Destination: Chiang Mai

9Good

Good service, easy to pick up.

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July 31, 2020

Destination: Surat Thani

10Excellent

Well.

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K.LOW

July 31, 2020

Destination: Phuket

8Fair.

Fair.

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C.Boonmanee

July 29, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

7.3Good

I bought a insurance from app. Unfortunately my car had accident and I have to paid some amount of money(4000 bath)at the counter. So, I recommend for buying insurance from owners more than buy from application. Some of counter desk at dmk airport didn't provide enough information.

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July 24, 2020

Destination: Chiang Mai

10Excellent

The car and staff quite good

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B.Virochpoka

July 23, 2020

Destination: Chiang Mai

8Very Good

yes!

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Caballeros.Societies

July 17, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

10Excellent

Nice and service-mind staff.

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July 15, 2020

Destination: Krabi

9Excellent

THE STAFFS ARE NICE AND VERY HELPFUL

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July 13, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

8Very Good

Nope

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May A.

July 7, 2020

Destination: Chiang Rai

8.7Clear and easy booking with Qeeq.com

The staffs were very nice and have good service-minded. However, I think the company's policy needs some improvement such as terms & conditions and the insurance details should have been clear and available for customers to view on the website.

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M.Purdy

July 6, 2020

Destination: Pattaya

10Amazing company....

Excellent friendly service

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June 29, 2020

Destination: Chiang Mai

10Excellent

Good car,good service

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June 26, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

5.7Average

Staff no service mind. And do not take care much compare with other company

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Vinol Joy Dsouza

June 15, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

10Thai rent a car - good prices and Amazing experience

Even though my car had been thru an accident, the staff handled it very well and it was a smooth process

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Stephan Fernandez

June 11, 2020

Destination: Phuket

9.7Easy rental process and great value. Car was very new as well

car was almost brand new. finding the location was a little bit confusing as it is located in a separate terminal which you have to go out to get to. service on pickup and drop of was great, the guy who checked the car upon return even brought us to the nearest petrol station to refill instead of us paying the rental company rate which was a really nice touch.

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Vadim Lecineaste

June 3, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

9Professional

Servive was ok but long waiting time

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C.Yeo

May 21, 2020

Destination: Bangkok

9.7Easyrentcar - the preferred way to rent a car

National provided very good service and I will come back again.

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A.Baylis

May 19, 2020

Destination: Phuket

9.3Nice car and service

Nice car and service, we had trouble finding the rental desk which was in the domestic terminal and not the international terminal

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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